The Wilmington Education Advisory Committee, which came about due to an executive order by Delaware Governor Markell, issued their executive summary today. As expected, the issue of Wilmington having four school districts within it’s boundaries was a major topic of discussion and recommendations. Before the committee gives their final report, they want public input from all citizens of Delaware, but most importantly, those already residing within Wilmington.
The biggest change the committee is suggesting is taking Christina and Colonial School Districts out of Wilmington. This would leave Red Clay Consolidated, Brandywine, and New Castle County Vo-Tech as the sole school districts in Wilmington, aside from the numerous charter schools already there. The report recommends Red Clay take over all of Christina’s schools in Wilmington. It doesn’t say anything about Colonial.
The charters in Wilmington should strategize together and work together with best practices from each school. The report also agrees with the Wilmington City Council and their moratorium on new charter school applications.
I’m not sure how I feel about this report yet. Something has to be done, but I don’t like how they are so quick to throw Christina out. Red Clay gave in to the priority schools much quicker than Christina. Hell, Christina’s union hasn’t even signed off on the MOUs at this point, if they will at all.
The full report can be read here. Please note this is NOT the final report: