Delaware State Legislators turn a blind-eye to the failures of Sec of Ed Mark Murphy

Title 14 Education

700 Finance and Personnel

735 Standardized Financial Reporting and Transparency

5.0 Reporting Requirements and Timelines

5.1 Each District and Charter school, no later than fifteen (15) working days after the most recent District or Charter School board meeting, shall post the most current Standardized Financial Report on its website. Provided further, the District or Charter School shall provide the final Standardized Financial Report for the past school year, no later than September 1st of each year.

5.2 Each District and Charter school shall provide a link on its website to the State of Delaware Online Checkbook.

5.3 Each District and Charter school shall provide a link on its website to the Delaware Educational Statistics Report.

After all the recent bullshit with Pencader Charter School that once again put Pencader on formal review, Pencader is still in non-compliant to Delaware laws governing public / charter school finances. See for yourself Pencader monthly  financial reports, last posted monthly report was August 2012. No financial report for school year ending June 30, 2012 posted online, see for yourself.

I am not going to start dogging our state legislators until after the first of the year 2013. Also same goes for the Delaware Attorney General. Enjoy the holidays folks because we have some serious education business to address in 2013. 

OMG ! Go to Moyer, their last posted financial statement was May 2012   Were is a link to their Citizen Budget Oversight Committe?

Academy of Dover, last monthly report posted was May 2012 and no final school year 2012 report posted.

Mr. Murphy any chance you can ask the DE DOE person in charge of charter schools to get up off their ass and do their job? I know the world isn’t perfect. However, the law is the law!

And yes here are the Charter School Annual Reports required under another section of the law which is to contain 2012 ending June 30th financial reports. Many of the reports are incomplete but yet Mr, Murphy your department accepted as complete! Another compliant for the AG’s office.  

Selander says; see you later lame-duck Markell

Markell’s top strategist takes job with sports startup by Amy Cherry /WDEL

Governor Markell’s chief strategist will be departing next month.

Brian Selander is leaving to help launch The Whistle that bills itself as sports for the next generation of fans.

Well we all know the best and brightest at the Delaware Department of Education bailed on Jack Markell so it looks like other department appointees will be bailing on lame duck Jack Markell. Next thing you know Alan Levin will take a job with the makers of Viagra :). Sorry Alan couldn’t resist! 

Do you support end-of-course assessment?

12. Will Smarter Balanced provide end-of-course assessments?

Smarter Balanced is not developing end-of-course assessments. The 11th grade summative assessment will provide evidence that students are college- and career-ready. However, Smarter Balanced will develop software to allow states to create end-of-course assessments using the interim item bank.

As many of you know DCAS is going to be replaced with Smarter Balanced Assessment. It appears the participating states will decide if they’ll elect creating an end-of-course assessment. 

What good are end-of-course of assessments if they have no bearing on pass or fail? If the end-of-course assessment suggest the student hasn’t effectively mastered grade level whereas all other indicators during the school year suggest otherwise, will the student be retained at current grade level? When happens if Delaware decides on a high school exit exam in order for the student to receive a high school diploma? They don’t graduate? Certification of Completion not a High School Diploma?

One would think assessment is a tool to help a student better complete grade level work. Using it at the end of the year has no real value because, when the student starts the next grade level the following school year they’ll take the beginning of the year assessment.

So my vote would be no! Delaware need not consider spending more money and productively time on an end-of-course assessment.

Pandora breaks free from the DL political hyper-hole and weighs in on public education

Long before Pandora gazed into Jason’s while drinking his DL Kool-aid she was on the front-lines of  going toe to toe and eyeball to eyeball with the Red Clay school board president serving at the time. I sat in the audience of the board meeting and said to myself, can you really step up  to that microphone and rip the unibrow board president a new ass? 

 Another must read blog post

The Deliberate Destruction Of Public Education by Pandora Delaware Liberal 

I’ve never considered myself a conspiracy theorist—until now. This package of bills is the latest in a yearlong barrage of ideologically-driven bills designed to weaken and defund locally-controlled public education, handing scarce taxpayer dollars over to for-profit entities operating under a different set of rules. I believe this is fundamentally wrong. State School Superintendent Mike Flanagan and State Board of Education President John Austin and others have also expressed various concerns, as has the Detroit Free Press.Read more ……..

Mike O is calling out the Longwood Foundation and Governor Markell

Two secret meetings by Mike O aka the seventh type blog.

Two different groups of movers and shakers have been meeting in secret for months now to make major changes in Delaware’s public education landscape. The lever they will pull to move and shake the landscape will be charter schools. This spring we will likely get our first chance for public comment, but by then it will be too late to reverse the changes or even to make more than trivial revisions.

Mike I hope you never plan on applying for a job at DuPont :) Don’t tear the rice paper grasshopper or the big D mafia will get your number :) Good post ! Its a must read for everyone except Pete and Re-Pete.

The never ending nagging question; charter schools vs traditional public schools

There is no real proof charter schools are better than traditional public schools in the context of a free and equitable public school for all.

Before I get to my rants, I support charter schools as a choice parents and students can take. In some respects I see charter schools as a means to abandon traditional public schools leaving behind students aka children who have no legal advocates not even parents stepping up to ensure they become academically successful. Our legal system does not hold parents accountable for academic neglect of their children. Some parents see public schools as daycare centers and believe its the teachers job to educated their children even if the parent doesn’t ensure homework is complete, their child fed and rested and prepare to learn. As charter schools grow more and more children will be left behind in a melting pot of throw away children. As the best and brightest and children who have parents as advocates send their children to charter schools the overall “academic” achievement level of traditional public schools will be strained and fall.

The charter school experiment in Delaware is a complete failure. Charter schools who serve at-risk students on average don’t outperform at-risk students being served by traditional schools. However, always exceptions to the rule on both side. Overachievers have and will out-perform not matter the setting. Charter School of Wilmington excludes at-risk students because they feel at-risk students don’t meet the specific interest of CSW’s program. Is letting these students in setting them up for failure. What about charter schools serving at-risk students? Do they have honor programs with the same high standards as CSW? Does CSW suggest that at-risk students hold back high-achieving students? What about at-risk charter schools, will a program designed for at-risk students hold-back students with potential of being a high-achieving student or a CSW over achiever? Were is the middle of the road charter school that provides quality programs to meet all students needs and challenge their academic growth? The reality is, this is what traditional public schools were meant to do.

Want to blame the teachers union? Go-ahead! But tell me why are many students in nonunion charter schools not meeting the standards? Why isn’t the business rountable demanding the purging of charter school teachers failing student as they claim protected union teachers are? And let’s not confuse AYP with meeting the standards.

Can Charter School of Wilmington or Newark Charter School takeover an existing public school lock, stock and barrel and replicate the same academic success they currently have? DON’T THINK SO! They are successful because of specific interest admission preferences, sibling preferences and well crafted targeted recruitment practices. Struggling charter schools serving at-risk students made that choice to serve at-risk students but in many respect they are shining stars and perhaps have more skillful teachers than CSW. No. I am not whacked! Could it be students prepared and eager to learn makes a teacher’s job easier?

As far as charter schools and capital funding. You don’t see charter organizers  crying during the charter school application process. Technically capital funding shouldn’t be a charter school question because the founders knew the rules of engagement when applying. Though charter schools don’t have unions, they do have lawyers and influential business leaders trying to politically manipulate the playing field. Dare anyone mount a legal challenge to CSW specific interest admission preference. You’ll see an alignment of lawyers and business leaders unionizing!

In the big picture, Delaware public school system is a complete failure and I not talking about student academic achievement. I am talking structurally. We have reform efforts including the charter concept going into many direction “wasting” millions of dollars looking for the magic reform bullet when the code to make students academically successful has been know or 50 years. If the system faced the truth many administrative and consultant jobs would be loss! Billions across the country would be saved by the lack of need for intense repetitive student assessment. The U.S Department of Education and  the Delaware Department of Education wouldn’t be needed at the current level of involvement. We don’t need a 6,000 employee U.S. DOE and DE DOE could be cut by at-least 50%.

The answer to creating a successful education environmental would be holding all stakeholders accountable on an equal basis. Legislators would be responsible for funding public school eliminating the referendum process such as currently with voctech schools. Teachers who can’t cut it after a fair evaluation system would be ask to leave OR be provided an opportunity for intervention / serious one on one staff development.  Teachers would not be required to teacher out of their trained subject matter. Internal administration appointment wouldn’t be based on who can kiss the boss’s ass better and must have a proven record and credits in administrative course work. School levle site-based share decision-making teams that include parents and community member would have a voice central administration and school board would have to take serious. Family court would be require to take truancy cases serious that must include state family service agencies. School leaders unenrolling truant students without follow legal proces will be criminally charged. Parents to be held accountable for academic neglect of their children that could result in fines, reduction welfare or even probation or jail. If their child is deemed delinquent family services must become involved and alternative school placement be used. Student discipline would include students attending school on Saturday and summer school if needed and referred to family  court and / or family services. As far as the governor, hands off! The Delaware Secretary of Education must be elected as well as the state board of education.

Delaware needs to end this fractured education system that divides, discriminates, is deceptive, dishonest, ignores civil rights, financially wasteful, political toxic, uses poverty as a profit center, over-bloated administratively, provides free trips and meals to administrators that yields no tangible value to our schools and most of all has been a disservice to our children and keeps parents injected with Kool-aid.

Gov Jack Markell is Delaware’s worst governor on public education issues

Delaware Governor Jack Markell is a self appointed card carrying capitalist education czar who makes critical public education decisions without meaningful public input before finial decisions are made. He allow the business roundtable to give us the flawed DSTP and rewards them with injectimg Vision 2015 into Delaware education reform movement which is nothing more than a Wall Street Ponzi scheme.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell allows charter schools to operate in the dark by not holding them to monthly financial disclosure laws. He maintains a fractured charter school unit within DE DOE because he is bound to local business leaders who required him to appoint their clones in DE DOE administration positions.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell requested the NCLB wavier knowing it defaces federal law Title 1 Section 1118

Delaware Governor Jack Markell sits back and allows Delaware charter schools to discriminate based on intelligent levels of applicants.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell refused to end the class size wavier law even for high-risk schools.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell supports School Choice knowing there are inequities in regards to student transportation needs.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell allows the school district he pays taxes to have  forced busing outbound Wilmington. Many Wilmington children are bused to the suburbs bypassing the closest school. This is preserving seats in more desirable  schools for children of more affluent suburban parents.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell stands by as Red Clay builds more schools in the suburbs while not having traditional middle and high schools in Wilmington for Wilmington’s children. Red Clay claims concerns with re-segregation yet de facto segregation is a results of their neighborhood School Act plan approved by DE DOE. Red Clay made Conrad middle school a opt-in all choice magnet school changing feeder pattern busing Wilmington students deeper into Red Clay’s suburb schools.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell appoints a Delaware Secretary of Education who taught three years of gym aka PE and two years school level administration experience. This candidate had ties to the business community’s public education reformist.  

Delaware Governor Jack Markell holds the gates open for more federal intervention into local public schools and local school board control. Federal grants are financially unsustainable and Governor Markell has hatched a plan to have “local” school taxpayers back-fill federal funds once exhausted. He’ll use state education funds trimmed from state education allocations to maintain DE DOE positions currently funded by federal grant money.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell is the worst governor on public education in the state’s history.

Take Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s education plans and E-mail to Print MY Toilet Paper . com and use it to wipe your ass! 

    

Letters to the editor seems like a plot to Greek Odyssey Charter school

Is building of Odyssey school necessary by David Deely, Letter to The Editor.

Is it me or is this just another pet project forced on the Delaware taxpayers?

You missed the boat! Where were you when Governor Tom Carper signed the charter school law?

I simply don’t understand why this school has to be built. We have declining enrollments in many New Castle County schools, public and private. Why can’t we use McKean or Dickinson? They are both down 400 students from 2000-2001. We used Wilmington High for Cab Callaway and Wilmington Charter.

Are you suggesting public schools “must” allow charter schools access to unused space? Cab is not a charter school and Wilmington Charter is a “Red Clay” charter school, the “only” charter school designed and approved by a local school district / school board. Dickinson and Mckean should be merged and one building needs be sold. Red Clay recruits out of district students for these two high schools when it make better sense to make one all Red Clay students unless capacity isn’t reached. Why keep pumping capital funding into two failing programs where they can be combined to one school?

I know, I know, “in Delaware, charter schools only receive funding for operations and academic programs… (And) Odyssey is using commercial loans and tax-exempt bonds to finance our construction project.”

The real question is, how do charters do with for less $$$?

But how do you pay back the loan or the bonds? Bake sales or by taking a portion of the $9,798 average per pupil that the Department of Education spends for Charter Schools in New Castle County (per 2010-2011 information)?

Comes out of the operational allocations and donations. The real question is how do charters do it with less $$$? Are public district schools too top heavy?

Is it me or is it OK that a former legislator and developer seem to be rushing this project though the vetting process? Is this same developer who owned the property prior to Odyssey? Ah, the property taxes were probably getting too high.

Re: vetting process should be the same for everyone and here is where the law needs to be fixed! What about the mega charter school for downtown Wilmington? Dirt is all over Markell’s hand! I can see your point developer and former property owner being the same.

I know, I know… where will they get the 1,700 students for this school by 2019?

Public schools and those whose parents would have sent them to private schools. Just remember parents who currently sent their children to private schools pay local school taxes aka free money to the local school districts for services not rendered. So the districts will lose this free money! Also. lose when charter school property converts to school tax exempt.

From the schools with declining enrollment, public and private. This all makes more sense than a $5,000 education voucher. What would a $5,000 education grant do for each of us parents?

More and more I am favoring school vouchers but tuition might be going up re: supply and demand. perhaps we would see charter schools like Newark Charter converting to private.  So say many are so selected they are free private schools paid by the taxpayers.

Give us choice and save the state $4,798 per pupil? No, Red Clay and the Department of Education know better than us.

Come on now, you know they have a better vision where they know what is best for your chilren!

Odyssey charter school comes under attack!

Don’t worry with left turn lane at Odyssey by Philip Socorso re: letter to The Editor

This school is not for them. If they actually cared about the Wilmington students, they would have located it in one of the many viable options available in the Wilmington area.

If you’re so concern about Wilmington’s children why don’t you write something about Red Clay abandoning Wilmington middle and high school students right to a neighborhood  school.  Maybe Tower Hill can lower it’s tuition rate.

 

This post is In honor of Delaware’s newest brigadier general

Del. Air National Guard staffer to become brigadier generalWritten by The News Journal.

Col. David E. Deputy, chief of staff for the Delaware Air National Guard, is scheduled to be promoted to brigadier general on Saturday during a ceremony at the Delaware Air National Guard headquarters in New Castle.

Deputy, of Hockessin, serves as the principal adviser to the guard’s commander and administers programs for the approximately 1,100 guardsmen. He has served in the Delaware Air National Guard for 36 years. He also is a retired state trooper. 

He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wilmington University. Deputy is married with a son.

Here is more details Air Guard colonel to get first star Saturday Posted on November 28, 2012 by Bill McMichael

Classic Delaware local success story. Amazing! Attach is something for students  who might consider a career in the Delaware Air National Guards.

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