Delaware Met, The Commitment To Stay One Year, & Good Cause To Pull Your Child Out

As parents have been trying to pull their children out of Delaware Met, some are being told they cannot because they signed an agreement to stay with the school for one year.  What they may not be telling the parents are certain circumstances that override this part of the charter school law.

From Title 14 of the Delaware Code, paragraph 402:

 (2) ”Good cause” shall mean a change in a child’s residence due to a change in family residence, a change in the state in which the family residence is located, a change in a child’s parent’s marital status, a change caused by a guardianship proceeding, placement of a child in foster care, adoption, participation by a child in a foreign exchange program, a reported and recorded instance of “bullying” against their child as defined in § 4112D of this title, or participation by a child in a substance abuse or mental health treatment program, or a set of circumstances consistent with this definition of “good cause.”

I would definitely say with what I am hearing about this school, there would be multiple circumstances that would allow a parent to utilize the “good cause” part of this law.  If any parent feels the school is violating the civil rights of their child, whether it is through discipline or special education treatment, please contact Allison Reardon at the Delaware Department of Justice.  She is in the Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust.  Her phone number is 302-577-5400.  The Attorney General’s office can not do anything if information is conveyed to them from a 3rd party.  They need to hear directly from parents or guardians, or even students.  If the school is pressuring parents to keep their children there, they may not be within the legal bounds to do so.

In the meantime, I want to thank the Delaware DOE and the Delaware DOJ for taking these concerns seriously.  Nothing is more paramount than the safety of our children.

5 thoughts on “Delaware Met, The Commitment To Stay One Year, & Good Cause To Pull Your Child Out

  1. Though the DOE itself has acknowledged that the letter itself is not legally enforceable, MET does hold the cards because they must physically release the student in the eSchool system in order for another school to add that student.
    And BTW, I know of at least one situation where the DOE chastised a school for not holding parents “firmly enough” to the letter, even though the school had agreed to forward funding to the new school and the new school had agreed to take the student.

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  2. There are several charter schools that should be audited. If more audits were done, I bet there would be several charter schools that still have names of students who aren’t attending there school. That could be interpreted as fraud.

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  3. The only way that can happen is if they leave a student on the roster and counts their attendance after the student leaves the Delaware public school system. It’s possible. And it’s also possible for a district school to do the exact same thing.

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    • There’s also the possibility that the charter does the right thing and lets the student leave, but the district doesn’t take them back. That happened with my neice – even though the charter offered to pay.

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