Hanging out with former governor Taft at DECA

I spent a few hours listening to student presentations today at DECA. That’s the former conversion high school that was jointly run with UD- but is now a UD run charter school.

Some of the students showed exceptional poise, all of them had done their homework, and it was good to see them digging into the issues.

As always, I was questioned for my actions when I stopped a team who had run 50% over their time and were no where near their close. Apparently I hadn’t gotten the message that the 10 minute times clearly marked on the program- weren’t to be applied and that this wasn’t a competition or about grading.

I’d like to write more about this- however it’s 12:45pm and I have to teach Websitetology in the morning. So, check this post again in a day or two. I hope to have some additional thoughts to add. Thanks to Devon Berry for the invitation and to Principal Judy Hennessey for the opportunity to be involved with such talented students.

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3 Responses

  1. Scott Elliott February 22, 2008 / 3:19 pm
    David, just to clarify for accuracy, DECA was never a conversion school. A conversion charter school is a school that once was a traditional pubic school that was converted into a charter school. The only example in Dayton is the WOW school, which previously had been Residence Park Elementary School before it became a distrcit-run charter school. Now it is a traditional DPS school again. It is no longer a charter school. DECA was always a start up charter school sponsored by DPS until this year. It remains a charter school, it is just sponsored by UD now.

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  2. Scott Elliott February 22, 2008 / 3:24 pm
    Sorry, I goofed the last sentence. DECA was always a start up DPS school run in partnership with UD and only became a charter school this year under UD sponsorship when UD and DPS couldn’t agree on terms to keep its former partnership going.

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  3. David Esrati February 22, 2008 / 4:58 pm

    Scott, because DECA hired DPS teachers- yet didn’t follow the contract- I believed it was classified as a conversion.
    Doesn’t matter- it’s a charter now.

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