After the beat down and humiliation they received from the Red Clay Board of Education last night, the Charter School of Wilmington is very angry. They were called out as a racist school while their charter was renewed for 5 years instead of 10. Are they going to do something about it?
A 10-year renewal is more symbolic than anything. It says “we are a great school and we are so good we can go ten years without going under the microscope by our authorizer.” Sure, it is less work for a charter school but it is also a mighty boast. Today, CSW will not be able to make that claim.
CSW didn’t leave the Red Clay board meeting with dignity. They stormed out according to various sources. Instead of taking their punishment for two decades of being an elitist public school, they behaved like petulant children that didn’t get their way. Will they take that temper tantrum to the next level? Will they submit an application to the Delaware Department of Education for the DOE to become their charter authorizer?
It has been done before. Odyssey Charter School used to be authorized by Red Clay. They made the switch. But if CSW did it, that would be huge. As the first charter school in Delaware, CSW and Red Clay go together like peanut butter and jelly. They have become symbiotic with each other. Not to mention CSW shares the same building with Cab Calloway. Would Red Clay allow that shared space with the Delaware DOE lurking around?
CSW could take their licking and calm down. We will find out as we head into 2019.