Exceptional Delaware lit up blogoland on Friday when he published a post about the possible closing of Delaware Met. He believes his sources are legit (I asked about his tip and no I do not know who his sources are) and he has continued to dig into the story. Word on the street - He scooped the Journal, Jack didn't like it and kiboshed the story, and now there's a covert operation in play to save the Met.
Whether the story is a hoax or not, Kevin's piece raised a serious and important question. One I can't answer, but would love to know the answer to:
If a school closes after Sept. 30, does that school receive the funds they earned up to September 30? Is the end game to collect, close and exit Delaware as an entity still afloat financially?
More importantly, is there a mechanism in place in current code and law to force a charter to return its funding so that those funds can follow the affected students to their next school?
This is the conversation about our ancient school funding formula that will never see the light of day. Yet, all those Dover legislative aides who got awesome raises this year ought to be delving into code as we write and read this weekend. Before charter schools, this idea would never have risen to the collective mind of the public. Delaware didn't close schools and when districts did shutter outdated and excessed plants it happened over the summer ensuring the funds followed the children to their next district home. And then we found the charter oasis. Where the state does step in and shutdowns charter schools. When the state does threaten to shutter district schools.
What happens next?
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