Here is the big news!
I’ve sent communications to Brian Moore GOP Chair of the Christiana-Millcreek Region that I am withdrawning from the Republican Party and moving my support to the Democrats. This means I will also be giving up my position as Republican Chairperson for the 19th Representative District and a member of the state committee.
Why the change?
Though I do support the concept of charter schools to the extent of better funding and rights to Conduit Grants and oppose school districts from approving charter applications and legislators from sitting on charter school boards and committee, I also support traditional public schools.
There appears to be a Republican agenda to promote more charter schools and as a Republican answer to a Delaware failing public schools system. Their personal obsession with charter has distracted them from addressing real concerns within traditional public schools. Though we can blame teachers, administrators, school boards, students and parents, I blame legislators for failing to pass stronger accountability laws that hold all stakeholders accountable, even parents for their children’s disruptive school behavior.
The Republicans came out swing when Senator Blevins who just happens to the senator of my senate district sponsor a bill to put a one year moratorium on new charter school applications. But, yet didn’t put on a major fight to get their own school finance legislation approved. Why not stand up and show some teeth for that cause?
No doubt we can debate many issue regarding charter schools and traditional public schools however, I feel this Republican obsession to build more charter schools a bit reckless and send a message to parents and students of traditional public schools, you own you own as we’re too busy with our personal agenda.
I was labeled a misguided parent back in 1997 because I opposed DSTP for e many of the same reason everyone does today. DSTP was flawed from day one. My contention with charter schools is though they are popular and what many parents want, there is an obvious flaw that will eventually force radical changes in the charter school laws.
Many of you are aware that Marion T Academy Charter School had its charter revoked by the state board for failing to maintain required achievement levels. Marion T was a predominately high poverty African-American charter schools. There are other similar charter schools with the same student makeup and many are under Academic Review. If you have your children in a high performing charter schools and don’t think it impacts you! I have news for you! If more charter schools fail the legislators will be forced to address the issue. Radical changes will be made to the charter schools laws as in the case of DSTP.
These hand full of Republican legislator are so blind with the own charter school ambition they can see the train wreck on the horizon.
The same people who aren’t addressing the real needs in real reforming traditional schools are laying the charter school foundation with major cracks. They are moving the chairs from the deck of one Titanic to another Titanic.
I am amazed of the energy these few Republican spend trashing good Red Clay traditional public schools teachers but yet failed to hold Red Clay board and administrators accountable for the financial fiasco and the deceptions. There “no” excuses for not having full financial transparency in public education. Sure, a democrat lock the legislation in their desk drawer buy has the sponsor of this legislation who wants to advance his political standing in Delaware step up a fought back with the intensity used against Senator Blevins?
Why join the democrats?
Despite all my harassment of Democrats and total insults with unattractive pictures on my blog. Those who I even offended take time out to discuss the issue and my concerns. Senator Sokola though he stoop to some low campaign tactics against Mike Ramone ( not nice Dave) spent hours with me one on one discussing my concerns with DSTP and those dam diplomas. Rep Gilligan another Democrat I trashed the shit out of takes time out to openly discuss the issues. I’ve poke fun at Senator Blevins but yet she is very responsive. Senator Peterson whom I never trashed, communicates with me often. The thing is they never blame the Republicans and openly discuss the issues and seem to give a shit! Rep Gilligan stepped up and ripped Red Clay officials a new ass. Rep. Gilligan stepped up and pushed the issue to help secured the promised state funding for Full-day Kindergarten. Dam, with all the bashing did against Gilligan he still sends me a birthday card.
Here are people I outright offended who understand my frustration and that I do care about the issues working with me in spite of my action.
John Carney, many have notice I‘ve somewhat support of him lately! Guess what? The guy is a decent caring person who wants to make a difference and can make a difference. I plan on doing some volunteer work at his campaign office ifthey will have me. Matt Denn another sincere person and he wants to address the problem with traditional public schools head on!
Carney will taking a beating because of Minner’s failures however, lets get real Minner is the governor and a hard nose politician and she sets her own agenda. There was nothing stopping Markell from bashing Minner during the last seven and half years! He is beating Carney over the head with Minner to score points!
Markell, though I can’t legally switch parties because the deadline was March 30, 2008 I’ll show him some respect by not taking cheap shots at him and stick to tactfully debating the issues as I support Carney.
As far as Bill Lee, I respect the man and enjoyed the many conversation I had with him while working with his campaign in 2004. I hope he takes the time to step back and review my concerns and see the charter train wreck on the horizon if there is no fair and equitable solution to the disparities between the charter schools. Charter schools need more funding and the high poverty charter schools are in dire need of a better formula as are the high poverty traditional public schools.
So there you have it, I am on the Carney and Denn bandwagon. Take you shot trolls and believe me though you are anonymous you do leave footprints.
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