Appoquinimink voters says hell no to school tax increase #netDE #edude

For school purpose tax increase 3,301 and 4633 against

For middle school sports tax 2668 and 5008 against

Appoquinimink School District February 28, 2013 Referendum

Colonial voters says hell no to school tax increase #netDE #edude

925 for tax increase and 2484 against tax increase

Colonial School District February 28, 2013 Referendum

Originally posted on the seventh type:

Almost three years ago, Red Clay’s Board Policy Review Committee (BPRC) reviewed the Homework policy (Board Policy 7010). The policy was removed from the Board website pending completion of the review, and it’s stayed that way ever since.

What on earth is going on here? Homework is too important a part of educational success to let our policy flop around in the wind. And yes, some teachers are taking advantage of the vacuum in policy and lack of enforcement. The policy was weak even before it was pulled.

Explosion in a filing cabinet
There are pieces of homework policy scattered throughout all sorts of Red Clay documents, including the Parent Handbook, various administrative memos, and even the Code of Conduct. It’s like an explosion in a filing cabinet. Those all need to be gathered together and updated into a coherent policy. Leaving it like this is disrespectful and irresponsible, not…

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Big deal ! Sequester will trim some federal “supplemental” grants #netED #edude

Delaware Governor Markell is crying foul re: sequester cut to education but cuts state education funds to our local schools. 

Colonial and Appoquinimink claim they needed to go to referendum in part to “Maintaining programs and services affected by state funding cuts such as transportation, school staffing, and student support services in order to provide a safe, sound, and effective learning e environment”. Why are people getting all worked up when the feds want to make budget cuts and reelect Jack Markell?

Title 1 is the biggest piece of K-12 federal $$$ pie! Title 1 falls within NCLB, the same program deemed a failure and punitive towards schools, teachers and students. As many states, Delaware requested and received a NCLB wavier. So for now NCLB is like a block grant and is being use to supplement Race to The Top programs and pay Teach for America teachers where once NCLB required highly qualified reading teachers aka reading specialist. I don’t think any TFA teacher is a reading specialist but yet after twp years of teaching they get a bonus no matter what from AmeriCorp! 

NEA – Impact of Sequestration scroll down to Delaware

As a result of the “fiscal cliff” deal (American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012) reached at the beginning of the year, sequestration, or automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, was postponed by two months. Absent any agreement to replace sequestration, budget cuts will be uniformly applied to almost all federal programs beginning on March 1, 2013. Due to the delay, however, the total amount of the cut in fiscal year 2013 has been lessened by $24 billion, from $109.3 billion to $85.3 billion. An analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) indicates that nonexempt, nondefense discretionary programs would be cut by 5.1 percent; and a cut of 5.3 percent would be applied to nonexempt, nondefense mandatory programs. Since Congress has not yet completed work on appropriations for fiscal year 2013, the estimated cuts by education program presented here assume the same rate of operations as in fiscal year 2012. Actual cuts could differ once appropriations are enacted for 2013.

Grants to Local Educational Agencies (ESEA Title I, Part A)  22 potential jobs 

School Improvement State Grants (ESEA section 1003(g)) 1 potential job

Migrant (ESEA I-C) and Neglected and Delinquent (ESEA I-D) 0 job loss

Improving Teacher Quality State Grants (ESEA II, Part A) 6 potential jobs

Education for Homeless Children and Youths (MVHAA Title VII-B) 0 job loss

Rural Education (ESEA VI-B) 0 job loss

English Language Acquisition (ESEA III, Part A) 1 potential job 

Special Education Grants to States (IDEA-B-611) 17 potential jobs

Preschool grants (IDEA-B-619) 1 potential job

Grants for infants and families (IDEA-C) 1 potential job

Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants (RA Title I-A and Title I-C) 4 potential jobs

Career and Technical Education State Grants (Carl D. Perkins CTEA Title I) 2 potential jobs

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (HEA IV-A-3) 1 potential job

Federal Work-Study (HEA IV-C) 1 penitential job

Federal TRIO Programs (HEA IV-A-2, Chapter 1) 1 potential job

Head Start (HSA section 639 ) 41 potential jobs

Impact Aid Basic Support Payments (ESEA VIII section 8003(b)) o job loss

21st Century Community Learning Centers (ESEA IV-B) 4 potential jobs

Adult Basic and Literacy Education State Grants (AEFLA & WIA section 503) 1 potential job

No one likes to see anyone lose a job or services cut to education programs. However, federal funds are “supplemental” to local and state funds. Governor Markell has cut funding to local public schools every year since being in office and has take from one program to fund another.

America is in debt and not it’s time to pay the piper! It can go on! The time is coming to look at cutting extra curricular /EPER programs. Billion of dollars are wasted on student testing! Do we need so many consultants in education?  

Delaware Department of Education is a bad partner for charter schools

Department of Education partially to blame for Pencader closing

  • Opinion
  • Letters To The Editor Richard VanRaay

In his statement after the state Board of Education voted to revoke Pencader High School’s charter, board secretary Mark Murphy stated “Charter schools are granted autonomy in exchange for accountability.”

Pencader’s was lacking in finance reporting and board governance transparency. DE DOE has a manager of everything from Race to The Top to the DE DOE Chili Cook Off but not to make sure traditional and charter schools are following the transparency laws established by state legislators. With Pencader, the red flags were flying high and at July 20. 2012 state board of education meetings DE DOE said this, “As of today” Pencader enrollment is 450. No “red flags” re: finances. No debt carry over from last year. Hear for yourself, board meeting audio recording part 2 , start at 38:37     I reported thisDelaware Department of Education is a bad partner for charter schools Posted on February 28, 2013 by kilroysdelaware. Pencader June 30, 2012 audit which wasn’t complete at the time does indicate are serious deficit.

That might work for home schooling, but when the education of hundreds of students is on the line, the Delaware Department of Education should have worked more closely with the school to make sure it was self-sufficient.

DE DOE under the leadership of Mark Murphy is like a ship without a rudder. Part of DE DOE mission is to provide “technical assistance” to all Delaware public schools and charters. Murphy’s comment, “Charter schools are granted autonomy in exchange for accountability” equates to we’ll give charters enough rope to hang themselves and if they do too bad! So Murphy’s lack of capacity for understanding DE DOE technical assistance requirement puts him in a position of just standing there ready to kick the stool out from under a struggling charter school and watch them fall to their death! 

I think DOE needs to share responsibility for Pencader’s demise along with the school leadership of the past for putting hundreds of students on the street. I also feel sorry for the many fine teachers who took pride in educating their students at Pencader.

I think Governor Markell ought to man-up and replace the DE DOE’s charter school office management team. Replace them with people that understands  effective intervention with goals of not saving charter schools but to make sure they are following transparency laws and regulations. The secretary of education issue public reprimands as the infractions occur. Turn the lights on for the parents and if they get pissed they will apply internal pressure on the school leader and school board. If Pencader parents are saying they “didn’t see it coming” I think this is the proof they were treated like mushrooms growing in the dark!

Sure, closing failing charter schools is in t he best interest of children. But standing-by not providing the technical assistance need to strengthen leadership is real failure and harms school children and faith in DE DOE.     

Pencader parents stay away from Moyer !

Moyer still living in the dark re: transparency

DE DOE & SBE turning a blind-eye on the New Moyer charter re: transparency #netDE #edude @dedeptofed @destateboarded Posted on February 22, 2013 by kilroysdelaware |

Pencader parents OMG PLEASE DON’T enroll your child in the New Maurice J Moyer Academy ! PLEASE check out the website of the schools you are thinking enrolling your child in and this goes for all parents not just Pencder! If the transparent isn’t there your child shouldn’t be there! Make sure the webpages have updated financial information, school board meeting dates, agendas and minutes, Citizen Budget Oversight Committees with members names, meeting dates agendas and minute, and make sure the school’s (charter) IRS900 form is posted. 

Don’t count on Secretary of Education Mark Murphy going after these schools that don’t follow transparency rules.  And OMG, look a Laurel School District who inaction tells state legislators kiss my ass re: financial transparency. Murphy’s FRT walked away leaving transparency in a school board’s hands who don’t give a shit! 

 

Charter school parents will be out in force to vote on Colonial and Appo’s referendum #netDE #edude

Why are charter school parents getting out the YES votes for Colonial and Appo’s referendums? Because charter schools received 90% of the local per student operational share of $$. So a 25% increase operational funds for Colonial and Appo school district equates to a 25% increase in local share going to charter schools where Colonial and Appo’s resident students attend. And it get’s better! Those charter schools will take that money and expand drawing more students away from the district taking more local money!

Markell back-fills his Ed Agenda by increasing school taxes on those who rent homes and apartments #netDE #dedue @governormarkell

Only property owners in school district should vote Opinion 

  • Letters To The Editor
  • Appoquinimink School District Rick Shriver

Should non-resident property owners really be allowed to participate in the Appoquinimink School District referendum vote? These votes, unlike elections for representative candidates, affect the people who pay the taxes. Why not let only the residents who will have to foot the bill decide if the plan that the school board has put forward is a good thing or not?

Rick, not only those who own homes are getting scewed with Appo and Colonial’s referendum request for up 25% increase on local school taxes, renters will share in paying for local tax increases caused by Governor Markell and weak-kneed local school boards.

The four-year federal “grant” called Race to The Top will be in it’s last year next year and Markell put no funding provisions in place to sustained RTTT programs which were buried in new state education legislation. Same goes with Common Cored Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment test that will be replacing DCAS! Those programs only received seed-money from the feds and all funding will default back on the state. Govenor Markell claims he is investing more money and resources in Delaware schools but fails to tell the local taxpayers they are Peter in his rob Peter to pay Paul education scheme tied to the Wall Street Ponzi sxheme. Markell refuses to put is personal stock portfolio out there for all to see because he knows it’s enriched with Wall Street education related companies investments. There should be an investigation to insure there is no conflict of interest with the governor and those ed companies he wines and dines with. 

The Wilmington residents and businesses residing and operating within the Colonial School District side of Wilmington will pay more EVEN RENTERS! Landlords just pass school taxes onto renters through the rent. You don’t see it but it is factor in the RENT! The Wilmington’s poor will see their rents go up! Wilmington’s struggling middle-class is being pushed back into poverty by increases in energy, food and now local school taxes. With a near 25% local school tax increase it’s going to HURT!  

Were are the righteous community leaders in Wilmington claiming to be civil rights leaders?  

Appoquinimink and Colonial’s referendums will cost jobs in the private sector #netDE @governormarkell

Folks I  am tell you, if Appo and Colonial’s operation referendums are successful local businesses will feel the impact of a near 23% increase in property taxes! It will cost some jobs and slow job growth. Many business are running a 3% to 5% profit margin. Working capital is very low for many small business! Many will bear addition cost of the interest on loans to stay afloat.

Appo and Colonial both needs to scrap their plans and reduce the scope of their referendum to address short-term needs rather than want to create a major budget surplus and but it in the hand of those that can’t management public funds.

The cowardly board members hiding in the corner like timid mice crying, it not us blame Jack Markell’s buget cuts best grow some balls! Markell hands Appo and Colonial a jar of $$$ Vaseline and into they Appo and Colonial passes it onto the the taxpayers! I don’t think so!

Folks, these referendums will cost jobs in the private sector and the soulless school board members will have no problem sleeping at night! They voted for private sector job cuts because the are cowards that can’t confront Markell for taking part in the Wall Street ponzi scheme.

Delaware Laurel School District in violation of state law: board must step-down #netDE #dedeptofed @govenormarkell @destateboarded @arneduncan

Here is the Delaware public school board member’s oath of office that board member that are sworn to uphold “laws of Delaware governing public education”

Title 14, Chapter 10. Subchapter III

§ 1053. Oath of office of the school board member.(a) Each school board member shall, before entering upon the duties of the office, take and subscribe to the following oath or affirmation:“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and the laws of Delaware governing public education, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of school board member according to the best of my ability; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered or promised to pay, contributed, or offered to or promised to contribute, any money or other valuable thing as consideration or reward for the giving or withholding a vote at the election at which I was elected to said office, so help me God (or I so affirm).”(b) The oath or affirmation shall be administered by the president or vice-president of the school board of the school district or in the case of a newly constituted board by a person appointed by the Secretary of Education to administer said oath.

Here is the law that requires Citizen Budget Oversight Commitees:

Title 14, Chapter 15

§ 1508. Citizen oversight of district finances.

The Department of Education shall promulgate regulations by November 1, 2009, establishing procedures for appointment of citizen budget oversight committees for each of the public school districts and charter schools. These committees shall have full access either electronically or in hard-copy format to all financial documents and financial information in the possession of the school districts they are assigned to oversee, with redactions permitted only to protect confidential personal information regarding students or employees. Oversight committees shall have representation from parents, educators, and taxpayers residing in each of the public school districts, provided that in the case of charter schools membership on oversight committees shall consist of parents of students enrolled in the charter school, educators at the charter school, and representatives of the Delaware Department of Education. Where possible, oversight committees shall contain at least 2 members with formal educational or vocational backgrounds amenable to oversight of school district financial statements. The Department of Education shall provide training to committee members. The Department shall also promulgate regulations by November 1, 2009, dictating uniformity and transparency in the financial recording and bookkeeping practices of the school districts and charter schools.

Laurel school district does not have an active CBOC  and is in clear violation of state law and I have serious concerns that state, local and federal funds might be mismanaged.  It is hard to believe Delaware Secretary of Education allow the DE DOE FRT walked away without ensuring the CBOC was operation per state law

Year End Position (2010-11)

  Year-End Balance Expenditures Percentage

2006-07

 

$22,303,546.00

 

2007-08

$361,441.00

$23,215,862.00

1.6%

2008-09

$312,910.00

$23,318,258.00

1.3%

2009-10

$212,145.00

$23,801,999.00

0.9%

2010-11

($157,337.00)

$24,882,921.00

-0.6%

Yep! Laurel School District went into financial recovery and Sec Murphy’s walked away without ensuring the safeguards the Delaware State Legislators put in place and per state law were being honored and followed!  

I urge the Delaware State Legislators to question the Delaware Secretary of Education about his lack of respect for Delaware laws that governs Delaware Public Schools.

It just amazes me, all this push to hold teacher accountable for lack of student academic progress and we can’t even required the Delaware Secretary of Education to require Delaware public school districts to follow financial transparent laws.

The residents of Laurel School District need to wake up and hold these board members and superintendent accountable   

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