Kilroy has finally found definitive proof the Delaware DOE is changing Low-Income data so charter schools can benefit from Title I funding in Wilmington. All the details can be found here: http://kilroysdelaware.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/delaware-department-of-education-busted-for-falsifying-low-income-data-washingtonpost-huffingtonpost-edude-netde-neatoday-nsbacomm-natlgovsassoc-usedgov-arneduncan-educationoig-destateboar/
The best part is the update at 4:10pm telling the DOE techie to slow down while putting the numbers back the way they were cause they were making it worse. He then advises the techie the auditors are coming either way!
If the DOE has done this with Title I funding, what about the rest? How many other times has the DOE fixed reports for funding purposes? I did find a discrepancy with Academy of Dover’s IDEA-B funding last summer in regards to how many special education students they had compared to what was showing up on the DOE website.
I am more convinced than ever that the Delaware DOE needs a complete sweep and every single thing they have touched since Secretary of Education Mark Murphy came aboard needs to be audited and investigated. Actually, we can probably go back to when someone first took office in Delaware around January 2009.
This should make the October 9th (Thursday) Delaware Board of Education meeting very interesting! The meeting starts at 1pm, but I have a feeling you might want to get there a little bit earlier to get a seat. I’m guessing if this gets big, members of the media will be there as well.