In the Delaware News Journal today one of the articles was about luxury apartments in development for the new “millennials” to spice up the downtown district in Wilmington. The article announced the 77 unit Market Street Village will give “below-market rates” to charter school teachers. Jeff Mordock with the News Journal wrote:
“One of the projects, Market Street Village, will include 77 residential units that will be offered to charter school teachers at below-market rates. Hare said tax credits and funding from the state’s Downtown Development District programs will help the units be priced at a discount.”
This was Governor Markell’s big announcement right before his State of the State address a couple weeks ago. Locations were chosen in Wilmington, Dover and Seaford. Markell, why don’t you just come out with a press release that says “I hate public school district teachers, and I will not rest until they are wiped off the map in Delaware.” This is discrimination, pure and simple. I suppose there aren’t any Millennials among the very large teacher pool in the local public school districts? Or is this indicative of something bigger? Because the New York Times also had an article about this on February 5th, but they said something a little bit different. NY Times reporter Mark Makela wrote:
“The former bank building is part of the Market Street Village development that will create 77 residential units at three locations for the city’s growing number of charter school teachers, who will be offered the apartments at below-market rates.”
In the 2015-2016 school year there will be a total of six new charter schools in Delaware, five of which will be in New Castle County. Two are already scheduled to open within Wilmington. But on the other hand, two established charter schools will close, Reach Academy for Girls and Moyer. So that’s 1,290 approved seats for the five new charter schools, and based on the DOE school profiles website, 573 students currently enrolled this year (I didn’t count the 12 seniors at Moyer) will be forced to find a new school next year. So this will create a huge amount of available teachers. What it won’t do is put the local school districts in a good position. Already under the knife’s edge with the priority schools, more local funding will be taken out of these school districts. This is assuming all these new charters fill all their seats.
While the fate of the priority schools is in your hands with Christina School District, or your lapdog Murphy, we all know most of these teachers will be forced to reapply for their jobs. Do you honestly think they would accept being terminated and then taking a job at a charter school? So where will all these new teachers come from? Perhaps Teach For America or Relay Graduate School? Younger people, perfect for your little downtown agenda.
It’s bad enough with all the Common Core, standardized testing and teacher evaluations, but now Markell has to push the knife in the back even deeper by allowing this 21st century discrimination by excluding public school district teachers out of a major state “revitalization” project. He isn’t even trying to hide it anymore.. I’m sure you figure “I’ve got two years left, and I’ll do whatever I damn well please.” Why anyone in this state would think Markell is an honorable man is beyond me. His obsession with Rodel and all the little side deals he made has turned Delaware education into a disgrace. It was one thing when he kept his obvious disdain of public school district education in the schools and the education landscape. Now he has crossed a very big line into actual incentives for some he feels are “worthy” and nothing for those that are not. I thought a Governor was supposed to be a voice for all people Governor Markell, but it’s obvious you are only there for some.
Now I understand why you have not said one word about the ACLU lawsuit against the State of Delaware and Red Clay Consolidated School District. You would be a hypocrite. Equity for all aren’t even words in your vocabulary.