Last night, the Delaware Met had their formal review public hearing at the Carvel Building up in Wilmington. About six students and four parents showed up. The school’s acting head of school, Teresa Gerchman with Innovative Schools, didn’t show up. Two students gave public comment about their teachers not giving instruction, and frequent “breaks” including smoking, ordering McDonalds, and leaving the school to go to the store. One parent asked the Delaware DOE to shut the school down, and two others want them to stay open. I think the students win this one, and I’m glad they had the bravery to speak up about their concerns with the school. I can’t wait to see this transcript!
The Delaware State Board of Education and Acting Secretary Steven Godowsky put the Delaware Met on formal review status on Thursday. On Friday, the Charter School Office at the DOE sent out their formal review notification letter. It is one thing to be unprepared. But this, this is at a level unheard of. What in the name of all that is holy have these people been doing for the past two years while planning to open their school? Even more concerning, is what are the students doing all day?
The true shockers about this school lie within this document. Every single thing I reported on September 25th about this school is in here with one exception. But there is quite a bit more. I sincerely hope the State Board of Education takes a hard look at the people who want to open up charter schools before making a decision. Obviously, this group has been a complete and utter failure for the students and parents who trusted them to provide a good education.
And the timeline for their formal review: