MOT Charter School’s Linda Jennings Resigns As Head Of School

In MOT Charter School’s September 23rd Board of Directors meeting, Head of School Linda Jennings announced she was leaving her position at the end of this school year.

Mrs. Jennings also provided the Board with her letter of resignation; for which the Board was disheartened to hear.  She will continue to serve as Head of School through the 2015-2016 school year and will further remain as a member of the Board of Directors.  The Board will set up a Search Committee immediately and a plan for disseminating this news into the school community was discussed.

This comes at a crucial time for MOT as they are going through their charter renewal and they just opened up their high school.  In terms of their renewal, the Charter School Accountability Committee had their initial meeting with MOT last week, and in a rare moment, the committee stated they did not need any additional information from MOT to proceed with the renewal process.  MOT was recently cleared of any wrongdoing in an investigation from the Delaware State Auditor’s office.  Linda Jennings has been with MOT since they opened in 2002, and has been the Head of School since the 2004-2005 school year.

MOT Charter School’s Insanely Bizarre Parent Letter About Smarter Balanced & Opt Out

This letter was sent to parents of MOT Charter School today.  When it gets down to the opt out section of the letter, it basically says don’t opt out, but go to Legislative Hall or the Governor’s office.  As well, the letter says “As a community, we must not fixate too firmly on the dour projections being tossed about by our state leaders regarding student performance on the SBAC”.  This is the most manipulative school letter regarding standardized testing and opt out I’ve seen.  It’s as if MOT truly believes their students will soar on this test.  I can’t wait to see their scores on Smarter Balanced next summer!  In the meantime, if you are a MOT parent, and you want to opt your child out, please do come to Legislative Hall, next Wednesday, April 1st at 5pm for a Parent Press Conference covering this as well as other education issues in our state!  With all respect to Head of School Linda Jennings, the most effect way to change this issue IS TO OPT OUT AND DEMAND ACTION FROM OUR LEADERS.