Sunday sermon for Red Clay School Board

Those who sit at the right and left hand of the Red Clay God (Merv) better take a hard look in the mirror. Though school¬†superintendents make many request for school board approval it is the school board who makes the final approval with no veto power on the super’s part.¬†In the big picture the super’s failures are the board’s failures. ¬†

Merv like every super in this state is a CEO of a unionized corporation where the workers own many¬†legislator. Somewhere in the middle are the children who we always seem to want to put first. Public education is ugly and driven by power, ego, politics and money which are never aligned for the¬†true¬†benefit of children. I can and have¬†straight-up or in my cryptic way¬†ridicule many including Merv. My dislike of some players in this equation like Markell, Hudson and now Lavelle¬†among¬†others has nothing to do with them personally but has to do with their roles in education. I don’t share confidential E-mails or¬†sources. Publius is disliked by many but I respect his rights to weigh-in but certainly don’t always agree with his positions. I’ve been picking on DE DOE Penny but give her much credit for going across the grain to reach out is her bold way. I respect that! In a nutshell, many of us who engaged in public education do so by career choice certainly wanting to make a¬†difference¬†and¬†some of us who don’t ask for a dime do so as part of good or bad is some eyes as our mission to give back.¬†

I am dishearten to hear (rumor of course) some board members want to throw Merv overboard midstream (before the end of his contract). Those who think Merv may be the problem are just as much the problem. I must¬†remind¬†everyone, it was the unions including DSEA who approved Race to The Top laced with Common Core and Smarter Balanced seeds. And now we hear all the crying from labor as to the¬†ill-effects¬†of the fallout! Yet labor refuses to put a face on the “system”! They refuse to chastise Governor Markell who¬†alienated even his close friends with his love¬†affair with his own ego! Markell pulled the D.C. and Wall Street Trojan Horse threw the gates of Delaware. Markell bullied Merv and all other supers and many board members to kiss his royal ass! The “union” were Markell enablers with Judas carrying the flag!¬†

I urge Red Clay board¬†members plotting against Merv (rumor of course) to pull their horns in and not degrade the “man” who is stuck in the same¬†political bullshit as many of you. Also board members keep in mind, you are “politicians”. You ran for public office with many promising transparency and¬†courage¬†to lead! Don’t get me wrong for the most part you are doing a great job and I love the¬†individuality¬†among¬†you¬†that does cause friction. A board that refuses to be¬†individuals and cut across the grain is a¬†dangerous¬†body of people.¬†We’ve seen what Markell has assemble within DE DOE! A puppet show full of Rodel clones and ass kissers! So I urge the Red Clay school board members who are sowing a coup to back off (rumor of course). Think about it, should we¬†demand¬†each board¬†member¬†who approve the Markell¬†priority¬†school¬†agenda even in a¬†water-down¬†version¬†to¬†step-down? If you have the courage to tarnish a man’s career why not let that man be Markell and not Merv (rumor of course). Let the man compete his contract if he wishes and then assets and¬†evaluate the direction “you” want the district to go!¬†¬†¬†¬†

Thank you Rep Debbie Hudson and Sen Greg Lavelle for victimizing school children and their parents

Tough new Delaware testing concerns parents Matthew Albright, The News Journal

But because of the more in-depth approach, scores are expected to plummet on the new test.

Fewer than half and, in some cases, barely a third of students are expected to score well enough to be considered proficient. On the previous assessment, the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System, about 70 percent of students met that bar.

The end-of-the-year test also will take longer than DCAS.

For elementary students, the English portion could take four hours, and the math section could take three hours. For middle school students, the test could take seven and a half hours, while juniors might need eight and a half hours ‚Äď about twice as long as the SAT or ACT college-entrance exams.

Debbie and Greg, two Republicans who claim they are against the overreaching arms of the federal government yet both supported House ¬†Bill # 334 and Governor Markell’s wrongheaded education agenda. ¬†And as a bonus Hudson abandoned her own House Bill #23 that would require all school board to record the public session of their board meetings. Shame on you Debbie and Greg! Mushrooms grow better in the dark and that’s where Debbie wants to keep parents!¬†

State education leaders say Common Core is a necessary step to “raising the bar” so Delaware’s students can compete with kids from countries with the most elite educational systems in the world. And Smarter Balanced is the way to figure out how close students are to vaulting over that higher bar.

Looks like Jimmy Olsen inhales! 

Yep those rumors are flying again! DE Sec of Ed Murphy is preparing and exit !

Multiple sources indicates Mark Murphy is out-bound ! The sad part of it all it our state¬†legislators haven’t¬†stood-up and demanded Murphy’s removal!¬†

So let’s just go along with this rumor! Murphy goes so who is next in line?? South Street Jenny ;). Bobby A? Merv? Mike Matthews? Publius?

Personally, it is time the position of Delaware¬†Secretary¬†of Education¬†should be an elected one. We need a firewall between public schools and asshole governors. ¬†John Carney once floated the idea of decentralizing the Delaware Department of Education. Something has to give and it looks like Markell will continue his wrongheaded public education agenda because our state legislators lack the courage to put an end to it! You’d think at best they would call for¬†Murphy’s¬†removal and do get me wrong, Murphy is person but as a public education leader I am sorry, he sucks! ¬†

Will Christina fall to an all charter school district? Be careful what you wish for DOE Jenny!

Christina School District starts cutting costs Matthew Albright, The News Journal

Two days after voters slapped down a request to raise property taxes to cover growing costs, the Christina School District announced Thursday cost-cutting actions to prepare for a looming budget deficit.

The district has placed a freeze on new hiring and axed all travel for district personnel. District administrators also cut school budgets and directed department heads and principals to start cutting overtime, reducing contracted services and eliminating or leaving unfilled positions in which teachers get extra pay for extra responsibilities, like advisers and coaches.

“We don’t want people to think that we’re going to start shutting programs down now. We’re very respectful of what our students and schools are engaged in,” said Superintendent Freeman Williams. “At the same time, we need to be prudent and responsible and begin to prepare for the adjustments we need to make.”

The district also will begin looking at possible reductions to pay for administrators and will invite teacher unions to discuss the possibility of reduced pay or eliminating jobs, Williams said.

The Markell tarot cards are lining up for collapse of Christina School District. If this were to happen and¬†legislators answer is divided Christina and fold it into Red Clay, Brandywine and Colonial they’ll have a big surprise!¬†¬†There will be¬†push-back¬†from from these district communities because the need would be so great the funding required to restore Christina¬†programming¬†will hurt¬†programming¬†in the¬†receiving¬†district. You can bet those districts will go to¬†referendum many times!

If DOE Jenny is envisioning an all charter school district takeover of Christina she better think twice. DOE Jenny has job stability issues! Markell will be go and as we know in Delaware out goes the trash left behind! She better stick to California dreaming! 

To the brothers in Wilmington! It’s time to man-up and call for a Wilmington School District! If you think Red Clay, Brandywine, Colonial or a charter district is going to solve “your” problem, you got it wrong! The time is ripe to take ownership and stop being “owned”. If Red Clay were to takeover Christina¬†priority¬†schools I assure you Red Clay as we know it will suffer. Red Clay’s basement is currently filling with water and as one board member helps bail another may is adding it back. The Red Clay coup d’etat has begun and the notion of Red Clay taking any school from any other district isn’t going to happen. Good¬†brothers¬†of Wilmington, Markell doesn’t give a shit about Christina! He want’s¬†revenge because Christina didn’t¬†bow-down¬†to kiss¬†ring or ass! Don’t farm your¬†children¬†out¬†to a district that still uses force busing one way and one color.

OMG coup d’etat Red Clay style ;)

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Get your decoder rings out folks ! Some where between binary, hex and decimal you’ll find it! That’s four bottles of Makers Mark for you Publius. ¬†

The C-17 load-master needs a big Red Clay Chicken Dinner! Careers will be on the line! Back off Johnny Jet ! 

DE DOE idiots screw up again re: High School Dropout Data! See for yourself.

I just started reviewing DE DOE’s “official” high school dropout report and here we go again!!!!!!!!!

See page 13 Dropout by District , Delaware Academy of Public Safety.  2013-14, 5.2% dropout rate. Then go to page 14 Dropout by School, Delaware Academy of Public Safety 2013-14, 0.0% WTF ?

Also, do note DE DOE’s¬†usage¬†of ¬†the <15. This is a¬†manipulation¬†tool where as DE DOE doesn’t¬†show actual number of dropouts. This was used for 19 high schools. DE DOE doesn’t want to be¬†precise because they can manipulate the data to produce¬†desirable data¬†outcomes. Isn’t it amazing Delaware¬†Secretary¬†of Education blows the “data” horn and yet he uses <15 data¬†manipulation to game the data to¬†desirable outcomes. Come on Mr & Mrs Heff! WTF ?¬†¬†¬†

  

Big changes coming to DE DOE! The RTTT shuffle is about to take place

Folks DE DOE individuals hired via Race to The Top federal grant are going to be shuffled whereas they keep their employment with DE DOE under state funding. But don’t worry, within a year you’ll see the¬†exodus of the corporate laced trash Markell brought into the $$$ circle!¬†

The governorship will stay in the hands re: 2016 election! That is a FACT! However, there will be a purging of DE DOE removing the Rodel cancer!    

Red Clay Referendum VICTORY !

 

The referendum has passed! 6355-5484!

Thanks Mike for keeping us post! 

Today’s referendum: A case study in Optimism v. Nilhilism

Originally posted on Transparent Christina:

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So today we have the state’s 2 largest district seeking affirmation from their communities to take more taxes from them in order to strengthen and preserve the most sacrosanct public trust we as a state and nation have: the education of our children. It is the conclusion of much consideration from elected school boards and the sole way in which Delaware code permits its local share of education dollars to be modified: direct election.  I love democracy, and the vote. Today we receive our truth and I am A-OK with that; however, the General Assembly is directly elected and they control  taxes as well. Why not the school taxes? Perhaps they feel it is best to keep the decisions truly local and not burden their colleagues with provincial battles? Perhaps they are just enamored with selective direct voting? Perhaps they are cowards, afraid to preserve this public trust over their…

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Just got back from voting in Red Clay’s referendum ! WTF

I’ll give kudos to Kenny and the school board for supporting all the school events at the polling schools. With the amount of kids and “parents” in Conrad gym and school, Conrad polling place will carry many yes votes!

Now here is my problem, we pull into a packed parking lot with kids and adult roaming in the poorly lit parking lot. Trying to find a spot to park was a bitch and well as trying to get out! The there was Richey school another polling place holding events jamming Highland Ave where only one car can’t get through! And yep more people walking in the dark streets!¬†

From what I saw, I predict a major win for Red Clay. The organized activities at the polling schools will trump any senior citizen push against the referendums. 

All is fair in love , war and school referendums! So an early congratulation to Kenny and the board!  Very tactful move :) 

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