Delaware’s department of education will allow the Christina School District extra time to formulate a plan for its three priority schools.
Christina was originally to have a memorandum of understanding completed by January 7, but the state decided that timeline was too tight. Christina will now have until January 9 to present a finalized memorandum of understanding. The state will then either approve or disapprove the plan by January 16. If it approves the plan, there will be a community feedback process that runs until January 21.
Earlier this year, the state labeled six of Delaware’s worst-performing schools as “priority schools.” The state pledged to pump extra cash into the schools in exchange for certain structural changes. The state, for example, wanted the districts to boost pay for principals at the struggling schools and force teachers to reapply for their jobs.
Three of the priority schools are in Red Clay School District while the other three are in Christina. The state has already green lit Red Clay’s priority schools plan.