I did not forget charter schools in my mammoth Freedom of Information Act request! With the above charter schools, the amount of employees making over $100,000 varies, usually based on student count. Two of them have NO employees making over $100,000. For Charter School of Newcastle and East Side Charter School, they are grouped together because they fall under the umbrella called Vision Academies. For five of these charter schools, comparing their demographics to Charter School of Wilmington is crazy. It has never been a secret that I have extreme issues with CSW’s demographics. Two of these schools are in Dover, one is in New Castle, and the other three are in Wilmington. Continue reading
According to Fox29 Philly, a teacher at East Side Charter School in Wilmington was fired on Tuesday after alleged physical abuse against a 10 year old female student.
Without a note, she says her teacher refused to let her in class. When she tried to walk through the classroom door a few minutes later, she said the 27-year-old male teacher picked her up and slammed her against a bulletin board.
The girl told her mother when she got home, according to the article. She was taken to A.I. DuPont Hospital and was diagnosed with a bruised elbow. Her arm is in a sling according to the picture in the article. Charges are expected against the unnamed teacher today. He began his tenure at Eastside this January.
Teachers hate reading this kind of stuff. They know people will start saying this happens all the time and teachers get scrutinized over it. To be clear, this does not happen all the time. When it does happen though, I feel it is worth writing about. When I see 27-year-old teacher who just started in January, I have to wonder where the teacher came from. I know Eastside utilizes Teach for America and Relay Graduate School, which I find to be ineffective fast-prep teacher programs.
I do want to salute Eastside for taking quick and decisive action with this case. It looks like there was surveillance video which is now in the hands of the Wilmington Police.
Delaware has over 13,000 teachers. A few bad apples should not upset the whole cart. I just hope the student in this case is okay and is able to return to an education setting without fear of punishment after getting to school a few minutes late.
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
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
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
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!