While it doesn’t appear on the agenda for their meeting this Thursday, it is expected the Delaware State Board of Education will vote if Odyssey Charter School will get a formal review. This gained a lot more traction based on an email that went out from school leadership to interested parties last Thursday.
May 9, 2019
Good afternoon Odyssey Charter School Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents and Community,
We want to update you firsthand about our ongoing developments with Department of Education (DOE): DOE is working with OCS in response to complaints that DOE has received over the last 6 months. On the afternoon of May 1st, the OCS Board proposed some significant changes that will make our decision-making process more transparent and inclusive. DOE is reviewing this proposal. An email from DOE was shared by an OCS parent on the OCS Parent FB page this afternoon. This email from the Charter School Office provided context and timing of a possible process. Based on conversations with DOE, we understand that a school closing, while highly unlikely, is only used in the most drastic circumstances. The State Board of Education meets on Thursday May 16th; DOE will inform us of next steps, of which could potentially include a formal review. A formal review does NOT mean a school closure. Remember, this is a collaborative process, and we are in regular contact with DOE. OCS is a family, and together we will continue to work towards one goal – the success of our 1800 students. We will share information with you as soon as DOE shares it with the OCS Leadership.
The big question is the grounds for a formal review. It could be a plethora of reasons but I’m going to go with potential financial improprieties and/or organizational issues. There have been numerous allegations against the board for conflicts of interest involving a leadership position for the former President of their board. Furthermore, many have expressed displeasure with the AHEPA majority on their board. AHEPA is a Greek organization aimed at promoting Greek culture and education in a school setting. Many claim the male-dominated AHEPA is not something the school wants or desires in the 21st Century. Last year teachers voted to join the Delaware State Education Association. I’ll report more when I know it after the State Board of Education meeting.