It looks like the Red Clay Consolidated School Board has passed the priority school plans each school drafted for the Delaware Department of Education’s priority schools initiative. Next stop, the DOE. And due to the snowmageddon that never happened, Christina postponed their board meeting to vote on the plans until February 3rd, a week from tonight. All of this will further postpone any decision by the DOE and Governor Markell on the priority schools until early February at the earliest. Meanwhile, the Wilmington Education Committee recommendations for Wilmington schools will be heard tomorrow in a Joint House and Senate Education Committee meeting tomorrow at Legislative Hall in Dover at 3pm.
As per Mike Matthews on Twitter:
The new tentative deadline for the Christina School District to submit their revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the three Priority Schools within their district is now January 23rd. There is a catch here though. Christina must submit the draft to date by January 9th, and the deadline will be extended if the DOE feels the draft is “substantially approvable”. The Christina school board will have a meeting on Tuesday, January 20th to have a final vote on the MOU and their priority school plans and they must submit this by the next day, January 21st. As well, the Delaware DOE will be giving their final comments on Friday, January 16th.
The Christina School Board will be having a meeting on January 7th to work on the priority schools plan some more at 7:00pm. As well, the Christina Educators Association will be holding a press conference prior to the meeting at 6:30pm.
Other big meetings in January include the Delaware State Board of Education meeting on January 15th. This meeting could have a final decision on the fate of Family Foundations Academy in light of years of financial mismanagement and personal use of state funds, as highlighted this week in the well over 200 pages released by the Delaware DOE from the auditing firm of Auphsite Consulting. The Delaware 148th Assembly begins their legislative year on January 13th, and there just may be some education fireworks that launch very quickly in the form of potential legislation submitted.
For those who haven’t signed the iPetition declaring their position against the priority schools initiative, please go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/lets-make-priority-schools-a-real-priority-2