The Peyton Place Red Clay bullshit is getting old. You have a hand full of us willing to walk the talk and speak out at board meetings and all these cowardly anonymous that likes to attack those of us who follow through on our word fail to show thier faces.
As far as Teach For America, be prepared for many years of them being with us because it appears our new superintendent is on board with TFA. I will continue to speak out on education issues such as TFA and state and local issues and laws impacting Delaware’s public education.
Title 1 is really where my heart is and I am hopeful Malik Stewart Red Clay’s new Manager of Title 1 effective July 01, 2009 will help carry the torch William Hicks Anderson lit. There are federal laws that ensure parents have the right to be involved in the design, implementation and review of Title 1 programs. I can tell you this, Title 1 parents were not involved in the decision making re: Teach For American. Red Clay feels federal funds are theirs to control and manipulate. However, federal laws dictates otherwise.
There are many racist stereo-types out there spouting off as why high poverty black children make up the largest portion students below the achievement gap. The reality is the poor minority children fail because their community leaders fail. Mayor Baker is on board with Teach For America and doesn’t have one f’ing clue what’s going on in public schools such as Red Clay. Has Mayor Baker ever attend a Red Clay school board meeting and address the Red Clay community? Fuck no! I see community leaders come out to school board meetings to help save a sister’s job but they don’t speak up for the inequities in black children’s education. When the superintendent made an admission that he employs teachers in Red Clay’s poorest schools less qualified than TFA’s non teaching majors the minority community leaders didn’t even blink. Warner schools is being allow to fail so that the Red Clay school board can close it and spilt the students up between Sortilege and Highlands. As Delaware College Preparatory charter school, a Red Clay chartered schools expands it will draw more students from Warner. Warner school building in underutilized as much as 50% and can’t even meet the class size law.
Malik has a great burden to carry as the keeper of Hick’s Anderson’s torch. For those who don’t know, William Hicks Anderson is pretty much the godfather of Title 1 going back to the early 1960 and Hicks was a true civil rights activist focusing on ending the inequalities in public schools. Hicks would march in the Red Clay superintendent’s office and hammer his fist on the super desk.
The National Coalition of Title 1 /Chapter 1 Parents roots are deep within the spirit of William “Hicks” Anderson and honor him at every one of their events. Each year this organization holds regional and national conferences and lately for 5 years Red Clay is reluctant to send Title 1 parents. Instead they would send Red Clay central administrators. These conferences are geared for parents and Title 1 teachers. The fee and travel are paid with federal funding not local funds. I assure you with Red Clay pissing away $300,000.00 on TFA as a political pay back for Jack Markell parents will not be going to these events. However, as one who carries one of “Hicks” torch I will be Maliks guardian angel and be up his ass to ensure “Title 1 Parents” attend these events. Malik touch base with Brooks Brother Blunt and he’ll tell you I’ll be on patrol. I can hear Lillian’s calls to Malik telling him, she warned him not to leave DOE and go to Red Clay with John Allison there dogging the district on Title 1. But I’ll give Malik credit because he knew me before taking the job as Red Clay’s Manager of Title 1. I know Ron Huston is down at DOE helping Malik clean out his desk. Ron don’t fill Malik’s head with bullshit on how to roll me under the bus. I’ll get Whiterspoon’s butt up here and straighten all your asses out and God help your asses if I get Ms. Crosby out to remind all of you of the law.
I hope the Twins are reading this about keeping dad’s dream alive because I have no intention to letting it die. I’ll have no problem being a thorn is Arne Ducan’s ass!
Malik you best keep a score card on the Red Clay Teach For American teachers because you’ll be the fall guy when the shit hits the fan. Title 1 dollars are being spent on TFA teachers that don’t meet the “Highly Qualified” rules for Tile 1. We’ll be coming for the documentation to substantiate expenditures of Title 1 funding and that goes for documentation on from TFA fron $300,000.00 Red Clay pissed away. Merv, I am here to tell you I have the energy. Red Clay Community Finance Review Committe I suggest you put a plan together on keep documentation on every penny assoicated with Teach For America because there “will” be questions. Jack Buckely new president of Red Clay school board the ball will be in your court.
Keep an eye out for communication from Washington, DC.