John Carney accepting Markell’s endorsement would be like taking ice cream from Satan

Markell hopes Carney enters 2016 governor race Jonathan Starkey, The News Journal

They were political rivals in 2008. Now Gov. Jack Markell is all but endorsing Congressman John Carney to succeed him as Delaware’s governor.

Over the weekend, Markell praised Carney’s qualifications and said through a spokesman on Monday that Carney would make a “terrific candidate should he decide to run” next year.

Dear John Carney the reason you lost the primary race for governor against Jack Markell was because you were Governor Minner’s pool-boy. You stayed in her shadow way too long!  You were the party’s choice and Markell took you to primary! Taking his endorsement would make you his lap-dog!  

John, I am here to tell you, Markell has caused severe damage to Delaware’s public school system and I am not taking about charter schools. Markell sold out to Wall Street and Washington! Markell has weakened local control to the extent PTA’s voice doesn’t matter re: the testing opt-out. Markell signs on to all the Wall Street laced education reform plan and then pour the Kool-Aid to parents and the community! 

“(The governor) believes Rep. Carney would be a terrific candidate should he decide to run,” said Markell spokesman Jonathon Dworkin. “But he respects the process that any potential candidate must go through to make that decision and he’s confident that Rep. Carney will make the right decision for him and his family when the time comes. For now, we don’t have anything else to add.”

John, you can bet if you vacate your seat in congress Markell wouldn’t waste anytime going for it! John. Delaware public education is on the verge of complete collapse and will take every bit of five years to restore public confidence and quality leadership.

Delaware Governor Markell puts Smarter Balanced test results on lock-down

Kilroy’s DE DOE mouse says, Governor Markell told Coach Murphy not to release the Smarter Balance Assessment test results.

Why is the governor calling the shots on releasing state student testing results ? 

Seattle NAACP supports Opt-Out! I Shame on Wilmington Delaware brothers and sisters!

Delaware Godfather of Delaware charter schools and Kilroy agree on one thing re: school choice transportation

The Red Clay school board voted unanimously to submit its choice-based Neighborhood Schools Act plan to the state Board of Education with the apparent expectation that it will require General Assembly support to implement. The earliest it could go into effect is September, 2003.

Another provison calls for “state-funded transportation” for ‘choice’ students. The state’s public school choice law presently requires that students not attending the school to which they are assigned using traditional attendance zones must provide their own transportation. Red Clay pays for some, but not all, such transportation with local funds.

Board president William Manning said a choice program is “meaningless” without a transportation component because, as a practical matter, poorer students are unable to take advantage of it.

By Delafourm

I’ll repeat my contention that to reduce de facto segregation in Red Clay our legislators must provide Choice transportation funding for Wilmington Red Clay students to level the equity field. Also, give Red Clay city middle and high school students first choice of suburban middle and high schools student over in-district suburban students and siblings with accommodating transportation. 

And the Don goes on to say;

 Manning said he finds it ironic that people are objecting to the district’s choice arrangement on the grounds that it will foster racial resegregation. Inability to attend schools where they wanted their children to go was the underlying motive for black parents to file the suits which led to both the desegregation of Delaware public schools and the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, he noted.

“What surprises me is criticism which now said giving people a choice is a bad thing,” he said.

So now we’re at a point where Christina’s city schools are being “forced” on Red Clay. No court yet but at the hands of Governor Markell and city leaders who are creating their own stoical justice. For the record, there is no re-segregation of public schools in Delaware because of school Choice law even and the Neighborhood Schools Act. What we have is “de facto” segregation due to the inequities in Choice transportation. One must ask, why do Red Clay’s two magnet schools receive transportation funding if both those schools are “all choice”. meaning no feeder-pattern? 

Fair warning to Red Clay school board, as you see our state legislators created Choice schools that left an equity divide and you can bet the farm Red Clay will be holding the $$$$$$$$$ bag on taking-over Christina city schools!    

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History lesson for Red Clay School Board and the Wilmington cowards

CHAPTER 287

FORMERLY

HOUSE SUBSTITUTE NO. 1

FOR

HOUSE BILL NO. 300

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 9

§ 223. Wilmington Neighborhood Schools Committee.

(a) The Wilmington Neighborhood Schools Committee shall consist of seventeen (17) members as follows:

(1) Two members designated by the Mayor of the City of Wilmington;

(2) Three members designated by the President of City Council for the City of Wilmington;

(3) One member designated by the Governor with such member being a resident of the City of Wilmington;

(4) One member designated by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate with such member being a resident of the City of Wilmington;

(5) One member designated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives with such member being a resident of the City of Wilmington;

(6) Two members representing the Wilmington business community designated by the Mayor;

(7) One member from a community based organization designated by the Mayor;

(8) One member from a community based organization designated by the President of City Council;

(9) One member from each of the four school boards with such persons serving from a Wilmington nominating district; and

(10) One member residing in the City of Wilmington and representing the New Castle County Vo-Tech School District.

(b) Each member shall serve at the pleasure of the holder of the office or the entity having the authority to appoint the member to the Committee. The Chairperson of the Committee shall be designated by the Mayor from the seventeen members and serve as Chairperson at the pleasure of the Mayor. The majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum and no motion or resolution of the Committee may be adopted without the approval of a majority of its members.

(c) The Committee shall not be compensated but shall be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary travel expenses incurred in connection with the performance of its official duties. Funding for the research and analysis required by this section shall also be provided by the Department of Education.

(d) The Committee shall review and analyze current public school feeder patterns, current resource allocations among the districts, current populations of children residing in the City of Wilmington attending public schools and population projections for children residing in the City of Wilmington likely to attend public schools in the future.

(e) Based on the information and analysis, the Committee shall submit recommendations to the Mayor of the City of Wilmington and the City Council by January 3, 2001 concerning the creation of a Wilmington School District, neighborhood schools within the current district configurations or neighborhood schools under some alternative district configuration. The recommendations shall identify specific time-lines for implementation as well as specific actions, legislative or otherwise, required to implement the recommendations. The recommendations shall also estimate the costs or savings both in terms of capital expense and/or operational expense based on existing unit count allocations and the required local match. Prior to submitting the recommendations, the Committee shall hold at least five (5) public hearings to take testimony and questions from members of the public and other interested stakeholders.

(f) Upon review and consideration of the Committee’s recommendations, the City Council and the Mayor of the City of Wilmington shall forward their plan on behalf of the City of Wilmington to the General Assembly by March 15, 2001. The plan shall identify specific time-lines for implementation as well as specific actions, legislative or otherwise, required to implement the recommendations. The plan shall also estimate the costs or savings both in terms of capital expense and/or operational expense based on existing unit count allocations and the required local match. The General Assembly shall act on the plan by June 30, 2001.

And the action the legislators took was, defer final decision to the Delaware State Board of Education who let Red Clay manipulate process allowing them to deny Wilmington’s children traditional “neighborhood”  middle and high schools. However, Red Clay continues to add more suburban elementary schools that serve predominately white students. Red Clay continues to have seats open in Red Clay city elementary schools but won’t dare bus suburban students to those schools. At the end of the day it comes down to, the hell with fair and equitable education for city children. 

Red Clay School District takeover of Wilmington Christina schools does nothing to address de facto segregation

Call me what you want but, long before the public and many legislators grasp the political agenda buried deep in Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment John Young and I were firing the warning shots!  We had the foresight to see the Washington and Wall Street Trojan Horse coming. Our school union leaders and administration also knew these programs were tainted! They did so to go along to get along and yes indeed where held $$$ hostage by the likes of Governor Markell. But they knew! And indeed there was that “limo deal”.  

I am here to tell you, the plan to have Red Clay Consolidated  Schools District take ownership of struggling schools within Christina School District located in Wilmington Delaware is a major social train wreck in the making! 

Hear me out ! With the inception of charter schools, choice schools and expansion of magnet schools that are supported by laws such as the charter school legislation and Neighborhood Schools Act, the city of Wilmington schools including charter school located in the city have returned to minority population pre-court order desegregation aka to whites force busing levels!

I don’t oppose school student population racially reflective of surrounding neighborhoods. However what Delaware lawmakers created with the help of their white affluent supporters whom a few notables help craft the charter school law, neighborhoods school laws and Choice school laws seeded de facto segregation.   

Force busing has not ended! Minority middle and high school Red Clay students living in Wilmington Delaware are forced to ride the bus to suburban Red Clay middle and high schools. Why? Because Red Clay refuses to create traditional middle and high schools within the city of Wilmington. But yet even with empty seats in Red Clay city elementary schools, Red Clay continues to build new suburban elementary schools. They’ll  tell the public they are required to do so per the Neighborhood Schools Act. It seems the NSA benefits white suburban students more so than black Wilmington children.

Yea yea, Kilroy, don’t you know per Delaware’s Choice School Law students anywhere in the state can choose their school? Sound good on paper and when Governor Markell tells the world. However, without choice transportation there is an equity divide. If a parent doesn’t have adequate personal transportation needed as required by the School Choice law  to transport their child to and from feeder bus-stops within the Choice school, or directly to and from the Choice School, their child cannot participate.  Then there are the specific interest enrollment requirement for some charter and magnet schools that are based on intelligence and talent that must be proven during the application process. Folks our most neediest students many of high poverty minorities are locked out of  some of the most successful public funded schools.

I am here to tell you, the merger of Christina’s Wilmington Delaware  into Red Clay Consolidated School District will be a social train wreck! Will Red Clay create city “traditional”  middle and high schools?? HELL NO!  

Red Clay failed to meet federal achievement benchmarks in their city schools to a point a priority school plan was forced on them that give the Delaware Department of Education a direct say in day to day school operation. This the same DE DOE that had it’s charter schools unit implode causing a moratorium on new charter schools.

Folks Red Clay district leadership will cave to a blueprint re: takeover of Wilmington schools that will have no concrete plan and no defined sustainable funding streams. Red Clay will be knocking on local taxpayers’ door to fund another politically seeded agenda.

To Red Clay board members, I tell  you now is the time to put aside egos and personal differences and stand shoulder-to-shoulder and not agree to any MOU or plan that leads the way for a Red Clay takeover Christina schools unless a clear blueprint with funding is approved by the local taxpayers! What I am say, put the question to a referendum vote and if the public says no, let the local politicians take the heat! What is about to happen isn’t just a defining moment is of your board leadership but a defining moment for you as a person! And that position could haunt you the rest of your life! Please set the district leadership straight as to what is required! If there is push back then fire all the bastards! Always remember, the superintendent and district administrators  serve at the pleasure of  school board!    

Wilmington Delaware should be stripped of it’s charter ! Relax Publius not that charter !

Wilmington Delaware’s community leaders supporting handing over city schools to Red Clay School District should also consider demanding the surrender the charter that incorporates them as a city. 

The righteous brother and sisters who want to stripped Christina School District of their city schools because of the failures of state legislators and governors who crafted charter school laws undermining the foundation of Christina need to be held accountable for the deaths of those killed in street violence.

The murder rate in the City of Wilmington  should be a crime in itself whereas city leaders should be charged! Years and years of playing politics and not giving the Wilmington Police Department the tools to do their jobs is shameful. Just and schools need more teachers, Wilmington Police Department need more police men and women! City leaders fail to support the backs on those putting their lives on the line and fail to address the fair and equitable education needs of city children !

The evidence is clear, coward city leaders can’t even man-up and take control of “their” public schools. They rather outsource them to Red Clay Consolidated School, a district where many high needs schools are on the verge of state takeover!

At the end of the day, it comes down to this, Wilmington leaders don’t want the responsibility of overseeing public schools located in their charter and as far as street crime, the body bags tells that story.

Wilmington schools need more teachers and paraprofessional and Wilmington’s police need more boots on the ground! More task-force committees are nothing more then city leaders scapegoating their responsibility.      

To my brother John Young! Thank you !

Perseverance brother John! Thank you for the kind words! 

Did Wilmington’s self-appointed civil rights leaders pick a new king? Red Clay failed city schools and the reward is more city schools to fail?

MarkellMLKCrownWake up good brothers and sisters! Red Clay sold their Washington Street district offices to purchase Brandywine Springs Elementary School after the voters vote “NO” twice on a referendum to raise money to buy it! Red Clay says, the Neighborhood School Act forced their hand.  Red Clay built two more elementary schools and add a magnet all choice high school (Conrad) in the suburbs. Red Clay has no traditional middle or high schools in the city of Wilmington ! Busing unfavorable to whites in Red Clay has ended. However, force busing still exists for Wilmington Red Clay students to middle and high schools outside their neighborhood know as Wilmington to Red Clay suburban schools. 

Brothers and sisters of Wilmington do you really think Red Clay has the capacity of love and compassion to better serve Wilmington’s children by adding more Wilmington schools?  

Good brothers and sisters which king is yours?       

Race to The Top union MOU vote ! Water under the bridge! Let it go Kilroy ! Yea right !

RTTT SYRINGE

Delaware Governor Markell Vetoes Testing Opt-out Bill as predicted!

Markell vetoes Delaware testing opt-out bill  Matthew Albright, The News Journal

Gov. Jack Markell has vetoed a controversial bill that would allow parents to pull their kids out of the state’s standardized test.

Did you honestly think he would support it ?

Markell has opposed the bill since its inception and rallied business and civil rights leaders against it.

Is that “rallied” or “Ra$$ied” ?

In a press release, a group of Wilmington civil rights advocates praised Markell’s decision. They included Deborah Wilson, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League; Maria Matos, president and CEO of the Latin American Community Center; H. Ray Jones Avery, executive director of the Christina Cultural Arts Center; and New Castle County Councilman Jea Street.

Maria Matos = RODEL

H. Raye Jones Avery = RODEL 

Rep Kim Williams is true to her mission going back to a Red Clay school board candidate

Yep Kim Williams was an average mom getting involved is her children’s schools and expanding to the district level. And today this lady is true to the core! Many in Dover fear real transparency whereas Kim embraces it. Of all the newbies in public office Kim has the right stuff to possibly be the governor of Delaware. Maybe not next year but soon after. She would be a shoe-in for Lt. Governor. Kim a democrat is always ready to work with any republican who wants to deliver real transparency of government and  public education. Kim is very appealing to independent voters and disenfranchised republican. Kim lives is the real world, well centered but stays true to her core values and respect values of others. And you can bet those with well establish power in her own party are keeping an eye on her! What I admire about her the most is, when the closure of GM Boxwood plant rocked her family’s world she and her husband grabbed on to each other and forged new careers in real-estate. I do believe you can call it grit! Keep up the great work Kim !   

Letter sparing between Red Clay, DE DOE and Gov Markell

Exclusive: Red Clay & Delaware DOE Letters You Have To See To Believe! Must Read!!!!! by Exceptional Delaware 

Visit Exceptional Delaware to see the entire letter exchanges here …..

From DE DOE’s letter to Red Clay:

Financials

As previously discussed, Highlands ES, Warner ES, and Shortlidge ES will each receive $1,000,000 over the next three years. This funding will be disbursed quarterly, as we confirm that Red Clay is making progress and meeting commitments outlined under the MOU and school plans. In addition, please ensure that you have allocated at least 10% of your Title I funds to your three Priority Schools, beyond the allocation the schools have received historically.

Folks, Red Clay Federal Title 1 Funding for FY16 is $5,409,873.00. 10% of that = $541,00.00. This money will be taken from other Red Clay Title 1 funded non-priority schools and distributed to Highlands, Warner and Shortlidge over and above their normal Title 1 funding! We’re talking a good chunk of $$$ taken from other Red Clay Title 1 schools. Red Clay board was never informed by district admins about this little $$$ catch. Yes Ms. Thompson you and the other board members were “duked”.  

Red Clay’s letter to Governor Jack Markell:

The Department of Education, however, has not kept the same commitments and we have reached a point of critical impasse. After the initial planning money, no funding has been provided nor has there been any affirmation or commitment to fund the plans. In our minds, it is unconscionable for the Department of Education to lead our communities to believe our highest needs students would receive support and not deliver on those promises. The MOU specified funding allocations would be provided 30 days after the MOU was signed which would have been February 19, 2015. We are now in the middleof May and must make critical decisions for planning for the upcoming year

BEACH OF CONTRACT ON DE DOE’S PART! 

As we struggle through the Priority School process, the difficulties we have encountered with the Department of Education (timeline completion) and the uncertainty in fundinghave shaken our very trust and confidence in working collaboratively with the state on the larger issues facing students in the City of Wilmington.  The district and school board(resolution attached) cannot in any way support the recommendations of the Wilmington Education Accountability Committee without knowing first hand we have the resources and commitments to serve our current students and schools. If we cannot resolve thissues of the three priority schools, how will we work in a collaborative manner to deal with the larger issues of the City of  Wilmington? 

Sincerely,Mervin B. Daugherty, Ed.D. Kenneth Rivera, President RCCSD Superintendent RCCSD Board of Education pc: Secretary of Education Mark MurphRCCSD Board of Education RCCSD Cabinet

More proof Red Clay leadership lacks the capacity to entertain expanding it’s  district boundaries to add some of Christina’s at risk Wilmington schools.

One thing for sure is, Red Clay’s board better get a grip on “control”. Now is the time to stand shoulder to shoulder and do what’s right for Red Clay students and taxpayers. The super and all his knights serve a the pleasure of the board! 

Red Clay board members bitch-slaps Merv over WEAC and more!

School board members are raising major concerns about Red Clay taking over Christina schools in which the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee is calling for!  In a nutshell Red Clay doesn’t have the capacity to effectively take over Christina’s Wilmington school! It seems Merv is in the surrender mode whereas can’t fight Dover. But school board members particularity Rivera and Thompson are demanding answers to question as to what about funding?? 

Thompson called out Merv on priority school funding Markell promised for Red Clay’s priority schools. Well guess what! The ain’t no state funding! The Money Markell was blowing his horn about is reallocating Red Clay “district” Title 1 funding shifting more to the priority schools aka no schools of greatest needs and less to other Title 1 programs throughout the district! It’s a fucking $$$ shell game!  

Thompson is on the ball! Merv said “I don’t know where it’s coming from” re: Priority funding! Big confusing on where the priority funding is coming from! So in the meantime the district must back-fill Priority Schools with local and Title 1 funding until Markell delivers on his promise!  Thompson says, ” I feel duked”. 

As far as Red Clay taking over Christina’s Wilmington’s school, board member Thompson said, there should be referendum to redistrict.  Makes sense to me!  

Mark my words! If Red Clay takes on some of Christina’s Wilmington schools Red Clay will implode under the weight! More referendum!  Not enough money to maintain current programs! RED CLAY DOES NOT HAVE THE CAPACITY to handle more school particularly high needs schools.

Other news, Conrad didn’t receive state funding for their wellness center.