Yesterday, the Charter School Accountability Committee convened for a trio of Delaware charter schools up for charter renewal. The three schools: Campus Community School, MOT Charter School, and Providence Creek Academy all received a recommendation to have their charters renewed with no conditions by the committee. The next step is the Secretary of Education, Dr. Steven Godowsky, and the State Board of Education agreeing. Their decision will occur at the December State Board of Education meeting.
This doesn’t always happen like this with Delaware charters. Providence Creek Academy had some organizational and financial issues in the past year, but the school proactively recognized and fixed the problems. With all the other charter news, it is good to see schools getting a green light at times. Some of the senior members of the committee and the Charter School Office looked visibly worn down and tired. While I am against many things at the Delaware Department of Education, we do need to remember these people are human and they do work hard. Many want them to work hard at other things though, and not necessarily on the accountability machine they have become under Governor Markell’s administration.
Congratulations to Campus, MOT and PCA on their own hard work at getting through this stage of their charter renewals. This is a far cry from last year when Reach Academy had their charter revoked, Gateway Lab School received the recommendation for revocation which was turned down by then Secretary Mark Murphy and the State Board of Education, and Family Foundations Academy emerged as a hot mess weeks before the State Board’s decision to place them on formal review for financial mismanagement by their former heads of school.