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Monthly Archives: September 2009
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.
Driver’s Ed canceled due to the camel dying. Obama plans to send some American aid as an olive branch.
Obama need not worry about dictating to local school district and his dip-shit U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan need to revisit his so-called legacy in Chicago. Bit ironic that the first charter school to unionize is in Chicago.
Before any notion of extending the school year beyond what it is we need to address the out of control student behavior issue. We need stronger laws holding parents accountable. We need to get this asswhole Delaware business leaders to worry about thing like not screwing customers with ass-whole bank ATM fees and sorry-ass interest rates like lower for whites and higher for blacks.
I am starting to regret voting for Obama! The change he now wants to bring after being elected is a dictatorship. Mr. President, fix Washington before trying to fix Delaware.
No doubt Obama will create more stimulus to cover the added daycare cost associated with extending the school year. What about those low paid charter school teachers who work other jobs during the summer or Saturdays?
Mr. President, Iran just fired another missile telling you to kiss their ass! Just pick up the phone and call Israel and give them the green light to do the work you can’t. Take the ducktape off of Biden’s mouth and let him deal with Iran.
Arne Duncan perhaps you should discuss these plans with the real secretary of education, Wendy Kopp CEO Teach for America aka Mrs. Wendy Kopp Barth wife of Kipp CEO Richard Barth Jr. So Arne where did the $770,000.00 missing federal money given to Teach for America go? Don’t forget the try the Delaware Scrapple when you come visit Govenor Markell and the business folks pulling his strings.
Red Clay Now will be operated by blogger aka Red Clay School Board member Kim Williams. Kim as you know was one half of Fix Red Clay.
Red Clay Now blog hosting site will be Blogger so all you coward anonymous and district trolls can add your comments without exposing your name or I.P. Address.
I assume Fix Red Clay blog will be shut down / deleted or just left as is with no more additional post like a time capsule.
I hope Anne O’Malia resconsiders and keeps Fix Red Clay alive.
Local blogs have helpped keep Red Clay, other schools districts and legislators feet to the fire for meaningful change that includes parents. The odds are Kim Williams may have not been elected to the Red Clay School Board if it wasn’t for being a member of Fix Red Clay. So tune in tomorrow the 28th to Red Clay Now. I am sure Kim will explain what Red Clay Now will be all about.
Good luck Kim ! Anne please come home!
Always remeber the “public” in public school means you and public schools belong to us.
Release Date: Sep 22, 2009 10:07 AM
(Dover, DE.) The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the new statewide student assessment system known as the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS). The purpose of the RFP is to seek proposals from qualified Offerors experienced in online, web-based development, delivery and scoring systems in reading/English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
The online assessment system will consist of three components: (1) summative assessments for grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics; and two grades each for science and social studies; (2) summative end-of-course assessments for high school in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies; and (3) benchmark growth assessments for grades 2 through 10 in reading, mathematics, and optionally science.
The new assessment system will be piloted in Delaware schools in winter/spring 2010 and will be operational in the 2010-2011 school year. The Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) is still being administered throughout the 2009-2010 school year with the last DSTP administration scheduled for May 2010 when 8th and 11th graders will take the science and social studies tests.
Proposals are due from potential vendors no later than noon on Wednesday, October 21, 2009. Proposals will be evaluated by an RFP Review Committee assisted by several advisory groups who will make a recommendation to Secretary of Education Lillian M. Lowery, Ed.D.
The RFP is available in electronic format through the State of Delaware, Department of Education website at http://www.doe.k12.de.us/rfplisting or via the State of Delaware’s Procurement website at http://bids.delaware.gov/.
Delaware’s Department of Education is committed to promoting the highest quality education for every Delaware student by providing visionary leadership and superior service.
Delaware’s Department of Education is committed to promoting the highest quality education for every Delaware student by providing visionary leadership and superior service.
Contact Info. Ron Gough
For those who don’t know, Harcourt Assessment was the company that scored and scored the DSTP. I am calling it now that Harcourt assessment aka Pearson Assessment. DOE doesn’t want to let the evil genie out of the bottle.
Hey Dave, careful not to take part in those free steak dinners. I hear there is a rat in the house and I don’t want to see my old pal with his tail in the trap.
The Broad Foundation “Without the support of The Broad Foundation, we would not be where we are today. The foundation’s belief, not only in our particular model, but also in the importance of talent to the ultimate success of the education reform effort, has been catalytic. Time and again, we have turned to the foundation for its judgment, and we’ve come to expect that it will hold us to high standards. The impact of The Broad Foundation’s support will be felt in communities across America for a long time to come.”
“Today we have the opportunity to exercise unprecedented leadership. We have the chance—and the momentum, resources, and talent—to create a vision for public education in Delaware that will achieve world-class status by 2015,” said Marvin N.“Skip” Schoenhals, co-chair of both the Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee. “We can’t do anything less for our children; it’s an obligation and an opportunity that we hope everyone in Delaware will embrace.”
“The Rodel Foundation of Delaware and The Broad Foundation, based in Los Angeles, are supporting the development of the plan, which will serve as a prospectus for additional investments by national, state and local funders to ensure successful implementation.”
The Boston Consulting Group “The range of services we provide includes general strategy, postmerger integration work, organizational change, and corporate development, among others. We also partner regularly with public-sector clients to support a variety of projects/causes, including public education, global public health, and environmental conservation. Recent public sector partners include The Gates Foundation, The National Park Service, The Broad Foundation, The Rodel Foundation”
“A national foundation, The Broad Foundation (Los Angeles) is co-investing with the Rodel Foundation of Delaware in the development of the blueprint plan”
Rodel’s kiss ass letter to Arne Duncan keep kissing Paul
Education Week: Coalition Calls for Overhaul of Del. Education System“The Rodel Foundation gave $2.2 million to the project, and the Los Angeles-based Broad Foundation donated $1.35 million. …”
Jack wins the Rodel Foundation’s education debate — For a Better …Jack wins the Rodel Foundation’s education debate. by Jack Markell. More than 500 people packed the Grand Opera House on Thursday night to hear Jack’s bold …
Rodel Foundation Delaware : Media CenterTHE MIDDLETOWN TRANSCRIPT: “Markell administration looks to reform … THE MIDDLETOWN TRANSCRIPT: “Why the Rodel Foundation shares the vision for 2015″
Markell administration looks to reform education in DelawareFile Format:
Markell said. “This reform agenda gives districts room to innovate, instills greater …Dr. Paul A. Herdman, president and CEO of the Rodel Foundation of …
Jack Markell– Plan for Boradening the Reach of Higher Education JACK MARKELL’S PLAN FOR BROADENING THE. REACH OF HIGHER EDUCATION … The Rodel Foundation’s Opportunity Knocks study demonstrates that “our average …
Markell Blueprint Book FinalJack Markell’s Blueprint Book Politics-Campaigns-and-Elections. … students, and teachers, we can get there. issued by the Rodel Foundation on this topic …
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
The reason the Teacher for American contract with Red Clay was not approved by the board is because Red Clay administrators claimed it was a sole source services provider meaning it was unique and had no comparable competitor.
The law requires any contract over $50,000.00 must go out to bid and from those bid the board would review and approve.
“The New Teacher Project (TNTP) is a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the achievement gap by ensuring that high-need students get outstanding teachers. Founded by teachers in 1997, TNTP partners with school districts and states to implement scalable responses to their most acute teacher quality challenges. Since its inception, TNTP has trained or hired approximately 33,000 teachers, benefiting an estimated 4.8 million students nationwide. It has established more than 70 programs and initiatives in 28 states and published three seminal studies on urban teacher hiring and school staffing.”
“What’s inspiring about The New Teacher Project is its absolute refusal to be satisfied with the status quo or give up on urban and high-poverty schools. They know change is possible, and everything they do speaks to their determination to make it happen. “
The Education Trust
“TNTP is nationally recognized as an expert in teacher recruitment. We help our clients attract outstanding, diverse individuals who have the talent and desire to improve educational opportunities for disadvantaged children. We specialize in attracting new teachers for shortage-area subjects such as math, science and special education, and for high-need schools that are struggling to raise student achievement. We accomplish this through:”
- Establishing outcomes-based, data-driven recruitment campaigns
- Inspiring candidates with compelling, high-impact recruitment messages and materials, including interactive program websites
- Using a range of proven recruitment strategies that include internet marketing, candidate cultivation, print advertising, community outreach, and specially trained teacher recruiters
- Training full- and part-time recruiters to market the district effectively and employ our proven recruitment strategies
Constantly monitoring and adjusting the recruitment campaign to ensure the most cost effective use of limited resources
Wow this organization sounds a lot like Teach for American but I find one major difference. The New Teacher Project’s goal is assisting schools and school districts in finding long term teachers rather than short two year term teachers like Teach for America.
Red Clay was bent on appeasing political bedfellows, the controlling business community, the goals of Rodel and their Vision 2015 and local politicians such as Governor Markell who is pretty much in bed with The Rodel Foundation. The Red Clay contract with Teach for American is all about politics not establishing long term solution to addressing the needs of our most neediest students. Perhaps we should rotate our district superintendent’s position every three years.
Certain members of the Red Clay School Board were well aware of the administration’s goals and turned a blind eye allowing the superintendent to sign a $300,000.00 contract without board review or approval prior to signing.
I should have to go before the board and request that all contracts over $50,000.00 sole source providers or not be approved by the board. Common sense would suggest that this be a good idea.
I realize I am pissing in the wind here because the political forces behind reforming Delaware public schools are no match for local school boards. I could go to the State Auditor Tom Wagner and complain TFA was not a sole source provider, however, the political forces are way to big for him to deal with.
Mark my words, if Red Clay continues it’s relationship with Teach for America beyond the three year contract in which the taxpayers are being held hostage to, the taxpayers will not be happy. Teach for America was aduit by the United State Department of Education Inspector General who reveal $774,944.00 in unsupported financial discrepancies.
“Alarm bells start to go off usually when you start seeing a recipient of a grant or an earmark not being able to provide basic information,” said Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste.”Tax watchdog Paige says it’s astonishing that Teach for America has gotten so big without proper accounting systems.””How do you prove that what you are spending the money on is working?” Paige said.”After the audit, Teach for America tried handing over some newly-found documents, but it didn’t help. The Inspector General said they contained “significant discrepancies.”
It may be a great program,” says Paige, “but how would we know that because they don’t provide us any opportunity to gauge what they’ve done was legitimate. How do you prove that what you are spending the money on is working? And that what you are trying to achieve is actually being achieved if you can’t prove how you spent the money.”
Wakeup Red Clay School Board and take full control of Red Clay’s finances and focus on long term solutions addressing the needs of our poorest children. If we need to outsource teaching position I think this is a clear sign we need to outsource senior administration positions.
The bottom-line is Teach for America isn’t the only game in town that can meet the same needs. The Red Clay School Board was rolled under the bus and the taxpayers screwed out of $300,000.00. But what’s far worse is education certification standards in Delaware were lower to allow non highly qualifed indivdiuals not even certified teachers or education majors to service our Title 1 students. Also, parents of these children were not informed or given an option to approve this teaching method.
SEC. 1119. QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHERS AND PARAPROFESSIONALS.
(a) TEACHER QUALIFICATIONS AND MEASURABLE OBJECTIVES-
(1) IN GENERAL- Beginning with the first day of the first school year after the date of enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, each local educational agency receiving assistance under this part shall ensure that all teachers hired after such day and teaching in a program supported with funds under this part are highly qualified.
Federal law governing Title 1. Red Clay (Merv should have known) did not include Title 1 parents in the TFA decision.
SEC. 1118. PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT.
(a) LOCAL EDUCATIONAL AGENCY POLICY-
(1) IN GENERAL- A local educational agency may receive funds under this part only if such agency implements programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in programs assisted under this part consistent with this section. Such programs, activities, and procedures shall be planned and implemented with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.