It has been two weeks since I responded to Rodel CEO Paul Herdman’s email to me about my Rodel article (this one: https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/delaware-race-to-the-top-hedge-funds-millions-wasted-the-story-of-rodel-markell-charters-the-vision-network-kilroysdelaware-ed_in_de-dwablog-apl_jax-nannyfat-ecpaige-delawarebat/ and https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/rodels-ceo-dr-herdman-sent-an-email-re-rodel-article-my-response-challenge-kilroysdelaware-ed_in_de-rceaprez-apl_jax/ ). I asked Paul Herdman to meet me at the six priority schools and Gateway Lab School to explain Rodel’s hedge fund activity and other discrepancies I found. Mr. Herdman has not bothered to respond at all. But I have heard he was very upset about the article and many people at Rodel and the Vision Network were sent an email about it. I have yet to see the email, but my invitation to Mr. Herdman still stands. Your call Paul. In the meantime, if my next article on Rodel occurs before you accept my invitation, feel free to address any irregularities I have found on that one as well.
Thank you Diane for posting this. If anyone reads the brief, this is not only about minorities. It is also enrollment preference that shuns students with disabilities. The state average for children with special needs is about 13.5%. Many of the charters in Delaware have very low special needs populations. The highest performing school in the state, Charter School of Wilmington has a .2% population of students with IEPs. As a writer of a blog on special education in Delaware, I get emails all the time from parents who have children in DE charters who are denied IEPs and special education rights. All too often these students are either “counseled out”, expelled, or the parents pull them out of the charters. The child then attends the local district school, but the funds for that school year tend to stay at the charter school depending on if it happened after September 30th (when student enrollment is determined for each school in DE). The state of DE is actually in the process of closing one of the two special needs charters in the state because of low standardized test scores from a test they don’t even use anymore. The charters have many special education lawsuits which even helped contribute to one charter school in Delaware a couple years ago. In some cases, students with disabilities who are also a minority and low-income are victims of a twisted triple segregation as a result of these tactics. And yet our unelected State Board of Education is well aware of what is going on and does nothing to address this. The biggest comments coming out of our DOE in the state’s IEP Task Force is fighting against having parents get an advanced copy of an IEP draft and praising standards-based IEPs claiming they are not about Common Core. This is just as big a sin as the discrimination against minorities in our state. The director of the Delaware Charter Schools Network, Kendall Massett, actually responded to this complaint by stating ““These complaints are not new to any state that has a charter school law. These allegations, myths – we actually call them myths – are actually talked about all over the United States,” – See more at: http://www.wdde.org/70472-aclu-delaware-files-federal-complaint-state-charter-schools#sthash.QREgRuky.dpuf
The only myth I see is the education reform common core standardized test environment that has become the obsession of our Governor Markell, the Delaware DOE, and a very shady non-profit organization called Rodel that funds Teach For America, Relay Graduate School, Innovative Schools and so on. This is a tipping point for Delaware charters. I am very glad this complaint was issued and that the state is finally being held accountable for allowing these things to happen.
It is clear that the issue of desegregation has fallen off the agenda of the nation and the U.S. Department of Education. Not even DOE’s Office of Civil Rights has shown much interest in the resegregation of our narion’s schools
However, the ACLU still remembers the Brown decision and the numerous federal court orders banning segregated schools.
“As detailed in Part IV of this complaint, Delaware’s expansion of charter schools has led to segregated charter schools for students of color, students from low income families, and students with disabilities. Specifically, more than three-quarters of the state’s charter schools are racially identifiable.11 High-performing charter schools are almost entirely racially identifiable as White. In addition, low income students and students with disabilities (to the extent that students with disabilities…
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Delaware DOE, you need to read this!
The National Education Association is holding its National Council of Urban Education Associations. The Big Data Wars are evident there, but we all need to question data every day in every way.
Simply because a few billionaires seek to monetize children, end public education, and make immense profits for themselves, the “Data Driven” claims of truth need not be believed or acted upon. The NEA uses the interpretations of data from the think tanks, organizations and foundations paid for by these same billionaires.
Read Why Big Data Is Not Truth in the New York Times.
“That promise of certainty has been a hallmark of the technology industry for decades. With Big Data, however, there are even more hazards, some human and some inherent in the technology.”
Read the definition of Data in Technology in the dictionary.
“Data on its own has no meaning, only when interpreted by some kind of data processing system does it take on meaning and become information.”
Read Why Nobody Said Big Data is Truth in…
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