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Charter School Accountability Committe issues recommendations on Reach Academy, Gateway Lab's futures

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Alison May (302) 735-4000

CHARTER SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE ISSUES RECOMMENDATIONS ON REACH ACADEMY, GATEWAY LAB’S FUTURES

Secretary Murphy to make decision at December 18 State Board of Education meeting following public comment period

The Delaware Department of Education's Charter School Accountability Committee today recommended not to renew Reach Academy and Gateway Lab School’s charters at the end of this academic year because of poor academic performance at both schools.

A public hearing is scheduled for December 10 in Wilmington with public comment accepted through Dec. 12. After reviewing the record, including public hearing transcripts, public comment and the CSAC recommendations, Secretary of Education Mark Murphy will make his decision regarding the schools’ futures at the December 18 State Board of Education meeting.

Should the Secretary and the State Board accept the committee's recommendations and decide not to renew the charters, the state will assist families in finding other schools for the next academic year. The children may return to the district schools in their home feeder patterns or fill out the state’s School Choice application for another district or charter school. The application deadline is January 14, 2015.

Reach Renewal Information/Timeline

·         Renewal report (April 2014)

·         Academic Performance Review (September 9, 2014)

·         Organizational Performance Review (October 1, 2014)

·         Financial Performance Review (October 1, 2014)

·         Renewal application (September 30, 2014)

·         Public hearing transcript (October 8, 2014)

·         Initial CSAC meeting (October 15, 2014)

·         CSAC initial report issued (October 22, 2014)

·         School response (November 7, 2014)

·         Final CSAC meeting (November 17, 2014)

·         Final CSAC report issued (November 24, 2014)

·         Public hearing (6 p.m., December 10, 2014, 2nd floor auditorium, Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French St., Wilmington)

 ·         Public comment period ends (Dec. 12, 2014)

·         Decision by Secretary Murphy at State Board of Education meeting (1 p.m., December 18, 2014, Cabinet Room, Townsend Building, 401 Federal St., Dover)

Gateway Renewal Information/Timeline

·         Renewal report (April 2014)

·         Academic Performance Review (September 9, 2014)

·         Organizational Performance Review (October 1, 2014)

·         Financial Performance Review (October 1, 2014)

·         Renewal application (September 30, 2014)

·         Public hearing transcript (October 8, 2014)

·         Initial CSAC meeting (October 14, 2014)

·         CSAC initial report issued (October 22, 2014)

·         School response (November 7, 2014)

·         Final CSAC meeting (November 17, 2014)

·         Final CSAC report issued (November 24, 2014)

·         Public hearing and close of public comment period (6 p.m., December 10, 2014, 2nd floor auditorium, Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French St., Wilmington)

·         Decision by Secretary Murphy at State Board of Education meeting (1 p.m., December 18, 2014, Cabinet Room, Townsend Building, 401 Federal St., Dover)

Documents related to both schools’ charter renewals and links for the public to submit comments are available here.

In other recommendations, the committee supported renewal of the following charter schools: Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security, EastSide Charter School, Family Foundations Academy, Las Américas ASPIRA Academy and Odyssey Charter School.

Alison May
alison.may@doe.k12.de.us
(302) 735-4000