Delaware charter school to close

April 17, 2008 4:04:26 PM PDT
The Delaware State Board of Education has voted to close the Marion T. Academy Charter School in Wilmington. The board voted 4-3 Thursday to approve Secretary of Education Valerie Woodruff's proposal to not renew the school's charter.

Woodruff said she was concerned by poor student performance at the K-8 school.

The closing of this charter school comes as a big blow to parents who had been told earlier this week that only the middle school would be closing, but now the entire school will shut down due to poor student performance.

Woodruff says the school didn't meet the standards of the Delaware Student Testing Program or the No Child Left Behind adequate yearly progress requirements. She also says they failed to meet state charter regulations.

No one from the school would talk to Action News about the decision.

Many parents expressed disappointment that the school would be closing.

"I thought my kids was doing good. They was excelling, doing what they had to do," said Evette White.

This is the first time the Board of Education has voted not to renew an existing school's charter.

Two new charter schools are expected to open next year, bringing the state's total to 19. Three other charter schools are under consideration.