Gov Markell apologizes for slavery but can’t walk the talk!

Editorial: Does an apology accomplish anything? The News Journal

Gov. Jack Markell on Wednesday signed a resolution that officially apologized for Delaware’s role in slavery. It was perfect timing. For one, it’s Black History Month. And two, this year marks the 125th anniversary of Delaware State University’s, a historical black college.

What a cracker-jack Governor Markell is! He bundles all the blackness in one month. He tactfully set the timing of his signing of this resolution to get more bang for the buck!

If Governor Markell were serious about an apology he’d end the charter school admission discrimination such as the specific interest! If charters school were “public schools” none would have doors locking out at-risk children.

What about preferential choice transportation JACK? Leveling the playing field would help reduce de facto segregation. 

Then there is the Markell Administration Plantation. 

Pastors: Markell should fire bosses accused of racism Karl Baker, The News Journal

A group of African-American Delaware ministers and NAACP officials on Wednesday said responsibility for ending discrimination in the state Department of Labor is with Gov. Jack Markell and not Patrice Gilliam-Johnson, whose nomination as head of the embattled agency was approved by the Senate on Wednesday.

“Because this is a law-breaking issue, it should be handled before her first day on the job,” said the Rev. Christopher Curry, a member of the Committee on Racism in State Government.

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Black leaders claim ‘culture of racism’ flourishes in Delaware government ; Delaware State News August 29, 2015 · by

DOVER — Many black men and women employed by the state of Delaware do not feel comfortable in the workplace environment, religious and community leaders allege.

They claim a culture of discrimination exists, where black employees are sometimes unfairly passed over for promotions, where they must endure racial insults, and where they are punished if they report improper treatment.

To that end, leaders from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Interdenominational Ministers Alliance and Interdenominational Ministers Action Council have formed a committee to hear complaints of racism from state workers.

You know Jack! Sometimes I am sorry just doesn’t cut it! Walk the talk!!!!!

“Governor Markell gives us Chicken wings and soda, and that’s all we get from him”

 

Breaking News: Newark Charter School Let Her In The Lottery!!!!

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I just heard from the father of the daughter with a rare disability that Newark Charter School’s admissions office is letting his daughter into their lottery.  This is good news, and I’m glad for everyone who reached out to Greg Meece at Newark Charter School.  I got an email this morning from someone in Florida who emailed Meece!  While this is not a guarantee she will be accepted into the school, she has a chance which is all the parents wanted based on her very unique situation.  From what I’m hearing, there were 3,500 applicants and only 80 slots are open.  The school has 190 Kindergarten students, but because of their enrollment preference that siblings get first dibs, that filled 110 slots already.

I wish this family all the luck in the world and I look forward to hearing the outcome.  There are still some questions regarding the admission policy…

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Newark Charter School Denies Lottery To 6 Year Old Girl With Rare Disability @usedgov @foxnews @cnn @huffingtonpost @washingtonpost @disabilitygov @aapd @bostonchildrens

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The Newark Charter School admission policy has hit a new low. They are not allowing a child with developmental disabilities apply to the school for Kindergarten because she will be six years old when she enters Kindergarten next August.  Newark Charter School will have their lottery this coming Monday, February 8th at 6pm.

The parents’ daughter has an extremely rare disability called radioulnar synostosis that impacts her fine motor skills and limits the use of her hands and arms. According to Boston Children’s Hospital, this disability is defined as: Congenital radioulnar synostosis is a rare congenital difference in which there’s an abnormal bony or soft tissue connection between the two bones of the forearm—the radius and the ulna.  This disability is so rare, only 400 cases have been reported worldwide.

Her parents made a choice, at the recommendation of her pre-school, to keep her there another year.  According to…

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Back to The Future Red Clay Desegregation

Don’t worry white folks, your white kids won’t be bused to Wilmington! The crystal ball says, black students will be force to ride the bus to the suburbs! Even today, Red Clay buses black Wilmington Red Clay middle and high school students. Red Clay justifies building new suburban schools citing the Neighborhood Schools Act requires them to do so!  However, for some reason the Neighborhood Schools Act doesn’t require Red Clay to build “traditional” Red Clay middle and high schools in Wilmington. I am sorry but it has to be said, giving Red Clay more Wilmington black children would be like letting the KKK babysit newborn black children in the maternity floor of the Christina Hospital. If there is no social justice for the black children currently in Red Clay what makes anyone think adding more from Christina School District would change things? Furthermore, Delaware Choice School Law didn’t address the inequities with the lack of adequate transportation among Wilmington’s poor!

Red Clay has money to transport school sports teams but not a few buses to provide preferential Choice busing for Wilmington’s children! Address the flaws that actually may be intentional in regards to Choice school just might ease de facto segregation. Also, why does Red Clay’s all Choice magnet schools with specific interest student admission rules receive Choice transportation approved by the state legislators? Why isn’t there legislation requiring preferential Choice transportation for Wilmington’s poor?            

OMG! Kilroy concedes to Senator Hocker re: start of school after Labor Day

I was just reviewing Red Clay’s 2016-17 calendar and have to admit, the school year should start after Labor Day.

The notion, let the kids get summer out of their system and get settled in before Labor Day has merit. However, it doesn’t make that much of a difference. 

OMG! Delaware economy is down in the dumps and Hocker has a valid point re: the summer positive financial impact on the Delaware’s economy. As for kids, for many summer might be the only time the get to work!    

M Lomax kisses the hand of Jack Markell

Investing in excellence, equity and energy for students Delaware Voice Michael L. Lomax

Today’s battle is being fought across the country, including – once again – here in Delaware, led by Gov. Jack Markell, who won a round when the state Legislature failed to override his veto of “opt-out” legislation that would have allowed parents to exempt their children from rigorous tests that gauge how much they’re learning.

Sustaining the governor’s veto was round one. But the fight is not over. The people of Wilmington need to fight on, to demand equity, excellence and high standards of our schools and leaders across the board – equitable funding levels, excellent teachers in every classroom, state-of-the-art school facilities – for all Delaware students, not just some.

Michael L. Lomax is president and chief executive of the United Negro College Fund, the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships and other educational support to African-American students and a leading advocate of college readiness.

Governor Jack Markell is doing nothing to address the core problems in public education such as not addressing the cherry-picking of charter schools and specific interest charter school admission that locks-out at-risk minorities. Equity cannot be had with charter schools and traditional public not equal in student admissions.

As far as Mr. Lomax’s slap in the parent face re: the testing Opt-out, he is not on the side of parents and seems to support the Wall Street testing ponzi scheme. We’ve collected enough data over the last 50 years to conclude the white status-quo doesn’t give a rat’s ass about black children. Delaware School Choice law lacks transportation accommodations for Wilmington poor while the Neighborhood School Act allows white suburbia to build new schools rather than utilize empty seat in Wilmington school at the same time, Red Clay Wilmington children are bused to the suburbs do to no traditional Red Clay middle or high school in Wilmington.  

In deed we need needs based funding! However, millions being wasted on the Smarter Balance Assessment could be better served providing tangibles to our most neediest schools such as in more teachers and more paraprofessional. District level “assessment” have revealed for years the same conclusions as statewide assessment test. Every time there is a call to reform public education we add more consultants and more administration. Look how over-bloated the Delaware Department of Education is. We have a charter school unit who send state representative to charter school Citizen Budget Oversight Committees and we’re being robbed blind! Right under DE DOE’s nose!

The are those who claim public education is the most important civil rights issues of this generation! Folks that is a white diversion! Civil right issues are the most important issue of every facet of life! There are those in Wilmington are all so willing to farm-out black children to the white suburban master who fail to see, Red Clay hasn’t been living up to the promise of equity. Then there is Jack Markell who takes his public education marching orders from rich million-billionaire white men! Again, why is it rich million-billionaire white males control public school reform efforts?

Nothing will change in Wilmington until “fathers” act like men and advance the civil rights agenda impacting black children on their terms! As far as those minorities standing shoulder to shoulder with those seeking radical reform in Wilmington shifting more minority children under the watch of failed white suburban leadership you better take a long long long look in the mirror! You are enabling the capitalist to $$ feed off your children. You have an independent voice and “you” must use it!

A day will come new young civil rights leaders will emerge and there will be hell to pay!

Those who are praising Jack Markell as if he is some kind of civil rights white knight are on the wrong side of history. If Markell cared about equality he would have eliminated the charter school specific interest and replaced it with a transparent lottery where all have equal chance of admissions. Charter schools aren’t the problem but rather the charter school law that allows such discrimination. Many who seeded the charter school law openly and quietly oppose desegregation. Charter school are a good option. However, charter schools must allow equal access to all children without barriers!

        

        

Will the Bucky Bailey C-8 curse take down Dow-DuPont?

DuPont to face 40 trials a year in C8 lawsuits , The News Journal

The initial 40 trials will be selected from between 250 and 300 lawsuits filed by individuals in the Mid-Ohio Valley area alleging DuPont’s use of C-8 at its Washington Works pant near Parkersburg, West Virginia, is responsible for their testicular and kidney cancers. About 7 percent of the total cases are focused on individuals claiming cancer and the remaining 90 percent of the cases will remain inactive during this period.

Sargus’ order was issued in the case of Re: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation.

Be careful of the DuPont Miracles of Science ! Go ask Bucky Bailey 

 

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Thanks to Copeland , Pete Schwartzkopf has the Speaker’s job for life

House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf amasses power in Dover James The News Journal


The most powerful Democratic legislator in the Delaware House of Representatives, Pete Schwartzkopf, has never faced a challenger in a primary election since taking office in 2002. Since 2010, he has not had to fend off a Republican candidate seeking his seat, either.

Delaware’s GOP Chair Copeland has driven the party so far right it dropped off the cliff. There is no viable Delaware Republican Party! Independent and disenfranchised Republicans have no voice are faced with sitting out another election.
Schwartzkopf is powerful controlling the House Agenda. Nothing gets voted on by the House unless Pete gives the green light. So it is what it is! Delaware’s quality of life continues to erode. Charter schools are robbing the public blind and not one charter thief has been arrested. Legislative hall continues same old same old, its not who you know but who you blow ! We can only wait out the changing of the guard  in Dover and just hope the next batch is better than the last.
Copeland is too busy pushing the agenda Don’t Support Trump and is content with Schwartzkopf! If Delaware Republicans want to regain their footing perhaps the best place to start is to fire Copeland. 
 

DE DOE Jenny sleeps as Delaware charter schools robs taxpayers

Audit finds Providence Creek school leaders misused funds , The News Journal 4:32 p.m. EST January 27, 2016

“Our inspection identified over $247,000 in various personal purchases, unsupported transactions, and non-compliance from July 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2014,” said State Auditor Tom Wagner Jr., in a statement.

The charter school’s “deficient fiscal operations and close network of personnel” led to the misuse of funds, according to the report.

Investigation into the charter school, which serves students in Kindergarten through eighth grade, began after a tip was received on the state’s fraud hotline. The Department of Education also contacted the state auditor.

Here we go AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

736 Local School District and Charter School Citizen Budget Oversight Committees

4.0 Committee Members for Charter Schools

4.2 The Committee shall have at least five (5) members with representation from educators and parents of students in the school and representation from the Department of Education. In addition, where possible, the Committee shall have at least two members with formal educational or vocational backgrounds amenable to oversight of school district financial statements. Further provided, Committee members shall not be compensated, except for allowable mileage for training or similar activities, for participation on such Committee.

FYI the representation for the Department of Education is not an observer but committee member! How is it possible we keep seeing this shit with DE DOE sitting at the table? Why isn’t the CBOC reviewing credit-card purchases  and overall monthly expenditures?

Good old Delaware! Laws are created for the people and don’t apply to government and it’s agencies! Will AG Matt Denn bring formal charges to any of these thieving bastards feeding of school funds? 

 

Governor Markell in denial re: encroaching recession

Governor Markell’s State of State address painted a picture of Delaware being out of the wood re: great recession. 

Folks over the last year we watched the stock market roller coaster and what was driving it was, manipulation by China. Well folks, reality is setting in and the stock markets is sending smoke signals a recession is heading our way.

Some of you are saying fuck Publius and his rich Wall Street buds! But take a look at your 401k.

Meantime back on the ranch Jack Markell is blowing smoke out his ass about all the good paying jobs he created. Middle-class Delaware is shrinking.

Governor Markell will hand the next governor a pile of shit! You can bet state-worker’s healthcare cost will be in the bulls-eye for cost savings!   

Redlining The DOE Press Release On Acting Secretary John King’s Visit To Delaware

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In God we trust, all others show data.

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Putting a new spin on the words appearing on US Currency, State Rep. Debra Heffernan’s words above shot the smoke and mirrors involving testing, as quoted by Newsworks/WHYY.  My response to Rep. Heffernan: What in God’s name are you even talking about?

On the cusp of the biggest blizzard to hit Delaware in Governor Markell’s 2nd term as Governor, Acting US Secretary of Education John King came to Wilmington yesterday and the biggest topic was tests.  More specifically, standardized tests.  What came out of this visit highlights this insanity inflicted on our children.  Below is the press release with my comments on this in red.   After that, a quote from a State Representative showcases the growing frustration parents, teachers, and legislators are having with this environment.

ACTING U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS STATE  WORK IN VISIT

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Faith no more ?

RED CLAY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT District “F” expires 2021 –

Joseph A. Weeks, Jr. (11-23-15)

Faith Newton (1-22-16)

So we now have school board race in Red Clay “F”! Mr. Weeks! Who are you? Where do you come from? 

Personally my vote is for Faith and honestly, if Merv moves on, I think Faith would make a great superintendent.

So keep it clean! How would you rate Faith’s Red Clay School Board performance?

What would like to know about Mr Weeks Jr ?  

Stay off the roads to allow emergency crews full access

Folks those state and private employee clearing our road, highway and parking lots have been work long hours and many will tire. Our police and other emergency workers including utilities emergency crews need full access.

Though this blizzard isn’t the worst Delaware has seen but we are a growing state with many more miles of roads and highways and people.

It’s not too often I can say I am proud of Delaware Governor Jack Markell bit his actions in raising the State of Emergency to Level 2 does put lives before profit. Many workers in Delaware are often faced with braving the roads to appease their employers and the Delaware way is, “we’ll be disappointed in you if you can’t make it into work” aka code for we’ll get you later!

Please check on you elderly neighbors and help dig them out! Don’t worry about Pubilus he is well stock with Maker’s Mark 46. I hear he received an entire case of it for his support for Delaware charter schools ;).   

Should employers be libel for forcing employees to drive in Level 1 State of Emergency ?

UPDATE 8:30 A.M. !! Markell imposes level 2 driving ban in Kent, NCCo

b. Level 2 Driving Restriction: A “Level 2 Driving Restriction” shall mean that no person shall operate a motor vehicle on Delaware roadways when a Level 2 Driving Restriction has been activated, except for persons designated as essential personnel including operators of snow removal equipment employed or contracted by a public or private entity. “Essential personnel” for purposes of this subsection shall mean those employees and/or personnel who are necessary to maintain the core functions of a government body or entity, and to maintain the health and safety of the people in Delaware by providing services provided by public utilities as defined in § 102(2) of Title 26, healthcare services, and food and fuel deliveries during a state of emergency, regardless of whether they are employed by a public or private entity. A waiver from a Level 2 Driving Restriction may be granted when a significant safety, health or business necessity is shown for issuing such a waiver. The Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this subsection. An employer or entity which has not been granted a waiver shall not terminate, reprimand, discipline, or in any way commit any adverse employment action against an employee who, as a result of the activation of the a Level 2 Driving Restriction, fails or refuses to report to work during the pendency of the driving restriction. Any person or entity who violates an activated level 2 driving restriction under this subsection shall be in violation of § 4176D of Title 21.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell declared a Level 1 State of Emergency 

“According to state law, a “Level 1 Driving Warning” means that any person operating a motor vehicle on Delaware roadways must exercise extra caution. All nonessential employees, public and private, are encouraged not to operate a motor vehicle unless there is a significant safety, health or business reason to do so.”

My neighbor’s daughter works at one of those big home improvement stores and is being told to come to work unless the governor imposes a Level 2 State of Emergency. The girl is a nonessential employee, cashier. She was told if stop by the police to show he employee ID and that the company would pay any fines. However, in her Employee Handbook there is no such reference. Employer told he to do what she wants but they would be “disappointed” if she didn’t come to work.

Here we are in Delaware in the mist of a major blizzard and Governor Markell’s actions caters to business and profits putting lives of Delawareans second. If today were a weekday you can bet all nonessential state employees would not have to report to work.

Folks people need to stay off the fucking roads to allow Deldot crews full access to clear the roads. To allow Police and EMT to respond to emergencies not related to some ass wanting to joy-ride in the snow or some poor high school girl stranded on the road because her employer played the psychological card ” we’ll be disappointed in you”.

I am hoping by time I push the publish button on this blog post that Governor Markell declared a Level 2 State of Emergency.  As far as my neighbor’s daughter, if something happens to her I would expose the personal and address of her employer.    

to all reading this please be safe