I am not endorsing Bill Lee but he’s is the only candidate saying, “how are you going to pay for it.” In my opinion, taxes will have to be raised within the next four years plans or not plans!
Education; soon the SEED program will come to an end! Minner made promises that can not be sustained. Furthermore, the truly poor can get federal education assistance to cover the cost of Del-Tech’s tuition. Not that I want to see this program go but, let’s get real.
Though I’ve warmed up to Rodel’s Vision 2015 but without financial reform of the school district including full financial transparency Rodel might need to consider changing the name of Vision 2015 to Vision 2025. It’s no going to happen without funding! Jack Markell has the best plan for education reform and I am sure he knows without funding his book is just paper!
Charter schools, without financial reform even charter schools will suffer. Educational budget cuts do impact charter schools. Maybe when the First Responder Charter School opens they can teach their Jr. CIA insurgence tactical team how to raid DOE mainframe to transfer funds from Red Clay’s account to their school. It’s going to be bleak for even charter school start up. Those 8 charter schools under academic review and academic watch should look forward and develop transition plans to get their students back in public schools. Keep an eye of Academy at Dover Charter School.
Red Clay, you can bet your ass that Choice Transportation will be Axed. There will be no choice in the matter. Because of Red Clay’s lies and hidden agendas the board was forced to keep current policy in place. The board should have voted on a 5 year plan to eliminate it. Red Clay finances look good and God himself must have touched Red Clay because last February the projected June 30, 2008 carryover balance was predicted to be $260,000.00 but with divine intervention the actual carryover was $4,600,000.00. Those of you who were at September’s board meeting may have heard the board president asked the CFO who twice said the carryover was $2,500,000.00 say, but your presentation (pointing to the overhead PowerPoint presentation) indicates $4,600,000.00! Response was, O that figure includes state and local funds! Many smelled a rat!
Red Clay will be seeking another referendum within another 3 years and marked my words without full financial transparency there will be a community revolution. The, “It’s for the kids” card see its days!
It sucks that Charter School of Wilmington will have to pay rent but it sucks that all charter schools pay rent or mortgage. Just as parents know in the Red Clay elementary school Choice program, transportation is own you because you agreed to the Choice condition, charter schools know the rules prior to filling applications. So coming back after the fact crying it’s not fair is bullshit!
State workers, thank you for your services but my guess is about 1500 of you will be laid off in the first quarter of 2009! Our state’s tax receipts are sliding and the governor will not use the Rainy Day funds to save state jobs. I foresee an end to pension and 401k’s plans. It’s going to be one or the other not both. Employee healthcare contribution, the party is over and I feel bad for those state workers that will get boned like the rest of us.
State Legislators, please step up and take a 20% pay cut! Consider getting a part-time job. You’ll be a shoe in for greeters at Wal-Mart or BJ’s.
The bottom-line the State of Delaware is in a recession and the sooner this state government steps up and acts responsible the sooner we’ll get through it.
Minner will sit back and no make the hard decision and just shove the ball up the next governor’s ass! Markell, Lee, Copeland and Denn however are you going to pay for your dreams? How are you going to end this nightmare caused by Bush and Minner. Mr. Denn wants to stick it the middle-class who are paying out the ass to provide healthcare for their kids and wants the middle-class to pay to provide other better healthcare then what their own kids have.
Delaware Seniors the forgotten people! How much more can you turn back the heat or cut back on food. You’re getting to a point to choose between food and medication.
So folks as you hear the wonderful Delaware candidates spouting off how they are going to provided world class education and healthcare ask them, “how are you going to pay for it.” Having a plan without identified funding sources is just a dream.
Our state legislators need to go into emergency session and hammer out an open government legislation and full financial transparency legislation for public education effective July, 1, 2009. The political gridlock needs to end now!
Our state legislators need to get back to work now! Sorry I am asking you to go into emergency session but our state is in crisis and you have a ressponsibility!