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Megacharter update: capacity balloons to 2800 students

April 9, 2014

The Longwood Foundation-sponsored Community Education Building will accept another round of applications this spring for occupancy in the fall of 2015. This round of applications is for middle and high schools only. Current tenants are Kuumba Academy (K-8) and Academia Antonia Alonso (K-5), which will move in by this summer.

Since its announcement in 2012, the planned capacity of the building has ballooned to 2800 students.
. This comes at a time when six charters are up for either initial approval or expansion this spring. One of them (Great Oaks) has met with CEB about locating in the building.

A while back I wrote:

…northern Delaware is in fact on the cusp of a dramatic charter expansion not approved by any voters. […]The underlying risk is that a greatly expanded charter presence would harm traditional public schools, at worst turning them into second-class dumping grounds and forcing Districts to close or repurpose schools. Suburban parents who are used to tuning out Wilmington issues should take note: the new mega-charters will have an impact on suburban schools.

 
And in fact, the Red Clay board cited negative charter impact on its schools when it voted to oppose HB 165 last summer, which provided additional funding and relaxed oversight of charters. The bill passed over the objections of the state’s most populous districts (Red Clay, Christina, and Capital), which predictably started the current gold rusn of charter applications.

This year, Red Clay wrote a letter to the State Board of Education detailing the negative impact the new charters would have on the district, and warns that:

“Three high school openings in one area would necessitate the closing of another school.”

CEB has also announced the building will provide “wrap-around life services (healthcare and wellness services, after-school enrichment, etc.” So far, no word on how organizations should apply, or which services will be available.

Timeline for the current CEB application process is:

Application instructions and data template released – April 28, 2014
Deadline for submission of written application and data template – COB May 30, 2014
Notification of Finalists by June 13, 2014
Finalist In-Person Interviews by June 27, 2014
School selection notification by July 15, 2014

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  1. April 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    2800 X $3701.00 = $10,362,800 or a $196 loss per every single child remaining in the 4 northern districts!…. Every… Single…. Child.
    (55794 (4 dist. student pop) – 2800 = 52994)

  2. April 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Warner loses… $109,564
    Skyline Middle loses $154,840
    AI Dupont loses $217,716..
    Do your own child’s school…. $196 times its student’s population

  3. April 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Well, some of those 2800 are already in existing charters, but point taken.

  4. kilroysdelaware
    April 9, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Reblogged this on Kilroy's delaware.

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