Breaking News: The Delaware Academy of Yachting Charter School

Yes, you heard it right.  The Delaware Academy of Yachting Charter School.  This is a hot topic today at the State Board of Education Retreat down at Dewey Beach.  Perhaps you never heard of this school before.  But it exists.  At least on paper (or pdf if you want to be technical).  Did a charter school change their name?  Is this a new charter school?  I would have to assume this school is down in Sussex County if it is a yachting school.  The Delaware DOE loves to abbreviate everything, so they call this the DAY School.

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It looks like Happy Days are here again!  The last time I did an article like this was a few weeks ago.  I wrote Governor Markell submitted a video application to become Hillary Clinton’s (if elected President) U.S. Secretary of Education.  It was a joke.  It was the Governor’s weekly address.  Many folks didn’t read the whole article.  Let’s see if that happens again.

But the document talking about the DAY School does exist, as seen here.  Sometimes you just have to lighten the mood a bit.  The State Board is discussing the charter renewal process for this year’s charter renewals.  To give an example for the presentation, the Charter School Office created this imaginary charter school.  But someone will think this is the real deal.  Don’t.  It’s fake.  And no, I don’t consider this a waste of taxpayer money.

The Procedures Manual For The Delaware State Board of Education

As I announced yesterday, the Delaware State Board of Education is having their fall retreat right now.  It started yesterday and continues until the end of business today.  Taking place in Dewey Beach, the State Board is talking about the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, the Delaware School Success Framework, Educator Preparation Programs, Superintendent Evaluations, and their own policies and procedures manual which has not been updated in almost three years.  They may have made changes to this during this retreat, but here is their manual up through January, 2013.

My biggest issue with the State Board is the amount of groups, committees and task forces they allow their Executive Director to take part in without real State Board member representation.  But that is my personal opinion…

Delaware Board of Education Dewey Beach Agenda @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @Apl_Jax @RCEAPrez @ecpaige @nannyfat @roof_o #netde #eduDE #edchat #Delaware

While the rest of Delaware is either working or going to school, the Delaware State Board of Education is down at Dewey Beach for their Fall retreat.  Take a look at their agenda.

I wonder who else may have been invited to this interesting two-day event.  Anyone from certain non-profit agencies the DOE works very closely with?

Even more interesting is this tweet they posted just a little while ago:

A lot of bloggers seem to look at the threat from the DOE in regards to charter schools, but I am hearing the words “vocational school” come up more and more lately.  It was a huge topic of conversation at the IEP Task Force the other night.  Something to look into…