A piece of Delaware legislation that is out for consideration would seek to have the Delaware Secretary of Education obtain the authority to suspend a teacher’s license under certain felony crimes or a clear and immediate danger to students prior to certain actions taken by a school district or charter school. Similar to a bill Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf put out a couple of years ago, this one defines the types of felonies that could warrant the Secretary exercising this type of authority. The bill is sponsored by Senators Bryan Townsend and David Sokola and State Representatives Earl Jaques and Pete Schwartzkopf.
Delaware Academy of Public Safety & Security is in a very tight spot. Very low enrollment is causing Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting to request a formal review of the charter school. The State Board of Education will consider the recommendation at their meeting on Thursday, January 18th.
A formal review in January. The timing on this is very interesting. If a charter school doesn’t have 80% of their enrollment by the Spring, they can go on formal review for that. They should have gone on formal review for low enrollment for a long time. But when they failed to hit those enrollment numbers in their September 30th count, that can no longer be ignored.
For Delaware charter schools, this school does have a very unique purpose, to promote public safety and security (thus the name). It is such an exact niche for students. Perhaps it was a bit too specific. Enrollment has steadily been going down for years. It would take a miracle for them to get their enrollment up to at least 80% in the middle of a school year. Low enrollment causes charters to lose a lot of money to the point where they are no longer financially viable.
This will be the first formal review in two years. The last was Delaware STEM Academy who never opened due to low enrollment numbers.