I’m glad to see Kavips back in full swing! This is an excellent summary of what is going on in the Delaware education landscape. Things are happening very fast, and unless you get out of the car, there’s a cliff straight ahead. I didn’t hear anything about an extension with the priority schools. Timed for inauguration? The new 148th Assembly? Does Jack Markell have something that needs to pass right away?
Over the November holidays some focus has shifted. We probably need to bring things back around.
Here is where we are:
A) Priority. Only 50 days (including the extension) or less than 1200 hours remain to design two MOUs for two districts that meet DOE approval and keep 6 priority schools public; otherwise closures will turn them over to charters (KIPP) which perform no better than do our worst public schools.
B) Over 480 new Charter seats open next year inside the two districts affected by the future closure of 6 schools. Yearly, this additionally siphons another $1.6 million of per-pupil-funding out of those two districts and puts your tax money into private hands at no gain to you. (That giant sucking sound you hear….)
C) A Charter School which is devoted to the betterment of special ed. children has been targeted for closure based solely on their test scores and absolutely nothing else. Everyone knows special ed children cannot do…
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