The Red Clay Consolidated School District Board of Education gave the Charter School of Wilmington their renewal but not the one CSW was hoping for.
Instead of getting a 10-year renewal, which the Wilmington charter school REALLY wanted, they got a 5-year renewal. What was shocking was two Red Clay board members actually voted no on their renewal. Board members Adriana Bohm and Jose Matthews voted no while board member Jason Casper abstained due to a potential conflict of interest.
Citing the school as a “segregated school” and an example of “systemic racism”, the top-rated charter school, which has a history of “cherry-picking” students based on enrollment preferences and entrance tests, took a massive blow tonight.
As I commented on my Facebook post about this, CSW needs to stop behaving like they are a 1955 private school. They are a public school in 2018. They go against the grain more than any other public school in this state with their enrollment preferences. They take the cream of the crop. It IS systemic racism and it IS a segregated school.
Tomorrow night, the Delaware State Board of Education will be presented with their own choice for Newark Charter School. They could get a 10-year renewal. But the State Board of Ed doesn’t have the stones the Red Clay board does. I would be flabbergasted if NCS doesn’t get a 10-year renewal.
Congrats to the Red Clay board for standing up for public education tonight! Maybe CSW President Dr. Sam Paoli’s eyes will finally widen to what is going on at “his” school. I kind of doubt it though…