Charter School Accountability & Transparency in Delaware: How Do They Rate? #netde #eduDE @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @TNJ-malbright

Delaware charter schools are required to do the following on their school websites: Post monthly Board meeting minutes, post monthly Board meeting agendas, post a calendar of future Board meetings, and post their monthly financial statement.  I went through every single active charter school in Delaware to see if they were keeping up with these regulations. 

Since it is the summer, I am giving a little bit of leeway.  Many schools did not have Board meetings in July, which I have indicated if noted on the website.  Financial information is required to come out monthly, so if there is no June information, they were not in compliance.  Agendas are required to be posted on the website 10 days prior to the next scheduled Board meeting.  Board meeting minutes are approved at the next scheduled board meeting, so most of the schools should have June board meetings posted unless there was no meeting in July.  If they are out compliance on any given section, I have put that in Bold Italic format.  I have also listed if they have their 2014-2015 budget on their website.  While this is not a requirement, it is helpful to parents to know the financial viability of the schools they picked in a choice decision.  Sadly, only one charter school had their 2015 budget listed on their website.  Great job Campus Community!

Academy of Dover: Grade F (no minutes for 9 months, sorry AoD, but you are WAY out of compliance)

Minutes: October 2013

Agenda: only states there is Board meeting scheduled for August 29th

Calendar of Meetings: No

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

ASPIRA Academy: Grade A

Minutes: May 2014

Agenda: June 2014 (no meeting in July)

Calendar of Meetings: Yes

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

Campus Community: Grade D (would have been F but had 2015 budget)

Minutes: May 2014

Agenda: May 2014

Calendar of Meetings: No

Financials: May, 2014

2015 Budget: Yes

 

Charter School Of Wilmington: Grade F- (gets the minus for amount of time not posting minutes, shame on you)

Minutes: April 2014

Agenda: June 2014

Calendar of Meetings: No

Financials: May 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security: Grade B

Minutes: May 2014 (no June meeting)

Agenda: none listed by month, shows “Standard Agenda” for all meetings

Calendar of Meetings: Yes

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

East Side Charter School: Grade A

Minutes: June 2014

Agenda: July 2014

Calendar of Meetings: Yes

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

Family Foundations Academy: Grade D

Minutes: April 2014

Agenda: May 2014

Calendar of Meetings: No

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

Gateway Lab School: Grade B

Minutes: June 2014

Agenda: July 2014

Calendar of Meetings: Yes

Financials: May 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

Kuumba Academy: Grade B

Minutes: June 2014 (No July Meeting Held)

Agenda: June 2014

Calendar of Meetings: No

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

MOT Charter School: Grade C

Minutes: April 2014

Agenda: August 2014

Calendar of Meetings: No

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

New Moyer Academy: Grade B

Minutes: June 2014

Agenda: July 2014

Calendar of Meetings: Yes

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

*Moyer is under Formal Review for a multitude of reasons, including not meeting for financial viability

 

Newark Charter School: Grade A

Minutes: June 2014

Agenda: August 2014

Calendar of Meetings: Yes

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

Odyssey Charter School: Grade B

Minutes: June 2014

Agenda: August 2014

Calendar of Meetings: No

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

Positive Outcomes: Grade A

Minutes: May 2014 (June 2014 Meeting Canceled)

Agenda: July 2014

Calendar of Meetings: Yes

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

Prestige Academy: Grade C

Minutes: May 2014

Agenda: August 2014

Calendar of Meetings: No

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

Providence Creek Academy Grade A

Minutes: June 2014

Agenda: August 2014

Calendar of Meetings: Yes

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences: Grade F

Minutes: May 2014

Agenda: May 2014

Calendar of Meetings: Shows next to be September 2014, no notice for July or August Meetings

Financials: May 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

Thomas Edison Charter School: Grade A

Minutes: June 2014

Agenda: July 2014

Calendar of Meetings: Yes

Financials: June 2014

2015 Budget: No

 

This is exactly why charter schools in Delaware need to digitally record their Board meetings.  For the schools that got an A or B, good job.  The rest of you, you have some work to do.  For Charter School of Wilmington, Academy of Dover, and Sussex Academy, you need to get compliant real fast.

 

2 thoughts on “Charter School Accountability & Transparency in Delaware: How Do They Rate? #netde #eduDE @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @TNJ-malbright

  1. DMA hasn’t posted minutes on their website since November 2013…unless they post it on a site separate from the school website.

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  2. Pingback: 2016 Delaware Charter School Inspection Shows Severe Lack Of Transparency – Exceptional Delaware

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