How about those apples? I actually found a huge technicality in the DOE reporting system for bullying and the DOE fixed it in record time. Contrary to popular belief, things at the Red Clay charter schools are NOT as rosy as the past couple years of bullying and discipline reports provided by the Delaware Department of Education would have you believe. I was very puzzled when I saw, for two years in a row, none of these three charters had their individual reports come up on the DOE School profiles website. I emailed John Sadowski, the Program Manager for Climate and Discipline at the DOE this morning and advised him of this. As of 12 noon, the reports are now available.
I’m not sure what happened, and it didn’t change the Annual bullying report I posted this morning, but it does show some things parents would not have seen before this fix. I would like to believe this happened because of the odd nature of Charter School of Wilmington, Delaware College Prep and Delaware Military Academy being the only charters in the state authorized by a school district. In this case, the Red Clay Consolidated School District.
Using Delaware College Prep as an example, this is the only information parents could see for them on the School Profiles page of the DOE website:
|Number of Reported Offenses (2014-15)|
|Suspensions and Expulsions|
When you hit the tab for details in both these sections you get to see a breakdown for this data as you can see in the below reports. But before 12 noon today, it didn’t come up for the three Red Clay charters while it did for every other public school in the state. I put up both the reports for Red Clay, before and after so you can see the difference.
Red Clay Consolidated Combined Report 2014-2015, 6:59am, 10/7/15.
Red Clay Consolidated Combined Report 2014-2015, 12:25pm, 10/7/15
Charter School of Wilmington Combined Report 2014-2015
Delaware College Prep Combined Report 2014-2015
Delaware Military Academy Combined Report 2014-2015
So what got me all interested in Red Clay charters and these reports? It had a lot to do with this article. I knew the student was suspended for many days over suspected drug activity. I wanted to be sure Charter School of Wilmington reported it right to the state since that was part of the issues at the time. I believe they did, because it shows 20 students were suspended from the school for a total of 118 days.
I don’t believe this was an intentional mistake on the DOE’s part, but oversight and making sure all the reports came up would have been prudent. I’m glad they fixed it though and parents can see what actually happens in terms of reportable offenses at these three schools.
With the current issues Delaware College Prep is going through, knowing they have had 18 fights and a violent felony might be something the Red Clay Consolidated Board of Education may want to know about. Although I am curious what the two Delaware DOE offenses are for Delaware Military Academy with nothing checked off in the sections for that category. Maybe they aren’t done fixing it…