State Board Heffernan shows his ass

Part 3 of The Delaware DOE: The Eye of the Hurricane in Special Education #netde #eduDE @usedgov @delaware_gov by Exceptional Delaware

Please real entire post here . The follow comment made during the state board of education meeting by board member Heffernan is interesting.

Heffernan: So that brings up, I wrote this down, sometimes we talk about, I struggle sometimes when we call out districts and sometimes when we don’t, but I know this year, I’ll use Red Clay as an example, they had a vote on whether or not they should implement inclusion plan, right? I don’t understand why, you know, this has been law of the land since the 70′s and now we’re going to vote as to whether or not we should do inclusion. I don’t get that and I don’t understand, you know, we talk about good cop/bad cop thing, I don’t maybe wanna focus on what punishment someone’s gonna get by these things, but I don’t even think we have any punishment to give them, but if we at least do something good, if we have punishment, you know, whatever we should be doing in, you know, 2014 when were voting not to do inclusion, right?

Heff is clueless as to what went on in Red Clay! Hey Heff, so are you saying Red Clay should disregard IDEA and invalidate parents IEP rights? Inclusion shouldn’t be part of a manipulation tactic at IEP meetings “Controlled” by districts and their bias special ed service providers. Heff ask Mrs. Heff what was going through her mind  when voting yes for H.B.#334. FYI Heff, Special Ed student were benched during the Race to The Top Olympics.

Life without Publius is like a beach

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How does Moyer charter school go from 100% 8th grade promotion to 62% 9th grade promotion?

This data was from school year 2012-2013. 2013-2014 data not available

School Promotion by Grade

 

2012-13

Grade 6

100.0%

Grade 7

100.0%

Grade 8

100.0%

Grade 9

62.2%

Grade 10

85.0%

Grade 11

87.5%

Grade 12

85.0%

Moyer also had a high school dropout rate of 27.1%.

How is this charter school has so much success in grades 6,7 and 8 with 100% of those students meeting promotion requirements and then all turns to crap at the 9th grade level? 37.8 of Moyer’s 9th graders were retained. This equates to a big red flag that goes undressed.

Moyer as you may or not know was taken over by the State of Delaware via DE DOE and put into the hands of K12.Inc management Then two years ago yet another party took over via The New Maurice J Moyer Charter School organization.

The issues with this charter school continues right under the noses of the Delaware State Board of Education. One thing for sure, I am with Steve Newton calling for the state board of education members be an elected position not appointed by the governor. 

Will Delaware Governor Markell open his arms to Palestinian refugees?

117 immigrant children placed in Delaware Jonathan Starkey, The News Journal

Markell, who previously said that Delaware had no facilities that could accommodate children illegally migrating alone to the U.S., also urged lawmakers to “remain mindful that we are called upon to provide for the least of our brothers and sisters.”

He called the U.S. a “nation of immigrants,” saying “the humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied minors fleeing dangerous situations at home does not just affect our border states; it impacts all of us as Americans. Whatever one’s politics, we are a nation of immigrants.”

Delaware charter school renewal process not needed

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Delaware charter school renewal process is not needed and is a “waste”.

The demand on DE DOE and charter  school resources needed during a charter school charter renewal process is a waste of time and is not needed.

Charter schools once approved should be allowed to operate as agreed and with ongoing state monitoring to ensure the charter schools are operating with inthe laws and rules governing them and all public schools. The “data” is there, enrollment and student achievement.

With online transparency for financial reports, board governance re: board agendas, minutes and hopefully audio recordings of board meetings DE DOE has the foundation for monitoring with the ability to use “unannounced” audits.

It make sense to put oversight and announced, unannounced audits and inspection in place to keep schools upright and within the laws and rules that governs them. It makes no sense to give charter schools enough rope to hang themselves via that wonderful autonomy. At the end of the day, children suffer when any school fails and is forced closed.

No, I am not going pro-charter but I do support school choice in which charters are part of that process and I do oppose “entrance” test.

The time has come to get DE DOE out of the authoritarian mindset role and bring them back as proactive partners in education and a center for productive resources. The political power-grip on DE DOE is counterproductive to the real reforms needed to improve our public schools.

So set the parameters in approving charter schools and lay the law down in what’s required as far as transparency and add “financial” penalties for non compliance that progresses towards probation and closure. 

If we’re going to have a renewal process for charter schools where they can be closed why not do the same for traditional public schools?

Is Delaware Department of Ed turning back on charter schools not using state issued P-Cards

It wasn’t all that long ago Delaware Military Academy  was under fire for using personal credit cards rather than state issued P-cards.

It appears our secretary of education relies on the state auditor to be responsible for monitoring charter school finances to ensure they are not using commercial credit-cards not issued via the state P-Cards system.

This is just another example of lack of capacity on DE DOE’s part and reflective of poor administrative leadership on Secretary Murphy’s part.

As many of us agree the failure of children is often traced back to the failure of the adults in their lives. In Delaware, the failure of charter schools are often the failure of the Delaware Department of Education to provide “consistent” ongoing oversight. Their charter school framework has merit but the lack of proactive monitoring is often the downfall of struggling and failing charter schools. In actuality, we don’t need a charter school renewal process, we need an ongoing monitoring system that provides technical assistance to keep the train on the track. The DE DOE blind-eye to charter schools not using the state issued P-card system is just another example of DE DOE just sitting by allowing a controversial event to take place. 

Yikes!!! Office if Civil Rights requesting application data!

From Newark Charter board minutes June 2014

The Delaware Dept. of Education received a request from the Office of Civil Rights requesting demographic data from both choice and charter schools. All Delaware charter schools have been asked to provide data on lottery applicants from 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. The Delaware Charter Schools Network is drafting a collective response from the charter schools as this data was not requested on the application in those years.

So whatever happen to the Reach DE DOE test security investigation

Hey Sec Murphy, you know that I know that you know! Is there something you need to tell the public ;) 

Rodel: Results Are Bad So Let’s Spin; See If Anyone Notices

Originally posted on kavips:

Here is what Rodel says about this year’s DCAS testing in language….

“Average proficiency has increased from 62% in reading in 2011, to 72% proficiency in reading in 2014…..”

Here is how it should be expressed in the honest truth…. “Sadly, Delaware’s proficiency scores in reading have slid downward over the past three years. Statistically, schools years ending in 2012,2013,2014 have been flat”….

Here are the scores…

Reading:
61-percent in 2010 to 2011
73-percent in 2011 to 2012,
72-percent in 2012, and 2013
72-percent in 2013 to 2014. A increase of nearly 20-percent from 2011….

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Now here is what Rodel says about this years DCAS testing in Math….

“Average proficiency has increased from 61% in math to 69% proficiency in math in 2014…..”

Here is how it should be expressed in the honest truth.  Over the past three years, DCAS math scores slid downwards by four…

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Is modern technology aka the Internet making public school libraries obsolete ?

Will there come a time when our public school libraries become obsolete? I am sure it won’t be long before all students are provided an E-reader and all their textbooks will be digital. The school districts can build a digital library where E-books of all sorts can be shared by students. Yea yea nothing like the feel of a real book in your hands! But we must give some thought to digital school libraries. 

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