Delaware Governor Jack Markell does the lame duck shuffle

Dear Santa: Please restore Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s conscious so he can see black children are people too

Dear Santa:

I am sorry to be the bearer of such bad news but being Kilroy is a thankless Job.

Our Delaware Governor Jack Markell promised to address the re-segregation of Delaware public schools and the skimming and cherry picking of high-achieving students via charter school admission preferences. Santa, my previous blog post Secret video of Delaware Governor Jack Markell calling for moratorium on charter schools Posted on by kilroysdelaware provides a video of Jack making a commitment to address the punitive social atrocities inflicted on Delaware’s African-American children. Santa that video was taken back in 2008 prior to the primary election for Delaware governorship. I am sure you have a letter from 2008 reporting the Jack Markell decided to disregard his party’s pick for governor John Carney and said screw John. Jack did bump John out of the race but God intervened and blessed John Carney with a successful bid for United States Congress far more prestigious than being governor of Delaware. Sadly, Jack’s win as governor cursed the minority children of Delaware. Jack has been playing Corporate Santa Claus by sending money needed for more teachers in high needs schools to his Wall Street cronies. Santa, Jack is building a nest-egg off the backs of Delaware’s poor children.

Santa, I know Jack doesn’t celebrate Christmas as many Christians because he is of another faith. So can you just do me a little favor as you fly over Jack’s house? Can you get Rudolph to make a pit stop on Jack’s roof and you get off and yell down his chimney, hey putz I know Yitzhak Yosef and I am tell him you stink! Santa Jack has a little helper named Publius and I was wondering if you can stop by his house and have Dasher sneak in and piss in his bottle of Maker’s Mark 46 :) Publius has a conscious by his heart is growing cold ;)

Sincerely

Kilroy

P.S. Keep an eye on DE DOE California Barbie

If allegations are substantiated against Family Foundation will their be criminal charges? NOPE

DOE and State Board issue decisions on charter schools up for renewal

Murphy also recommended the Board defer a decision on Family Foundations’ charter renewal application due to additional information the Department  received since the close of the Charter School Accountability Committee’s review process. As a result of DOE monitoring and investigation, the Department obtained a report near the close of business on Wednesday that include serious allegations of financial mismanagement and requires inquiry by the Department. Family Foundations’ board has agreed to waive the 60-day time period for a decision on its renewal application.

Keep in mind allegations are just that and no matter what it all needs to follow the process to determine truth. However, if all turns out to be true you can bet there’ll be no criminal charges.

Criminal charges against any charter organization or individual would be disastrous against the charter school movement in Delaware and the governor himself. Governor Markell pretty much owns the Delaware GOP being it’s chair is an owner of a charter school and it’s members all on board with privatizing public education via charter schools. Governor Markell pretty much owns the Delaware Democratic Party with the exception of a handful of legislators. Markell will do anything even possibly break the law himself to protect his egotistic personal agenda being build on falsehoods associated with public school reform. 

If allegations are warranting criminal charges it might be the best thing that ever happen to the charter school movement in Delaware. It would be a wake-up call and perhaps we’ll see an end to some of the vendor $$$$ kick backs in areas such as building maintenance and improperly coded expenditures coded to maintenance. Charter schools don’t have to follow contract bid laws! But more importantly, once Delaware shows courage and pursues criminal charges and convicts the thieves within our public school system both traditional and charters personnel might think twice. With legislators like Hudson backing off of key transparency legislation we’ll never get a grip on corruption of public education funds also known as taxpayers money. Asking schools to present public financial reports based on IBUs and more importantly MBUs would be like demanding Governor Markell to make public the investments he made in technology funds related to education and vendors Delaware uses. We see school finance reports with expenditures under the cell “other” and we’re talking million of dollars across the board. Other what ?  Markell and DE DOE is bent on data but when it comes to school finances they circle the wagon!

Can you image if former Lt. Governor now Attorney General Denn is presented with a state auditor’s report warranting criminal charges for any traditional or charter school employee! Surely Jack will be on the red phone sweet-talking Denn and reminding him of 2016. But Denn is much smarter than Jack and would do the right thing by issues warrants if applicable. Make note folks, “misusing” public funds re: schools isn’t a crime unless that money or purchases are transferred in the name of the employee, family or person(s) not employees. A school leader with uninhibited spending powers can buy or lease a Lamborghini as long as it stays in the school’s name. Stupidity isn’t a crime and the real injustice would be school board members looking the other way. So who would be more of a disservice to the community the school leader making unwise purchases or the school board not intervening? As far as Family Foundation I know nothing other than when it goes through the meat-grinder stupidity may prevail ;). They’ll be no legal basis for any criminal charges.   

Secret video of Delaware Governor Jack Markell calling for moratorium on charter schools @arneduncan @washingtonpost #edude #netde @dedeptofed @destateboarded @usedgov @EducationOIG @huffingtonpost #neatoday @NSBAComm @NatlGovsAssoc

Thanks homeless1 for the chuckle

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maybe some good will come of the sony crisis. wonder if north korea could coerce Hillary into not running

Back to the future Wilmington re: Civil rights

Red Clay must pass next referendum to fund major legal battles coming due to the district’s refusal to stop harming minorities @arneduncan @washingtonpost #edude #netde @dedeptofed @destateboarded @usedgov @EducationOIG @huffingtonpost #neatoday @NSBAComm @NatlGovsAssoc

Delaware schools re-segregating, report says Matthew Albright, The News Journal

Though its schools were once among the most desegregated in the country, Delaware and Wilmington in particular is rapidly returning to a system in which many black and Latino students attend separate schools than their white cohorts, the UCLA Civil Rights Project says in a report released 

But many local leaders see the state sliding back toward segregated schools. Last month, the ACLU of Delaware and the Community Legal Aid Society filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights arguing charter schools were causing re-segregation in Delaware schools by picking and choosing students.

New Castle County Councilman Jea Street, a long-time Wilmington education activist who is supporting the complaint, says the UCLA study simply reinforces what many in the city have long known.

I don’t think the state or school officials recognize how legally vulnerable they are to facing the great possibility of legal action,” Street said. “I think 2015 is going to be a historical year in education, and it’s up to state officials to decide whether we do it the easy way or the hard way.”

It’s obvious Red Clay is still being controlled by outside third-party individuals who are part of the insane public school reform movement that is bent on undermining traditional public schools to justify charter schools.

Many forget a few years back Senator Belvins called for a moratorium on charter schools which did pass. However, the charter organizers just sat the year out stuffing politicians pockets with $$. Then the charter flood gates opened.  

As far as segregation goes, most all charter school organizers will say, there isn’t re-segregation because the Neighborhood Schools Act allows community school student population to reflect the demographics of the surrounding schools. Then there is school Choice! Obviously minority parents make the Choice to enroll their children in racially identifiable schools. So at the end of the day we’re down to de facto segregation. (help me out Hube).

Could it be black children prefer to attend school with other black children or that being the  wishes of their parents? Also, why are there black charter school leaders comfortable with predominately black schools? We can go deeper! Is there a concern in the black community that white educators are still bias toward the black culture.

I think the road to real reform and real Choice starts with Wilmington being united in voice in regards to education. Four school district, a charter school network and voctech district fragments the voice and stagnates real efforts for change. We often hear about collaboration as being a driving force in positive change. However, there is no real collaboration is a fragmented Wilmington. I rant about rich white billionaire and millionaire males controling education reform for minorities but isn’t that pretty much the truth? Sure the white knights grab a few black tokens whom in many cases aren’t decision-makers is the circle of change. When was the last time Governor Markell had dinner with Jea Street or Theo Gregory ? Markell will drop his schedule for Rodel and sneaky Pete and son Re-Pete. There is an old saying, if you are important to the issues your phone will be ringing instead of you dialing. Publius knows what I am talking about! He lives in a world where he thinks he is important but if he didn’t have a dime in his pocket he’ll be irrelevant. 

The first step to change is either Red Clay provide preferential Choice busing for Wilmington children to middle and high schools of their choice and that choice have preference over  in-district and out of district choice students including their siblings. Red Clay refuses to add middle and high school programs in Wilmington because they claim it will further re-segregate Wilmington. I think they are correct! However, the additions of new suburban Red Clay elementary schools all in the name of “we have no choice due to Neighborhood Schools Act” at the same time Red Clay city schools have empty seats is bullshit! Why should their be force busing one-way out-bound of Wilmington to Red Clay middle and high schools in the suburbs and not to fill empty Wilmington empty elementary school seats? Red Clay’s Warner-Shortlidge move sends a message they can do what they want a minorities are easier to control and contain. 

Charter schools, we must ask ourselves, why are we allowing charter schools to be organized to solely serve at-risk children mostly African-Americans? More importantly, why are we building separate charter schools for overachievers and under achievers. I attended schools where there were honors type programs and intervention programs all in the same building. Red Clay is pushing inclusion of special needs children in mainstream classes because they feel these kids are being discriminated against. In the big picture is Red Clay saying handicap kids are more of a person than black children alienated in Choice and charter schools that lack equity in transportation to and from school? The Delaware charter school law allows charter schools via preferences to be selective of students whereas with traditional schools have doors that swing one-way for all students. The time has come to end specific interest in standalone schools. Charter schools should be required to provide education services to all students regardless of handicap or academic performance and that goes for magnet schools. As far as separate programming within schools, I think specific interest could be OK as long as the “school” is open to all students. Charters are creating a system of schools that are exclusive to honor levels, at risk, special ed and students performing at average levels above set state standards. Charter school appears to be grading children like cattle! Such as U.S. Prime, U.S. Choice, U.S. Select. We are one world were at the end of the day our children enter their adulthood and must live within this one world. Charter schools may be undoing gains in advancements in culture diversity and understanding. But there are parents who don’t give a rat’s ass about any of this. They want their children in a school conducive to teaching and learning without fear of their children being subjected to turf-wars, jailhouse dominance culture, bullying and full of classroom disruptive due to negative behavior. It seems stereotyping puts more blacks children to a disadvantage than white students. However, take a hard look at all the school massacres! You’ll see predominately young white males often victims of bullying by their white peers. 

The jury is in and something needs to be done and we need to address re-segregation by ending “academic” segregated schools. Why does Red Clay offer votech like program such as culinary when we have votechs? Why does Red Clay have a school for the arts when all schools should have art programs within? In the respects to academics, all school are required to met state guidelines therefore academically, all school must provide the same. What next, a charter school with specific interest for marching band? A charter school for those who want to compete in swimming? Cross-country? As far as military themes, JrROTC has been in traditional schools for year! We don’t need charter schools and we need needs based funding and understanding the arts are and have been one of the most important bridges to cultural understanding and acceptance. Odd as it sounds, Motown has done more to bridge the races than public schools.

As for Priority Schools which are predominately African-Americans, OMG, teachers who chose to teach in high needs schools whereas may have seniority not to are being questioned as professional because funding isn’t proved on needs-basis!! Poverty is not an excuse to fail nor not teach with heart and soul! However, the conditions of poverty does stagnate the ability to teach and learn. The Priority Schools game is all about pushing public education to a privatized education system where capitalist like Jack Markell can $$$ feed. Looks at some of the founding members of the charter school organizers. If it was about the kids what are they $$$$ feeding off of charter schools. Unibrow has cashed in big time!  Also, why is the state closing low-performing charter schools when parents make that choice? DE DOE says it’s all about the kids but they don’t stop these kids from returning to failing feeder-schools! How is closure a win for children?

One thing many don’t understand is, charter schools supported by Wall Street is a means to attempt to bust the biggest and strongest labor union on Earth aka teacher unions. Why? Because bringing Mike Matthews the last starfighter to his knees sets the stage for the big prize! Busing the teacher unions is the means to busting prevailing wages in all trades. If you are going to divide and conquer your bring down the big guy first! But one thing for sure, the NAACP aka the biggest people union better wake up and serve it’s members. Delaware and Red Clay were part of the ground zero for desegregation and to standby and preach to the choir and do nothing, allows the white corporate supremacist to feed $$$ off of poverty in our schools in a way that diverts funding to the classroom needs such as more teachers and into the pockets of Wall Street capitalist who are part of building a data dashboard that gives new meaning to racial profiling. Why did Red Clay allow Teach for America access to students personal information? Raw data is raw but why the need to tag it with names?

To Jea Street and Theo Gregory : the lord has been very good to both of you and we all are keepers of the glorious garden God gave us! There are snakes in the garden and they need to go! Wilmington can’t be a place to be somebody is nobody stands up for our children! Those who rally on MLK day to paint walls and pick-up trash need to put the paint on signs and carry King’s message that the work of civil rights is far from over! As far as the Twins, the work of Hick’s has been reduced to rubble! Why do you allow Markell to deface Title 1 Section 1118 your father work so hard for? Why is it an old white ass like me invokes the name of your father more than you? I was one of the very first to be served by Title 1 and though I only have a GED and a pocketful of college credits I must give some thanks to Title 1 and your dad! Man-up twins! Hey surfer girl from Cali, take the Markell blinders off if you want to stay beyond 2016. Charter schools in Delaware can’t survive unless they discriminate and that’s a bad thing! We can only pray Governor Denn 2016 will rule with his heart and not with his wallet like Markell. We don’t need capitalist running our schools! We need humanist! We need to replace lawyers serving on local school boards with sociologists who have the real vision and foresight to comprehend the real issues. Hey Norm, talk to that child of yours and tell her Superman is calling out sick so Wonder Woman needs to pick up the slack! 

Colonial School District loses 1550 students to charter schools with a 10 million dollar negative impact

I was doing my round re: school district / charter school websites and listened in on Colonial School District’s recording of November 2014 board meeting.  

Colonial reports 1550 Colonial student opted-out for charter school at a negative impact of about 10 million dollars to the district.

Colonial is exploring the option of hiring a marketing firm to help “re-brand” Colonial.

Re-branding Colonial sounds extreme! However charter schools market themselves as a sure thing to improving student performance and we know that is a falsehood. 

I think before Colonial moves forward with such expense they need to ask some basic question as to why parents opt-out for charter schools.

One thing for sure, parents are tired of the behavior bullshit within transitional public schools. Parents first concern is safe schools and schools focused on teaching and learning. The advantage to charter schools is they can ask disruptive students to leave and for less serious behavior in-factionsTraditional public schools can’t do this and are required to provided behavior intervention at district cost. So charter schools can weed through disruptive students and dump them back in their feeder schools! They are pretty slick having counseling-out techniques down to an art.

Wilmington Penn High School has  2187 students with 49.2 African American, 27.6% White and 19.2% Hispanic. Colonial needs to review the data and determine what percentage of white and black students opt-out for charter schools. Are the needs of parents and student of different races and culture different? Colonial needs to ask some bold direct question of students and parents. Forget about question as to what do you like about Colonial. Students and parents aren’t leaving or selecting Colonial because of likes! It is the dislikes that drive them away.

It all comes down to this! What sucks about Colonial ? Surely the Colonial board can’t put out a questioner asking what sucks about Colonial! Perhaps a Colonial parents should start a blog to promote some dialogue about the pros and cons of Colonial.

At the end of the day, charters are draining funding from traditional public schools whereas programming is impacted. I don’t think that was the intent of charter schools.      

Red Clay ups the stakes competing with CSW! Yep more specific interest admission in Red Clay’s traditional school programing

Early College Academy Approved for AIHS

Alexis I. duPont High School graduates could potentially begin their college careers with as many as 28 college credits under a plan approved by the Red Clay Board of Education at its December meeting.  The plan was proposed by Principal Kevin Palladinetti at the November Board of Education meeting.

The “Early College Academy” is a partnership with Wilmington University (WU) that offers WU classes to AIHS students. It differs from other dual enrollment classes in that students would follow a scripted sequence of classes.  If enrolled all four years in the “Early College Academy,” students can earn enough college credits while still in high school to save up to $10,000 if they were to continue their education at Wilmington University.

Students can enroll in the program in the fall 2015.  AIHS anticipates 30 to 50 students enrolling in the program in its first year.

Palladinetti said the school selected courses that would be highly transferable to Wilmington University and other colleges.  He and a team traveled to Ohio to view similar programs in high schools there.

Supporting data for the program presented by the AIHS team showed that students who complete college credit while in high school require less remediation, have higher Grade Point Averages and earn more credits in college.

Research by the College Board also found that students who participate in dual enrollment classes are more likely to attend a 4-year school after high school, have a smaller decline in grades from high school to college, and have a higher likelihood of persisting in college.

In freshman year, students would take a yearlong, 1-credit study skills class designed to prepare them for the rigorous curriculum, and a three-credit college course.  In addition to the study skills class, the program will offer a 1-to-1 technology component, student mentoring, teacher mentoring and access to student services at both Wilmington University and AIHS.  “We want to make sure appropriate supports are in place,” said Palladinetti.

Palladinetti said the school prides itself on the diversity of its student body and expects the program enrollment to reflect that diversity. “This is not an opportunity to separate perceived elite students from other students,’ he said. “This is open to all students…I feel we can have a broad reach.”

Student applicants will be measured against a rubric including grades, attendance, discipline and state tests. There would be an interview to gauge interest in the program but no separate admittance test.

Superintendent Merv Daugherty said the program expands the choices that families have for their Red Clay high school students.  “Families have seven distinct paths to choose from in Red Clay,” he said. “From arts at Cab Calloway, to the culinary program at McKean, each of our high schools offers programs that help children become college or career ready.”

I see the merits of this program however, once again the race to compete in the global economy continues to create better pathways for overachievers at the same time Red Clay is lost in the dark address at-risk students many who are minorities.

“There would be an interview to gauge interest in the program but no separate admittance test.”

If there is no test than everyone who applies should get in! If more applicants than available seat there should be a random lottery.

“Student applicants will be measured against a rubric including grades, attendance, discipline and state tests.” 

So the test is prior grades, attendance and state tests! I going to meet Merv half way! Fuck the state tests! Take it out of the equations. Where is the hell is RCEA on this? Why add legitimacy and value to the flawed state test. We should use school level benchmarks and school level recommendations. Sure we don’t allow under-performing student honors and TAG like programs and that’s fine. However, embracing the state test and the same time teacher don’t want to be held accountable to state test results sends the wrong message.

I wonder will teachers teaching these high level classes be required to be national board certified teachers? Would the state performance level be at the top of the spectrum? My point is, if we set such high requirements for students shouldn’t we sent the same for those teaching these overachievers?

I am the first to bitch-slap Charter School of Wilmington for their Specific Interest and in principle support the bitch because Red Clay is just a s guilty. 

A.I. High School had DCAS math proficiency level of 48.2% with low SES at 37.3% last Spring and Reading 53.5% with low SES also at 37.3%. I am all for feeding the mines of our young people and pushing the beyond the establish bar. However, applying more funding to the top and not adding “effective” innovation to the bottom does question fair and equatable education.

Good for CSW defending their Specific Interest but damn them for putting Red Clay student meeting that Specific Interest last on admission preference.

Looking in from the outside, I must say,  I am more disappointed in RCEA for not objecting to the inclusion of state test in the rubric! Mr. Matthews needs to make up his mind between trying to be chef Ramsay in the kitchen or Baby Hoffa at RCEA meetings. This one must of slipped by him as he was watching his bread rise or rolling his asparagus in his bacon. They say it takes a village to raise a child! Hang in there Mike we’ll get you to manhood.    

 

It appears Charter School of Wilmington leaders are out to OWN Red Clay’s Superintendent Merv

The recent attacks on Red Clay by Charter School of Wilmington leaders during Red Clay school board meeting appears to be undermining Superintendent Merv.

Charter School of Wilmington is a Red Clay charted charter school. Red Clay is the charter school authorizing agent and oversight agent. Though Red Clay just reauthorized CSW’s charter for another five year, Red Clay can at anytime say we’re getting out of the charter school business and not plan to renew CSW charter again in five year. In doing so Red Clay would need to ask CSW to leave the Red Clay Wilmington Campus if CSW gain a charter under DE DOE and I doubt DE DOE would approve the Specific Interest. Red Clay never deemed the space CSW is using as “surplus” in entered into an agreement with CSW as CSW was a school designed by Red Clay (through the hand of racists). If CSW was no more re: a Red Clay charter, Red Clay would need that space to fill the void.  All this is unlikely to happen because via the political powers within public education Merv would be toast if he ever called for the end of CSW. 

The little school board dance CSW is doing is disrespectful towards Merv and the Red Clay school board. CSW violated state law with their self-imposed major charter modification vote. Red Clay order CSW to rescind that vote. They did so within the authority of  being CSW approval and oversight agent. And sure there is a debate but Red Clay asked that CSW follow the law. Red Clay’s board vote that didn’t follow Robert’s Rule of Order re: one meeting rule before taking action is a rule. The action Red Clay board took didn’t required a formal charter school review meeting. CSW decided they make the rules and Merv can just kiss their ass!

Honestly the event did draw out debate on CSW specific interest question and to their defensive in principle I support there objection because Red Clay does the same with Conrad , Cab, Dickinson IB and now with A.I. High School’s new program. I must yield and support CSW. But hat doesn’t mean I don’t feel the law needs to be changed in all cases. However, CSW’s latest action had to do with CSW putting Red Clay student last on the admission preference order. CSW seemed to forget CSW is a “Red Clay” school with supreme authority going to Red Clay not CSW.  

I honestly feel Red Clay’s school board ask Merv to reevaluate it leadership structure in the way of Red Clay charter school oversight. There seems to be some level of conflict of interest within the organizational chart. CSW has it’s right however, there is an internal process whereas Merv and grant CSW the right to file a major charter modification application. But it appears CSW action signals the have no real respect for Merv. The behavior tone of CSW is a direct implementation Merv is unfit because Merv can’t control Red Clay’s school board. It’s obvious that CSW’s school board owns their school leader. The action of the school board member(s) is a direct reflection on the CSW school leader and is counterproductive to CSW’s school leaders efforts to find resolve in the issues through standard professional protocol. Though one board member doesn’t represent all board members their unprofessional behavior is creating a momentum whereas changes in organizational composition may be in order. Those who subscribe to good leaders shouldn’t degrade their subordinates in public forum should consider following their own business model. Sadly changes are coming and the farewell of a CSW friend re: reassignment may bring personal sadness to one who’s ego is moving past his sense of pride. 

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