Christina to Carney: Give us until 2019 to consolidate Wilmington schools Jessica Bies, The News Journal
Last week, parents at a public meeting said they didn’t understand why the state would want to crowd some of the Delaware’s most troubled students into two buildings. At Tuesday’s night meeting, state Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, also expressed doubts, calling Carney’s plan for Christina a no-win situation for the school district, school board and Wilmington’s children.
Carney has made it clear he is not in favor of needs-based funding like that outlined in the last bullet point, in part because it gives extra money to school districts serving at-risk kids without holding them accountable for how they use it.
At a Wednesday public meeting to discuss a partnership between Gov. John Carney’s office and the Christina School District, parents said they didn’t understand why the state would want to crowd some of the Delaware’s most troubled students into two buildings.
Teachers and parents weren’t sure consolidating schools would really fix the problems that plague Christina, however, and were afraid it would lead to larger class sizes
Debro Abdul-Akbar worried if the school nearest to him closed he would no longer be able to walk over and pick his grandchildren up.
A confidential draft of a memorandum of understanding between the Christina School District and Gov. John Carney’s office calls for consolidating five Wilmington schools into just two by fall 2018.
The schools would be called New Bayard and New Bancroft, and both would serve kindergarten through eighth grade, according to a document obtained by The News Journal and dated Nov. 22.
The other three – Pulaski Elementary, Stubbs Elementary and Elbert-Palmer Elementary – would no longer serve as schools but could house resource centers. The document is not final and is subject to change.
By a directive from Gov. Carney, the Delaware Department of Education has amended Regulation 225 and wants to take away your parental rights.
Under the guise of discrimination, this regulation for all school districts and charter schools would allow your child to choose their gender or race. Even with the ramifications of that alone, if the school believes the parents won’t approve the child’s choice, they can bypass the parents.
Yes, you as a parent will not have a say because the school’s opinion will be considered higher than your decision as a parent.
Parents who uphold their child’s biological sex or race will be accused of discrimination. Regulation 225 will remove biological differences for sports, locker rooms, showers, restrooms, overnight trips, etc.
There is no federal law or legal authority by the General Assembly for school children to be given access to opposite-sex facilities. Consideration for those who struggle should be made while also protecting the safety of others.
Supporters claim bullying is the issue, but schools already have an extensive state-mandated bullying policy that should be enforced. Parents’ rights as well as the privacy and safety of our children is at risk.
Key parts of Delaware’s Amazon pitch remain a secret Scott Goss, The News Journal
New Castle County promised Amazon it would not collect an extra dime in property taxes if the company builds its second corporate headquarters in Delaware.
The county also said it would be willing to help expand New Castle Airport, where some runways would be reserved exclusively for Amazon’s use.
Those are a few of the revelations in Delaware’s full pitch for Amazon’s massive HQ2 – a project that promises to bring 50,000 jobs and $5 billion worth of real estate investment to the state that lands the tech giant.
The most surprising details might be what the document does not reveal.
Gov. John Carney refused to release the full bid during an October press conference where three suitable Delaware locations were unveiled. But The News Journal was able to obtain a heavily redacted version of the 103-page pitch through the Freedom of Information Act. [Scroll down to read this document.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Tex. — A day after a gunman massacred parishioners in a small Texas church, the Air Force admitted on Monday that it had failed to enter the man’s domestic violence court-martial into a federal database that could have blocked him from buying the rifle he used to kill 26 people.
Texas church gunman escaped mental health facility in 2012 after threatening military superiors The Washington Post
NEW BRAUNFELS, Tex. — The gunman who killed more than two dozen people in a small church outside San Antonio on Sunday had a string of troubling episodes in recent years, including an escape from a mental health facility in 2012 after he was caught sneaking guns onto an Air Force base “attempting to carry out death threats” against military superiors, according to a police report.
Free alternative program trains principals to serve in high-needs schools Jessica Bies, The News Journal
Organizers say an innovative program that trains its participants to serve as principals in high-needs schools could help Delaware educators deal with the effects of poverty and trauma.
The program, called Lead for Delaware, works with educators who are well-suited to serving at-risk students. Launched in fall 2015, its first cohort graduated in September.
Though run by Teach for America, Lead for Delaware takes candidates from all backgrounds and requires only that they have a master’s degree and three years of full-time, highly effective teaching experience.
“Our ideal candidate has deep ties to Delaware in some way,” said Angela Harvey-Bowen, senior managing director for school leadership at Teach for America Delaware. “We really want our leaders to see their role as part community organizer and part instructional leader.”
Smith on Thursday confirmed that her family resides in the Newark-area home. But she insisted that she does not live there – at least most of the time.
“I live in a home in my district,” she said.
Four days before selling her house in Bear, the 44-year-old officially changed her address to a townhouse on South Tribbit Avenue, according to the Delaware Department of Elections.
That three-bedroom home in the Stone Mill neighborhood is located less than a half mile from her old home in Bear. The property is owned by Anthony F. Pennella, Smith’s campaign treasurer since at least 2013.
The townhouse is not licensed as a rental property, according to New Castle County officials. Pennella, a registered Republican, also lists the townhouse as his permanent address on state voter rolls.
Pennella on Thursday insisted Smith lives in the townhouse but declined to comment further.
“I don’t need to get into all that with you,” he said. “It’s none of your business.“
Contacted later, Smith produced a rental agreement for a room at Pennella’s townhouse. The agreement requires Smith to pay $500 per month and runs through Sept. 6, 2018
Bowe Bergdahl to get no prison time for desertion, judge rules / Los Angeles Times
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the controversial soldier who abandoned his combat outpost in Afghanistan eight years ago and was swiftly captured by the Taliban, was punished Friday with a demotion and a dishonorable discharge. He received no prison time