In the next round of Delaware charter schools that have salaries over $100,000, we have an eclectic mix that include two Kent County schools and three New Castle county. Two are military schools, one has a pseudo-religious theme, one is a first responder school, and the other has a unique partnership with Delaware State University. In my eyes, if you are going to have a charter school, make it different from the schools around you. And these charters certainly fit the bill! Two of them, as you can see by their demographics, are on my radar of what I view as skewed special populations in some areas. One of them, however, could disappear by the end of June if they don’t get their student enrollment up very soon! Delaware Military Academy is authorized by Red Clay Consolidated School District. ECHS and the two FSMAs opened up after the News Journal came out with their salary article in 2014. Continue reading
At this present moment, 5:46pm, the Early College High School in Dover, Delaware is holding their monthly board of directors meeting. But the charter school has NO sign-in sheet for public comment, the front door is locked, and a receptionist at the school told a parent there would be no ability for the public to speak at the meeting this evening. Hello FOIA, meet Early College High School.
I’m a HUGE fan of transparency. Real big fan. I don’t like it when parents are denied the ability to speak at a public meeting. Nothing gets my education flames going more than that. Especially when it is planned in advance. How fortunate for myself that I was able to catch this in real-time! That takes some major chutzpah to do that. But not only is all this going on, but they started the meeting early thus denying the public the ability to even hear everything that was discussed if they were able to get through their locked doors.
It makes me wonder why the Board of Directors wouldn’t allow public comment at this meeting. When I went to check their website to see what is on the agenda, I found it very difficult to ascertain anything since NO AGENDA WAS POSTED!!!! But during the meeting, there was discussion ABOUT public comment and that anyone wishing to speak has to meet certain conditions first. Too bad the public didn’t have the opportunity to hear this discussion about their public comment procedures. One parent went and had something to say, but she never had the opportunity so she left. Meanwhile, the front doors are still locked.
Another performance award application. This school has been open for one year and they are applying for a performance award with no data on academic performance… As well I have grave concerns with forcing 9th and 10th graders to take summer classes the school should be providing as part of their regular academic year curriculum…
In my eyes, this school is still very much an experiment in Delaware. They have already gone through one principal and significant board member changes. The jury is still out on this application. What do you think DOE? I’m sure you’ll love it with the whole college and career ready lingo and the Smarter Balanced goals of 60% will close the gaps.