Cesar Rodney Institute too politically far right for me: re: education

Choices: Should Delaware increase private school options for parents who can’t afford tuition? Posted on January 31, 2013 by Nichole Dobo

It is “National School Choice Week” and the Caesar Rodney Institute has been meeting with groups like this to talk about ideas such as school vouchers and “opportunity scholarships.” These programs would allow parents to choose to attend private schools they might otherwise be unable to afford, proponents say.

Uncle Pete, I respect you and the family but damn, your CRI boys are so far right they are out of touch with the reality of the mainstream. Sure I support opportunity scholarships but not when CRI is pouring the Kool-aid.

“I didn’t say teachers. I said the public school system,” Hosley said, adding that the system includes the teachers union, politicians and the state Department of Education.  

Mr. Hosley, the public school system must include parents and the community in the failure aspects. Sure ineffective teachers fail students, ineffective school leaders fail students, ineffective school board fail student but, ineffective parents fail their children! Also, ineffective community leader fail their schools and community! I guess you have to been born in Delaware prior to 1960 to know the war on teacher’s union has more to busting prevailing wages than it does with student academics. The teachers union is the strongest and most organized! Taken down the teachers union is a major step in busting the prevailing wages reducing our tradesman’s standard of living. Let’s be honest when we talk unions.  

On those points Hosley didn’t have a lot of praise. He said that Gov. Jack Markell has not focused on the right things to improve the state’s school system, and he implied that the governor is too lined up with union positions, including more charter school regulation and raises for teachers

Yet no mentioned of the Rodel clones embedded in DE DOE and Jack’s administration! Come on Uncle Pete, you know that I know that you know! Sure Markell for political sake lines up with the unions but don’t bullshit us because with know about his alliance with the likes of Rodel. More charter school regulation! What supporting those of us who demand more transparency? I have my bitch with traditional schools, charter schools, DSEA and  Wall Street Pool Boy Jack Markell. But when it comes down to it, I demand more transparency as government can never be it’s own watchdog whereas, the people are better suited.

To get change there must be more of a focus on allowing parents to chose private schools, Hosely said. This could be accomplished in a number of ways (vouchers, tax credits, special tuition savings accounts), all of which would require a significant piece of legislation. Parents and others who want to have the ability to send their children to private and religious schools must contact their legislators to help drum up support for this, Hosely said.

Lets take the cheaper road and allow online charter schools which will ease the demand for capital funding for charter schools. Lets demand funding for Choice transportation and lets demand scholarships for our most neediest students who show promising academic success. Let’s consolidated New Castle County traditional school districts and build a better choice system providing free transportation for all. Let’s expand votech schools! To suggest school vouchers for all students would break the back of the taxpayers. Now is that the Republican thing to do?

Is there enough support to push through a voucher program in Delaware?

To answer your question Lois, the answer is no! But perhaps for promising low income students supported by private and state funds. As for these students they can participate in DCAS  set up on a Saturday.  When need to at least pilot some form of a voucher system. 

Pete, OMG old man! You have the power and influence to generate millions to support  opportunity scholarships free of state and federal interference. However, your salesman can’t be those to the extreme right out of touch with the real world living in the center. If you strongly believe the extreme right-wingers come out of the shadows and support them. I know you might be throwing these guys under the bus to test the voucher waters but limited vouchers may have merit. 

The queen is sowing the seeds of school choice avoiding civil rights issue within #netDE #edude @governorMarkell

Families, children benefit from school choice Kendall Massett, executive director at Delaware Charter Schools Network, is a News Journal Community View writer

In his State of the State Address, Gov. Jack Markell spoke about school choice, specifically, the need to simplify the school choice process. I couldn’t agree more. I remember how difficult it was when I was looking for choices for my own children. I could not easily find information about all of the possible options for them, and I knew what the right options could mean for our family. I finally navigated my way through the system, but it was all extremely frustrating. This needs to change.

Simplify the Choice process? What just show up the first day of school to school of your choice? Are you talking eliminating sibling preferences? The choice process for traditional public schools is quite clear but no all schools have room to extend choice out side the feeder-pattern. 

The more difficult the process is, the more it will detract from a parent’s ability to make the best educational decision for his child. And making the right educational decision for his child will determine the child’s success.

The choice process becomes more difficult when considering charter and magnet schools have specific interest “test”. My good friend Steve has brought me to the center on the specific interest concerns. But as far as charters and magnet schools there is a level of “cherry picking”. Governor Markell  address those issues along with re-segregation via charter schools during his 2008 bid for governor. Once elected he’s done nothing to address “his” concerns. It’s pretty bad when those steering the the direction of charter schools want to build a downtown mega charter school that is nothing more than a interment camp for black children. In door playgrounds, no sports fields, questionable building safety and a logistical nightmare for school bus parking and traffic. 

But school choice only works if there are highly effective schools available as options for all students. I believe we can all agree that not all of Delaware’s families and students have highly effective school options. While we might not all agree on how, we can all agree that this needs to change, too.

Well let’s start by asking a simple question, why is it a bunch of rich white guys want to dictate the direction if education for black children whereas, the input from black parents come after the decisions are made? Why did Governor Markell and the business roundtable sit by and deface the Title 1 section 1118 when it came to Race to The Top? Once Delaware won RTTT the governor set-out to educate parents on RTTT. Title 1 section 1118 was in place prior to the charter school legislation being crafted and signed. Surely, the Title 1 advocates didn’t have any input. In-fact as the former Chairperson of Red Clay’s Title 1 Parent Advisory Board there was no communications in regards to meaningful participation in shared decision-making regarding charter schools. As a former member of the Delaware State Parent Advisory Council there was no meaning participation in shared decision-making regarding charter schools. Like anything in Delaware, rich white guys and business leaders have a brain fart as what’s best for black children!

And parents must demand that they have access to highly effective schools no matter where they live in Delaware. Parental involvement in a student’s education can increase academic achievement. School choice is the ultimate in parental involvement.

Clueless!! Yes parental involvement can increase academic achievement and that happens is the poorest schools. “School choice is the ultimate in parental involvement”. Bullshit! The ultimate parental involvement is when parents “engage” their child’s education needs by ensuring all homework is complete, plenty of rest and by going to school with positive social values respecting themselves, their peers, educators and all school support personnel even the janitor and cafeteria lady. Just THINK, if all parents engage themselves in this manner there would be no need for school choice or even charter schools. Damn Chuck! Do you honestly think she is really helping matters? 

Charter schools are schools of choice. But they are not the only schools of choice. Families can choose to stay in their feeder school, or choose another traditional public school within or outside of their district. They can also choose magnet, vo-tech, parochial or independent private schools.  

You act as if students can actually attend a school of their choice even is choice is closed to certain schools. She’ll fight for capital funding for charter schools but not a peep for funding for choice transportation for traditional school choice.

Every child learns differently. Every family has different needs. Sometimes a family has to make education decisions based on geography. Having a school close to home, work or day care is important. This is just one more reason that all Delaware schools must be highly effective options. Knowing the needs of your child and family and having the ability to make choices to fill those needs is a huge piece of the academic puzzle.

Choice options can be internal at the school level! Every school should have TAG / Honors, AP and enriched programming. Having a system like charter creates a brain drain weakening traditional schools leaving behind children whose own parents don’t engage or advocate for them. Yet blame teachers who do their best serving these children. Charter, magnet and even traditional choice schools have a level behavior contracts and if not adhered to students are ask to leave and often return to their feeder schools. Wouldn’t be fair to allow traditional non-choice feeder public schools the options to ask students regardless of parental non engagement to leave under the same terms?

When ESEA was enacted in 1965 creating Tile 1 it was meant to address the achievement gap between white and black students often compounded by the impact of poverty. William “Hicks” Anderson from Wilmington Delaware is pretty much the godfather when it comes to Title 1 parental involvement.  It was he who help secure Title 1 Section 1118 that has been defaced and disrespected by Governor Jack Markell. Nearly all the Race to The Top money is going to Title 1 schools. But keep in mind, local schools only received 50% of the $119 million dollar grant. DE DOE kept the rest to help pay for a new organizational branch within DE DOE called the RTTT / School Turnaround Office. Yet the was no meaningful participation by Title 1 parents in Race to The Top decisions.  

Just as students often fail because they lack parental support and engagement in their education, entire community fail because they can’t embrace the need to unify! Those who subscribe to the old school notion that a piece of pie is better than none at all when they are entitled to a equal slice need to step aside and allow a new generation of civil rights leaders takeover. You notice, NJ writer never mentioned, education is the most important civil rights issues of this generation. Failure of the minority community to recognize their voice is missing in decision making and it’s not suggesting minorities oppose choice or community schools. Many white people dance around the question of civil rights or even avoid the subject. Surely I could be wrong in some of my opinions but at least I know there is civil rights issues within. Civil rights conversation in regards to education reform must be part of the equation. As far as school choice the lack of adequate  transportation for many poor parents is a barrier in the choice process. Surely charter schools offer transportation at no cost but what about other choice options? These parents and their children are locked out!    

Surely minorities want school enriched with all option from honors /Tag and schools full of enriched extra-curricular programming. Schools may not mirror diversity of student population but they should mirror resources and academic offering.

Whites in the suburbs celebrated the end of desegregation via force busing! Yet the force busing continues, one way outbound out of Wilmington Delaware. New modern schools are popping up throughout the suburbs while city schools are update with new windows and heaters. The reason Red Clay has no traditional middle and high school in Wilmington is because they don’t want to create racially identifiable schools that could ignite the segregation issue de facto or not which would jeopardize the Camelot schools in the suburbs. Red Clay response to no new school being built in the city was, “they are getting new schools, charters”.

Now the Queen might see Kilroy as trying to knockdown the so-called gains made in the so-called choice movement. But when core civil rights issues such as provided by Ttile 1 Section 1118 giving parents real meaningful voice in the design, planning and “review” of academic programming at the schools level is defaced and ignored, I must speak. Decision about education are being made by those who are profiting from it. Why pay for Wall Street laced consultants when the real meaningful consultants are parents within the local schools. There was a time each Title 1 school had a school level Title 1 Parent Advisory Board. Sure now there are district-wide parent groups but they don’t allow time to address specific needs of each school building and stifles real meaningful school level decision-making.

There will be an awakening by a new generation of civil rights leaders who will see the high-jacking of inner city schools by Wall Street profiteers and their local agents as a barrier to meaningful civil rights reform. Where is the NAACP of Wilmington in regards to education? Warehousing children in schools constructed out of old bank building at the same time modern “schools” are being built for children in the suburbs with the help of school taxes collected from city residents is a slap in the face to civil rights. Pretty sad situation, some fathers sit in jail, some with their thumbs up their asses and others counting the greenback profiting from kissing the man’s ass! However, the day will come and I envision a sister leading the way and one who must avoid the Kool-aid and temptation of job offers.  

The reality of school choice is, equitable school choice cannot be until father’s of school children man-up and help take back local school via meaningful school level shared decision-making and if the men can’t do it the sisters must.  

WTF ! Delaware Charter Schools Network says give us more money and we’re open to changing the law

New report shows how Del. charter school law could be improved by Amy Cherry, WDEL 01/30/2013

Delaware’s charter school law falls in the middle of the road according to a new report by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Delaware moved up a spot, ranking 21st, but Kendall Massett, Executive Director of the Delaware Charter Schools Network, explains the jump isn’t due to progress.

Massett says to improve our law, Delaware’s 22 charter schools need equitable funding. 

“Right now, they get on average about $3,000 less per pupil than other traditional schools in our state so we would like to see that change,” says Massett.

Read the entire article here ……… 

What the F does funding have to do with the charter school laws. OMG, just read the report, the report doesn’t address transparency! Just give us more money! And here we go again  the taxpayers of Delaware should build schools for these corporation. Let’s just get it over and go with vouchers and online schools. Isn’t this the lady who called on the entire former Pencader board of directors to step down in efforts to support the former school leader? Not a peep out of this lady in regards to various charter schools not adhering to transparency laws. Pencader’s “new” experienced board won’t even produce a final board approved FY 13 budget or post the required IRS 990 forms.  

Massett would also like to see performance-based contracts for all charter schools, so they wouldn’t have to go through the lengthy renewal process

I can support her on this but we need enforceable transparency laws and for damn sure digital audio recording of public session of all traditional school districts, votech district and charter school board of directors.  But the big problem with charter school approval and review process in the Delaware Department of Education is laced with Rodel clones! And a weak-kneed  Secretary of Education who taught Gym for three years and a principal for two years and where did he come from?????????? Yep the Delaware Vision Network aka Rodel! And OMG, the founders of Rodel made major political contributions to Jack Markell’s political campaigns! And OMG, Skipper the Vision 2015 Grand Poobah sat on Delaware’s Race to The Top team with Jack Markell sucking up to USDOE. His participation was a clear conflict of interest because WSFS back charter loans via Innovative Schools.

Delaware public and charter schools have been high-jacked by agents of Wall Street pushing the Race to The Top Wall Street Ponzi scheme.

DELAWARE CHARTER SCHOOLS NETWORK

20 payments

$12,740.00

DELAWARE CHARTER SCHOOLS NETWORK

20 payments

$70,334.50

DELAWARE CHARTER SCHOOLS NETWORK

9 payments

$4,550.00

Well I guess this lady has more rights to speak about these matters! After all she has more $$$$$$$ vested interest! Hey Chuck, you need to check the voltage in your Frankenstein! I think there is a lose wire !

Back at you Lizzie! 10-35

Will Pencader Frank pull some ass-backwards analogy to save Pencader?

Folks on average I get about 10 sidebar E-mails or every comment left on Kilroy’s. Also, my Kilroy’s Delaware twitter account is reaching across the country.

In a few of my sidebar E-mails there is conversation that Pencader Frank will us the analogy that because there will be more people coming to the DE DOE public review meeting the overwhelming public support is to keep Pencader open! Personal, I doubt even Pencader Frank is that foolish to attempt such ass-backwards stunt.

The Delaware Department of Education Charter Review Committee has already recommended closure and most of the public have confidence is DE DOE (not me of course). Why would anyone in the public supporting closure go to this meeting full of Pencader Staff, students and parents who will be begging DE DOE for mercy to just have their head ripped off? It’s obvious Pencader will rally the troops! But sadly no board member to date has gone public with pleas and “justification” to save Pencader. I can see why they wouldn’t! They would be face with questions such as where are IRS 990 forms, where is the FY 13 final board approved budget, where is at least an internal audit.Where is the free voice of the CBOC? The CBOC isn’t a subcommittee of the board, it is required by state law with great latitude to view all documentation not subject to student or staff confidentially.  The CBOC met January 23, 2013 the day before Pencader’s January 24, 20013 board of directors meeting. There is nothing in the agenda specifically noting review of the CBOC report. The CBOC is not the same as the monthly financial report. No matter how you cut it, Pencader board of directors is structurally flawed. Why is the CBOC meeting date the day before the board of directors meeting?

The DE DOE charter review public session meeting is February 11, 2013 and will demonstrate whether or not DE DOE has the will to do what is right for Delaware’s public education system. Yes indeed there are students in the middle of the proceedings and sadly the Pencader board of directors failed to put the cards on the table. Many of us know the issues surrounding the last set of board members and we don’t need to go into it. The current board loves to blame the previous board but yet fails to prove it by doing a better job in regards to transparency and provide at least an audit. If the final decision comes down to pulling political strings to keep Pencader open it would be an indication that the review process is invalid and skewed. This will be a clear test of leadership! Public comment cannot fill the gap in structural failure. Pencader did get one more chance and this blog and other rallied for Pencader.

The fiasco going on at Pencader has tarnished the integrity of the charter school movement that could slow the growth of adding more charter schools. Parents and students are demanding the charter choice option which I support 100%.  However, in no way should we grant or save charter schools that obviously lack a solid foundation in governance.

Those of you who prefer the sidebar conversation via E-mail keeping them coming. But please be patient waiting for response.

Delaware teacher calling out DE Dept of ED re: teacher evaluation

Three cheers for Mike Matthews for staying true to his blogging roots. Matthews, older and wiser and now shaving puts it all out there re: DPAS, DCAS and RTTT. And someone will need to tie him down when Delaware hits the switch on the Smarter Balanced Assessment set to replace DCAS and further alienates local school board control.

Mr. Matthews needs to stop blaming the Delaware Department of Education and take his fight to Delaware Education Czar aka Delaware Governor Jack Markell. But don’t get me wrong, I agree DE DOE lacks capacity but that level of capacity is gauged by what the governor allows.

As far as Race to The Top a federal grant not law, Delaware must comply with the RTTT agreement which is a four-year contract. But by time Delaware really gets into implementing teacher accountability the RTTT contract will be expired. Mike Matthews highlights something way beyond teacher accountability and doesn’t go deep enough as to the impact on students. Listen to his comments, due to lack of computers it’s near impossible for all student in one district to take the same test even if given in the same month ( he didn’t say like that but suggest the test window is so wide because of needed computers) Also, some students will be tested on material they haven’t been taught in contrast to those who would take the DCAS towards the end of May. Remember DCAS is a growth model test to assist students and teacher but once again the push from the Wall Street ponzi scheme its also the means to hold teacher accountable. We all acknowledge NCLB and DSTP was flawed and don’t blame the unions for designing those educational Frankensteins. Unions had to suck it up and be team-players sometimes called stakeholders.

Mike Matthews represents the newest generation of teachers that will be pressured by change brought about by the failed NCLB and DSTP. Mike’s generation is more adapt to use technology and creatively than any generation before him. We have so many bright people like Mike willing to be public school teachers because they have passion and creativity. I suggest those who view his video plea for help best take noticed. Do we really need a bunch of pre-wired Stepford wives as teachers? Or do we want creative teachers teaching individuals not widgets.

Transparent Christina has it covered as does The Mind of Mr. Matthews 

Lizzie is seeing red as Pencader Frank hold the Last Supper before the SBE announces closure

Pencader! Are You Serious??? by Children and Educators First

Seriously, the school has a budget problem, low enrollment, and is fighting for its life!  So the Board of Directors decides to host a planning meeting and buy refreshments at the local Seasons Pizza?  This has to be a joke!  If not, is some of worse judgement calls I have ever seen.

Go here and see the entire blog post …………

I guess many of you notice Publius hasn’t been commenting lately. Perhaps he met his match when Steve and Pandora gave him a verbal ass-whipping or perhaps he finally seen the light that Pencader Frank just ain’t got the stones to man-up and lead Pencader through the darkness of public mistrust.

I have no beefs with the board’s public workshop at Season’s  Piazza in Bear Delaware. The meeting is an open meeting and the offer of food to the community in attendance is a nice gesture. Charter schools are public schools and there is no restrictions on who can attend board open meetings. So pass the word to the Bear community to come on out and enjoy free Pizza and refreshments. The sad part is, this event may be the last public event of this type for Pencader. 

From a business perspective it just reflects Pencader Frank’s poor timing! This workshop which is noting more than a Kool-aid fest trying to get parents to write letters and attend the DE DOE Charter School Review Committee’s meeting on February 11, 2013. This meeting is the final of a serious and is designed to allow public comment. That’s the Delaware way, give people a final opportunity after most of the nails are driven in the coffin. However, with the Pencader Pizza party workshop on February 6, 2013 at 6:00 meaning asking parents and community who has to drive in the insane RT 40 rush-hour traffic only 5 days before DE DOE final review of Pencader on Monday February 11, 2014 starting a 5 pm, is a tall order. Just amazing inconsiderate show of leadership on Pencader’s side and DE DOE, a match mad in heaven (or perhaps Hell). I am sure Pencader Frank will pull a rabbit out his ass or in this case a bus asking parents to ride the magic bus to Dover.

Folks, I am sorry! But Pencader is like a clock running with a few teeth broken out of it’s main gear. Rather than pouring the Kool-aid all Pencader’s board had to do was put the cards on the table! We know Pencader has great teachers and students who want to learn. The problem with Pencader is in the structure of board governance. They just don’t get it! No request to the state auditor for a full top to bottom financial audit, no publication of final FY2013 school budget, disregard for state laws governing public schools that require all charters to post this year’s and last IRS-990 form. Not even an internal yearly audit. Folks, we are talking a school for “business and finance”.  

The Pencader board wants the parents and the local taxpayers to support them on face-value and their Pencader published bios! As far as I see it, without action those bios are only pieces of paper worthy of taking a shit on one and wiping your ass with the other. Not one board member, not even the parent chosen by other parents called for an audit by the Delaware State Auditor! To me, this suggest perhaps someone is good at manipulating the cash-flow which some call utilizing working capital.

I’ll tell you one thing, once Pencader is final order closed by the state board of education, I suggest the board members get together an open a mushroom house. Because, they are good at growing things in the dark. Just sit a parent down spread shit around their feet and tell them to be patient.

I have no beefs if a Pencader parents want to come rip Kilroy or other commenting  but I would ask, why aren’t you holding the Pencader board’s feet to the fire? Pencader school belongs to the parents and students and the failed to demand clear transparency!  Just remember, Kilroy and other here rallied for Pencader and help save them from closure last time. I  support charter schools as a student and parent’s right to choice. But. I feel if they are public schools then they should be held accountable to the taxpayers. Operating in the dark is not the way to operate public schools. Pencader lack of leadership is causing way more damage to the charter school movement than any of Kilroy’s bitching! 

Pencader Charter board of directors still in violation of state law

TITLE 14

Education

Free Public Schools

CHAPTER 5. CHARTER SCHOOLS

§ 509. School financing.

(k) A charter school shall display on its website all standardized financial report forms for the current fiscal year and the final monthly standardized financial report forms for each previous fiscal year of operation. Charter schools that are required to file Internal Revenue Service Form 990 shall post the current and prior year Form 990 on the website as well.

When the Delaware state board votes for closure at their February meetings parents can thank the new leadership of Pencader’s board of directors for not bring Pencader in compliance with the laws that govern Delaware charter schools.

Publius feels as long a students are meeting the standards charter schools aren’t require to follow the laws.

A new education nonprofit shaping-up; Diamond state scholarships

A new non-profit. Diamond state scholarships. Looks like someone has been listening about the need for voucher like scholarships. They have a Facebook and it looks like an advisory board is taking shape! Word has it a webpage may soon be launched.

OUCH ! In your face Teach for America !

Why Teach For America Is Not Welcome in My ClassroomBy Mark Naison

Every spring, without fail, a Teach for America recruiter approaches me and asks if they can come to my classes and recruit students for TFA, and every year, without fail, I give them the same answer.

“Sorry.”

Until Teach for America becomes committed to training lifetime educators and raises the length of service to five years rather than two, I will not allow TFA to recruit in my classes.  The idea of sending talented students into schools in impoverished areas, and then after two years encouraging them to pursue careers in finance, law, and business in the hope that they will then advocate for educational equity really rubs me the wrong way.

Read entire article here ………………………..

Mark Naison is a Professor of African American Studies and History at Fordham University and Director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program. He is the author of three books and over 100 articles on African American History, urban history, and the history of sports. His most recent book, White Boy: A Memoir, was published in the spring of 2002

OUCH………………………………..

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