The time has come for open admissions for Delaware charter schools and magent schools! NO MORE ADMISSION TEST

Charter funding firestorm continues , The News Journal

The head of that department, Secretary of Education Steven Godowsky, found himself at the center of a social media firestorm last weekend after public school advocates raised an uproar over the proposed changes that could cost one district as much as $3 million.

Charter school supporters have long lobbied for a review of the funding formula, arguing that districts haven’t been paying their fair share.

On Monday, following calls from legislators and district advocates over the weekend, the department’s spokeswoman, Alison May, said that the department would not be implementing the changes for this school year. That announcement took charter school supporters by surprise, since they had been expecting more money to come in this year.

Under state law, the department is obligated to send out bills to the districts by Sept. 1.

But late Wednesday, one day before the decision is due, the department was still unsure of what changes, if any, it would be making.

May said Wednesday night that the department was in discussions with district and charter leaders that would determine which formula would ultimately be used this year.

If Governor John Carney retains this snake of a secretary of education parents should call for Carney resignation! And the time has come to elected the Delaware Secretary of Education and to keep the governors hands out of local control! 

As for charter schools  and their discriminatory admission practices that fuel de facto segregation, it MUST END.  Creating charter schools designed for at-risk minorities is shameful! Limiting special needs students in charter schools is immoral. Traditional public schools don’t require entrance tests or proof of specific internet!  The doors swing equal for all! Delaware charter school admission laws should mirror that of traditional public schools but via open lottery controlled by DE DOE whereas; application for a given charter school be submitted to  DE DOE to keep charter schools for using counseling out techniques.

Delaware traditional school suffered the White-Flight due to desegregation order and now with charter schools, its call the brain-drain. HOWEVER, there is blame to be shared with DSEA and local district unions! These groups supported Race to The Top laced with the Smarter Balanced Assessment! DSEA Judas was rewarded with a DE DOE job a few years before retiring which gave Judas a bump in pension.

I support 100% choice schools and at this point leaning toward school vouchers! HOWEVER!!!!!!!!!!!! These options must be via schools that don’t discriminate during the admission process. Charter schools want equal funding then perhaps their doors should swing the same way as traditional schools!

As for magnet school aka the other white meat! Magnet schools also need open admission via a lottery system.

Odds are DSEA will endorse John Carney who is taking the Rodel reform plan baton from Jack Markell!

Delaware schools suck because those Markell lap-dogs in Dover supported his Washington-Wall Street Trojan Horse reform lack real courage to reform public education via local control partnership. Shifting millions more out of traditional public school to support charter schools that discriminate racially and low academic abilities is noting more than social rape. 

And, for Newark Charter School, which would be one of the primary beneficiaries of an adjusted system from Christina, it would mean an additional $1 million, according to Gregory Meece, the school’s director.

And Newark Charter Schools excludes Christina’s Wilmington city children from the application process via their 5 mile keep them out preference zone!  

Charter schools have been lobbying the Department of Education for years to reconcile the differences in how the formula is applied and make its application uniform, said Kendall Massett, executive director of the Delaware Charter Schools Network.

“It has been brought to their attention numerous times,” she said of the department. “I’m happy that they started to look into it this year.”

No remorse as to the impact on traditional district students! I assure Baldwin’s Frankenstein there will be changingin charter school admissions within the next three years. Just as I said 7 years ago, “DE State Board of Education, all traditional, voctech and charter school boards  will be required to record their public sessions of their board meetings and put online for all to hear”; there “WILL BE” changes to charter school admission laws! The rough draft legislation is in the works! First to go is the 5 mile preference and then rewrite of the Specific Interest!! Also, there will be a more transparent lottery!    

As for the News Journal, do take note that I do make sure to cite the reporter name on my blog post and make sure I put their work in quotations.   

The head of that department, Secretary of Education Steven Godowsky, found himself at the center of a social media firestorm last weekend

Looks like the reporter failed to credit Kevin over at Exceptional Delaware aka the social media outlet the broke the story! Thank you Kevin!  

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20 responses to “The time has come for open admissions for Delaware charter schools and magent schools! NO MORE ADMISSION TEST

  1. Pretty simple – if you choose a school with any form of ‘placement’ test or interview process then each student who attends should be required to pay a nominal annual fee – ‘placement preparation and advancement fee’ of $1000 or so

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Any school that requires a placement test or entrance exam should be classified as a private school! Including magnet schools!

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    • In order for ANY School to accommodate a student, an assessment must be made. If the student has a 504, IEP, or some other academic condition (be it low achieving OR high achieving), the school must be in a position to provide that and the only way to do that is to have some sort of assessment. TPS’s may perform this assessment after start of school but that leads to the school not having appropriate staff of accommodations for the student. If TPS’s performed these assessments before school started, they’d find they have a certain % of above average students who should be designated special needs but that would mean they’d have to provide extra educational opportunities (i.e. staff or curriculum). How often does that happen?? If parents had to pay a placement preparation fee, the social justice fighters would claim ‘discrimination’ for the students whose parents won’t pay.
      http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/highability/guiding-students-high-abilities-social-and-emotional-considerations.pdf

      Kilroy, Any school that requires a placement test or entrance exam is trying to determine how to best address a student’s needs. To claim a school could assess its ability to provide and place a student in appropriate level education without some form of assessment it is simply inappropriate. Believing all students are equally capable of all levels and disciplines of work is patently ridiculous. Believing schools should not assess students in any way is also ridiculous. Believing every school has the same resources and thereby should be able to provide every conceivable educational avenue for every ability is again ridiculous. If you want every school to have this ability and this spectrum of coverage, then you have to agree to equal level funding for all aspects of the school, to EVERY school. Guess who could do more (charter or TPS) with the money if they were unbridled by union inflated prevailing wage building requirements?? Seriously, if it takes a 16 million to build a TPS middle school, I can guarantee you could build that same school for 1/2 that price without prevailing wage. That means you could save taxpayers 8 million with ONE school. You can’t tell a charter, magnate, etc, that they must be able provide your Unicorn curriculum and then only provide funding at the pack mule level.

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    • “Any school that requires a placement test or entrance exam is trying to determine how to best address a student’s needs. ”

      Au contraire – a pre-admission test determines how best to meet the *school’s* needs, not the student’s needs.

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    • Ms. Paige and KO
      I see you liked Mike’s comment even though there are very few schools performing pre-admissions tests.
      THIS:
      “Guest | September 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm | Reply

      There is only one charter school that administers a pre-admission test. District residence is now the first preference for that school. No other charter school in Delaware has a pre-admission test. A placement test after admission is entirely appropriate.”

      Secondly, As I indicated, it is the responsibility of every school to assess children to adequately address their “needs”. Without assessing the child, the school cannot claim it is addressing their needs (because they would not know what the students’ needs are). Even the Newark HS Cambridge program must assess a student to determine the student’s capability in order to enter the program. Seems strange that this process is very normal in many schools in DE and throughout the US but the idea of establishing a student’s capabilities (whether behavioral or academically) is somehow taboo when a charter does it. Please consider whose interests are being served, the students, or the school system, the parents or the teachers union/ administrators.

      Putting a high achieving student in an below average environment is no better than putting a low achieving student in an accelerated program. Neither is appropriate but guess which circumstance our TPS’s choose to do more often? It’s not the latter. I challenge the districts and the social justice defenders to be honest about what we are asking our educational system to do. I refer you to the following link:
      http://www.nagc.org/sites/default/files/key%20reports/High_Achieving_Students_in_the_Era_of_NCLB_Fordham.pdf
      with the thought that, on this blog we are repeatedly exposed to the comment that education is for ALL children but the intention is routinely that we focus only on the low achieving or inappropriately behaving. That is completely inappropriate and does a disservice to the students who ALL deserve appropriate education. From the text:

      “So let’s bring some honesty to this debate. How should
      we define “justice” in America’s public education
      system? Does it mean doing everything to bring up the
      performance of low-achieving students, or does it mean
      helping all students—rich and poor, black and white, low
      and high achieving—equally? Count us with the teachers
      on this one. If the United States is to compete with the
      rest of the globe, and, more crassly, if No Child Left
      Behind is to survive politically, then no students, even
      those at the top, can have their needs “left behind.”

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    • Not just charters – magnets also have pre-admission tests and that is elitist and destructive too.TPS schools used to be able to support a rich variety of honors courses for above-average students. Now the charters and magnets have sucked out all the above average students until the TPS schools can no longer support a decent variety of honors classes.

      Remember back in the day when many of the upstate high schools had great drama programs? Each spring you could go around to see performances at McKean…Dickinson… Mt. Pleasant… Brandywine. Now those drama programs are all gone and those students are all at Cab. Sure, Cab puts on a great show, but at the cost of taking multiple programs out of the community. Charters do the same thing to academic programs in district schools.

      NCS doesn’t have entrance tests but somehow they too figured out how to end up with smarter, whiter, and richer kids with fewer disabilities. Who knows if NCS or CSW are actually doing a good job teaching or not; their kids are already above average.

      But by concentrating those kids there, they have gutted the ability of other district schools to offer strong honors programs. The charter law was intended to improve education overall, but outside the walls of the charter it has the opposite effect.

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  2. Reference the $3 million more one district would have to pay. Was this district getting the same exclusions as all other districts or were they getting more?

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  3. Silly Kilroy….

    When are you going to stop whining about charter schools acting only in their own best interests… and work to KILL them altogether?….

    Your name is after all….. KILLroy… lol. 🙂

    Can’t you see, that if your wife won’t stop cheating on you, it’s past time for a divorce? How long have charters been cockholding you? Been about 10 years now?.. 🙂

    Missed you btw. And show Meredith Chapman some love…

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  4. There is only one charter school that administers a pre-admission test. District residence is now the first preference for that school. No other charter school in Delaware has a pre-admission test. A placement test after admission is entirely appropriate.

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  5. How many have a five-mile radius? I know one does but the bulk of their students come from outside that five-mile radius because of the more exclusive “specific interest” clause…

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    • Kevin,
      E-V-E-R-Y school has a feeder pattern. Most are feeder patterns that are SMALLER than 5 miles. The fact that one has a larger feeder pattern would seem to indicate that it is doing its best to accommodate as large of a group as it reasonably can.

      On the second front,
      “I know one does but the bulk of their students come from outside that five-mile radius because of the more exclusive “specific interest” clause…:” FALSE statement. The bulk of students ARE from INSIDE that radius. Your statement is jello. Those who know the school and the students within it are tired of hearing the nonsense. Neither you nor kilroy will address why it is that > 5000k students within CSD want out of their TPS. You will demean the result (more charters) but not call out the conditions within CSD that have created unacceptable conditions. Please try and be objective.

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    • I have never said CSD is perfect and has no issues. Never. If I have erred in my statement on First Montessori Academy, I will certainly research that. But my largest concern with them is the fact they are smack-dab in the middle of downtown Wilmington but their demographics do not match that area BECAUSE of their specific interest clause. If that explains my stance on that better, that is what I meant to say.

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  6. To answer Mike O’s question: Who knows if NCS or CSW are actually doing a good job teaching or not; their kids are already above average.
    You can rest assured that they are doing a good job teaching Mike. My first clue was the fact that they put my son into tutoring right away after realizing he was a year and half behind in reading comprehension skills after coming from another school getting good grades. He was in a class full of other kids getting extra help. I’m guessing they weren’t above average. My son wasn’t even above average when he left there, but thankfully he wasn’t behind anymore.

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  7. NCS I’m talking about. And stop comparing apples to oranges. It’s so annoying. A school that is a lottery to a school that gives the Terra Nova test pre-lottery.

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  8. “And stop comparing apples to oranges. It’s so annoying. A school that is a lottery to a school that gives the Terra Nova test pre-lottery.”

    Charter schools have many paths to achieving a smarter, whiter, richer, and less disabled enrollment. CSW nas the entrance test, while NCS has the fortuitously drawn 5-mile circle, as well as 1001 other plausibly deniable methods.

    Ron Russo used to go around complaining that no district schools tried to emulate CSW’s methods for success. But you can’t emulate cherry-picking in a district school. CSW, and NCS too, have no methods for success in educating a large population of children with disadvantages, and that is where the challenges are.

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  9. Well then that is where the problem lies. Sorry but NCS and CSW are the result of that, not the cause. So is the rise in homeschooling and montessori and moving out of the district.

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  10. So CSD was unable to help my son because of their large population of children with disadvantages but you still call me racist and elitist. Would you have kept your son there?

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    • NCS was able to give your son the attention he needed only because they had cleared the decks of other students with difficulties. Give NCS 500 challenging students and let’s see if they do as well as district schools.

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    • Mike, you have repeatedly bemoaned charters. You’ve accused them of vile things that aren’t true. You comment as though charters set upon a course of action to cherry pick but you completely ignore that if our TPS’s had been addressing the issues parents and students (thousands of them by the way) wanted addressed, there would not have been a demand for alternative schools. You are arguing Chicken or the Egg. You claim “charters” have cherry picked…. NO- parents have chosen to address their children’s education. When our TPS’s have ignored parents requests, when TPS’s have been forced to appease socialist PC crap over good education, when Legislators have imposed ponzi schemes for money (Race to the top) without providing educational benefit, it falls on parents to be the adults in the room and seek good education for their children. Yet again I point to the fact that there would be no demand for charters or the increased interest in votechs had our TPS’s not been so complacent with their primary purpose. Read this again to understand that our TPS’s and districts set upon this course to prioritize one group over the other and fail a large portion of the student population.:
      http://www.nagc.org/sites/default/files/key%20reports/High_Achieving_Students_in_the_Era_of_NCLB_Fordham.pdf

      Charters do not cherry pick, they are addressing a NEED that our local TPS’s have, for a number of reasons, ignored. Blaming and besmirching charters for a problem the TPS’s and our legislators created is simply sad.

      “as well as 1001 other plausibly deniable methods.”
      Name each and every one of the 1001 methods! Go ahead and name them because I’d really like to know why you think it is OK to ignore large populations of the district but it’s not OK for a school to demand students behave and do their school work.

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  11. At least the charter school tax money stays in Delaware. What of the familes who move right outside of delaware to get away from the TPS and the costs of the private schools. Their tax dollars are gone. Its not as if the TPS are losing students to only charters. They are losing students to other states

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