News Journal’s Jimmy Olsen aka Matthew Albright has amazing brain-fart on local politics

Set your ‘Trump clock’ to 15 minutes or less ; , The News Journal Published 3:36 p.m. ET Feb. 16, 2018 | Updated 10:01 p.m. ET Feb. 17, 2018

 

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Colonial local taxpayers did not vote on using referendum monies to bailout DAPSS.

 

Colonial School District on dangerous path re: take-over of DAPSS Posted on 

 

DAPSS charter school was founded like all charter schools on the basis traditional public schools are substandard and failing.  DAPSS has some questionable financial dealing which ass is in the details of the tax filings. DAPSS has been failing on many points and less and less students choose to enroll at DAPSS. The Delaware Department of Education is poised to end the failing charter school. Colonial steps in and now wants to tell DEDOE they can save DAPSS and for DEDOE to transfer charter oversight to Colonial. In my opinion it will cost every bit on 2 million dollars of local Colonial taxpayers money to keep DAPSS afloat. 

There is no indication Colonial will demand changing of the guard as far a new board of directors of DAPSS not even those board member who failed to get board training prescribed by state law.

What about impact on Colonial students and teachers ? Don’t you think they need the support of monies and loss of productivity of Colonial administrators associated with rebuilding DAPSS?

Folks its one thing for a traditional school district to approval a new charter school applicant but another to bail out an existing  failing charter school.

As for Colonial, this fool’s journey will come back to bite them in the ass during the next referendum attempt.  Those Colonial board member who voted for this DAPSS bailout are a disservice to the taxpayers who stepped up during the last referendum and to their at-risk students and hard-working teachers.

Here is what Delaware Governor John Carney can do to better protect students and staff from gun violence and more

Though we encourage our children to report other students who are in possession of weapons or make threats of violence to  school staff. But we must realize the retaliation for being a snitch.  Snitches get stitches is real. 

We need a special 1-800 # for student to anonymously report others who pose such threats. We need to protect the identity of students and parents who might call the 1-800# 

I go back and forth on whether or not allow designated school staff to carry concealed firearms. However, it might be the time to explore this option with providing those staff with intense training. 

My friends on the right my disagree but; In Delaware a person can be 18 years old to purchase a rifle or shotgun and 21 years old to purchase a handgun. I think its time to change that 18 to 21. I understand there are young hunters. However, they can use a rife or shot gun in the presents and provided by someone 21 years or older as do kids under the age of 18. Yea yea , I know, old enough to fight in a war old enough to own a gun. If that were the case then why no bitch on hand gun re: 21 years old? AND we must hold adult accountable for leaving their guns accessible to their children by not keeping them locked up.

Colonial School District on dangerous path re: take-over of DAPSS

Colonial to help the struggling Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security , The News Journal Published 9:27 a.m. ET Feb. 15, 2018 | Updated 10:42 a.m. ET Feb. 15, 2018

The Colonial School District is stepping forward to help a struggling charter school near New Castle, the Delaware Academy of Public Safety and Security

It remains uncertain if the school’s charter will be renewed or if it will be forced to close at the end of the school year.

This week, the Colonial School Board of Education approved a proposal allowing district leaders to work with Delaware Academy Of Public Safety and Security on a plan to address systemic problems that have led to low enrollment, poor test scores and being put under formal review by the Department of Education.

DAPSS will be a major drain on Colonial School District. The is  a lot of oversight required that will consume Colonial’s admins.

Colonial  owes it to the taxpayer to order a full transparent audit of DAPSS by an independent accounting firm.  Colonial has enough problems of their own without compounding them with DAPSS. 

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Governmental Activities
 The net position of the School at the close of the fiscal year is $(517,329).
Fund Level
As of the close of the current fiscal year, the School’s Governmental Fund (the General Fund) reported an ending fund balance deficit of $(261,534).

 

 

He’s back !! Mike Matthews blogging again !

Mike Matthews is at again with a blog called “DSEA President’s Corner ! I have a special spot for him on my sidebar. Mike let me know if you need a proof reader ? LOL  

School boards need set policies prohibiting derogatory remarks of the President of The United States and all elected officials by teachers in the classroom

There is no place in our society for teachers making derogatory remarks about the President of The United States and all elected officials while in the classroom.

Teachers should guide student classroom structured political debates without injecting personal bias opinions.

School boards need to make this a policy and require teachers to keep all negative political talk to themselves while on duty and at school events. 

As far as union leaders within each building, I think they need to show leadership and set the example. 

Are public school teachers who voted for President Trump second-class union members?

When union leaders make derogatory remarks referring to teachers who voted for Trump as pretty much idiots; I think its time to question the leadership within. But at the same-time, union leaders enjoy the personal benefits afforded to them by membership dues. In this case!  Who is working for who? 

Rep Kowalko weighs in on Gov Carney’s overreaching intrusion in Christina’s School District’s local control

These are my remarks re the Carney/DOE proposed MOU being voted on tonight at the board meeting.

Rep. Kowalko

In anticipation of your vote tonight on the DOE/Governor proposed MOU I felt it was my responsibility as a State Legislator to thoroughly study the proposal and make my opinion public. Drawing on my twelve years as a State Representative, nearly a decade serving on the House Education committee and almost 30 years of attending hundreds of board meetings I feel fairly comfortable in my ability to judge this proposal for what it may or may not be worth to the educational opportunities of the Wilmington school children and their parents.

Unfortunately I’ve been unable to discern practical and provable advantages for students or educators in this MOU. I find it frighteningly sparse on monetary investment going directly into the classrooms and more likely to disrupt the lives and community of the Wilmington students and their families.

Ripping young children from the smaller and more welcoming neighborhood schools and herding them into two monolithic structures better suited as barracks can hardly contribute to a welcoming atmosphere for young students and integrating them with older and unfamiliar classmates would probably be an intimidating experience. This sleight of hand portion of the MOU has been portrayed as a $15 million injection of funds into Wilmington schools and while not even guaranteed has been viewed as such even by the News Journal’s editorial board and other inexperienced and naïve members of the business community.

The case is often presented as “we have to do or try something” and I take offense at that cynical approach. Do we propose that the kids in Wilmington see $15 million unnecessarily flushed down the drain while they are forced to endure unwieldy and over-crowded classrooms with no money for more teachers and smaller classrooms or Reading specialists or Math specialists?

If this MOU is not hocus-pocus or a hoax about to be perpetrated on the children of Wilmington than I would expect that some proof, any proof, that removing these kids from their local and easily accessible schools and warehousing them in these two unattractive and formidable appearing buildings has a record of improving educational opportunities or student proficiencies for any students anywhere.

I can show you proven and indisputable evidence that smaller classroom ratios and Reading and Math specialists assigned to schools positively impact students and achieve significant proficiency improvements in all children’s’ performances.

If this board wants to partner with DOE and the Administration to honestly improve educational opportunities for inner-city public schools than I suggest that you counter with an MOU proposal that would take that $15 million and spend it in the classrooms. Hire more teachers and aides to reduce classroom sizes, hire Reading specialists and Math specialists and invest in necessary structural improvements in the more welcoming neighborhood schools that are being threatened with closure.

No gimmicks, no propaganda for media to chew on just plain and simple better education for the children of Wilmington.

Is Trump really giving local control of school back to the states and local school districts ?

page 39  https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/budget-fy2019.pdf

K-12 Education 
The Budget request for elementary and secondary education reflects the restoration of local control in education provided by the Congress in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA reauthorized the ESEA for the first time in 14 years and recognized that the primary responsibility for creating, improving, and sustaining education systems lies with States and local school districts. The Budget builds on these principles by ensuring the Department focuses on returning decision-making power back to States and districts and by giving parents more control over addressing their child’s unique education
needs.

Trump’s budget bill win for charter / magnet schools and home school

Page 44 https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/budget-fy2019.pdf

Empowers Families to Choose the Schools that are Best for Their Children. The Budget invests $1.1 billion in school choice programs to expand the range of high-quality public and private school options for students, putting more decision-making power in the hands of parents and families. This investment serves as a down payment toward achieving the President’s goal of an annual Federal investment of $20 billion—for a total of an estimated $100 billion when including matching State and local funds—in school choice funding. The Budget requests $500 million to establish a new school choice grant program to support a wide range of innovative approaches to school choice. These include expanding existing private school choice programs to serve more low-income and at-risk students, developing new private school choice models, or supporting school districts’ efforts to adopt student-based budgeting and open enrollment policies that enable Federal, State and local funding to follow the student to the public school of his or her choice. In addition, States and districts would have opportunities to leverage funding from Title I grants to support public school choice. The Budget requests $500 million to fund the opening, expansion, and replication of high-quality public charter schools and the financing of charter school facilities. The Budget invests $98 million to expand the number of public magnet schools, which offer specialized curricula and instructional programming. In addition, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act expands school choice by enabling families to use 529 savings plans to pay for private school tuition and home schooling costs.

Trump’s 2019 Budget

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/budget-fy2019.pdf

Is Jack Markell foaming at the mouth Re: Senator Carper’s possible stepping down?

The Skeletor ( Tom Carper) house of cards may fall! Senator Carper’s admission of spousal abuse is one thing. But he lied about accusation back in 1982.  More grounds for Carper to step-down.

In comes former Governor Jack Markell! You can bet the farm Markell will make a bid for Carper’s senate seat.  Lets pray not ! I would rather see John Carey going for Carper’s from a Democrat perspective, But what about the Delaware GOP ? Who is on deck? Slim pickings ! Hey Kevin !  How about you?

Senator Carper caught in a lie about abuse of x-wife! Step-down Tom!@seanhannity @cnn

Dem Senator Tom Carper Admitted to Giving His Ex-Wife a Black Eye by  | 2:29 pm, February 10th, 2018

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) admitted to hitting his then-wife so hard that it left her with a black eye.

A little-noticed episode from Carper’s past is now being re-litigated in light of recent news cycles dealing with domestic abuse committed by powerful men working at the highest levels of government in the nation’s capital. In a 1998 interview, Carper said:

Did I slap my wife 20 years ago? Yes. Do I regret it? Yes. Would I do it again? No. I slapped Diane one time. It was a stupid thing to do and I…regret it now. It caused some discoloration of her left eye and some puffiness.

And what about the part of locking her in the closet? “It caused some discoloration of her left eye and some puffiness.” So it wasn’t real black but a shade of blue? Assault  or offensive touching ? Still a crime!.

Allegations of domestic abuse have dogged Carper since his first run for Congress in 1982. Delaware Democrats didn’t much care for those accusations and Carper easily won his race–largely based on the perception that the story about Carper’s wife-beating was untrue. At the time, Carper referred to the allegations as “totally false” and “without basis in fact.”

So Tom ! You lied back in 1982? So sad that X is dead and buried now! Your tracks are pretty much covered!  

https://kilroysdelaware.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/tom-carper-to-donate-brain-to-smithsonian/

If America shows the same courage as Isreal we would have secured borders!

Israel warns Iran, Syria ‘playing with fire’ as fighter jet crashes during airstrikesby;  and 

TEL AVIV, Israel — The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone launched from Syria into Israeli airspace early Saturday in what the military described as a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty.”

The military said its planes faced “massive” anti-aircraft fire from Syria which forced two Israeli pilots to abandon their F-16 jet as they sought to target the drone’s launching pad. One pilot was severely injured and both were taken to hospital for medical treatment after they landed in Israeli territory.

In response Israel launched a “large-scale attack” on at least a dozen Iranian targets in Syria, marking a escalation in tensions along the country’s northern border.

This is a serious Iranian attack on Israeli territory. Iran is dragging the region into an adventure in which it doesn’t know how it will end,” Israel’s chief military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis, said in a special statement. “Whoever is responsible for this incident is the one who will pay the price.”

Go Israel !