Info session for Reach Academy families

(file/NewsWorks)

(file/NewsWorks)

The Delaware Dept. of Education is hosting an informational session for the families and students of Reach Academy for Girls.

The meeting will take place at the school on Dec.11 to help families learn more about enrolling in another school for next year. Earlier this month, DOE decided not to renew the school’s charter citing poor academic performance.

The school’s current leaders argued the school started off with bad management when it opened in 2010 and did not have enough time to turn things around.

Reach is petitioning Gov. Jack Markell and Education Secretary Mark Murphy to reverse the decision and keep the school open. More than 200 signatures and dozens of comments from parents and school supporters have already been collected on the petition website.

The DOE, however, says the decision is final and its main focus now is helping students and families transition to new schools for next school year. Several resources have been made available to Reach families, including providing the names and contact information of local school districts and charter schools in the state.

Additionally, the Delaware Charter Schools Network is hosting a Charter School Expo on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington.

The state currently has 20 active charter schools, with five new charter schools set to open in the 2014-2015 academic year.

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