As Priority Schools Receive Extension, Gateway Parents Speak Up Tonight

The Delaware Department of Education pulled off a sneaky move today in regards to the Gateway Public Comment session. They were scheduled to speak first at the meeting in Wilmington, and then Reach Academy For Girls. Both were recommended for closure by the Charter School Accountability Committee at the Delaware DOE. Their fate will be decided at the State Board of Education meeting on December 18th. Secretary of Education Mark Murphy will announce his decision, and then the board will vote on it.

Many Gateway parents decided to take a bus to avoid traffic, and planned for a certain time and arranged babysitting for their special needs children. The DOE called late in the afternoon and announced Gateway would be speaking after Reach. Gateway has received a lot of media exposure with the announcement, and many parents planned on speaking. One anonymous parent saw the DOE’s move as a stealth tactic to get less parents there. One report from the location states that there are hundreds of people there, but the room only holds 180 people. One would have to wonder if the DOE plans things like this.

Many politicians from the House and Senate signed a letter of support for Gateway, but many people are wondering if they will do the same for the Priority Schools. And speaking of the Priority Schools, Transparent Christina posted a response from the school district today indicating their proposed MOU to the DOE just wasn’t good enough and to keep working at it, but that’s okay, cause they got an extension until January 7th. I guess Markell doesn’t want to make a big public announcement on New Years Day. Penny Schwinn signed the letter which can be read here:

In other news, Mike Matthews and I reached our preliminary goal of $500 for our GoFundMe FOIA Request to the DOE and Markell’s office after an anonymous donor named F*ckJack donated $170. Thank you F*ckJack!

Over on Kilroys, I battled with the infamous lastDEconservative for half the day after going a few rounds with Pencadermom and Greg (no last name) yesterday. My opponent for today, while not belittling me, was off to Twitter to check out the Shakira feeds. Which was okay with me as I was sawing wood for my son’s catapult he is making for a science project. Yes folks, it’s been that kind of day!
Public Comment can be made on the DOE website at

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

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