Aaaron Bass, the new Executive Director of EastSide Charter School and Family Foundations Academy has some very lofty goals for students. Mirroring the very controversial No Child Left Behind law enacted in 2002, Bass wants all students to be 100% proficient on the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The difference is Bass’ plans to determine how a child advances in grade levels. And what method of teaching does Bass prefer? Continue reading “EastSide Charter & Family Foundations Academy Have No Child Left Behind Goals But Plan To Leave More Students Behind”
In the first “Correct The Blogger Challenge” email I received, an anonymous individual under the pseudonym “Education Opinions” wrote to me about my article on EastSide Charter School from last week. They wrote:
This is in response to your 3/10 post “The Recipe Behind the ‘Pixie Dust’ at Eastside Charter: Very High Attrition Rates, Part 1.” I want to start by saying that I don’t work at Eastside, I’m not on their board, I don’t have any kids at the school, I don’t work for the DOE, and I am not related to anyone who meets any of those qualifications either. I am just a community member concerned about the way data (for both traditional and charter schools) is sometimes utilized to make points that might not be completely accurate.
In your post, you state, “Governor Jack Markell gave the keynote speech, and left immediately afterwards for another engagement. He spoke about Eastside Charter School’s great job with closing proficiency gaps, and stated “they have gone from only having 15% of their 5th graders scoring proficient in reading to 66% in just three years.” If only this were true…”. You then go on to post the number of students in each K-6 grade from the year 2009 until the current year, citing high attrition as a reason why this proficiency statistic can’t be true. Continue reading “Correct The Blogger Challenge: “EastSide Charter’s Proficiency Gains Have Nothing To Do With Attrition””
The magic of East Side Charter School is not magic, but merely a carefully crafted bit of smoke and mirrors. It’s an illusion, not what the citizens of Delaware think it is, but the oldest trick in the book.
Last night at the Imagination Delaware forum, held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware, a crowd of over 700 people listened to a panel on not only Wilmington’s education, but all of Delaware. The forum turned into a debate about charter and traditional schools in the state with the two main members of the panel. Mike Matthews, the President of the Red Clay Educators Association and a special education teacher at Warner Elementary School on the side of the traditional schools and Dr. Lamont Browne, the head of school of both Eastside Charter School and Family Foundations Academy.
Governor Jack Markell gave the keynote speech, and left immediately afterwards for another engagement. He spoke about Eastside Charter School’s great job with closing proficiency gaps, and stated “they have gone from only having 15% of their 5th graders scoring proficient in reading to 66% in just three years.” If only this were true…
I will definitely say Eastside Charter does not perform in “cherry-picking” their students. They seem to enroll anyone who applies. I have never heard of a lottery for this school. They have a very high population of minorities and their special education populations are in line with the traditional school districts around them. So what is the issue? Continue reading “The Recipe Behind the “Pixie Dust” at Eastside Charter: Very High Attrition Rates, Part 1″
We hear it all the time from the pro-choice charter crowd. “We don’t get the funding traditional schools get.” “It’s not fair.” Wah Wah Wah! Traditional schools don’t get over a million dollars in contributions through foundations. They get taxpayer money just like charters do. And look at all the names on here! Some of these are very familiar names in the corporate education reform movement here in Delaware!
Compare this to the priority schools in Wilmington. They have been cash poor for years from tax cuts back in 2009 that were never restored. It’s easy to have lower proficiency gaps when you rake in the funding which allows for more resources. And now that you have your hooks in Family Foundations Academy, I’m sure you will be asking for more this year!