Last night the Red Clay Consolidated School District Board signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the three priority schools in their district. They tweaked the original a bit, not allowing a superintendent to make $160,000 a year, but rather the district salary for that position. As well, it states these schools shall not become charter schools in the event of a takeover, but the loopholes in the MOU automatically revert back to the state code and regulation which would allow this anyways. It was a punch in the gut for RCEA President Mike Matthews.
Meanwhile, in Dover, my 13 year old dog Dixxie had a seizure. We aren’t sure what’s wrong with her, but we are waiting on blood work to come back to figure out our next step. This event, in addition to the fact that I’ve been under the weather the past couple days, has distracted me from writing a lot about these events happening with the priority schools. Family first! This caused a lot of stress for my son. Dixxie has been around longer than he has, so she is just as much a part of his family as Mom and Dad. It was touch and go for a little while there, and trying to keep the dog calm and my son was tough. But we all made it through, and spirits are back up today.
I am very concerned about the precedent the Red Clay decision sets for all public school districts in Delaware. It allows them to be bullied into submission. I still fear there will come a day when priority school districts happen, which will allow for full takeover by more charter schools.
I really wanted to go to the state board of education meeting today, but it doesn’t look like an option right now. I will certainly keep you up to date when I find out more information throughout the day. In the meantime, please say a prayer for Dixxie!