Wow! I have been out of the loop! Sussex Montessori School withdrew their application for their charter school to open up in the 2018-2019 school year. This happened on January 16th.
It doesn’t look like the Delaware Dept. of Education officially dug into their application because it is not showing any response from the DOE on their website, just the below withdrawal letter. I am actually surprised at this. There is only one charter school in Sussex County and there has been a plea from folks like Kendall Massett at the Delaware Charter Schools Network for more charters in lower Delaware.
The letter does indicate they will submit another application in December, 2017 for the 2019-2020 school year. This is probably the longest stretch where Delaware has not seen any new charter schools. If their next application gets approved, it would be four years between new charters opening anywhere in the state. But I would rather see them err on the side of caution and make sure they get it right then rush to opening. That didn’t work out very well for some charters in recent memory!