Today is September 30, the date the student count for this school year is due. Surely the Red Clay community won’t know the data until the next Red Clay school board meeting .
I am sure will have a parade of teachers and union representatives rasing concern about oversize classes and like clockwork we’ll hear all about the reasoning the district can’t meet the letter of the law. The vote for the waiver which my call will be unanimous will be made in November’s board meeting re: Action Items A. The class size issue will only be an information item at October’s board meeting.
I don’t blame Red Clay or any other district for taking the “legal” waiver because this is where the legislators failed. The legislators knew the districts would require more space in some schools and not putting a waiver in would pretty much put an end to the choice school law that compounds the problem.
Years ago I sat through board meetings being fed information from the Red Clay School Board that they couldn’t meet the class size law because they don’t have the space. This was one of there sales pitch in an attempt buy back Brandywine Springs Elementary School. The community via referendum vote no twice to the purchase of Brandywine. The board got “creative” and sold the district administration offices located on Washington Street in Wilmington. With a little help from state legislation giving permission to use the funds from the sale which secured the states share of the rejected referendums capital expense, the board got their way. The administration move into the annex building of Brandywine. What seems like dog shit is the original sales pitch for Brandywine was the district needed space to meet the class size law. However, last year Warner Elementary School failed to meet the class size law even when the build was being used at 51% capacity. Seems the real agenda is clear as black and white.
Red Clay’s failure to meet the class size law is in part due to poor management by the district and poor oversight by the board. Red Clay’s mismanaged choice program created much of the problem with meeting the law. This year they’ll play the economy card where students were forced back in public schools due to parents financial inability to send their kids to private schools.
I support choice school however, we must stick to designed school capacity for the sake of instructional needs and building service needs. Not to forget safety.
I hope the new board doesn’t find excuses blaming others why they can’t meet the law and reflect inwards as what they are doing to hamper that effort. Addressing building capacity was a good start. But we back to Warner and sorry ass board excuses for not meeting class sizes in a school operation at 51% capacity will not cut it. The board can’t say one year we don’t have the physical space and then when there is space use some lame ass excuse blaming Dover. The cost of the 6 Teacher for America Teachers at Warner is up to $100,000.00 ( see TFA contract) over and above normal scale slaries. Surely we could add one more teacher at Warner for that $100,000.00. Giving the poor black schools the least qualified teachers aka TFA and stick it to them in the back short-changing them on meet the class size law in a building with plenty of space is a social injustice. Put TFA in North Star or Brandywine and there would be a community uprising.
Red Clay is in fact on its way to improvement but I am not ready to proclaim Red Clay is now fixed. This is no time for the watchdogs to go to sleep and more the time to stand guard.
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Like a broken record, I am here to tell you, it was the business roundtable who gave us DSTP and it is the business round table that is trying to shove Vision 2015 up our asses.
Try it this way, why is that the taxpayers of Delaware who provide the state with over one billion dollars in local and state taxes have less say in education than Rodel and organizations such as Teach for America?
DSEA may suck at times however, those on the far right and suck-ass senior school administrators want to blame unionized public school teachers for “all” the failures is public education. As far as Red Clay, we need to keep Merv’s butt as far away as possible from getting in bed with the business round table and Red Clay school board needs to wake the fuck up and keep an eye on Merv’s relationship with the reckless underground department of education. When indiviudals and businesses give schools donations there shouldn’t be strings attached such as a say in how to run the school. This is fine for charter schools but not traditional public schools.
The way our state government caters to lobbyists and business leaders the only defense worker have is to be unionized. Why in the hell do we want a president of a bank dictating public education? I have my reservations about unions however, can we really trust our government and business profiteers?
I agree, I am not the brightest and certianly can be an ass at times but, we’ve allowed all the experts with PhDs to dictate policies governing education in the curriculum, instruction and the behavior management of students. What have we gotten in return for paying all these managers of education?
Even with a simple GED and a pocketful of college credits I can tell you education should be driven based on classroom needs upwards. Those who are not teaching in the classroom should be the support network of those who are. Form some classrooms they are like an island on fire and ships pass by without offering aid. Principals tell distressed teacher their hands are tied, so suck it up. Principals are in fear of getting fired and black-balled from the district for letting the truth be known. Others won’t rock the boat because it will alter their career advancement motives. Yet, I assure you, building administrators in schools with TFA’s will provide shining reports as not to upset the political agendas. Those who dare to be even objective will be reassigned.
In ten years government will be coming up with yet another plan to close the achievement gap. Rotating TFA teachers in and out of school every two years will not support longterm goals and continuity in educating students. In deed we need to purge the dead wood ( ineffective teachers) however chastising the good with the bad isn’t the answer. Once we stop labeling schools with failure signs perhaps we can require teacher to teach where they are assigned and not bump their was out of so-called failing schools. Paying highly qualified teachers more to teach in high poverty schools is noble however, many would rather have a greater support network and eqitiablilty in resources.
I might be a radical and yes a bit short in the literary skills but because of some great public schools teachers I have enough skills to make and effort to give back. Accuse me of telling lies and distortations but, I am unlike those in the education system who know the truth but cover the lies. My christian cross may be tarnished but a man who carries his shining cross and professes his soul to Christ will have more to answer at the pearly gates if he lives the lies.
If the business community wants to really help reform public education then provide funding that will be use for supplemental teachers to help reduce class sizes and make damn sure it’s not being used as supplant funding. Lowering class sizes has been a proven means of rasing student achievement no matter if they are rich or poor.
Hey Skipper, perhaps you can donate all those f’ed up ATM fees to Delaware classrooms. Hey Rodel, trying using your money to buy some supplemental teachers not politicians. Hey Arne Duncan, stay in Washington, D.C. and use the saving to purchase some supplemental teaching units. Jack, Jack, Jack ! Open your eyes and read between the lines. Increase funding to adjust the allocation of teaching units within our high poverty schools. The only way you’re going to close the achievement gap is to fill it with “qualified” teachers not some greenhorns.
Pualh, your blog may be a poster child for proper english and grammar however, it lacks heart and real passion. You would be a far greater assets to the community if you were an independent education consultant. You have outstanding leadership skills but they are being held hostage by your boss’s delusional ambitions.
Yo ! Shark Boy, what happen to that sitdown we were going to have? You’re not the villian!