Kevin Dombrowski wants the Charter School of Wilmington model to expand around New Castle County according to an article by the Delaware Business Times yesterday. Dombrowski works in Wilmington as the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development for Morningstar Inc. The article was about his selection as an honoree of the DBT40, which are 40 emerging Delaware businesss leaders and innovators. Dombrowski has also been heavily involved with the KIPP charter school chain. He currently serves on the Leadership Council for KIPP Philadelphia Schools and was a board member at KIPP Chicago for three years from 2009-2011 according to his LinkedIn account.
I would work to remove the barriers in place to practical educational reform in Delaware. Specifically, I would remove restrictions on new charter school developments and build out a plan to launch several new versions of the Charter School of Wilmington throughout New Castle County to meet the excess student demand and to provide more exceptional public school options for families in the area.
Now I’m not sure how much Mr. Dombrowski follows education in Delaware. I’m not sure if he is aware CSW has long been mentioned as a very controversial school based on their selective enrollment preferences. I don’t know if he knows even the Delaware Dept. of Education will not consider CSW as a reward school based on those preferences (something that seems to have escaped their notice with Newark Charter School, but I digress). I don’t think New Castle County could survive replication of Charter School of Wilmington as a chain of sorts. Unless, of course, they did away with those selective enrollment preferences that result in very low numbers of minorities (except Asians), students with disabilities, and low-income students. Then, and only then, would we be able to measure the true success of CSW. Mr. Dombrowski, were you aware that CSW was one of the named schools in the American Civil Liberties Union complaint filed with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights?