In their application for their request for $469,000 from the charter school performance fund, Kuumba Academy states their low-income population at Kuumba is 84%. But the Delaware Department of Education school profiles page shows Kuumba at 63.1% low income. When you go to the details page it shows the same amount. Even more interesting, when you convert the document to PDF format, which you are able to do on the website, the Low Income section is completely taken out.
From their application for the charter school performance award, taken from this DOE website: http://www.doe.k12.de.us/senate148/files/dcspfg/KuumbaAcadmyPerfFund.pdf
As a recipient of Title I funding, 84% of the student body at Kuumba qualifies for federally free and reduced meals based on their family income. Additionally, approximately 10% of Kuumba students are classified as special needs and have an Individualized Educational Program. The expansion plan outlined in Section A will benefit all students in grades K‐7. For the 2014‐2015 school year, this is estimated to be 467 students. These initiatives would benefit approximately 392 low‐income students in grades K‐7, or 84% of the student body in these grades.
This is the second area of completely different data being skewed on their application as opposed to what appears on the DOE website. Yesterday I noticed a large change in their special education numbers between the application and the DOE School Profiles page.
The DOE has indicated on a Twitter conversation that the low-income numbers were formulated differently and Matthew Albright with the Delaware News Journal has already reported this. I did a search for this article, but if they are talking about this link: http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20130919/NEWS03/309190036/Too-many-kids-capable-college-never-even-apply-?gcheck=1 nothing comes up for it. To be on the safe side I’ve made a request with Matthew Albright to provide a link to this story.
But this doesn’t change the fact that the Delaware DOE was caught red-handed yesterday by MULTIPLE witnesses changing low-income numbers on their system in real-time. The truth will come out when the 2014-2015 September 30th numbers are reported by the Delaware DOE in November. All eyes will be on those reports!