Move over AFWG, there’s a new, uhm, FWG coming to town! The Delaware Charter School Office at the Delaware DOE looks like they are gearing to change the organizational part of the charter school Performance Framework. This is mighty interesting, and I have to wonder how this came about. Perhaps many of the events going on at some of the newer charters that opened this year? Like Delaware Met, First State Military Academy, Freire, and Delaware Design Lab High School. This could cover a lot of issues several Delaware charters go through, such as board transparency, charter heads of school going crazy with money, and leadership which is vitally needed at the newer charters. Maybe Kilroy’s lifelong dream of having charters record their board meetings will come out of this!
Here’s the way I look at this: charters aren’t going anywhere and neither are traditional school districts. Since charters are public schools but get more leeway for how they do things, they are also under the microscope more. I’ve actually heard some charters say they would prefer more accountability so they can ensure they are doing the right thing and not wind up on formal review. Charters in Delaware have had a few rough years, starting with Pencader. I will have to assume these are going to be public meetings. The last things charter schools in Delaware need are closed-door secret meetings. If I know Jennifer Nagourney at the DOE, this will be very transparent. She has done an excellent job with transparency of charters on the DOE website.
My suggestion? They may not want to make this JUST charter related members. Having the perspective of a traditional school district financial administrator, board member or superintendent could potentially help charters to see things in different ways they may not be used to. And it would go a long way towards the charter-district collaboration that was discussed at the Vision Quest thing today. Just my two cents! Here comes the OFWG!
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