$29 million in education cuts leave little for Vision 2015 initiative
By JENNIFER PRICE • The News Journal • May 24, 2008
“The Vision 2015 reform effort lost what little state money it had coming next fiscal year after lawmakers trimmed about $29 million from the education budget this week.”
“Paul Herdman, president of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, which helped develop Vision 2015, said the state should be focusing on long-term solutions, and not short-term changes.”
“Though Herdman understands the constraints of a budget crisis, he also sees an opportunity to look at how the state maximizes every dollar going to educate Delaware children. He points to the many cost savings identified in the Leadership for Education Achievement in Delaware report released earlier this year. The governor-commissioned committee, which found up to $158 million in annual savings, made recommendations including consolidation of purchasing and coordination of administrative services among districts. Other Leadership for Education Achievement in Delaware suggestions, such as exploring the consolidation of school districts and offering employees retirement plans such as 401(k)s instead of pension plans, would take more time and political will to accomplish”.
Don’t worry Mr. Herdman, if Jack Makell gets elected he will take care of your Rodel and Vision 2015. After all, the Rodel founder gave Markel major campaign contributions.
I agree Jack Markell is a outstanding business man. However what do businessmen like jack do best? Yep, take care of other businessmen.
I am glad to see John Carney step out of Minner’s shadows, The reason I’ve been hard on John Carney is because he didn’t step out of Minner’s shadow and presented himself as her political clone.
Folks get it straight there in not a Minner / Carney administration. There never was, Minner calls all the shot and John Carney had no voice.
John Carney support Rodel’s Vision 2015. However he is no fool and knows the cost constraints. John Carney has a network of really community-minded people surrounding him. Carney has the network of money-bags who are looking for polical favors in return for the support such as Rodel.
At this point if I were to jump political ship I would Jump on the Carney Bandwagon. However, all my trash talk against Carny in the past I’d get thrown off.
I’ve watch Carney and Markell go at and I honestly must say to Carney would be better for education. Little do many know John Carney publicly support the elimination of the 3 Tiered Diplomas and had his reservations about some components of DSTP.
Carney doesn’t owe Rodel anything however, he supports many of t he cost setting plans within the cost saving report that could save education $158,000,000.00. I think Carney would redirect that saving to educational programs at the classroom level.
The only way Rodel’s Vision 2015 will survive is if Markel wins and gives it CPR (Cash Promised Rodel)