Another Delaware charter school is getting the formal review recommendation at the State Board of Education meeting tomorrow. Delaware STEM Academy did not meet their 80% enrollment numbers required under state law and their own charter.
I’ve seen this happen before with a few of the other new charters before they opened. They don’t meet the enrollment numbers by April 1st, but they will probably meet them by the time this comes up for State Board action, most likely June the way these things go. It happened last year with Delaware Design-Lab High School and Freire Charter School of Wilmington. Without knowing what their current enrollment numbers are, it would be hard to say what their situation is though. The simple fact is this: we have too many charters in upper New Castle County. The State Board should have considered this when they had their charter approval party two years ago this month. This is what happens when you have too many schools and too many seats in those schools. With some of the problems the newer charters had this year, such as Delaware Met closing mid-year and Delaware Design-Lab High School, Freire, and First State Military Academy experiencing opening struggles, I can picture many parents reluctance to send their kids to an unknown and unproven charter school.