Cause Jon isn’t his real name. It’s Jacob. And my name is Kevin Ohlandt. Exceptional Delaware is no longer anonymous. Let’s face it, half the state knows who I am already. The DOE, the schools and many politicians in this state know. So no more pretense, I am who I am and that’s all that I am!
I still have many articles left to write. Special education is a wide topic that can include a wide variety of topics. The skies the limit! But what I am proudest of with this blog is that I have been able to help parents who were unable to wander through the maze that is American special education. This is the central, guiding light of this blog.
During the June 2014 Delaware Board of Education meeting, Mary Ann Mieczkowski told the board four school districts in Delaware were being worked with in regards to special education compliance agreements or needed intervention. It was not mentioned during the meetings which districts those were, but I reached out to Mieczkowski about this and she gave me the districts. They were Red Clay, Colonial, Christina and Capital. All of these school districts have a very high population special education students. What shocked me was NONE of the charters were listed. I wondered why this was?
Charter schools are their own school districts. Is it possible that charter schools won’t fall into an intervention or compliance agreement due to their small size? The state measures compliance with changes in groups of students with 10 or more being affected. This is called an n#, and those below it are exempt from being included in calculations. With charters, they can easily fall below that number due to their populations, so they may not be included in calculations that would trigger these types of audits.
Maybe it’s time for all the charters to be counted as their own Delaware school district to prevent this type of thing from happening. The charters are well-known to have special education problems in this state. Just look at Delaware online-checkbook to see the funds charters are sending out due to special education issues. Look at Pencader and Moyer as public examples of special education problems. Another matter for the IEP task force to look at…