New Jersey: New Study Shows Charters Enroll Different Demographics

Sounds exactly like Delaware!

Diane Ravitch's blog

This study was released this morning by Rutgers University researchers Julia Sass Rubin and Mark Weber:

New Jersey Charter and District Schools Educating Very Different Populations of Students, Finds Study by Rutgers Researchers

Charter schools across New Jersey educate a very different population of students by income, language proficiency, special needs, race and even gender than their sending district public schools, finds a report released Wednesday by two Rutgers University researchers.

The report documents that New Jersey charter schools educate significantly smaller percentages of economically disadvantaged students, English Language Learners, and special education students than do the public school districts from which the charter schools draw their students. The special education students who enroll in charter schools also tend to have less costly disabilities.

The report’s authors, Rutgers doctoral student Mark Weber and Associate Professor Julia Sass Rubin, point out that the lower rates of economically disadvantaged, Limited English Proficient…

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The Best Of The Vision Conference Today Via Twitter @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @dwablog @ecpaige @Apl_Jax @nannyfat #netde #eduDE #edchat #Delaware #VCconf14

The Rodel Vision ED25 conference was filled with highlights. Too bad they were all on Twitter and not at the actual event! For your viewing pleasure, more to come!

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All About The Benjamins: Rodel Pays Teachers for Their “Vision” of Personalized Learning Experience @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @dwablog @Apl_Jax @ecpaige @nannyfat @Delawareonline @TNJ_Malbright @DoverPost @TheStateNews @DeDeptofEd @NYTimes @WashingtonPost @WSJ @LATimes @DianeRavitch @BadassTeachersA #netde #eduDE #VCconf14

Right now, Rodel is running their Vision conference and they are pimping the “Personalized Learning Experience” to an audience that is sick to death of corporate education reform. But here’s the kicker: The teachers that are trying to sell this to the public have been PAID BY RODEL! That’s right, PAID! They receive a stipend of $1500.00 for 18 months of service to the almighty Rodel. Here’s the proof: http://www.rodelfoundationde.org/deadline-approaching-for-rodel-teacher-council-application/

Teacher Council members serve for 18 months and receive a $1,500 stipend for their time, energy, and efforts. The members will additionally meet with key education policymakers, visit exemplary schools where innovation is transforming instruction, and help scale best practices throughout the state.

The proof is in the pudding. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid Delaware. Wake up now to these agendas that the Delaware DOE uses to further their own interests while the students, teachers and public schools of Delaware suffer.

What In The Name Of Mark Murphy Is This??? Gov. Markell, The DOE Is Out Of Control! @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @dwablog @Apl_Jax @ecpaige @nannyfat @TNJ_malbright #netde #eduDE #edchat #prioritizethat

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I think someone is sniffing glue down at the Townshend Building in Dover. Why in the world would they put this on a statewide survey about education? This DOE has fallen off the cliff. If they had one more brain cell it would be lonely. I can’t justify anything they are doing as being good for students. It’s like Secretary of Education Murphy is running some weird freak show down there, and it gets more bizarre by the day. This “Vision” is not for the students of Delaware, and we all know it. Enough with the propaganda!

Delaware Parents: Please, please, please come to one of these town hall meetings and give public comment about how stupid our education system has become in Delaware. I keep saying this and every time I think the DOE can’t do anything crazier, they come out with crap like this. TAKE BACK THE CONVERSATION!!!!! This DOE needs an enema!

Crisis in New York Special Education: “The DOE Killed My Son” @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @dwablog @ecpaige @Apl_Jax @nannyfat #netde #eduDE #edchat

 

In an article yesterday on capitalnewyork.com, parents, advocates and educators slammed the New York Department of Education over special education issues in New York City at a City Council meeting.  Much like Delaware, many parents want more oversight and reporting over special education matters, including when an IEP is denied by schools.

One father, Robert Randall, claims the DOE killed his son while the DOE’s attorneys were stalling over a school placement issue.  Randall’s son Dylan needed a ventilator and a feeding tube, and the public school he went to refused to provide this life-saving service.  Robert Randall wanted his son placed in a private school that would be able to accommodate his needs, but the NY DOE and their attorneys stalled this because of “funding issues”.  Dylan passed away the day the decision was finally made to place him in a private school setting.  This story, highlighted in the New York Times on July 27th of this year, can be found at this link: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/nyregion/28specialed.html?_r=0

Other issues brought up were the fact that only 7% of special education students passed the New York standardized tests last year, matters with dyslexia and autism, and legislation in regards to reporting requirements.  From the article in Capitalnewyork.com:

The bill in question, Intro. 435, would mandate that the D.O.E. report much more data on its special education population each year. The bill calls on the department to report and make public information including demographic data on the special needs population in different areas of the city and with different disabilities; the types of evaluations made for special education students; data on how many students are getting the services they require, and other information.

More information on the city council meeting is in the article by Eliza Shapiro at: http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2014/10/8555550/council-data-hearing-special-education-grievances-aired

Delaware DOE Embargoed Public Information Yesterday, What Is Their Agenda? @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @dwablog @Apl_Jax @ecpaige @nannyfat #netde #eduDE #prioritizethat

Adding fuel to an already huge fire, the Delaware DOE emailed all the legislators about the Town Hall meetings regarding the school accountability waivers yesterday morning.  As of this time, no notice had been received by schools and teachers that I am aware of.  While it is customary for an entity to wait for a press release on matters such as this, why would you notify only certain parties first and not the parties that have the most right to be there?

In observing several different social media sites, I have noticed many teachers and those concerned with the complete and utter disregard the DOE has for its most important stakeholders have become very angry over these issues.  Not only did the DOE not tell these groups, but they also booked these meetings on nights when other very important education issues are going on.  Some have surmised they planned it this way and they do NOT want a large attendance of parents and educators present.  They also feel this is just a big dog and pony show for the DOE to make it look like public outreach.  I am inclined to agree with these individuals.  This is a DOE that has their Board of Education meetings in the middle of the workday, virtually shutting out parents and educators from attending.

The following email had been sent out yesterday morning to all the legislators in Delaware.  But can someone please, for the love of God, let me know why it would be essential to include someone from DelDot and the Office of Management and Budget before educators, administrators, parents and students?

From: Shockley Tina <Tina.Shockley@doe.k12.de.us>
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 8:51 AM
To: Anderson, Patricia L (LegHall); Atkins, John (LegHall); Barbieri, Michael (LegHall); Baumbach, Paul (LegHall); Bennett, Andria (LegHall); Bentz, David (LegHall); Blakey, Donald (LegHall); Blevins, Patricia (LegHall); Bolden, StephanieT (LegHall); Bonini Colin; Brady, Gerald (LegHall); Brainard, Mark G (LegHall); BriggsKing, Ruth (LegHall); Bushweller, Brian (LegHall); Carson, William (LegHall); Carter, Dick (LegHall); Cloutier, Catherine (LegHall); Contant, Heather (LegHall); Cook, Bill (LegHall); Cutajar-Wynne, Lauren (LegHall); DeStefano, Damian (LegHall); Dukes, Timothy (LegHall); Dwyer, Sean (LegHall); Ennis, Bruce (LegHall); Evinger, Kathryn (LegHall); Finnigan, Sean (LegHall); Flannigan, Beverly (LegHall); Fulgham, Joseph (LegHall); Gordon, Bryan (DHSS); Grant, Jerry (DOI); Graves, Lauren (LegHall); Gray, Ronald (LegHall); Hall-Long, Bethany (LegHall); Harper, Rylene (LegHall); Harrison, Leigh Ann (LegHall); Heffernan, Debra (LegHall); Henry, Margaret Rose (LegHall); Hickman, Nancy (LegHall); Hocker, Gerald (LegHall); Hudson, Deborah (LegHall); Irvin, Alton (LegHall); Jackson, Michael S (LegHall); Jamison, Alexis F (LegHall); Jaques, Jr, Earl (LegHall); Johnson, JJ (LegHall); Johnson, Quinton (LegHall); Kanich, Tammie (LegHall); Keeley, Helene (LegHall); Kenton, Harvey (LegHall); kenton Harvy; Kowalko, John (LegHall); Lavelle, Greg (LegHall); Lawson, Dave (LegHall); Lewis, Elizabeth (OMB); Longhurst, Valerie (LegHall); Lopez, Ernesto B (LegHall); Mantegna, Stephanie (LegHall); Marshall, Robert (LegHall); McBride, David (LegHall); McCartan, Valerie (LegHall); McDowell, Harris (LegHall); Miro, Joseph (LegHall); Mitchell, John L (LegHall); Moore-Dean, Margaret (LegHall); Mulrooney, Michael (LegHall); Osienski, Edward (LegHall); Outten, Bobby (LegHall); Paradee, Trey (LegHall); Park, Evan (DelDOT); Peterman, Jack (LegHall); Peterson, Karen (LegHall); Pettyjohn, Brian (LegHall); Philpotts, Cimone (LegHall); Poore, Nicole (LegHall); Potter, Jr, Charles (LegHall); Price, Pam (LegHall); Puffer, Richard (LegHall); Ramone, Michael (LegHall); Ridout, Ashley (LegHall); Ruberto, Nancy (LegHall); Ryan, Carling (LegHall); Schwartzkopf, Peter (LegHall); Scott, Darryl (LegHall); Seitz, Meredith (LegHall); Shipley, Glenn (LegHall); Short, Bryon (LegHall); Short, Daniel (LegHall); Simpson Gary; Simpson, Gary (LegHall); Smith, Marcia (LegHall); Smith, Melanie G (LegHall); Smyk, Steve (LegHall); Sokola, David (LegHall); Sokola, Megan (LegHall); Spiegelman, Jeff (LegHall); Townsend, Bryan (LegHall); Venables, Robert (LegHall); Viola, John (LegHall); Volturo, Andrew (LegHall); Walker, Rebecca (LegHall); Wallace, Meghan (LegHall); Williams, Dennis E (LegHall); Williams, Jane E (LegHall); Williams, Kimberly (LegHall); Wilson, David L (LegHall); Wilson, Kay (LegHall); Wood, Bonnie (LegHall); Wootten, Sarah (LegHall); Zdeb, Michelle (LegHall)
Cc: May, Alison (K12); Mclaughlin, Mary Kate (K12)
Subject: Embargoed Notice – New State Accountability System

Dear Legislator:

As elected officials, we wanted to give you embargoed notice of several outreach opportunities we will be announcing later today related to a new state accountability system. The Delaware Department of Education will be seeking public input on a new state accountability system through a survey as well as a series of Town Hall meetings. The survey, available here, seeks feedback on what the public would like measured and reported on the state’s public school accountability report card.

In addition to the survey, the Department will host three Town Halls in November to gather public feedback on the state’s new approach to reporting school performance and its submission of a waiver for renewed flexibility from the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Staff from the Department will present the state’s proposed new accountability system and outline the process for renewal of the ESEA flexibility waiver. Time will be devoted to answering questions and seeking public comment on both topics.

The new accountability system will have two parts:

· Part A includes metrics that we know to be critical to measure for public schools, and that align with federal accountability. This includes student proficiency and growth on state tests, college and career readiness benchmarks, chronic absenteeism rates, and on-track to graduate measures.

· Part B will include those measures, as informed by the survey results.

The state recognizes there are additional measures that are critical to Delaware residents.

The survey will be open through December 31, 2014.

The Town Halls are scheduled for:
• 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday November 5 at the Carvel State Office Building at 9th and French streets, Wilmington
• 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 12 at the John Collette Education Resource Center, 35 Commerce Way, Dover
• 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 19 at the Sussex County Council Chamber, 2 The Circle, Georgetown

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information about either of these opportunities. We will be announcing them publicly later today.
Tina Shockley
Education Associate – Policy Advisor
Department of Education
Office: 302-735-4105
Cell: 302-632-2143
Fax: 302-739-4654
SLC: D370B