According to Governor Carney’s public schedule, he might get some blisters on his fingers from signing so many bills. Tomorrow and Wednesday he will be signing 29 bills at various times of the day. In the education world, two big bills will get the ink. The long awaited House Bill #292 which makes drastic changes to the Delaware Autism Program will finally become law. Another big one is Senate Bill #172 which takes steps to improve transparency in education funding. It doesn’t go far enough in my opinion. Nothing will until the public can see where every penny in public education goes.
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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!
Monday night is the Formal Review Public Hearing for the Delaware Met. It starts at 5pm at the Carvel State Building, on the 2nd floor. It should be easy to get to because it is right next to the school, across the street to the right of the school. This is the time to let the Delaware Department of Education and the world know what is really happening there. If you have been bullied, or your kid is not getting the special education they rightfully deserve, or you have not been given due process, or you just have some thoughts to get out, THIS IS THE TIME!!!! Do not let this opportunity go to waste!
As most readers of this blog know, the Delaware Met is on formal review. And the Delaware Department of Education wants to hear from you! When a charter school in Delaware goes on formal review, there are two opportunities to be heard: a public hearing or leaving public comment on their website. The public hearings will be November 16th and December 7th, both at 5pm, at the Carvel Building in Wilmington on the 2nd floor auditorium. As well, you can give public comment here: https://form.jotform.com/52888685884178?
To give your public comment the weight it deserves, I highly recommend using your real name. This is your chance to tell your story about your child’s experience with this school. The DOE needs to hear from every single parent who is not happy with the Delaware Met.
The Charter School Accountability Committee at the Delaware Department of Education is holding the final Public Hearings for Freire Charter School, Prestige Academy and Delaware Design Lab High School tonight in the 2nd floor auditorium at the Carvel Building in Wilmington at 5pm. Academy of Dover will have their final public hearing tomorrow night at the main Delaware DOE building across from Legislative Hall at 5pm tomorrow in the 2nd floor Cabinet Room.
These are not public hearings where the schools are on trial. Rather, it gives the public time to give comment on these schools official formal review proceedings. There is a transcript which is put on the DOE website a couple days after.
I anticipate quite a few of the community members near the new Freire sight to protest this school’s location again. For Academy of Dover, God only knows what will come out at this hearing!