This will be short and sweet, but the Delaware Charter School Accountability Committee voted on Monday to recommend the Academy of Dover for charter renewal with no conditions. The committee, created through the Delaware Dept. of Education Charter School Office, will issue their final report next week. In December, Secretary of Education Dr. Steven Godowsky will make his recommendation to the State Board of Education at their monthly meeting. The State Board will then have a vote on Academy of Dover’s charter renewal.
One major thing that came up at their initial committee meeting last month was their enrollment. It dipped this year and has been on that trend. The committee advised Academy of Dover that if this trend continues they could face major obstacles in the future which could put them in a very precarious financial position. Charter schools in Delaware are required to be at 80% of their approved enrollment by April 1st before the next school year. If they don’t, they go on formal review. This will be something Academy of Dover will have to deal with going forward until they get their numbers back up.
I think the closure of any school is a very serious decision and if it has to happen, it better be for some damn good reasons. Academy of Dover is not anywhere close to that level. I will do a follow-up on this when the report comes out next week.