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!
Taxing soda and other sugary drinks will help reduce obesity which in turn will help reduce diabetes which will help reduce healthcare cost. If that don’t work the government will tax parents for having fat kids.
The United States government is taxing themselves right into a revolution. The arm of the federal government is getting way to long and infringing on the daily life and existence of all Americans.
What next, will the state governments come into school and weigh your children like livestock? Tax fat teachers for being poor role models? OMG, will the government disallow sodas to be paid for with food stamps?
I have no doubt The Rodel Foundation and Arne Duncan with Jack Markell in tow will get their noses is the fat issue. I can hear it now, “ Our kids can’t compete in a global economy if they can’t get their fat asses out the door.”
Yea yea it’s all about saving lives and the government has a responsibility. So why not tax DuPont for dumping all those cancer causing chemical agents into the environment? Do you really need to use Teflon laced car wax that erodes off between applications. The shit doesn’t just disappear; it ends up in your drinking water.
How about taxing the rich ass slumlords who screw over the less fortunate? Maybe adding a “land pig tax” for those who build homes on more than an half acre of land?
Will Markell order all soda machines out of all state buildings including schools? That’s a 50/50 call and most likely if Skip from WSFS orders him to.
I had a nightmare that Mike Matthews was hired by Obama to be his Fat Czar. Within the first week there was a scandal, Mike Mattews was busted for having Cheese Combos in his desk drawer. His response was, well I did wash them down with diet ice tea.
Let’s hope Jack Buckley Red Clay’s new school board president don’t get any wild ideas like putting a treadmill down the aisle of the buses so that the students can run on to turn the wheels of the bus. Save on fuel and reduce student fat!
DSEA is gearing up to fight any attempts to force teachers to lose weight. They’ll go along only if the teacher get a wage increase equal to the percentage of body fat they lose.
Do not mess with President Obama
There was a time Kilroy’s Delaware was quite a place for Red Clay drama to be played out. Not only did the people leaving comments took it too far re: personal attacks so did Kilroy.
Much of the drama was a result of the school board failing to live up to their responsibility in that they failed to hold anyone accountable for the Red Clay financial meltdown. However, the community did speak buy ousting board members. The community also stepped up to bailing the sorry ass board out with an operation referendum. The board felt the referendum was approved because they were doing a good job! Talk about lame!
The Red Clay community has this particular pattern where when things are obvious wrong they step up and speak out. However, after the community’s say the little town of Red Clay goes back to sleep. The failures in Red Clay School District are the result of a failed community who only engages after the fact.
I move my blog to Worldpress because the drama and even my focus became ridicules. I didn’t have a problem with the attacks on me but with anonymous cowards who attack parties within Red Clay. At least what I had to say was put out for all to see knowing who I was. Much of what I had to say on Kilroy’s was also repeated to the community during public board session “and” face to face to administrators and board members. Sometimes the “fuck you” I notated on Kilroy’s was delivered in person face to face to those parties. There is an ugliness within public education that is covered by smiles on the outside. Those Red Clay educators who speak out against Red Clay pretty much ended their climb on the career ladder that would lead to an administration job. Also, many administrators who kept the mouth shut and turned a blind eye so that they could move up the ladder were reward via the superintendent’s personal reward system.
The dynamics of Fix Red Clay blog has changed and it is not the time for those who care about the issues to go away. I am committed to support Red Clay’s positive direction however I am not in the position to kiss their ass.
The community needs a place to freely network and vent. However, Kilroy’s isn’t the place to come just to shit. I honestly respect those who stay anonymous fearing for their jobs. But those who play the anonymous card to leave their cowardly comments can kiss my ass!
I moved to this blog hosting site to Worldpress in order to control the comments that attack the person beyond the issues. The sick sexual shit who is fucking who in Red Clay has no place here or any other blog. I get blame as if I made those comments because I wasn’t quick enough to delete them. Not that I could be held libel for other’s comments but I had to pull the plug on that bullshit to protect those making the comments.
So where do we go from here? To leave a comment on Kilroy’s you have to be approved and once you are all comments are allowed. For those who are not approved your comments will be read first and then allowed public.
The key is to attack the opinions and views of other bloggers, board members, administrators and other subject without personally attacking them out of context of the issue. However, if you want to cross the line then leave your name. What about me Kilroy? Yea I might make comments that Governor Jack Markell is kissing Rodel’s Vision 2015 ass or call him an ass-kisser in doing so. I might say Arne Duncan U.S. Secretary of Education is an asshole. However, once again it’s no secret as to who I am.
The Red Clay board and administrators may be rejoicing that Fix Red Clay appears to be subdued and Kilroy’s has become a bit passive and Down with Absolutes is no more. However, I am not about to let the often sleepy town of Red Clay fall back to sleep. We must keep the district and its board’s feet to the fire and that includes Kim and Eric. It’s not an issue of trying to burn them but just to let them know that the days of the old guard is over. But do make not, the old guard delivered what they were elected to do and that includes charter and magnet schools many enjoy. Also, building new schools and bringing back Brandywine ELS despite non approval of the community at large. The overall failure of the old guard was not seeing the overall impact on Red Clay that allowed some students the means of escapee of the so-called failing system while others were negatively impacted especially our African-American students. Racism has become very sophisticated to a point the fox rubs perfume on his ass to cover his stench.
Red Clay is a diverse community of people and all must be served equally not giving one group advantage over another. Those in Red Clay administration who gave their allegiance to the cross better stay within that light and not stray into the political evils. Do not carry the cross in one hand holding high over your head while holding a dagger in the other.
Teach for America is an evil political seed that has be given a political ticket to enter Red Clay and its sheep have well intentions. However, its sheepherders wear the skins of political wolves. If we demand full financial transparency of government and public schools in Delaware we must ask the same of those third party supplemental education providers receiving public tax dollars. Our state legislators need to take a position of enacting laws requiring those who want to do business in Delaware schools to show their financial hands just as our public schools. Teach for America receives millions of dollar via the United State Department of Education, private grants and donation and we must ask what the fuck are they doing charging Red Clay $100,000.00 a year over and above the salaries and benefit of their teachers doing work in education? Also, these TFA teachers receive $9400.00 after a two year commitment from the federal government to pay off student loans or use for future tuition. The unit cost of the TFA teachers far exceeds that of their Red Clay peers.
Why is our state legislators passing education legislation that is not fully funded which forces the financial burden on the local taxpayers that is circumventing the local referendum process? Why isn’t there a requirement that all Delaware legislation dealing with public education have the funding sources notated on the proposed legislation?
Red Clay is far from being “fixed” and many of those cracks are beyond Red Clay reach. House Bill 119 appeared to be good legislation but look how some charter schools such as Odyssey Charter School sticks their ass in the face of the this legislation and their oversight authority Red Clay’s face. The law is the law but yet it doesn’t apply to government agencies as it does people. I run a red light in front of a policeman and I get a ticket. Odyssey sticks their ass in Red Clay’s and the state’s face and nothing happens.
Yea, Kilroy is rambling his ass off today but my point is, there are many issues that require us to involve ourselves. You don’t have to support me but you need to know there are concerning issue sout there that need your involvement
Now for real, if Kilroy’s enjoys all the drama I would go back to the old blog hosting site. I say what I have to say and it does get raw and though education appears to be all professionals the fact remains you are just seeing the window treatments.
Feel free to leave comments or if you have a post of ideal for one let me know. If you want to talk about who is fucking who in Red Clay I don’t care to hear it. If you want to just outright attack teachers or administrators by name I don’t want to hear it. It you want to call other people leaving comments assholes I don’t want to hear. I you want to come here and vent tactful even with a raw edge then come on in. Kilroy’s isn’t going anywhere and I will continue to express my concerns about Red Clay’s directs anytime I want. FYI all, Red Clay is a fine school district with a lot to offer through invention but its flaw is delivering all the innovation in an equitable way. Saying here is it is come get know there are barriers for many is only an excuse to service children of the more affluent.
One more thing, did anyone see that $60,000.00 independent audit ordered early this year by the Red Clay School Board for the “school year 2008”? Perhaps the board back down knowing the controlled audit was a scam and had nothing to do with exposing the truth about the financial meltdown. Person, I opposed it and felt the $60,000.00 would be a waste and only meant to stroke the ego of the school board as some justification they are doing a good job. The $60,000.00 could have been better served going towards hand sanitizer. Will someone please direct me to that report?