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Delaware Committee Issues Recommendation on Moyer Academic Institute's Future

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WILMINGTON, Del.- The Delaware Department of Education recommended the revocation of Maurice J. Moyer Academic Institute's charter.

The Charter School Accountability Committee recommended the revocation of the Wilmington school's charter on Friday, citing poor academic performance and other issues at the school as the cause.

A public hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10, with public comments accepted through Sept. 15. After reviewing public comment and considering the committee's recommendation, Secretary of Education, Mark Murphy, will make his recommendation regarding the school's future to the State Board of Education at its Sept. 18 meeting.

According to the committee, issues raised during their formal review of the school include:

  • Only 23 percent of students passed the state reading exam last year with only 10 percent doing so in math. In science, 6 percent of students were proficient while none were in social studies. The scores were worse than those in 2012-13, when the school also had performance far below the state averages.
  • The scores are the lowest of any charter school in the state.
  • Violations to state and federal law regarding services for students with disabilities.
  • Non-alignment of the school's curriculum to state academic standards.
  • An out-of-school suspension rate of 61 percent for the 2013-14 school year and lack of documentation related to five expulsions.
If the State Board accepts the recommendation, the state said they will assist families in finding other schools for the next academic year. They said 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.
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