Foreign takeover of U.S. public schools ???????

Islamic group applies for a charter.

February 28, 2010 by homegrownboy re: blog Resolute Determination  

Fethullah Gulen is major sponsor of charter schools all over the USA. Now they have applied to open one in DE.

A quick web search reveals them to be either a great institution or a terrorist outpost which uses the school’s constant stream of money to support activities.

Just an FYI.

Holy crap Homegrownboy, you tripped onto the mother load

Islamist Gülen Movement Runs U.S. Charter Schools

A secretive foreign network of Islamic radicals now operates dozens of charter schools — which receive government money but are not required to adopt a state-approved curriculum — on U.S. soil. The inspirer of this conspiratorial effort is Fethullah Gülen, who directs a major Islamist movement in Turkey and the Turkish Diaspora but lives in the United States. He is number thirteen among the world’s “50 most influential Muslims,” according to one prominent listing.

Gülen has been criticized as the puppet master for the current Turkish government headed by the “soft Islamist” Justice and Development Party, known by its Turkish initials as the AKP, in its slow-motion showdown with the secularist Turkish military. But Gülen is also known in Muslim countries for his network of 500-700 Islamic schools around the world, according to differing sources favorable to his movement. A more critical view of Gülen’s emphasis on education asserts that his international network of thousands of primary and secondary schools, universities, and student residences is a key element in solidifying an Islamist political agenda in Turkey.

But in startling news for Americans, the Gülen movement operates more than 85 primary and secondary schools on our soil. A roster of the Gülen schools and of the numerous foundations that support them has been released to the public by the patriotic group Act! for America. The Gülen schools are often designated as “science academies” and are concentrated in Texas, Ohio, and California — with others scattered across the rest of the country.

Damn, I hope Markell don’t get mixed up in this shit! Hey, Jack perhaps you should check charter school applicants for U.S. Citizenship!! Also, maybe a credit background check.

DE DOE water cooler is leaking! Dan WTF is going on?

National hype over charter schools hits home

First State Math and Science Academy, a 6-12 college preparatory school, plans to open in either the Christina or Colonial school districts. Founder Ahmet Gunay, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Delaware, said he chose this location after examining state test scores in math and science to see where the greatest need was

JACOB BEHYMER-SMITH, a Minor, by and through his Guardian ad Litem, PATIENCE

BEHYMER,

Plaintiff,

v.

CORAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE, STEVEN

J. WEST, BEN KARADUMAN and CHERYL

GARLOCK,

Defendants.

He was a defendant in a law suit because he would not let a 9th grader recite a poem with the words hell and damn. The student won based on the First Amendment.

Ben Karaduman, First State Math and Science Academy

Mr. Cruce said there is a specific standard in code where charter schools have to meet or exceed the state averages.  He asked how their program would address meeting or exceeding the states averages if some of the students that attend their school have significant challenges reaching the meets or exceeds standard.  Mr. Kandil said the state regulation in Maryland is the same.  He said there will be no enrollment preferences.  He said a key issue at Chesapeake Science is a very well structured pre-assessment process.  Once a student is accepted to the program, the school announces assessment dates in April, May, August and a three week observation period to observe their strengths and weaknesses in math and reading.

“Once student is accepted to program”? How can they not be accepted if there is no enrollment preference? I don’t see in the transcripts, what would be the basis for a student not to be accepted?

Article: Charter school could go bankrupt Chesapeake Science Point leaders say expand or school can’t make rent Article from: Maryland Gazette Article date: December 19, 2009

Once again, the fate of Chesapeake Science Point, one of two public charter schools in the county, is dangling precariously.

Leaders of the Hanover-based middle school say they could go bankrupt if they don’t expand to a high school next year. But officials who will decide on that expansion in January sound unlikely to grant their wish.

Charter school likely to face extended probation Maryland Gazette | May 2, 2007

“We have spent countless hours of our staff time trying to support that school’s function, and they need to do at least their part,” Superintendent Kevin Maxwell said this week at a meeting of the county Board of Education. “And their part is having the programs that they promised their parents many years ago, and having it done right and …

Chesapeake Science Point has corrected many of the issues that led the county school system to place it on probationary status, but the Hanover charter school isn’t out of the woods yet.

Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell is expected to recommend that the Board of Education continue probation for the school until 2008.

In his written recommendation, posted Friday on the Board of Education’s Web site, Dr. Maxwell acknowledged the school had made progress in the accuracy of its financial reporting, record-keeping and “most notably in the area of special education

I wonder how Delaware DOE missed the concerns with finances, like come on, December 19, 2009 was just a few months ago?

News Journal’s Ron Williams fire scuds at bloggers

Still skeptical, but a little less: Blog socks it to insurance commissioner

I don’t think much of bloggers who claim to be journalists, or professional journalists who resort to blogging, for that matter.

Anyway, that train has left the station. Bloggers and anonymous chatterer/idiots have become a part of the media, whether old fogy journalists like it or not.

News Journal’s Ron Williams concedes bloggers are part of the media! In the words of Vice President Joe Biden, I think this is a big fucking deal.

Ron sits protected by online filters and  those editing letters to the editor. Ron the word is out, the world is an ugly fucking place and professional protocol went out the door the day Joe Biden was elected. I honestly think the world stopped being a nice place once the lie was out ducking and covering doesn’t protect school children from nuclear attack. Then there was that little incident at Kent State. Delaware’s local-yokel newspaper doesn’t have grit and leans too far to one side of the political spectrum. Bloggers calls it as they see it. Just call us the virtual kitchen table.

One thing for sure, Kilroy is no journalist nor does he claim to be one. However, I’ll admit , I was inspired by the likes of Norm Lockman and Al Macitti two journalists that out shine Ron Williams. I wish Norm was still with us because I would love to hear his spin on education reform. As for Al Macitti, he had more balls than all of the News Journal’s journalists put together. Also it was other bloggers like Dana Garrett, Jason Scott and Mike Matthews who drew me into the insane world of blogging.

I am not looking for a blogger’s Pulitzer  Prize or a paycheck. I might have a GED and a pocketful of college credits but I know one thing, the world  and education is fucked up because of some of those with PhDs are calling the shots and controlling the money.

Race to The Top is nothing more than a scud missile aimed at privatizing public education and your daily rag is afraid to print the truth because it fears the business roundtable will cut its advertising business.

Honesty, I think Herbie the paper man did more for the News Journal than Ron Williams. I can still hear his voice echoing down 10th and Market. I might be an idiot but you’re useless as a woodpecker on an alumium telephone pole. I don’t know if you know or not but it’s last call for those with Social Security Cards in Roman numerals. Time to stop dipping the feather in the inkwell. Get with the times pop and fire up a blog.  

Reward failure with Race to The Top funding

Delaware education: Every public school to share ‘Top’ dollars; Half of $100 million award will go to state

There are approximately 203 public / charter schools in Delaware to share 50 million dollars over four years.

The state’s plan includes programs meant to reward good work and efforts to boost struggling schools. Five top-performing schools a year would each get a $150,000 bonus. The state would pay for all state students to take the SATs. Highly rated teachers who are willing to transfer to the neediest schools would be eligible for a $5,000 bonus

I thought the goal of Race to The Top was to close the achievement gap. Are we talking bonuses for Title 1 schools only or for selective school like Charter School of Wilmington and non Title 1 schools? Pay for all SAT test for “all” students? Why are we taking money needed to help those below the achievement gap to fund more affluent students? What about parochial schools that receive Title 1 funding? Do these schools receive supplemental funding to help poor students? $5000 bonus for highly rated teacher to transfer to the neediest school ??? So high rated teachers already in place won’t receive bonuses? Why are we willing to pay bonuses for professional teachers that we already paid? So if you vote against a referendum you’re against the kids but if you take money for doing your job it’s for the kids? What about those Teacher for American teachers? They automatically receive $5000 bonus as they are deemed high effective when they walk in the door. Also, Teacher for American teachers receive $9400.00 from the federal program AmeriCorp after their two-year commitment. Does that mean all teacher now receive AmeriCorp bonuses? Looks like everybody is cashing in on the backs of high poverty students. Do parents receive bonuses if their child makes honor roll? Do students receive bonuses if they makes honor?  Why are we rewarding adults who have failed children while receiving pay. I rather see more teachers and smaller class sizes.

There are still local choices to be made in Delaware, Cruce said, such as calls for increased parental involvement. Just how that’s accomplished is left up to local leaders, providing flexibility for local context. What works in Red Clay might not work in Lake Forest.

Tell the truth Dan, the state / DOE does not want any part of being accountable for parental involvement because it would be forced to go to the legislators to asked for “laws” holding parents accountable for their child’s school behavior and participation. You’re not leaving it up to local decision, you’re shoving it up their asses. 

Race to The Top’s subliminal message

Arthur says:

Those of us who have worked in education/the public sector/fought for education have seen this how many times before? A new program is touted, some morons say they shouted out loud with excitement and now we must work. Then the time line works like this:

 – ‘We will need 12 -18 months to research and develop initiatives to effectively change the landscape of education in delaware.’

- ‘With these programs that we have spent so much time developing we will now initiate the roll out of the program gradually over the next 12-18 months.’ – ‘We have initiated the implementation of this program and now have th task of studying the effects of it over the next 12-18 months. But remember this is a long range goal and we wont see true results for 2-3 years.’

So now 3-5 years have gone but studying and implementing without any true indication of what will happen and the money has now run out. Now the ‘we’s (aka those no where near the classrooms unless they are invited as a special guest during dr. seuss week) will say they need more funding for ‘the kids’ and the new adminstration will have an even better plan to educate the kids. After all of the 100mm is gone, what will we hear:

 parents dont take an active enough role.

Kilroy’s response:

As we all can agree, DSTP was a total failure. remember all the time and effort that went into DSTP before it was rolled out? Wasn’t it a few years in making? The Delaware business roundtable had their way with DSTP. Now the same Delaware business roundtable is joined by the national business roundtable pushing an unproven complex plan.

When the federal money runs out and even before as we see with Markell’s budget cuts, the funding will shift back on the local taxpayers.

Remember that old Beatles record that when you played it backwards there was a message. The subliminal message with Race to The Top is charter schools and privatization. 4.5 billion dollars is peanuts ! Ducan sees Race to The Top as our last chance to reform public education, “a moon shot”. In reality RTTT is a scud missile sent to destroy traditional public education. Enjoy the music

Great WDEL interview with John Young of Christina School District

features/0330young.mp3

Looks like John Young Christina school board member has a very objective view of Race to The Top and concerns with limited funding for longterm objectives.

John Young raises concerns that the public will be confused with $100 million RTTT dollars coming to Delaware and a call for referendum. RTTT funds cannot be used for general operating budget. However, the need for going to referendum is due in part to Governor Markell cutting state education funding to the school districts. If we’re to vote for referendums “for the kids” why then can governor Markell cut funding taking from the kids? It should not be the local taxpayers covering Markell ass for his failure to move the state economy to generate needed revenues. If we are not to reward failures in education why are we willing to reward failures in governor by voting for referendums to bail government out?  

 Listen to the link above and hopefully you’ll see John Young was very objective in his opinions and response to WDEL.

No traditional public high school in Wilmington Delaware

Some say if the city of Wilmington Delaware were to have a high school it would be racially identifiable with predominately African-American students and would cause concerns in regards to the appearance of segregation.

If you take a look at the racial makeup of Wilmington’s public schools since the approved Neighborhood Schools Act you’ll notice particularly in Red Clay and Christina school districts most of their school located in the city are predominantly African-American students. Check the state school profiles out and you’ll see some schools are over 90% and most above 75% African-American students.

I find it odd that those who oppose a city high school on these concerns don’t question the racially identifiable schools that currently exist and city charter schools that are racially identifiable. Why doesn’t Red Clay have a traditional middle school within the city?

Many white parents cried the blues because their children had to endure long bus rides in the city and their inability to participate at school due to the distance from home. It seems everybody is happy but yet many African-American students in middle school and all in high schools are forced to ride buses to the suburbs.

Then there the Choice schools illusion where even our governor claims children can attend schools of their choice. The Choice school provisions allows school districts to close choice due to capacity issues which surely makes sense. But there also is a transportation issues giving the more affluent the advantage. For many poor minority who don’t have reliable transportation to drive their children to a Choice bus stop or a Choice school directly it TFB in the eyes of many.

There is a new charter high school that serves at-risk students opening in downtown Wilmington in fall 2010 and surely many students will be African-American. However, I am hopefully the school administrator will seek out a diversified student population.

Don’t get me wrong here as I am not suggest some white agenda. Honestly I put the blame on the residents of Wilmington for note demanding better access to charter and choice schools and for not DEMANDING a city high school and needed middle schools. All options should be on the table with equal access. I don’t see Delaware schools particularly in the city of Wilmington Delaware as providing fair and equitable  education and certainly don’t blame the teacher for the imbalance in education services.

Governor Markell and Secretary of Education Lowery support school turnaround plans that fire al teachers and staff , good with bad. These decision are being made in Title 1 schools where under Title 1 law section 1118 parents are given right as to design, review, implementation and evaluation of school plans, Yet, the system designs the plan without meaningful input and shared decision-making and force it upon parents and students. The United State Secretary of Education Arne Duncan supports these actions. FYI , RTTT does not supercede NCLB law giving parental involvement legal status.

If it is suggested that a city elementary schools or charter school predominantly African-American  elementary school  can be superior why then a high school couldn’t.

I urge Governor Markell and all reformist to step back and give some thought to the direction of our city schools in relationship to inclusiveness to parents, local leader and the community at large. We talk about mayoral control yet we aren’t giving the most important stakeholders in the city of Wilmington an equal seat at the table.

The parents and real civil rights leaders of Wilmington Delaware need to step up now and not allow the continuation of children being stepped on by reformist who are driven adding more consultants and middle managers to education. We need more teachers and smaller class sizes and no laws allowing schools to waive class size requirements. We need real pre-k programs accessable to all parents not just the affluents. RTTT the top does being added resources. However, the governors state budget cuts to education undermine any advancement in meeting the needs of our children.

Stand up and fight Wilmington and do it now!

Schooley needs to be tested for drug use

Educators rejoice at good news; Despite positive reactions, some concerned with methods

Terry Schooley has worked in education most of her life. When the Democratic state representative from Newark heard Delaware won federal Race to the Top dollars, she began shouting with joy.

“It’s wonderful,” she said. “Now the work begins.”

So House Bill 119 was a scam? 107 million dollars over the next four years compared to Delaware spending over 4.6 Billon dollars over the last four years will now reform Delaware’s public schools? Perhaps Schooley means the work to bust the teachers union now begins.

“People outside the state have such a high opinion of things that happened here, and we just don’t realize it.”

If that were the case, Delaware would be the model for reform not Race to The Top.

“There’s nothing out there that proves or disproves,” he said. “What we are essentially doing is going into laboratory mode. We are testing.” John Young Christina School Board member.

You got it Johnny and just like DSTP which Schooley support Race to The Top and the forcing of a nationalized standardize test will have us visiting educational reform in another 10 years.

“I think Delaware had a perfect plan for where we wanted to go,” he said. (Red Clay Consolidated School District Superintendent Merv Daugherty)

Yea Merv, let Jack Markell keep 50% of RTTT funding to takeover Red Clay schools they way he wants at the same time you’ll request the board to increase local taxes to offset Markell’s transportation funding cuts. RTTT now put the superintendents in charge of school board rather than school board in charge of superintendents. I don’t know we you get the “we” shit because you never held town hall meetings explaining to the public and the board the ramification of Race to The Top.

We’ll see what kind of grit Schooley has at Delaware State Board of Education April’s meeting when DIT charter school’s application get rejected because Lowery doesn’t understand the law and ignores DOE’s own lawyer’s opinion.

$100 million not likely to ease state budget problems

“I think the monies that we’re getting here are a little bit different from the stimulus package, where we were able to backfill some of the programs we had,” said Rep. Joe Miro, R-Foxfire and a member of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee

Don’t worry Joe, Markell will minipulate DOE 50% share of RTTT to pay for Rodel’s Vision 2015 plans which helps Markell repay the campaign contributions made by Rodel’s founders

The use of that money is limited to “those programs that were identified in the application,” said Ann Visalli, director of the state Office of Management and Budget.

Although the money won’t help balance the budget, it could offset money the state would have spent to bring poorly performing schools up to where they should be, Visalli said.

So what you are saying, it will help back fill budget cuts as Markell passes the cost of fully funding the Minner Math and Reading Teachers back on the local taxpayers and shifting 25% off of student transportation off the back of the state and on the backs of local taxpayers?

I don’t get it, Schooley and other Delaware state legislators finally realized after 10 years of DSTP that the Delaware business round table was wrong and now supports a national level business round table led by Eli Broad and Rodel who want to reform Delaware’s public schools by shifting to  nationalized curriculum and standard followed by a nationalized standardized test.

If it is for the kids than way is Markell cutting state education funding to the school districts and charter schools? Support them if you love children and if you oppose local school tax referendums you don’t care about kids.

Voting no to Chirstina School Districts referendum will put the financial burden back on Schooley and company to come up with solutions. How do you improve education by cutting state funding to local public schools and charter schools? How do you improve education by adding more consultants and middle managers?

Greg Lavelle is right to be concerned

“I wish I could get excited about this, but I’m feeling kind of empty,” said Rep. Greg Lavelle, R-Sharpley.

Lavelle said the program will create additional bureaucracy and impedes on states’ rights. And he worries there have been few specifics given on how the money will be spent. He said one Delaware superintendent described Race to the Top as a “consultant’s dream,” and Lavelle said he’s skeptical it will produce concrete results.

Of course the Liberals will attack Lavelle because he is a Republican. Lavelle is correct “consultant’s dream”. DOE keep 50% of the top to do what they want and in Red Clay’s case it about $4.3 million dollars over three years.  But with Markell state funding cuts totaling about 6 million to Red Clay how do we improve education when the funding cuts will hurt progress.  

That only two states were named was surprising, said Michael Horn, executive director of education at Innosight Institute, a nonprofit advocate of innovation in education.

Another surprise was that Delaware made the cut, he said

What a dipstick ! We all knew Joe Biden put the fix in for Delaware.

“There’s a lot of great jargon, but when you step back from it, it’s hard to figure out what they just said they were going to do,” Horn said.

No shit Sherlock, they keep it complex so they can manipulate RTTT funding like they do with other federal funding like Title 1. 17% comes off the top for DOE’s administration fees. That’s over 10 million dollars! Then the district take their administration fees.

Remember DSTP? Well with RTTT Delaware under Markell’s leadership is taking Delaware to national standards and assessment aka DSTP on steroids. Did Markell have town hall meeting including legislators and the community on his participation in national core standards? Hell no, Jack says in the words of Joe Biden, “this is a big fucking deal” and parents do need a say in the direction of Delaware’s education. Jack pulls a Carper and drops to his knees for the business roundtable. The same ass-wipes that gaves us DSTP.

DE Legislators turns a blind eye to DE DOE violation of charter school law

Rumor has Delaware Secretary of Education Lowery  is insisting Delaware Institute of Technology charter school have a secured building location before a charter school application is approved.  How can a potential charter school be required to have a building before their charter school application is approved? If the application was not approved for other reasons the potential charter school would be stuck with a lease or mortgage. DOE’s own lawyer injected and said charter school applicants are not required to have  secured location prior to approval. Lowery is ignoring legal advice by her own DOE lawyers. Certain legislators have been contacted and they are just a baffled. Other charter school application have been approved without defined location of building and in many cases the application noted in which county they intend on seeking a location.

Personally I support traditional public schools but respect the right of parents wanting options. My point here is, Delaware charter school laws a skewed and manipulated by Delaware’s Secretary of Education Lowery who apparently has no comprehension of the charter school approval process prescribed by law. 

At April’s Delaware State Board of Education meeting the board is required to approve or disapprove DIT’s applications and like political sheep the board will turn a blind eye to Delaware charter school’s legitimate legal approval process and not approve DIT on Lowery’s recommendation.

The mouse that lives in DOE’s office communicated certain high level personal has been make derogatory remarks about one of DIT’s representatives. Dan, you need to be careful who you make those comments to!

I hear the legislators in the know of this incident plan to stand down and allow Lowery to run her agenda.

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