The embattled Head of School for Family Foundation Academy, Sean Moore, is also the treasurer for the Delaware Charter School Network. On the Charter School Accountability Committee (CSAC) is Chuck Taylor, who is the President of the Governing Board of the Delaware Charter School Network. Taylor is listed on the CSAC Voting Committee as a “community member” and “former charter school leader”.
It is obvious there could be a large conflict of interest with Taylor and Moore serving on the same board. Taylor, in my opinion, should have recused himself from dealing with this school’s charter renewal, especially in light of the forthcoming financial improprieties that will be coming out shortly. But the very fact Taylor is listed as “community member” and not his true role, and the fact that Kendall Massett, the executive director of the DE Charter School Network is allowed to ask questions during a charter renewal committee meeting is suspect in itself. The DE Charter School Network is a non-profit company whose mission is to support the charter schools in their network. But it is obvious they have way too much influence at the DOE. If they want to act like union reps, they should call themselves that.
Things keep piling up against Family Foundations Academy, the charter school in Wilmington, DE that is up for charter renewal. Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy will make a decision at the Delaware State Board of Education meeting on Thursday, December 18th.
During the schools initial charter school renewal meeting on October 14th, the board and heads of school were grilled by the CSAC, and you can see where, in my opinion, Chuck Taylor crossed the line. It’s a lengthy read, but goes into a lot of what has been already released. But don’t think this is the end for Family Foundations, there will be more coming.
I’ve written the DOE gave Family Foundations Academy a pass while Gateway and Reach were given a trip to the guillotine, but I don’t think things are looking too good for this Animal House charter.