( Dover, DE.) The Department of Education ( DOE) will soon be accepting applications for approval of new charter schools to open in August or September 2009. The application period is from November 1, 2007 through January 2, 2008.
Charter schools are independent public schools offered as an alternative to traditional public schools. An independent Board of Directors governs each charter school. Charter schools must be non-sectarian and non-discriminatory. Since charter schools receive federal, state and local funding, they cannot charge tuition.
Each charter school’s curriculum is required to address Delaware’s content standards. Students who attend charter schools are required to participate in the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) examination. Charter schools are also included in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) school accountability ratings.
A review of all submitted applications will be conducted by DOE following the deadline. If the application is found to meet all required criteria, the Secretary of Education will submit the application to the State Board of Education for final approval.
Currently, there are 17 charter schools operating in Delaware: Academy of Dover; MOT Charter School; Campus Community School; Charter School of Wilmington; Delaware Military Academy; East Side Charter School; Thomas A. Edison Charter School; Family Foundations Charter School; Kuumba Academy Charter School; Marion T. Academy Charter School; Maurice Moyer Academy; Newark Charter School; Odyssey Charter School; Pencader Business and Finance Charter High School; Positive Outcomes Charter School; Providence Creek Academy Charter School; and Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences. Combined, student enrollment in all charter schools is over 8,000 students.
Application packets are available. For an application or for further assistance, contact Linda Fleetwood at (302) 735-4020. Additional information is also available on the DOE website at http://www.doe.k12.de.us/programs/charterschools/
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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