Delaware DOE Keeps 8 Race To The Top Positions From General Fund “Vacancies” With Salaries Over $800,000

Source: Delaware DOE Keeps 8 Race To The Top Positions From General Fund “Vacancies” With Salaries Over $800,000

Should Delaware teachers be permitted to carry concealed weapons with proper permits and special training?

All the gun control laws in the world won’t stop a determined person.

I for one feel teachers and school administrators should be permitted to carry concealed weapons (handguns) with proper permits and specialized training.

This is a first class F’ing joke, Bulletproof whiteboard shields placed in school Matthew Albright, The News Journal. This board only protects the torso and the person (teacher holding it). Delaware has some good action plans as part of policy such as lock-downs. However, we need to get serious and have an offensive plan of action. 

Guns In Schools: Firearms Already Allowed In 18 States … Huffington Post. The time for Delaware to permit the same is now.

Publius being the teacher’s pet you go first! 

More STEM stuff that will happen in our life time! Mining the Moon! Will America re-engage the space race ?

Will China claim the Moon for itself! America better get it’s ass in gear and get back in the space race !

OLED ! Now this is some STEM stuff to get excited about !

DuPont opens OLED facility in Newark Jeff Mordock, The News Journa  l4:34 p.m. EDT October 2, 2015

DuPont is upping its investment in the organic television and phone imaging market – one that is expected to exceed $44 billion by 2020 – with the opening of a new production facility in Newark.

The plant will manufacture materials to create large-format Organic Light Emitting Diode, or OLED, displays. OLED displays are used in large-screen televisions, mobile phones and computers to create a brighter, more vivid and longer-lasting images.

Avula said DuPont’s investment in the market could one day help consumers spend less money on large-screen televisions. Currently, such televisions cost between $2,000 and $2,500.

I’ve been watching this technology unfold for years! And someday we’ll be able to roll up our TVs and put them in shipping tubes. But in the big picture, the application can save manufactures millions in packaging and shipping.  And for consumers WOW what a technology !  As for new jobs (additional), not so fast. This technology “will” reduce labor currently being use in assembling plants, parts suppliers and raw materials used to make plastics that currently encases TVs. 

Check out this videos:

This video was made in 2010 ! WOW!

Folks  great place to invest your $$$$$$$$$$$ 

Retired U.S. Sec of Ed Arne Duncan drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers

Why is Red Clay giving DCPA waviers on required monthly financial reports? Does Red Clay supersede state law?

Financial Reports

SY 2014 – 2015

Aug 2014

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Citizen Oversight Committee

SY 2013 – 2014 Minutes

Oct 2013

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Title 14  Education ; Delaware Administrative Code /  Code 736 Local School District and Charter School Citizen Budget Oversight Committees

Title 14 Chapter 10

(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.

So it appears Red Clay’s board turning a blind-eye makes them in violation of their oath of office.

DCPA is a mess because Red Clay’s board the legal charter oversight authority defaces state laws that governs them and charter schools. Even the vote back in May 2007 by the former Red Clay board whom a few are associated with charter school made an improper approval vote on DCPA. But I’ll admit the heart and soul now former founder and school leader Anita Roberson told a convincing story during that public presentation. But the DCPA board put the screws to her and perhaps she saw the power-play being pulled by the board as writing on the wall as what was to come!  

So why no monthly financial reports and who are the members of DCPA CBOC ???   

Once again DCPA runs $$$ agendas under Red Clay board’s noses

The state auditor’s office has dinged two charter schools for not following rules for spending taxpayer money.

The audits released Wednesday says Delaware College Preparatory Academy could not sufficiently justify almost $23,000 in reimbursements made to its board president and executive director.

More proof  Red Clay’s school board aka the oversight authority for DCPA lacks the capacity to effectively monitor this school. 

At Delaware College Prep, Wagner’s office found the school board president, Yardise Jones, was reimbursed $11,252.87. Auditors called those reimbursements “highly questionable,” saying they could not find appropriate accounting for them. 

Auditors pointed out that most of the reimbursements were made at least a month after the purchases took place. 

Auditors said Jones gave the school temporary permission to use her personal credit card “due to a change in leadership structure and the lack of financial stability in the administrative staff.” She told auditors she was not aware of the “whys and hows” of the transactions. 

The audit also found the school’s executive director, Angela Dennis, received $18,025 in reimbursements from the school. Of that money – like with Jones’ reimbursements – 65 percent, or $11,740, did not come with supporting documentation to justify the payments, Wagner’s office said.

When will there be laws making these kind of transactions a felony? And don’t count on  legislators like State Representative Debbie Hudson.  She is an enabler for this kind of crap! She refuses to support stronger  transparency laws governing  charter schools. Who knows, maybe there is a dark Hudson secret from the days as  Pencader Charter School board member.  

I wonder why Red Clay school board didn’t post DCPA “Update” at their July 08, 2015 board meeting.  But for sure you can hear the audio where some tall-tails were told.

Agenda Item Details

Jul 08, 2015 – Organizational Meeting and Regular Session – 7:00
DCPA Update – Sam Golder

Look at this from DCPA’s July 2015 meeting;

President also mentioned that a follow-up note was sent to RCCD as to the board meeting in which DCPA’s charter modifications would be discussed and it was on the July agenda. However, DCPA was notified of answers prior to the July meeting and expressed concerns that DCPA was unable to represent our organization. President also commented on the protocol for requests since the response was sent prior to the official board meeting. Also response from RCCD contradicted their recommendations to DCPA.

DCPA pretty much bitched-slapped Red Clay and suggests Red Clay is talking out of their ass re: contradicted their own recommendations to DCPA.

Folks the auditors reports are becoming useless! Time and time again we see concerns with misuse of public funds in regards to personal credit cards. No one goes to jail! No one is required to pay money back! 

As for Red Clay, here again another example of Red Clay inability be oversee charter schools and raises concerns about their capacity to take-on Christina’s most neediest schools.    

MET to stay open but leadership foundation in question with DE DOE asleep at the wheel

Delaware Met NOT Closing Says Matt Albright With The News Journal by Exceptional Delaware

This story WILL be updated, but Delaware Met is not closing for now as per Matthew Albright with the News Journal who tweeted the following 45 minutes ago:  

If  I were a parent of a MET student I’d get my kid out of there ASAP. Sure all new charter schools start off on shaky ground. However this one is laced with serious concerns.

New charter school considering closing Matthew Albright, The News Journal 11:58 a.m. EDT September 28, 2015

Harrington, the board’s vice chair. “Our primary responsibility is making sure we’re doing what’s in the best interest of kids.”

Harrington said the board will consider two issues in deciding whether to stay open.

First, its members will determine whether the school is financially viable given a loss of students. The school originally had about 260 enrolled, but is down to 227.

Lower-than-expected enrollment is a financial problem for charters because they get funding from the state per student. State rules require schools to be within 80 percent of their enrollment targets; Delaware Met currently meets that requirement.

Second, the board will decide whether the school can get a handle on problems with school climate. Harrington said there have been fights and incidents in which students have been disrespectful towards school staff.

He we go again re: lower state funding! WTF !! These charter school organizations know what they are $$$$ getting into. Yet they  cry the blues!  

“Problems with school climate” isn’t talking about heating and air conditioning! We’re talking safety of children as in discipline issues! Fights and disrespect towards staff! Shit ! The school just opened!

Like I said, if I were a parents of a MET student I’d get my kid out of there ASAP.

To my good friend Kevin over at Exceptional Delaware thanks for raising the red flag on this issue.  So MET isn’t closing for now! However, you lit the flood lights on this school and we’re all watching! As far as DE DOE, you can bet they’ll stay in the shadows and not confront these issue.  Yep! With Valley Girl Penny and South Street Jenny standing guard failure is at hand. So much for the rigorous charter approval process. 

Don’t forget what I’ve been saying about the school voucher agenda. Traditional public schools  had to fail to justify charter schools and charter schools have to fail to justify school vouchers. 

Is Kevin over at Exceptional Delaware talking to aliens? re: MET charter closing

Delaware MET Needs To Return Their $175,000 Charter School Performance Fund by exceptional Delaware 9/27/2015 

First off, I don’t think any charter school that has not even opened should be getting a “performance award”.  They haven’t done anything yet.  Second of all, it is obvious their “long-term” strategy for this school didn’t work as they are closing a little over a month after they opened.  Third, if they don’t, I know at least two legislators who will be screaming foul on this.  And rightly so.  Finally, they should openly, honestly, and with great transparency return ALL unused funds immediately.

Delaware Met Paid $380,000 To Innovative Schools Over Two Years…For What? Exceptional Delaware 6/26/2015

Now that the Delaware Met is closing down a month after it opened them, many in Delaware are asking “what the hell happened?”  Don’t worry, I’m in that same group.  In all my time doing this, I never got a lead that turned into something solid within hours, much less a lead that announced the closure of a charter school that no  one seemed to be any the wiser about their difficulties.  But my big question surrounds their management organization: Innovative Schools.  What did Innovative Schools actually do that warranted them receiving $380,000 since July of 2013?  And why were there employees being paid since July 2013 as well when the school didn’t even open until two years later?

The Delaware Met Down For The Count A Month Into The School Year Exceptional Delaware 9/25/2015 

Today, I got an email from someone about The Delaware Met closing next week.  Usually, I want to get more information on something like this, so I reached out to the Delaware Department of Education and the leaders at the school.  Not one response.  I put out some more feelers, and it looks like this story has some weight to it.  I don’t have specifics, but I’m hearing about multiple incidents of violence at the school, a student brought a gun to the school on the very first day, and students leaving the school in mass quantities.  The school just opened a month ago.

Updated, 5:44pm: This story is gaining traction by the minute.  Multiple sources are confirming, but no official word from DOE or the school.  The only question is exactly when and how many students are actually left at the school….

Updated, 5:47pm: Other sources are telling me this school received a significant student population from Moyer, which was shut down by the state a year ago and closed it’s doors for good on June 30th, 2015.

Kevin come on! What the hell have you been smoking?? Town Square Delaware just published this on 09/24/2015 “Head of New Delaware Met School Enthusiastic about Students’ Futures September 24, 2015 By ”  

TSD: How does enrollment look for this year? What are your 3-5 year goals?

THC: We have about 240 students on roll for this year. Our goal over the next three years is to have 528 students – 132 students per grade level in grades 9-12. This year we have about 150 9th graders and about 90 10th graders. We will expand one grade level per year over the next three years.

Folks I just returned from Nags Head North Carolina after a week’s vacation.  And OMG Nor’easter sat and spun for 5 days straight . However I was able to relax and enjoy myself.

So to date, no news out of DE DOE or NJ’s Jimmy Olsen. But then again you know the Delaware way when it comes to education! Markell owns all information and it can be public until he gives the green light! Well the end of the month approaches! We’ll see! Kevin this better pan-out or else Publius might be sending a straight-jacket for you ;)   

The plight of Delaware Black and White Crabs


Years ago, someone explained to me a phenomenon called the “crab bucket syndrome.” As crabs are caught and tossed into a bucket, the first crab tries to climb out to save its life. Other crabs, seeing his escape plan, grab hold of the first crab’s legs, which pulls him back into the bucket. Eventually, all the crabs perish. In schools, this is a metaphor for, “If I can’t have it, neither can you.” This is what happens when a group tries to “pull down” any other school that shows success can be achieved.

This is happening in Newark, where a group is trying to stop one of our most successful public schools, Newark Charter School, from expanding. By Greg Meece

(See Delaware Liberal’s Pandora 2012  spin on Ed Meece’s NJ )

In the case of Newark Charter re: 5 mile attendance zone radius, Newark Charter tactfully located their  school in an area of Christina School District that keep the most neediest students outside the 5 mile radius. However as you can see. Greg Meece is crying, others outside his school’s 5 mile radius are the crabs at the bottom of the basket bent on holding back his successful charter school. But doesn’t the 5 mile radius inclusion zone real represent an exclusion zone that keeps out the most neediest students ? The push for public school reform going back to ESEA was all about closing the achievement gap whereas, reaching down to the bottom to bring st-risk students  up. Delaware charter school law fuels racism and far from being equal. Sure at-risk minority children have charter schools fitting their needs by design. But even allowing charter schools that are design to serve at-risk student giving at-risk students preference (d. Students who are at risk of academic failure;) is shameful and fuels de facto segregation. In my opinion all public funded schools should have doors that swing open for all students “equally” and provide education services “with-in” that fits all students academic needs  from AP to At-Risk.

As far as the intended message of the attached cartoon re: Who Built The Barrel. I’d say, the same people who continue to reform public education every presidential cycle,  the white status-quo. But Kilroy, we have black president! Well Kilroy finds it odd that the new public school reform efforts wants to penalize teachers teaching in high-needs schools by holding them accountable to a test created by white elitist capitalist. The best approach would be adding more teachers and paraprofessional in schools with the greatest needs.

Dr. Martin Luther King on the national front led the way out of the barrel and sadly his teachings on how to do so has diminished to a day of celebration of his life. His life should be celebrated each and everyday and his work should continue each and everyday. On the local front, the works of William Hicks Anderson as it relates to his amazing achievements in public education reform has been forgotten and very seldom mentioned or celebrated. Title 1 Section 1118 has become a disgrace and kicked aside by the NCLB Waivers. Title 1 parents “had” unique powers within Section 1118 and they were not included in decision-making on the Teach for America, Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessments decisions. Those so-called reformed measures where handed to parents via indoctrination. Sad to say, there are profiteers in every community.

In the bottom of the barrel are perhaps the greatest leaders and those who can take back the community and dignity of a race of people. No longer people are held by physical chains but they are held back by emotional chains of social restriction. Judgement day will come and we are seeing glimpses of what is to come. But there is danger as who will own the streets, good or evil. 

Who Built The Barrel?  Those who dare not to challenge the status-quo, those who go along to get along, those who stand shoulder to shoulder with profiteers and those who put ego before community. 

Students With Disabilities & Delaware Charter Schools: OCR Complaint & We Need Your Help!

Source: Students With Disabilities & Delaware Charter Schools: OCR Complaint & We Need Your Help!

Delaware Met Paid $380,000 To Innovative Schools Over Two Years…For What?

Source: Delaware Met Paid $380,000 To Innovative Schools Over Two Years…For What?

Back to The Future: Wilmington Year 2020! Fallout from Red Clay / Christina merge!

To Wilmington parents: Red Clay has been failing your children! Proof you say??? Red Clay has just as many Priority Schools as Christina! Red Clay’s high poverty schools are FAILING !  How can Red Clay serve more high poverty children when they can’t effectively serve the ones they have? 

More proof of corporate takeover of public schools