Letter From Newark Charter School Board Chairman May Turn District/Charter/Delaware DOE Funding War On Its Ear

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No sooner do I receive the official word that no changes to the local cost per pupil formula will be changed than I get multiple emails with a letter from Newark Charter School Board Chairman Stephen Dressel sent to Newark Charter School parents.  This letter shows a very different take on the whole issue and alleges that Christina has been hiding funds in a certain bucket in their local funding.  The letter further states that the Delaware Department of Education approved this every single year.  That it wasn’t until this year that this funding bucket was found and corrected.  At this point in time, I truly don’t know what to believe.  While I have serious concerns with Newark Charter School’s enrollment practices and other financial issues at the school, if (and this is a very large if) what they are saying is true, I have serious questions about that as…

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2 responses to “Letter From Newark Charter School Board Chairman May Turn District/Charter/Delaware DOE Funding War On Its Ear

  1. What changed? Was ever district reviewed?

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  2. KO: “This letter shows a very different take on the whole issue and alleges that Christina has been hiding funds in a certain bucket in their local funding.”

    “if (and this is a very large if) what they are saying is true, I have serious questions about that as well.”

    MaryJane: “I was told this summer, by an assistant secretary, that district CFO’s do this all the time. They manipulate the system to benefit their district. Sometimes even taking from one school in a district and giving to another. Whatever makes the district look the best is what goes.”

    Say it isn’t so (tongue firmly in cheek). Our districts would never stoop so low as to shuffle money buckets around. They would never hide money from one area to shield it from another. They would never manipulate their finances to thwart competitive charters. They would never use fear tactics and teacher layoffs as an extortion tool to get a referendum passed. It’s all about the kids right?

    Come on KO. You cannot possibly believe the districts are completely above the fray. If you have access to Ms. Paige, then by all means ask her to investigate whether CSD was shuffling buckets. Should be pretty simple to answer. If they did, then they owe NCS the money and you owe NCS (a school that you probably have never been inside, which has 1700~1900 students and a waiting list of nearly double that ) a re-framing of vitriol.

    KO: “While I have serious concerns with Newark Charter School’s enrollment practices….”
    LIKE WHAT? That they hold a lottery attended by parents, school staff AND police. What practice is considered concerning? That they require students behave themselves and not assault kids in the locker room or bathroom? That they don’t provide bus / transportation service to a non-contiguous section of the district which is nearly 20 miles away? What IS “concerning” is NCC has a demand for good education in an appropriate environment that the local districts continue to ignore and then claim it is just a matter of weighted funding.

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