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Today is payday for charter lobbyists

June 20, 2013

**Update: Put the champagne back on ice!! SB 165 has been pulled from the Senate Ready List, and a new Education Committee meeting has been scheduled for Wed. June 26. There is still time to call your Senator and oppose.***

Not only will the HB 165 charter funding/deregulation likely be passed, but the State Board of Education is poised to approve hundreds of new charter seats. Time for charter lobbyists to pop the champagne corks, light a few cigars with $100 bills, and celebrate the kickoff of the long-sought uncontrolled charter expansion!

Also, by the end of June, the next cohort of CEB schools will be selected by a committee of out-of-town carpetbaggers.

Don’t be distracted by the Senate; keep your eye on the SBE too (1:00 pm). The SBE meeting in particular has a buffet of important information (agenda). If you are at all able to attend, please do. Otherwise you will have to wait for the audio, and for the documents to be posted on the web.

Here is an excerpt from the massive agenda:

B. Department of Education

1. Charter Schools
a. Reconsideration of Application for Major Modification of an Existing Charter:
Academy of Dover (For Action)
b. Decision on an Application to Open a New Charter School:
Delaware Design Lab High School (For Action)
c. Decision on an Application to Open a New Charter School:
First State Military Academy (For Action)
d. Decision on an Application to Open a New Charter:
The Delaware MET (For Action)
e. Decision on an Application to Open a New Charter:
Pike Creek Charter School (For Action)
f. Application to Modify an Existing Charter:
Kuumba Academy (For Action)
g. Application to Modify an Existing Charter: MOT Academy (For Action)
h. Update Regarding Development of New Performance Agreements (For Discussion)
i. Update on Closure Preparations for Pencader Charter School (For Information)
j. Update on Status and Progress of New Moyer Academy
(For Information/Discussion)
k. Annual Charter School Report (For Information)
l. Monthly Charter Schools Update (For Information)

2. IDEA Annual Performance Report

3. Update on Common Core State Standards Implementation Initiatives
4. Department of Education Regulations
a. 106 Teacher Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System
(DPAS II) – For Discussion
b. 107 Specialist Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System
(DPAS II) – For Discussion
c. 108 Administrator Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System
(DPAS II) – For Discussion
d. 106A Teacher Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System
(DPAS II) Revised – For Discussion
e. 107A Specialist Appraisal Process Delaware Performance Appraisal System
(DPAS II) Revised – For Discussion

C. Professional Standards Board
1. 1502 Professional Growth Salary Increments (For Action)

D. Other

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  1. Citizen
    June 21, 2013 at 10:20 am

    But then it wasn’t payday after all.
    There is still time (barely) to oppose this bill.

  2. June 21, 2013 at 10:28 am

    On the other hand, three new or expanded charter schools were approved by SBE yesterday. At some point I will look up their admission preferences and the total number of new seats approved.

    It could turn out they get the charter expansion, but not the public funding for it (boo hoo) and Longwood has to dig deeper.

  3. Citizen
    June 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    But now, according to Nancy W, that Wed. Ed. Committee mtng. has been cancelled.
    .

  4. June 25, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    How many charters got approved? 3 this year I know… We’re there any pre-approvals for next? I heard 24…and went to press with it… Did anyone get clarification yet?

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