Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 11:42pm
Christina community doubts DE Dept. of Ed's decisions
Updated Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 10:21pm
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|Full statement from Board President John Young|
Members of the Christina School Board are ready to go up against the state Department of Education.
WDEL's LeAnne Matlach has more.
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It's a plan they chose, but members of the Christina School Board say the transformation plan for partnership-zone school, Glasgow High isn't being executed as they thought.
Board president John Young spoke out at Tuesday night's board meeting after several Glasgow teachers were relieved of their positions.
The transformation plan the board chose for the school required teachers to re-interview for their positions but Young says too much importance was placed on interviews.
"From what has been described to me thus far by effective teachers, it appears we have centered on the sole metric of a high-stakes interview process that was not executed to fidelity by either governing instrument, the MOU or the partnership plan," he said.
Alison Kepner with the Delaware Department of Education says the Christina School Board were the ones who choose how the interview was going to work.
"They outlined in their Partnership Zone plan how the interview process would go and included the questions that would be asked," she said. "So no one went into this interview not knowing what was going on."
Teachers who were let go from Glasgow have the option to transfer to other schools in the district.
The Department of Education is currently studying what the regulatory and fiscal effects will be if Christina does not participate in Race to the Top and the Partnership Zone.
"There were about $11 million dollars in federal school reform dollars that were being targeted for Christina," Kepner said.
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