This situation at Thomas Edison Charter School is getting bigger by the day. Tomorrow night, at 6pm, parents and staff are holding a rally at the school demanding Principal EL be reinstated. It doesn’t mean he will. But parents and teachers have had enough and they aren’t afraid to use their voice.
Not helping matters was the closed-door board meeting today. There was no public notice of this meeting (required by state code, even if it is an emergency meeting). Even if there is not a quorum, any public board in this state has to follow certain protocol under open meeting laws. But it doesn’t sound like this board knows state code. Heck, I’m not even sure they know their own bylaws.
Parents were not happy about Board President Ron Pinkett’s comment on Delawareonline about “Have you seen this neighborhood?” Many parents have expressed outrage at what they are seeing as an out of touch comment.
Word on the street is that President Pinkett made his own decision to put Principal EL on leave. Sounds like this guy needs to take a walk.
Will Principal EL grace the halls of Thomas Edison tomorrow morning? The students won’t be there since it is an “in-service day”, just announced on Friday. The lack of transparency surrounding this whole thing is appalling.
The Head of School for Delaware Design-Lab High School, Joseph Mock, resigned after holding the position for less than six months. I saw no notification on their website or social media pages. This happened the same day Dr. Salome Thomas-EL was ousted from Thomas Edison Charter School.
Delaware Design-Lab has faced low enrollment woes since before they opened. Further complicating matters is the ongoing legal matter with the former Head of School, Christina Alvarez. They even have a new website. They do have a board meeting tomorrow night. They held an emergency session on September 13th to discuss “personnel and contract negotiations”.
Not much information to report, but this DID happen. That I can say with 100% certainty.
What in the world is going on with our charter schools in Delaware? It is not good for any school’s stability to play musical chairs with their leaders. It certainly isn’t good for students! I would think the school would make an announcement somewhere. At the very least, I hope parents received an email from the school. Or perhaps I am breaking this news to the public for the first time…
All the Design-Lab schools run out of Philadelphia. This is the first (and only to date) Design-Lab school in Delaware.