Delaware Gov. Markell Talks Education Reform (via Transparent Christina)

Markell brags about how he has a good relationship with the union (teachers) and how they are partners at the table but yet he wants them to be the most accountable to the extent of losing their jobs. Lowery says, “we do these kids a disservice and we have to fix this” So who is we re: disservice? Former Governor Tom Carper signed the DSTP law knowing it was flawed. Jack Markell former State Treasure sat back and said and did nothing to hold Governor Minner to task.

Our teachers better pick a leader who can go with the grain but also knows how to cut hard against it. Leadership is not about the leader. We don’t need a Markell parrot leading our teachers.

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via Transparent Christina

American universities offer gold standards for foreign student

Academic adventurers; Chinese students branch out to small Del. schools BY WADE MALCOLM • THE NEWS JOURNAL • NOVEMBER 30, 2010

In a report published this month, the Institute of International Education found that 127,628 Chinese students studied in the United States in the 2009-10 academic year, a 30 percent increase from the year before. The surge left India a distant second at 104,897 students.

Why are the Chinese coming to America to learn? I though we were so far behind that we needed to model our education system after China. I wonder do spies count as students?

International students contribute about $20 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the organization, and more than 20 percent of those students are from China. Chinese students have long favored larger research universities — for graduate work in particular. But now, many are choosing a more eclectic mix of regional public schools and smaller private institutions, the report said.

Great and new industry! Open the gate and let more foreign student in and they can restore out economy. Wait a minute. “Chinese favor larger research universities for gradate work.” You mean to tell me America’s universities are world class enough they attract students from around the world?

“More and more parents are able to invest their considerable resources into securing a world-class education for that one child,” said Peggy Blumenthal, executive vice president of the Institute of International Education. “American undergraduate and graduate education is seen as the gold standard by these parents, who feel that a U.S. education will be the best preparation for a career in the global economy.”

I see America’s “gold standards” aren’t good enough for Arne Duncan and Jack Markell. WTF parents of foreign students want a “world-class education” for their child so them send them to America?

Yea while your studying in America go site seeing and map all our military bases and activities.

How important is school security ? Not again !

All 24 hostages free after being held by young Wisconsin gunman

(CNN) — All 24 hostages held captive by a hangun-toting student in northeast Wisconsin were freed Monday night, after several hours of being confined inside a high school classroom, police said

The young male took over the classroom about 3 p.m. Monday, as classes were ending at Marinette High School. He prevented anyone from leaving the room and eventually communicated with police through a teacher, Skorik said.

Segregative schools again in Delaware?

Will Citizens of All Political Stripes Coalesce Against the Billionaire Boys’ Club?

Now, the federal government under the direction of the modern day efficiency experts of the corporate foundations, incentivizes states to create segregative charter schools and ignores the goals of integrated and democratic living as a primary purpose of the public schools.  In short, there is no longer any reason for democrats to support federal intervention in education.

And what has Jack done about the “big problems re-segregation, skimming of students and creaming of students” For me its a matter of major concern” Jack Markell.

Arne Duncan clueless on parental engagement

R-E-S-P-E-C-T — find out what it means to Arne Duncan

He also says that parental involvement is crucial and wants to provide funds for parental engagement, mentoring induction programs, and added support for under-served communities. Unfortunately, the fact remains that teachers are as likely to be cursed and criticized as complimented by parents, and that dynamic perpetuates chaos, which in turn undermines any successful strides that students can gain because it is a road block enabling students to keep up their on-going trend towards disrespectful behavior.

Duncan outlines simple at-home parental behaviors that will help increase the respect factor by doing things like turning off the television at night and reading to children, so that children can have a greater chance of being successful during the day.

Arne Dill-weed Duncan is clueless about what needs to be done to get parents to engage in their children’s education.

Perhaps Arne Duncan should stop jetting around country and world on the taxpayer’s dime and stay in his office. Arne rather then running out the door 5 O’clock stick around and hang out with night crew and ask them why they are not home making sure the TV is off. You know the night crew, the ones cleaning your office.

Yes Arne parents need to set guidelines on study-time. However, we need to hold parents accountable for unexcused absents and not responding to teacher / school communications. We need fully engaged parents as partners.

Now you want more money! We are wasting money on data coaches to help teachers read test results. We need parent coaches not data coaches.

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, on November 22, 2010, stated that parents have to be more a part of the solution, rather than the problem to make our education system successful.

But until then we’ll just hold teachers accountable for parents who refuse to engage communications with their child’s school and refuse to make sure their child is prepared for each school day.

Markell to follow Obama’s Freeze ???

Obama proposes freeze on federal worker pay; BY JULIE PACE • ASSOCIATED PRESS • NOVEMBER 29, 2010

The two-year freeze would apply to all civilian federal employees, including those working at the Department of Defense, but would not affect military personnel

OK two-year pay freeze

The freeze is expected to save more than $5 billion in savings over two years, $28 billion over five years and more than $60 billion over 10 years, White House officials said.

OK now explain the Bamanomics ! Its a two year freeze so what’s 5 an 10 years have to do with anything? In year three the thaw begins.

Now the big question is will Delaware Governor Jack Markell freeze state worker’s pay? It honestly sucks for anybody’s pay to get cut or froze. So how do you make state government more cost efficient? DEDOE wants a budget increase on the heels of Markell adding another department call the RTTT school turnaround department.

Odds are Markell will follow suit with some radical announcement of his own and its damn if you do and damn if you don’t. However, it will be a test of Markell’s leadership. Whatever happen to Markell’s “book” Blueprint for Delaware or some shit like that? Sure he inherited a financial mess from Minner. Minner did nothing to address the recession. Markell ran on a campaign  knowing what the challenges are and with a plan. Factor out the federal stimulus to the states and now tell me how Markell is doing? Factor out raising taxes and now tell me how Markell is doing?

To the wonderful public school teachers out there. Sadly to say the Grim Reaper will come knocking on the door for your benefits such as healthcare and pension. Not saying I agree with it because I don’t. Education is too administratively top heavy and consultants for the most part are administrative related. And lets not forget DEDOE and centralized money magnet. If teachers are expected to do more with less why not DEDOE?

Who knows, Joe Biden might ask Obama to throw Markell a rope aka a political appointment to get him out of this budget dilemma. Might be the only way Markell goes to Washington.

Civil Unions long overdue in Delaware

Delaware seems so sympathetic towards bullying  and hate crimes but when it comes to rights of gays often targets of both, Delaware can’t find the compassion to enact laws re: Civil Unions. Delaware Governor Markell needs to request Civil Union legislation.

I am not gay but human like all men and women of all races, sex and sexual orientation. My niche is education issues and politics leaning towards civil rights and social justice. There are many gay and lesbian teachers, parents and  students in Delaware and if we are too be part the so-called global economy perhaps we we show our unity as a national of diverse people. As far as don’t ask don’t tell in the military I think its sad that many gays and lesbians give their service and lives but must hide in the shadows.

Red Clay has the courage to stand by those regardless of sexual orientation.     Nondiscrimination in Employment

C. Definitions:

Discrimination: Treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person based on the group, class, or category to which that person belongs rather than on individual merit.

Protected characteristics: Includes race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, and any or all legally protected characteristics.

DEFINITION FOR DISCRIMINATION Student Code of Conduct page 36

This includes the use of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability as a basis for treating another person in a negative manner. Protected characteristics: Includes race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, and any or all legally protected characteristics.

I think it is time for Delaware aka The First State aka The State that started a nation to lead the way for America and enact Civil Union laws. How about Governor Markell?

Shout out to the Red Clay school board thanks for realizing all students and staff are equal no matter what!

Is Markell dropping the Job creation ball ?

Real Breaking News; Sallie Mae to cut more JOBS in DE Written by donviti on November 22, 2010

I have it on good authority that Sallie Mae will be cutting their Workforce by around 300 employees in Delaware.

Sallie Mae is already closing their HQ in Reston, VA and moving several of the people willing to move to Delaware.

WikiLeaks failed to release information on Arne Duncan

U.S. warns Britain over new WikiLeaks revelations that will ‘expose corruption between allies’
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1333213/WikiLeaks-revelations-expose-corruption-allies-U-S-warns-Britain.html#ixzz16c6F17Br

  • 3 million documents set to go online

  • Bombshell leak thought to include U.S. assessments of Gordon Brown

  • Secret talks on return of Lockerbie bomber to Libya may also be leaked

  • Allegations ‘include U.S. backing of Kurdish terrorists’

  • U.S. diplomats face being kicked out of countries in backlash

  • Corrupt politicians expected to be named and shamed

    And I was hoping WikiLeaks would release those damaging documents linking Arne Duncan to Eli Broad and the fact Arne Duncan the United States Secretory of Education doesn’t hold a teaching certificate or has ever taught a class. I guess WikiLeaks does have morals and didn’t want to undermined America’s public school system.

  • Blog One More Fight hit a home-run

    Challenges As Well As Thanksgiving by TIMOTHY (One Fight More)

    There is no end in sight for robbing Peter to pay Paul in state budgets. Most economists believe that employment in the US will not fully recover for a decade. That’s a long time for always hungry public services to starve for income tax revenue. It’s a long time for American workers to go from jobless spell to jobless spell; or from wage and benefit cuts to more of the same. It is a long time for kids to experience the framework of education reform without a foundation of funding for the best in staffing and facilities. It is a generation with a college education in jeopardy. If you wonder why the National Education Association and her affiliates are becoming increasing interested, educated, and activated around fiscal policy and economic justice, this is why. We cannot pretend that we can produce a world class educated population in a safe bubble while the economy continues to crash around us.

    Read the rest of One More Fight’s post. I feel Timothy has shown real sincere open honest passion in this post.

    Delaware’s funding for its public education has been cut directly or indirectly by Minner Givebacks for about 5 years. Federal education funding such as Title 1 was meant to be “supplemental funding” however, some are concerned it has been supplant.  Millions of federal stimulus dollars has come Delaware’s way and provided funds to keep valued teachers and offer summer programs for our Title 1 students. The health of Delaware economy dictates funding availability. Some say we are out of the recession but others fear we may slip back in and I agree with Timothy that we may not see full recovery for a decade. Now the real question is, when will we see an end state funding cut to our local schools? And I say what added impact will there be when Race to The Top grant runs dry?

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