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Delaware education funding is out of control. It is unsustainable!!!!  Something is going to have to give.  Kids can’t take any more hits, so it is going to have to come from the adults.  I hate to say this, and teachers, principals, administrators, and superintendents will want my head on a platter, but your pensions and benefits are skyrocketing through the roof.  Every time you get a step raise, your OEC (benefits and pensions) go up as well.  When these OEC amount to 44% of your pay, we are having serious issues keeping up with it.  I know you want raises, but you actually get raises every year because your benefits keep going up.  For those who aren’t state employees, our insurance rates keeps going up as well, but we pay for much more of it than you do.  It comes out of our take-home pay where yours are not like that. …

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Did Fethullah Gülen donate $$$$ to the Clintons?

Published on Jun 8, 2016 robertamster

Did U.S charter school funds help fund attempted Coup in Turkey right under Hillary’s nose ?

Republic of Turkey Targets Houston-Based Charter School by  May 19, 2016 The Texas Tribune

The Republic of Turkey, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is waging a well-documented war against critics, hired London-based Amsterdam & Partners last fall “to conduct a global investigation into the activities of the organization led by moderate Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen,” according to the firm’s website. Gulen is a reclusive Turkish expatriate living in Pennsylvania whom news reports have linked to Harmony and other U.S. charter schools. Harmony, which focuses on science and math education, is the second-largest charter network in the United States and the largest in Texas. It operates 46 schools here where nearly 31,000 students are enrolled.

Looks like the warning signs were flying high!

U.S.-Based Cleric Fethullah Gulen Blamed by Erdogan in Turkey Coup. NBC News  JUL 16 2016, 2:21 AM ET

When elements of Turkey’s military attempted a coup Friday night, the Turkish government accused a cleric living in exile in Pennsylvania of being involved in the turmoil.

“Turkey won’t be frightened with this kind of uprising and Turkey cannot be governed from Pennsylvania,” President Tayyip Erdogan said after arriving in Istanbul’s airport early Saturday.

“They were being told what to do from Pennsylvania,” Erdogan said of those involved in the coup. Turkish officials also blamed the attempted coup on followers of the cleric, Fethullah Gulen.

When will Wanxiang cleanup their Delaware Boxwood Eyesore ?

Fisker Karma (Now Called Karma Revero) Back In Production, In California July 6th, 2016 by James Ayre 

Notably, while all of the original Fisker Karmas were manufactured under contract in Finland by Valmet Automotive, the new Karma Revero (along with other coming models, probably) is being manufactured at a company-owned factory in Moreno Valley, California.

As noted at the start of the article, pilot production at this Californian production facility is now underway. Once production has been ramped up fully, the 550,000-square-foot facility will churn out up to 3,000 units a year, according to those involved.

Face it folks! Wanxiang has no intention of building any cars at their Boxwood plant. According to Jack Markell , Wanxiang is a good neighbor funding trips to China for local students. Yet they leave their property a MESS.



Did Gov. Markell tell AG Denn to kiss his ass ? re:FOIA

Markell files challenge to AG’s opinion on email request Associated Press 3:36 p.m. EDT July 8, 2016

Gov. Jack Markell has filed a court challenge to an attorney general’s opinion directing his office to review its handling of a Freedom of Information Act request from former state treasurer Chip Flowers.

In its court appeal, the governor’s office claims state law does not require it to explain its rationale for withholding records under the legislative exemption.

Classic Jack Markell play the King Card !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Red Clay’s Skyline Middle School promotes all students 100%

Skyline Middle School
 Date updated – Spring 2016

School Promotion by Grade

Grade 6 100.0%
Grade 7 100.0%
Grade 8 100.0%

The way Skyline parents descends upon the school board with complaints of out of control student behavior to a point they are concerned about their children’s safety one would think a few of these thugs would have been held back!  

Did Red Clay pay for a AVID trip to Orlando when Philly was closer ?

What is AVID?

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a global nonprofit organization that operates with one guiding principle: Hold students accountable to the highest standards, provide academic and social support, and they will rise to the challenge. AVID’s kindergarten through higher education system brings research-based curriculum and strategies to students each day that develop critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas. Learn more about the AVID SYSTEM.

AVID is the most appropriate partner to achieve student success in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). While the CCSS describes “what” students should know, AVID strategies provide “how” students will learn and master the knowledge and skills needed to meet the standards.

AVID Summer Institutes – #AVIDSI2016

Orlando (July 6-8)

JW Marriott/Ritz Carlton

4040 Central Florida Parkway

$189 Single/double

So Red Clay taxpayers spring for airfare to Orlando Florida when it wasn’t necessary whereas they could of save taxpayers money by waiting to attend, Philadelphia (July 18-20)!

AVID is all about holding “students” to the highest standards whereas the adults couldn’t wait to go to Philadelphia where they could have carpool.  

AVID may be a good program but come on! Why Orlando and not Philadelphia  

Merv pulls a AIMS Hat-Trick

duPont (Alexis I.) Middle School


Not Met

School Promotion by Grade

Grade 6 100.0%
Grade 7 100.0%
Grade 8 100.0%

Go figure ! A.I Middle Schools fails to make AYP but yet no student was retained!

WEIC stalls on goal line and Governor Carey intents to run it in for touchdown!

Legislators push back redistricting vote to next year  and , The News Journal

One of Gov. Jack Markell’s legacy issues will linger into the next administration since state lawmakers refused to pass education reform in the last hours of the legislative session.

A plan that was hailed as historic by civic leaderswould have shifted money toward high-poverty schools and redistricted parts of Wilmington, but it failed to get enough support in the state Senate before the clock struck midnight Friday, ending the legislative session that started in January.

Lawmakers ultimately voted to allow the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, which created the plan, to continue its work and try to pass it again next year when Markell will be out of office.

His likely successor, U.S. Rep. John Carney, who is running on the Democratic ticket for governor, said in a prepared statement, “I believe strongly that we need to preserve the progress that WEIC has made and build on it next year.”

More sign future Governor John Carney intents on using the same educational playbook Rodel stuffed in Jack Markell’s $$$$ back-pocket.

I’ve said it before and will say it one more time! This is the plan that need to improve fair and equatable education being denied Delaware’a at-risk children whom many are poor black Wilmington children:

Being there is no Red Clay traditional “middle or high school” in the boundaries of the city of Wilmington, those students living within get to chose their Red Clay suburban-based middle and high school with preferential transportation. Delaware’s Choice school law sounds great! However, without choice transportation poor children are locked in their feeder- school. T

Red Clay robbed a neighborhood of it’s traditional middle school (Conrad) converting it to a Choice only magnet school with an entrance test. Students living in Red Clay’s Alban Park and Robinson Lane were reassigned to new feeder schools miles away.   

Laws needed to be enacted to change charter and magnet schools admission process to a straight-up open lottery end entrance test to “public schools”.  

As far as the WEIC plans someone is overlooking the millions up millions of dollars in needed capital improvements in Christina’s schools destined to be turned over to Red Clay. There has been “no” independent assessments of those schools.  Operational funding!!!! Well we now know the state plan is provide seed-money the stick the Red Clay taxpayers the burden of providing move money to fight the education poverty gap and need-based funding.

There is no need to pawn Christina’s poor students off on Red Clay! The problem with Wilmington’s failing students is WILMINGTON!

If we’re going to combined school districts in New Castle County Delaware let’s combined them all into one New Castle County School District! Yea yea !! I know ! We’ve been there and done that!  

If Red Clay was the answers to improving education among Wilmington’s children what have they been failing along side Christina? Why did Red Clay create a Conrad magnet school the purposely reassigned minority students? If data is to drive improving public education take a looks of Conrad student population data by race and poverty? Honesty,  it appears lately the Red Clay and the board seemed to be more concerned about the “Redskin” issue than the black-skin issue! I hope the board will lead  the charge to address the Red Clay Choice, Charter and Magnet school inequities harming all at-risk students district-wide!   

As far as John Carney!!!! Looks like 8 more years of Jack !!!!!!!!!!!      

WTF !!! Red Lights in Wilmington don’t mean complete stop?

Wilmington’s $1 million in red-light camera revenue at risk  Karl Baker, The News Journal

The General Assembly’s Capital Improvement Committee passed a bill Thursday afternoon that would forbid municipalities’ red-light camera systems from ticketing drivers who roll through a red light to make a right-hand turn, unless cities can prove that the turns are dangerous. The legislation still must pass the full Legislature, which is in its final day of the regular session on Thursday.

Dopey-Ass state legislators!  Red Lights mean complete stop! 

Per State Law :


Motor Vehicles

Operation and Equipment


Subchapter II. Traffic Signs, Signals and Markings

§ 4108 Traffic-control signal legend.

(a) Whenever traffic is controlled by traffic-control signals exhibiting different colored lights, or colored lighted arrows, successively 1 at a time or in combination, only the colors green, red and yellow shall be used, except for special pedestrian signals carrying a word or symbol legend, and such lights shall indicate and apply to drivers of vehicles and pedestrians as follows

(3) Red indication:

c. When turns on red are permitted, the right to proceed to turn after stopping shall be subject to the rule applicable after making a stop as at a stop sign.

“after stopping” !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“subject to the rule applicable after making a stop as at a stop sign.”

So the rule would apply to only municipalities ????? No change to state laws ????

RED MEANS STOP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See Killary’s lying eyes on Benghazi !

No question about it! Hillary Clinton’s eyes tell it all ! LIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

President John Kennedy speaks to Hillary from the grave

Jenny bails on Delaware DOE! Their loss

Jennifer Nagourney Leaving Delaware DOE By Exceptional Delaware

I have to admit, I was kind of bummed to hear this.  Lord knows I have issues with charter schools, but I do recognize they are here.  If you were going to have someone do the job, Jennifer Nagourney was the right choice to run the Charter School Office at the Delaware Department of Education.  She inherited a huge mess and had to put out a lot of fires during her time.  But she did it with grace and aplomb during a very troubling era of Delaware charter schools.  I know I kept her busy, but the reality is it would have been a great deal worse had someone else been in the job.  There were many things going on she had absolutely no control of.  The actions of others in charters who were doing what they did long before her time.   

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Normally I’ll bash some of the folks leaving the Delaware Department of Education but in Jenny’s case, I wish her the best of luck.

Jenny might be a little paranoid of some of us outspoken Delawareans but her limited engagement was appreciated.  During her stay at DE DOE she did help raise the bar on charter school application and oversight. She replaced a DE DOE Rodel puppet who had no grit!

I can only imagine working for state with such micromanagement with strings going all the way back to the governor. Because of Jenny Delaware thinks a little bit hard before approving a new charter school application and doesn’t let the concern with negative backlash on the charter school movement get to them when closing an existing charter school. Believe it or not I support charter school but only question the skewed racist charter school admission protected by law. Publius and the other charter schools supporters that don’t give a rat’s ass about “fair and equitable” access to charter schools are heartless. In my opinion no public funding school should set entrance test that knowingly will exculde at-risk minorities. Also, a system of charters designed for achievers and  underachievers is nothing more that segregation! Sure we can call it de facto segregation whereas poor parents made the choice to send their child to a charter school full of at-risk students. However, with Delaware law allowing racially seeded utterance test what choice do they have.

DE DOE Jenny does tip her hand and I know she cares about some of the rooted issues and does care about equal access. However, she quickly learned the Delaware way where Jack Markell owns all. I hope wherever DE DOE Jenny goes they “empower” her to do her job in away to be fair to all children and not be part of a political agenda!

DE DOE is a victim of a Delaware political agenda and should be held accountable. So Jenny good luck where ever you go !     

What Happened AFTER The WEIC Vote

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Immediately after the Wilmington redistricting bills passed the House, local and state media interviewed State Rep. Charles Potter and Wilmington Education Improvement Commission Chair Tony Allen.  Both stated this is a positive step forward.  Allen reiterated that if the funding isn’t there, the plan will be suspended by the commission.  He stressed the funding is critical at this point.


Afterwards, Delaware Governor Jack Markell came down from his Legislative Hall office and offered congratulations to Jea Street, Tony Allen, and Senator Margaret Rose-Henry.  After that, Markell, Allen, Dan Rich, Senator Henry and the Governor’s Education Policy Advisor, Meghan Wallace all went up to Markell’s office for a closed-door discussion.


Rumors are swirling that New Castle County will be giving money towards the redistricting plan.  There has been no verification of this, how much money, or what the source of the money would be.

The redistricting resolution heads to the Senate…

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