Posted on December 6, 2013 by kilroysdelaware
Where is Moyer’s preliminary and final budget report?
Well Hef, I guess you can’t ask this question because it won’t be in the scope of the state board’s agenda and like clockwork if you ask for it the DE DOE charter school manager will say, I don’t have that at hand and I’ll get it for you next month!
As for the president of the Delaware State Board of Education! Please STEP DOWN!
The is NO EXCUSE for Moyer to withhold financial data from the public! Publius might support the corporate board mentality but I don’t. Publius is too busy trashing Mr. Matthews which is nothing more than a convenient way of not supporting real transparency of public education.
If there is nothing to hide why is Moyer defacing state law by not publishing their monthly financial reports and preliminary and final budgets?
Board Legislative Actions – Note: Board Chairman noted that he had received information regarding board decisions, if a vote is required, this action can only be carried out in-state. Ms. Coker, moved that those items which were voted on while on retreat and previously approved, be approved during this session – approved, one abstained
And you can’t vote in retreats that are not open to the public. Also, why is Moyer going out of state when our local hotels and facilities could use local support?
a. Name Change – Proposed name change consisted of a total of eight (8) choices, final vote:
i. The Maurice J. Moyer Academic Institute (4)
ii. The Maurice J. Moyer School of Academics (3)
Vote: name changed to “The Maurice J. Moyer Academic Institute”
So when did the Delaware Department of Education approved this move? One would “think” this would require a charter school modification request! More proof Delaware Secretary of Education Murphy lack capacity!
c. A motion to accept proposal to purchase buses for Moyer over the next three (3) year period – unanimously approved
And how much does this increase Moyer’s liability insurance and what funds are set aside for maintenance of these buses? Or am I reading this wrong and it’s really about a three-years contract with a transportation provider? Don’t worry Her, DE DOE charter school officer will get that information for you at the next board meeting after you ask questions.
d. Modification Application
OK I give! For what?
Enrollment Management Report – overview of school enrollment strategy and implementation. Provided overview of enrollment, currently at 228.
Charter agreement for for 385 students! So this school can be financial viable at 59% enrollment? Come on Hef! Where are those financial reports? I know, nothing but hubbub on the blogosphere
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Posted on December 6, 2013 by kilroysdelaware
(See Christina and Anne you do make a difference in head injury “awareness”)
DELMAR, MD. — A fourth-grade student at Delmar Elementary School was hospitalized Wednesday for an apparent bump on the head from a laptop that accidentally struck the 9-year-old boy in a classroom.
We’ll wait to see if there was any negligence on how those laptop are stored.
Initially, there was no sign of injury and the student expressed no discomfort, Sahler said.
“The student did not express any concerns and had no apparent sign of the contact with the laptop,” Sahler said. “The student was apparently comfortable and conversant following the accidental contact.”
Hello, forth-grade student! Red flag!
“A little while later, when a staff member observed the student rubbing his head, the student was seen by the school nurse, and a parent was notified,” Sahler said. “After the arrival of the parent, an ambulance was called at the request of the parent.”
The student should have been sent to the school nurse directly following the incident or better yet the nurse should have been brought to the classroom.
Though not a Red Clay incident but to all board members who visit Kilroy’s please step-back and consider procedures relating to any head injury anywhere in the school or the property. Don’t just think sports related. A the message goes to all school board member who visit Kilroy’s.
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Posted on December 4, 2013 by kilroysdelaware
Red Clay’s super “will” ask the Red Clay School Board to re-vote in favor of taking the class size waiver December 18 , 2018.
Prediction, vote will be 5 yes and 2 no!
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Posted on December 4, 2013 by kilroysdelaware
As part of the $21.5 million package, the state awarded Fisker a $12.5 million loan, convertible to a grant if Fisker hired 2,495 people within five years. Now that Fisker has filed for bankruptcy, Delaware considers it a debt and hopes to recoup some, unless Hybrid Tech opens a Delaware factory, Levin said.
Either way Alan, Fisker duked the Delaware taxpayers and showed their true colors by not paying their school taxes.
There is currently $1.5 million left in that utilities fund, although the final two months of charges have yet to be calculated and subtracted from this total, Levin said.
That money should go towards Fisker’s unpaid school tax bill. We’ll see how serious Markell is about investment in public education.
Sen. Greg Lavelle, R-Sharpley, said the Fisker package was developed during a tumultuous time in the country when the government was handing out hundreds of millions of dollars “like lollipops” in an effort to stabilize the economy.
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I hope we learned a lesson,” Lavelle said. Governments, he said, “don’t make those types of decisions well, never have, never will.”
Come on Greg, you’re reinforcing my decision to leave the GOP and my support for you is starting to wear very thin! You stood-by and didn’t do anything when Debbie cut a deal with the Speaker of The House to let him desk drawer H.B.#23 by hiding it in appropriation committee. Greg very few know this as you and I but we know how Jimmy jumped in bed with Fisker looking for a lick of that lollipop.
Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton, said hindsight is always 20-20, and it is easy to call it money wasted, but it looked like a good investment when Fisker made its initial announcement.
“We had to take chances. Some of these projects will pan out, and some will not,” Peterson said.
Karen I love you but, I hope after you read your comments in the News Journal you’ll realize the time has come to pack it in and kick back and enjoy life. The first clue Fisker was scamming the American and Delaware taxpayers was when Fisker took our money and built car their Finland and the next the delay in building in Delaware and then the not sure if we’re building in Delaware. And speaking of taking chances, Markell has been rolling the dice on public education reform and has been coming up with snake eyes on one roll and Rodel on another. Karen, Fisker owes Red Clay School District well over $700,000.00 is delinquent school taxes and FYI, Red Clay is your school district! Perhaps you can step up and fight for our school children! Wait! I forgot, you were one of the co-sponsors of H.B. #23 with Debbie and then got cold feet!
“but it looked like a good investment when Fisker made its initial announcement”. Yea with Markell standing there holding their hand. I just wish someone would just fess-up and say Fisker boned us!
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Posted on December 2, 2013 by kilroysdelaware
Sent: Sunday, December 01, 2013 2:29 PM
To: Daugherty Mervin B
Cc: Bohm Adriana L; Woods Kenneth; Wilson Martin; Newton Faith; Thompson Cathy; Rivera Kenneth; Piccio Mike
Subject: Fisker’s overdue school taxes
I hope everyone had a great Thanks Giving.
I’ll get to the point! I am not sure what action Red Clay has taken as far as the delinquent Red Clay school taxes owed by Fisker Automotive. I hope some legal action is being taking. We all know Fisker went to auction and word has it the final approval ruling is coming early January 2014. However, I an sure we all agree that Red Clay never took part in the Governor’s business deal with Fisker and as we know the governor nor the county had authority to wheel and deal with school taxes levied by the school board. I don’t think it’s a wait and see game as far as staking claim to our school taxes owed. It’s my understanding that school taxes owed cannot be written-off as part of bankruptcy or auction and those tax liabilities pass to new property owners.
I feel the board needs to go on public record as to the status and action the district may have taken, Surely this would be an information item. We’re talking over $700,000,00 dollars past due. And for sure Red Clay is in no position to offer any relief to Fisker and / or new owner.
As for the class size wavier issue, many of us throw the word courage around giving credit to those who voted no for the wavier. However, after years of attending Red Clay board meetings and being involved sometimes courage and doing what one thinks is right is valued, The risk of saving no to the wavier is great. However, the time has come to call out the state legislators to fully fund the class size cap or repeal it. We all support smaller class sizes and as many see Red Clay has a growing voice in the community and parents are engaging. I for one wouldn’t hesitate for one minute to vote for a referendum to support smaller calls sizes on the condition Red Clay reevaluates programming and services. I know the Teach for American contract for $300,000.00 the former super roped us into has expire. That was a wasteful program that was a gift to the governor’s wrongheaded agenda. However, I feel confident that Dover will hear our voice in ending the feel good do nothing class size cap legislation, 2014 is an election year, But in the bigger picture , if the law isn’t repealed or funded at least next year and all the next the board can take the wavier knowing they did stand and confront it!
FYI – We are in contact with the AG’s Office at this time.
Anytime there is a bankruptcy it becomes extremely complicated.
Sure it does but property tax debt follows the property. However, all is in limbo until the property ownership is resolve. I just wanted to go on record that the board and district has an obligation to at best be proactive and assertive in protecting our interest and it appears you are. But hopeful the AG will give some positive direction. Also, as I stated in the past, the county nor the state has any authority to allow relief of school taxes as part of an economic incentive to bring or maintain business at the Boxwood Plant. Those taxes are levied by the district and only the district / board can offer any economic relieve which of course would be opening Pandora’s Box. Just going on the record!
So the bottom line is, Red Clay is engaged! However, I feel the district and the board needs to be proactive in communicating to the taxpayers. It should be cut and dry, the tax debt stays with Boxwood Plant and must be paid before any sale transfer and if not part of the sale / auction. The district needs to put a lien against the property regardless of any bankruptcy filings and if need be, force a sheriff sale to satisfy the tax debt. As far as Governor Markell, don’t even think about brokering any tax relief or deferment for the next owner because Hell would freeze over before Red Clay would see another successful referendum.
So at best, call it Kilroy on patrol!
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Posted on December 1, 2013 by kilroysdelaware
Good building administrators know who the effective teachers are by things such as, can they keep their door open and the class remain quiet and focused, by the limited number of hall passes issued, by the small number of students sent to timeout, by the limited number of parent complaints, by the sense of energy and excitement the teacher exudes when doing their job, do their lessons run the entire class period, in addition to the teacher who says come observe me anytime for nothing will change when you walk in, etc. These things alone are clear indicators classroom management skills are being effectively displayed and if that is well under control the actual presentation of material is usually effectively done. In 18 years in the classroom I have had a total of six evaluations whereas I should have had a total of 54 with three per year the contractual agreement and with five of the six lasting about 10 minutes on average instead of the 25 minutes deemed necessary.
And when “good” principals raise concerns about teachers less effective than idea those teachers are giving the option of VT (Voluntary Transfer). The cancer stays in the system. HOWEVER, when the principal himself is the cancer teachers and students within the building all lose. To add insult to injury, the Delaware state legislators turn a blind-eye to Governor Markell’s choice for secretary of education. The notion that school leaders coming in the system with the Rodel’s good housekeeping seal delivers world class leaders is bullshit! Delaware Secretary of Education has three years teaching experience in physical education otherwise know as gym and two years administrative experience. However the secretary is amazing bright and intelligent. But observations made in public leads me to believe he has memorized the latest reform doctrine and master the sales pitch that relies on pushing data data data. When questioned outside the scope of data his demeanor breaks and he becomes defensive and illusive. To put it bluntly, shit rolls downhill. Poor leadership at the top translates poor leadership at the bottom. Relying on leaders like Delaware’s secretary of education whose skills are based on many unproven theories rather than a proven effective leader with real world hands-on experience puts the academic health of our children at serious risk. We need to close the door or a best limit the VT movement of teachers and provide schools with proven leaders through leadership programs designed by proven superior leaders not by the likes of Rodel and their network of wrongheaded associates. Furthermore. we still have the kiss-ass pecking order at the school district level where advancement into leadership positions relies in how one kisses the superintendents ass and how well one could look the other way when knowing things are wrong.
In addition for a principal to crack down on the bad teachers also means using up inordinate amounts of time on the administrators’ behalf due to the very lengthy process that comes with a teacher improvement plan. For good building principals, time is their worst enemy, for between whacked-out parents who think the school is a four-star hotel where they can check in whenever the urge strikes, bus fights which tend to involve the police, substitutes who walk out without telling anyone, the 7,812 emails a day from main office and DOE.
There shouldn’t be lengthy teacher improvement plans. However, there should be a quality new teacher mentoring plan and a grade level team concept. Teachers and principals requiring to align their local collaboration to support the Race to The Top Wall Street ponzi scheme does nothing to help with the individual needs of a local school that is unique. Running schools like McDonald’s franchises is not the way to reform public schools. Even Delaware’s charter schools are under attack by this mentality that infringes on the agreed self autonomy that was intended within the charter school law. We can never have control of local schools and quality of teachers and administrators within if all is dictated as a result of a governor who is sowing seeds for personal and capital gains. The resistance by Delaware legislators to require all public school board meetings to be recorded is proog they protect the governor’s agenda. Debbie a key sponsor and a self proclaimed open transparent government advocate went Elvis on her on legislation surrendering it to an agreed speaker of house desk drawer veto via locking it in appropriations committee. Suspicious are it was done to protect those charter schools preferring corporate secrecy. Debbie is surrounded by Red Clay, Christina and Brandywine schools districts who all voluntarily record their board meetings and even in her legislative hall office backdoor Capital school district does the same! Success of principals go very deep and without the support of parent and strong transparency laws good quality principals are victims also.
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Posted on November 30, 2013 by kilroysdelaware
For those state legislators planning on running for another term in 2014 you best review this video! Race to The Top is imploding and the Delaware Secretary of Education is test piloting The Smarter Balanced Assessment a nationalized standardized test not approved by the Delaware state legislators. Red Clay and Capital school boards said enough is enough with the unfunded class size cap law! And parents will demand it to be fully funded or repealed! Those of you in Dover sit around with your thumbs up your asses and allowed the speaker of the house to desk drawer veto legislation that would require all school districts, votech and charter school boards to record their public session of board meetings are not serving the interest of local control, transparency and accountability when it comes to public education. Christina, Red Clay, Capital and Brandywine school district voluntarily record their meetings their meetings and the Delaware State Board of Education by legislation records their meetings. Finish the job Debbie!
It’s time to stop the Markell wrecking-ball and hold state legislators to task!
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Posted on November 30, 2013 by kilroysdelaware
Why we should give Reach Academy another chance Written by Jim Hosley director of the Center for Education Excellence at the Caesar Rodney Institute
Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy said:
“We see positive and honorable intentions and a school that looked to serve students from challenging backgrounds, but after four years, we have not seen an ability to meet these students’ needs.”
I am confused! Why is the title of this News Journal opinion piece about Reach Academy? It’s clear Secretary of Education Mark Murphy is talking about Red Clay’s Warner Elementary School. The DE DOE school profiles go back to 2004-2005 and Murphy blows his big Arne Duncan data horn until he’s blue in the face. Yet the data is there that proves many traditional public schools are failing and the schools remain open as the district shuffles failing administrators.
Some people like Publius accuse Kilroy of being a charter school naysayer which is furthest from the truth and yes I hang my hat on accountability and transparency issues. Reach academically is a failing schools but charter schools are low fruit on the trees when so-called stronger leaders having the courage to close failing schools comes along to prove it. Sadly it appears The Delaware Charter Schools Network gave some kind of green light to Murphy to close Reach and in return more charter schools will be permitted to be open.
Last year only 33.33% of Warner third-grade students met the standards. Sure Reach did worst but they both failed to meet that 50% Murphy line in the sand proficiency level. Damn, Highlands Elementary didn’t even meet that requirement.
Secretary of Murphy fails to recognize or refused to point-out during the last four years Delaware’s public schools has been adapting to the new common core standards and push for more rigorous curriculum. And now Murphy pushes a pilot test of The Smarter Balanced Assessment that the Delaware State Legislators haven’t approved. In deed leadership is the key element in success and Reach’s school leader is concerning. But the reality is, Mark Murphy hasn’t proved he is any more successful than Reach’s school leader.
When The Smarter Balanced Assessment is rolled out next year Murphy will allow for some growing pains! So what happen to the growing pains of DCAS only five years old. Remember we were all to brace ourselves for lower test scores in contrast to DSTP because we needed to stop lying to parents and students.
Because of the lack of support by the Delaware Charter Schools Network for one of it’s dues paying members other charter schools will be victimize.
I support charter schools as part of the choice school equation and feel if the state orders a charter school closed for academic failure it should ensure those students within be place in a school that at least meets the standards. If not closure of the charter school wasn’t in the interest of children. The Delaware Charter Schools Network should be the driving force for empowering parents and in respects to school accountability! We can’t run charter schools like a five star hotel where when a black employee rolls his eyes at a white customer he gets fired!
Murphy uses the term “challenging backgrounds” rather than under-served African-Americans. Why is Murphy’s charter school framework allowing de facto segregation? Why can’t Murphy see the data that proves poverty is a factor in academic success of a “school”. Why allowing Reach students with “challenging backgrounds” be forced back to other schools with “challenging backgrounds”? Murphy drop a 195 in front of your 4 year and you’ll get 1954. That’s how long we’ve be failing those coming from “challenging backgrounds”! Where is the promised “equity” in schools serving “challenging backgrounds”? And is it “fair”" to close a charter schools serving “challenging backgrounds” when not closing traditional public schools serving “challenging backgrounds”?
The right to Choice has been compromised and infringed upon by the actions of Delaware Secretary of Education by telling parents you can’t choice your child in a failing charter schools but it’s ok to choice them in a failing traditional public school. Why does Murphy allow choice to be open to failing traditional public schools and charter schools? It defeats his objectives to support world-class public schools.
When will Murphy show the courage and make administrative changes in the DE DOE Charter School Office? What is he waiting for, a green light from Rodel?
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Posted on November 29, 2013 by kilroysdelaware
Delaware Treasurer Chip Flowers says members of a board that manages $2 billion in state cash should disclose their personal financial interests to prove they don’t have conflicts when making investment decisions.
OUCH no you didn’t
Flowers suffered a major blow this week, with Attorney General Beau Biden’s office saying the Cash Management Policy Board, controlled by Gov. Jack Markell, has sole authority to manage Delaware’s $2 billion portfolio, not Flowers.
And Chip’s response was BITE ME
He pointed specifically to one member: David Marvin, a prominent investment manager who oversees a portfolio at his firm Marvin and Palmer Associates that has included shares in banks that manage Delaware taxpayer cash.
Chip you did not! :)
“These board members should be required to disclose their financial interest,” Flowers said. “I do as treasurer. I have to go online and disclose my personal holdings.”
Chipper ain’t surrendering!
Marvin and Palmer’s portfolio, which is managed on behalf of the firm’s clients, previously held shares of Wells Fargo and M&T Bank, the owner of Wilmington Trust, but sold those shares in the second quarter of this year. Both banks also manage a portion of the portfolio.
Marvin declined to comment.
Of course he did!
Markell weighed in on Friday, suggesting Flowers should defer to the board, as he said he did during a decade in the treasurer’s office.
So Markell let the board control him. Then all the bragging he did about being state treasure is hollow.
Markell would not comment directly on whether board members should disclose personal financial interests.
Didn’t Markell run for governor on a theme of open government? You can bet his ass is “capitalizing” on the Race to The Top Wall Street ponzi scheme.
The Attorney General’s ruling against Flowers is the latest in an ongoing feud the treasurer has had with the board. Flynn complained to the General Assembly in June that Flowers had overstepped his bounds as treasurer by ignoring the board’s directives to spread the money equally among money managers, and between short- and long-term investments.
Well we all know Beau hasn’t been himself lately and has disclosure issues himself. As far as spreading the money, that’s the good old boys taking care of each other and the more it’s spread around the greater chance it can be milked without being caught!
“I appreciate the AG’s opinion, I appreciate the clarification of this,” Flynn said. “I would hope that the treasurer would move to honor the board’s policies.”
Well here again Chip is an elected official required to follow certain political and social protocols. But I really think Chip might be saying in a tactful professional way is fuck you board!
Flowers also requested that the Attorney General’s Office re-issue the opinion with Attorney General Beau Biden’s signature. “We need to make sure that Attorney General Biden has approved and signed off on this legal opinion,” Flowers wrote.
OMG Chip you did not!
The fight between the board and Flowers appears destined to go before the General Assembly when lawmakers return to Dover in January.
And let it so we can flush-out the real trash in Dover.
Democratic leadership punted on legislation in June that would have stripped powers away from the treasurer’s office. That legislation would have also exempted the board from the Administrative Procedures Act, which requires public comment on new state regulations.
And while they are at it they should strip Governor Markell’s Mayoral power over public education and send the Rodel boy’s back to Rodel!
“I believe the legislation would again reinforce and again clarify the roles and responsibilities of the respective parties,” Flynn said.
Well if they all share in controlling the state’s investment perhaps the all need to put the personal cards on the table. Chip shows what $$ he has so why not the board amd Mr. Flynn?
Damn Chip, a few weeks ago Kilroy was calling for to pack it in and step-down but DAMN you can kick some ASS! Let the bastards throw you out of office! That will go over real well with the brothers and sisters! Sorry to say it, but Chip the root of the problem may be the white elitists might have a problem with a brother holding the key to the state’s treasure.
In his email to McConnel, Flowers wrote that, “we appreciate your thoughts on this matter and I hope we are able to find resolution outside of a final determination by the state Supreme Court.”
I’ll put odds on it’s all going to go before the state Supreme Court.
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Posted on November 28, 2013 by kilroysdelaware
The Democrats have given us:
1. A Secretary of Education with only minimal actual public education experience along with an bald-faced allegiance to a corporate reform agenda so confusing that he can’t even keep his stories straight when talking to the chief school officers in a public meeting
Wow !!!!!!!! With a little more help from Kilroy’s GED and his bible, Rules for Radicals, Professor Newton might just be a word-class blogger with grit and rigor :). And FYI Delaware does need a focused third party because a one party system in Delaware isn’t working. With the Delaware Republican Party so far right and with it’s financiers who break bread with the likes of Jack Markell and Rodel helping destroy public education parents need another voice in Dover. Don’t get me wrong there are many wonderful elected democrat officials. However, they are too loyal to Jack Markell the obstructionist to quality of life, local control when it comes to education and to protecting the lives of Delawareans. Markell abandoned Wilmington, minorities and the working class.
So right on Professor Newton and come out of that comfort zone and do a little more bitch-slapping!
Come on professor be a little more like this professor:
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