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Longwood Foundation names board, announces applications for Community Education Building

August 6, 2012



The Longwood Foundation has revealed more about its intentions for charter schools in the Wilmington building donated to the Longwood Foundation by Bank Of America in February. As the Foundation announced at the ceremony, the plan was to create a “Community Education Building” not-for-profit organization to manage the building and its schools.

And now, the Foundation has revealed its new website at cebde.org. The website has been under construction for a few weeks, but now there is plenty of new content.

Check it out at cebde.org.

To begin with, the Board of Directors has been named. You may recall we speculated last February that Charlie Copeland was involved in this and let slip some inside info. Charlie said in February:

The Longwood Foundation plans to take that building and create the “Community Education Building” (CEB) and put 4 Charter Schools right in the heart of the City of Wilmington.

It turns out Charlie is on the Board of the CEB after all.

And then we noted that Chuck Baldwin of CSW gave some more clues:

This building, which will be used for education, will allow for successful models to replicate in Delaware (KIPP, Montessori). Schools will be established in the inner city and provide educational opportunities for thousands of our children. DuPont and Bank of America are committing million of dollars in resources and are truly “putting their money where their mouth is” when it comes to education reform.

I didn’t see Chuck’s name on the CEB website, but he’s right down the road at CSW. Let’s look for those Kipp and Montessori schools to show up.

And the CEB application process for charters is also online, announcing a third-party organization for school selection:

This summer the CEB will entertain applications from charter schools interested in opening their facilities in the building in the fall of 2013. Charter Schools interested in joining the CEB in 2014 will be invited to submit their application in the late spring of 2013.

To ensure that the CEB achieves its mission and vision, the Board of Directors has engaged the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust (CEE-Trust) to create and manage an independent school selection and performance review process.

Here are the members of the selection committee, and here are the application materials for new and existing charters.

There’s a lot of info to process here. I’ll be reading this more and posting more over the coming days. What do you think?

  1. Coolspringer
    August 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Still feeling a bit overwhelmed and apprehensive by the project and its implications…but overall, remaining hopeful. Nothing to fear if charter policy/accountability keeps moving in the right direction, right?

  2. August 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Actually, I didn’t “let slip” anything. I wrote what was, is, and will remain the truth. We plan to put high-performance Charter Schools into a top-quality facility with wrap-around services. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities that are equivalent to the best in the world.

    And, lo & behold, we’ve publicly released our website with our goals, objectives, and criteria for all to see.

    Seems like a good idea to me…

  3. August 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Hi Charlie, thanks for dropping in.

    I can tell you from the public’s point of view, there has been precious little information since February, despite tremendous interest. So any information that came out about the project seemed incidental. Even the fact that you were involved in early discussions was not announced. But you are right, it is pretty clearly laid out now, so now the public can start following along. I’m sure there are more interesting details to come.

  4. John Young
    August 10, 2012 at 4:56 am

    CEB: another boilerplate ed reform based achievement gap closing effort that will likely ignore the collateral damage caused by hyper-focusing on the achievement gap: http://www.nationalaffairs.com/doclib/20110919_Hess.pdf

  5. August 10, 2012 at 6:53 am

    I’ve certainly got nothing against closing the achievement gap. I am concerned about the effects of so many charter seats on the surrounding districts. And with the lack of local control, with decisions being made in private hands. No charter modifications for CEB schools should be approved without an impact statement taking into account all 4 (or whatever) schools.

    WIth the applications being made available with less than 30 days to submit them, the obvious inference is that certain existing charters have been pre-selected and pre-invited, and have been since Day One if not earlier. I am uncomfortable with this kind of planning process.

    There is clearly a potential upside to the CEB schools, but the downside is not being acknowledged, is not fully known, and might be bigger than the upside.

  6. September 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Hope to read more here about this as the school apps get set and the CEB “Village” is populated.

  7. John Young
    September 3, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    it has nothing to do with being against closing the Achievement Gap, I mean who would be AGAINST that???? It means that making policy in a vacuum is likely a bad idea. I am not saying don’t close the gap, I am say that if that is ALL we do, and if all of our ESEA Flexibility waiver goals center on JUST that, like they DO, then it will create side effects that hurt the system.

    Making policy in that kind of a vacuum is just flat out irresponsible. Voila, I give you Jack Markell.

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