Sean Moore and Dr. Tennell Brewington, the fired ex heads of school at Family Foundations Academy, a charter school in Delaware, will soon be facing potential criminal charges through the State Attorney General office. According to an Update Report filed with the Delaware Department of Education on January 30th from the new Board of Directors at Family Foundations Academy, Brewington and Moore’s past actions have been sent to Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn’s office.
“All information concerning past possible criminal violations by FFA personnel has been referred to the Delaware Attorney General’s Office.”
In addition, five prior business contracts with Family Foundations Academy have been terminated, and three were modified. All purchase cards have been taken away from employees with the exception of Dr. Lamont Browne and East Side Charter and Family Foundations Academy Director of Finance and Operations. But these purchase cards may return at some point:
“although we are seeking to have that capability restored because it is very burdensome to conduct business without having the use of that facility, and we have full confidence in the appropriate use of the Pcard under Dr. Browne’s leadership and supervision.”
Family Foundations Academy was placed on Formal Review by Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy and the Delaware State Board of Education at their January meeting. The formal review will be for 60 days after the January State Board of Education meeting, and a decision on the review will be rendered at the March State Board of Education meeting. To read the full Update Report, please read the below file.
I’m talking to you Delaware Charter Schools Network, Rodel, Schools That Care, and Publius! In the next six days, Delaware legislators will be signing on to co-sponsor Kowalko and Lawson’s Parent Opt Out House Bill. You may even be scratching your head at some of the legislators that will put their name on this. But it’s going to happen. This bill will be submitted.
The first reason you need to support this is because it’s a parent’s CHOICE. I was reminded of this last night by two school board members. You folks are all about the CHOICE. You live and die by that one word. Now it’s time to put your support where your mouth is. While choosing a school for your child’s education is a CHOICE, so is determining how your child is educated. It’s a parent’s CHOICE. If you do not support this bill, we will all know that you don’t truly believe in CHOICE.
The second and more important reason is because of the nature of this bill. Students who, for various reasons, may not be able to take the test will not count in the proficiency ratings. This will make your scores go up! Why is this good, aside from the obvious? I know you aren’t going to go away. You are a part of the landscape, and that’s not a bad thing. But when the ACLU complaint goes forward with the OCR, and they rule on it, you know what’s going to happen. You will be court-ordered to include more of the minorities, low-income and special education kids in your communities. By default, test scores will go down. You will be screaming for parent opt out then, so why not be proactive and do it now! Many charters in Delaware pride themselves on their academic framework and proficiency ratings. But when your populations change, and the new School Accountability System kicks in with the letter grades of A-F, your school could very well become the next priority school!