Last night, several hundred parents, teachers, administrators, legislators and members of the community spoke up about a possible closure for two charter schools in Delaware. Gateway Lab School and Reach Academy For Girls will have their fate decided on December 18th at the State Board of Education meeting. Yesterday, people had a chance to give a last plea to the Delaware Charter School Accountability Committee.
Gateway Lab School, with their special needs population of around 60%, has a target on their back over standardized test scores. They are being compared to a regular school district while one of their counterpart charter schools, with less severely impaired special needs students, is compared to other special needs schools in the state. This puts Gateway at a very distinct disadvantage.
The jam-packed event, with many parents forced to leave due to the filled room capacity, was met with a snafu from the very beginning. The event, scheduled to start at 6pm, had a rescheduling at 4pm from the Delaware Department of Education. Gateway was scheduled to go first.
WDEL covered the event, and you can watch their broadcast here: http://wdel.com/features/charterhearing141210.mp4
Public Comment can still be made to the Delaware DOE until the end of the day on Friday December 12th.