On Wednesday, June 3rd, at 1pm, the four Delaware charter schools under formal review will have their final Charter School Accountability Committee meetings. The meeting will be held at the Townshend Building in Dover, home to the Delaware Department of Education.
It remains to be seen if Academy of Dover will be able to overcome the odds and save itself. The key for Delaware Design Lab and Prestige Academy will be their current enrollment figures. Freire has already met those figures, and at last count was at 93%. All they needed was 80%. Prestige will also need to prove if they are worthy enough academically.
This is the major problem with the DOE holding any school accountable for academics at this point in time. DCAS is over, and Smarter Balanced is here, at least for this year. Schools should not be double penalized for last year’s DCAS scores. They shouldn’t be punished at all for standardized test scores.
Academy of Dover has to prove they are financially viable with a $2 million dollar judgment staring them in the face. They face the academic battle as well. But the even more dangerous threat for them is one student. One student with autism who represents the severe danger of this school staying open. One student whose mother will stand up for him and reveal all. Blue Ribbon status won’t be enough to save Academy of Dover. But one student…one student could shut them down for good.
The fate of them all will be decided on June 18th, at the State Board of Education meeting…