The Charter School Office at the Delaware Department of Education will give a presentation to the State Board of Education on Thursday, November 19th. Among other things, they have rated charters on a scale of 1-3. These tiers will have 1 being good, 2 some issues, and 3…not so good. The charters at the Tier 3 status are Academia Antonio Alonso, Academy of Dover, Delaware Academy of Public Safety & Security, Delaware College Prep, Family Foundations Academy, Gateway Lab School, Odyssey Charter School, and Prestige Academy. This list does not include the charters that opened this year because there is nothing to compare their organizational and financial frameworks to. But even though Delaware Met and Delaware Design Lab are not on this list this does not mean they aren’t in trouble.
Delaware Design Lab High School is on probation following their formal review last year for low enrollment before they opened. The school did get their enrollment up, but according to this report the Charter School Office is reviewing their budget and enrollment and are on some type of corrective action. Delaware Met is on formal review for pretty much everything not even three months after they opened. One interesting observation was their final Charter School Accountability Committee meeting has been changed from November 30th to December 1st. I would imagine this is because the DOE has to face the Joint Finance Committee over at Legislative Hall on the 30th. It looks like the Charter School Office will be pushing more involvement with parents at the charters with Parent Teacher Organizations. Parent involvement is never a bad thing!