Kendall Massett, the Executive Director of the Delaware Charter Schools Network, gave the News Journal a quote tonight about the Delaware Met story playing out before our very eyes.
“The process for getting a charter is extremely rigorous,” Massett said. “Look, it’s difficult to open up a new school. The team here just needs more time to get things to where they need to be. I’m glad to see this board asking hard questions, though.”
What she, and obviously the rest of the board at this school don’t seem to get is these students can’t wait around for the school to figure it out. They aren’t an experiment. This school should have been ready from day one. They knew they had a large population of special education students coming. They met their 80% enrollment last Spring, otherwise they would have gone on formal review like the two other charters at the time. All they are doing now is making excuses. The fact they started the year with two special education teachers with a population of 60 students with disabilities is preposterous. And the Delaware DOE let this happen. But thank God we have legislators like State Rep. Sean Matthews who understands the reality behind the pipe dreams these charter schools live in.
If the state is going to approve charters, they should be under enough scrutiny from the state that they don’t encounter problems like this, he said.
Amen Rep. Matthews!