I’m hearing from multiple sources the Wilmington Christina schools are having problems of epic proportions. Teachers are leaving these schools in epic numbers. Continue reading
The Delaware Deputy Secretary of Education is out! Some very strong rumors coming my way surrounding David Blowman are all navigating towards the same place: He is no longer the Deputy Secretary of Education. Nothing is official yet, but look for news surrounding this very soon.
While the Deputy Secretary really doesn’t get mentioned a lot, the position oversees many offices at the Delaware DOE: Adult Education & School Supports, Adult & Prison Education, Finance, Human Resources, and the Charter School Office. With issues surrounding Delaware charters the past couple years, as well as the very controversial Race To The Top positions that were supposed to be eliminated after the federal program ended, is this what resulted in this change?
It is not known if there will be a new Deputy Secretary named or if the position will be eliminated altogether. Prior to his Deputy position, Blowman was the Chief Financial Officer for the Brandywine School District for ten years. Will there be more changes at the Delaware DOE? In the past month, we have seen big resignations in the form of Penny Schwinn, Ryan Reyna and Shana Young. I know many Delaware teachers are praying for one particular change…
Innovative Schools does many different things as a charter management organization. For the Delaware Met, they do Human Resources, Academic, Facilities, Financial, Management Consulting, Operations, and School Models (Big Picture Learning). For these services, Delaware Met has paid Innovative Schools around $380,000.00 just in FY 2015 alone. At most charters, this work is handled by 2-3 people: the school leader, a principal, and a business manager. So what does this say about Innovative Schools and the developments at Delaware Met?
Other schools Innovative Schools has been involved in with in a financial capacity are Academy of Dover, Delaware College Prep, Delaware Military Academy, Family Foundations Academy and Providence Creek Academy. What do all these charters have in common? Investigations by the State Auditor’s office for financial abuse, usually with procurement cards. If Innovative Schools is keeping track of the finances at these schools, how is it all five of them have had individuals abusing finances for their own personal use in some way? Two of the schools they handled finances for where shut down: Moyer and Reach. I truly believe the DOE and the State Auditor’s office may want to take a very strong look at Innovative Schools and what role they have played in Delaware charter schools.
For Delaware Met, it seems more and more like Innovative Schools is running the board, not the other way around the way it should be. Don’t be fooled, Innovative Schools is making all of the decisions. We can’t just blame Delaware Met, Innovative Schools has played an even bigger role in the failure of this charter that just opened two months ago. Why is there no School Resource Officer in the school even though it is budgeted in to their 2016 budget? That could solve a lot of the issues there. What is Innovative Schools doing? It seems as if they are holding the school hostage and limiting what they can do. If the school needs them, Innovative Schools makes more money, pure and simple.