Monthly Archives: October 2009

Per Duncan Delaware is “lying” to our children.

Due to ‘No Child Left Behind’ law, some states lowered standards By Kay Mathews.

“A federal study found that, in order to avoid sanctions under the No Child Left Behind law, almost one-third of states studied lowered their academic proficiency standards in recent years”

“The study by the U.S. Department of Education’s research arm found that some states “had been redefining proficiency down, allowing a lower score on a state test to qualify as proficient.” From 2005 to 2007, 15 states lowered their proficiency standards in fourth- or eighth-grade math or reading. Those states, according to the study, that lowered one or more standards were: Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. Eight that raised one or more standards were Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, and Virginia.”

“The New York Times quotes Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as saying, “At a time when we should be raising standards to compete in the global economy, more states are lowering the bar than raising it. We’re lying to our children.”

DSTP “Cut Points” Approved by Board of Education  “Dover, Del.–October 20, 2005 The State Board of Education today approved recommendations from Secretary of Education Valerie A. Woodruff to adjust some performance standards or “cut points” for reading, mathematics and writing at grades 3, 5, 8 and 10 for the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP). The State Board also approved cut points that have been established for the first time for grades 2, 4, 6, 7 and 9 in the same content areas”

Don’t worry folks, Markell and his business roundtable  associates has Arne Duncan and Joe Biden in their pockets. Race to the Top funding is a done deal for Delaware! 


Arne Duncan’s Australian Sex Tape

You need to trust Washington


National DSTP in the pipeline

Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently announced that the federal government will be spending up to $350 million to create standardized tests compatible with whatever standards are agreed upon by the Common Core State Standards Initiative. So far, 46 states have signed on to participate in the drafting of the educational standards.

Race off the Cliff

National Academy of Sciences Releases Report: Will Duncan/Obama Listen

“Today, the National Academy of Sciences issued a report critiquing Obama/Duncan’s “Race to the Top” agenda, affectionately known around here as the “Race off the Cliff,” or “Duncan’s Dumbo Circus.” Below are some key snippets that, hopefully, Arne has time to read between his pick-up games and bogus “Listening Tour” appearances [all bolds mine; h/t to George Sheridan on”

Arne Duncan caught on tape wheeling and dealing

Check if out! Arne Duncan in blue shirt or obviously the only white guy. This video appears to be from when he was CEO of Chicago’s schools.

Testimony of Arne Duncan  House Education and Labor Committee Thursday, July 17, 2008

“Let me also thank Representative Danny Davis for his longstanding leadership on a myriad of policy issues from this committee that have benefited the Chicago Public Schools.”

Yea Arne don’t forget to thank him for the bacon and eggs in the backroom deals

Arne Duncan masturbates at the U of D

“The best ideas in education are never going to come from Washington,” he said. “They’re always going to come from the local level.” Arne Duncan

What a fucking idiot ! Duncan’s $4.35 billion dollar Race to the Top plan was hatched in his own head. His plan takes more local control away from local school districts and give “Washington” greater control. Furthermore, why is that states have to compete for a piece of the Race to the Top pie ? Why can’t individual schools compete for a piece if the pie? Nearly $900,000,000.00 million dollars of Race to the Top find will go to administrative fees from the states DOEs, school districts, charter school management companies. Markell will reduce the states budget for public schools and supplant it with federal monies.

“Delaware has a chance, I think, to lead the country. This is a state of manageable size. … Delaware can help lead us where we need to go,” said Duncan.

Yes, federal takeover pushing Duncan plan for one uniform set of standards nationwide followed by one standardized test hold teachers accountable not governors, state DOE’s, superintendents, principals, and failed business plans such as the business roundtable’s DSTP. Local school boards along with teachers will be the first to take the fall. WE DON’T NEED A FEDERAL DSTP!

Duncan said he also wants to push the agenda for the K-12 side of education, and the money to drive that change has to be dramatically increased.

Duncan wants “change” to drive federal takeover of public schools beyond federally funded programs. Just like  NCLB,  ADWA (Arne Duncan Wants it All) his vision won’t come with 100% funding which will draw from local tax dollars. What we invision won’t be reality until we can pay for it.

“Simply propping up the status quo doesn’t get us as a country where it needs to go,” he said.

What a fuck-stick! Duncan comes to town to support Rodel’s mission led by their puppet Jack Markell who charged $50.00 a ticket. Also, how much did it cost the taxpayers to cover the cost of all those from DOE and the school districts like Merv who should be at their desk doing their real jobs not serving Rodel? Why was this event on a school day? Why wasn’t it free like at the Carpenter Center? Surely Skipper could have footed the bill.

The $4.35 billion stimulus is a great opportunity on the local level, and his education department is looking for states that are willing to raise the bar, he said.

Dip-shit Duncan, we did that with DSTP long before  NCLB and Governor Carper bent over for the business roundtable who crafted DSTP. Also, it was the researchers at the U of D who stepped up and proclaimed DSTP flawed and forces teachers to teach to the test.

In addition, Duncan addressed the need to improve student assessments, to open schools beyond six hours a day, five days a week and nine months a year, to continue teaching the arts within the school curriculum, and to make sure the best teachers go to places where they are needed.

McFly McDuncan, you’re talking increasing education funding by a least 25%! That’s 250 million dollars from the state, 65 million dollars from local taxpayers, 225 billion dollars from the feds. How in the fuck are you going to put the best teachers where needed when you assoicated schools of high poverty that often struggle in part due to social events beyond the school doors?

“There are no good schools without good principals,” Duncan said during a question-and-answer session. “They just don’t exist. So you can argue that this is the most important thing you can do.

The assignment of principals is done by the superintendents and approved by the school boards. Those asignments in most part are done based on who will kiss the superundents’ asses and keep their mouths shut. Principals are giving budgets but at told how and when to spend them. 

 “His focus on some local control and allowing districts and states to approach things is refreshing,” Meney said.

George get your head out of your ass! Duncan wants more charter schools in the Colonial School District because your teachers like all others throughout Delaware have failed students. George, why is RTT tied to requirements states will increase more charter schools?

Tuesday’s conference, titled “Vision 2015 and Delaware’s Race to the Top,” also included speakers such as Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Paul Herdman, chairman of the Rodel Foundation, a major financial backer of Vision 2015, an education reform plan that seeks to make Delaware a world leader in education by that year.

There you have it, Jack Markell and his puppet masters. Many of the same ass-wipes who pushed former Governor Tom Carper to sign DSTP that was crafted by the business roundtable. Markell Markell “recveived  1,000’s of $$$$$$$$$$$$$ campaign from the founders of Rodel and Markell was molded by the as a  Rodel Fellow at the Aspen institute where WBD is a board member .   ” Governor Markell is a Henry Crown Fellow and a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute.”

Deadliest month ever on Obama’s watch

October is deadliest month ever for GIs in Afghanistan

“The deaths bring to 55 the total number of American troops killed in October in Afghanistan. The previous high occurred in August, when 51 U.S. soldiers died and the troubled nation held the first round of its presidential elections amid a wave of Taliban insurgent attacks.”

Obama beats his own record of 51 in August.  The general calls for more troops and the president sits on his ass! Dam shame our own president and vice president ties the hands of the commanders in the field who are requesting more troops.

Afghanistan another Vietnam, a politicians war!

Biden and Markell’s 10 a.m announcement

Update 10/27/2009: Joe Biden wins the day !

I’ll have to admit it looks like Joe Biden was the one to pull the rabbit out of  hat not Markell. It’s obvious Joe Biden was the driving force in getting Fisker to come to Delaware.  Markell can take all the credit he wants but Joe Biden is the hero of the day. So, looks like Beau Biden may get a boost out of Joe’s magic. At least we know for sure Joe’s stimulus money will produces new jobs!   

Look for Biden and Markell to make an announcement at the G.M. Boxwood plant 10 a.m. Tuesday October 27, 2009.  looks like Fisker auto is a done deal!


Fisker website

Arne Von Duncan

“Perfect Storm for Reform”

He reiterated his plan to overhaul the landmark No Child Left Behind Act, including not allowing states to set their own standards, which, he said, led to a dumbing down of standards in many states, including Illinois.

Again, federal takeover of local control of America’s public schools

He wants comprehensive data systems that allow states not only to track student performance every step of the way, but track teacher effectiveness and relate it back to their colleges of education.

Kind of odd accountablity=  student to teacher to teacher’s teacher. So what’s the plan to hold administrators and state’s DOEs accountable?  

What next hold the doctors  who delivered the failing students accountable?

That’s all we need a DSTP on the national level!


It’s time to give Wilmington a school district

Straight Talk with Charles Potter, Jr. and Company Comcast Channel 28 2-4 p.m. Sunday, October 23

As we look at the performance of Wilmington students in our schools under desegregation, it is time to consider the need for a Wilmington school district.  Why? 

  • Wilmington students ride buses for a longer time each day and for more years than suburban students.

  • Dropout rates among African-American and Latino students exceed 40%

  •  While we must have safe schools, the smallest transgressions by even the youngest students lead to expulsion or placement in alternative schools.

  •  Too many parents are disconnected from our communities, their children and the responsibility to participate in civic life.  This contributes to our failures in our schools and communities.

This Sunday, October 25, Straight Talk will be devoted to the next stage of a community discussion on the state of education for Wilmington children.  Our panelists, who will consist of elected officials and members of the community, will touch on these and other topics.


I was unable to view this show because I live outside Wilmington limits and have only basic cable.

I am not for re-segregation and perhaps that’s what a Wilmington school district might do. However, taking a look at Red Clay pretty much the city schools are re-segregated. 

School Choice is bias because of the transportation disparities between the city’s poor parents and the suburban parents. School Choice was a means in which Red Clay proclaimed they can be racially balanced in respects to the intent of the school desegregation  order. Sure all looks fine on paper but the reality is without adequate transportation the city’s poor cannot participate to the level of school Choice as the affluent. The Delaware state legislators failed to realize this disparity  and didn’t provide transportation funding for those with out the transportation means. You see, parents are required to get their children to the bus stop with in the school of Choice.  Further erosion of school Choice is the fact that Red Clay’s prefered Choice schools are filled to capacity and the school board closed out Choice for some schools. The Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware State Board of Education is turning a blind eye to the Choice disparities.

The City of Wilmington has no traditional public high schools and Red Clay Consolidated School District refuses to open a middle school within Wilmington. 

In comes charter schools in the City of Wilmington that are magnets for high poverty predominately African-American students. Many see this as not re-segregation because as one board member puts it, “they choose to apply and attend these schools.” Honestly, what are the choices for the parents and students of poverty and minority in Wilmington? Charlie Copeland and company “God bless them” are opening a charter high school for at-risk students This school will be located in the  city.

Were is the trade of for racial diversity and academics?  Obviously, desegregation has done nothing to address the achievement gap. One thing for sure, with assignments of poor minority to suburban schools in which white counter parts enjoy reassignment under the  Neighborhood School legislation closest to their community. Red Clay builds two new schools and expands others within the suburbs.

I am not saying Red Clay is racist but it’s obvious there is  culture disconnect in the rawest form. Poverty is a cash cow for some school districts and Red Clay get’s it share. Many minorities working in Red Clay know the ugliness  and dare not speak out. When has Red Clay ever sponsored an event such as an open town hall meaning  dealing with racial concerns and disparities within the district?   There is no real dialogue on overall race relationships and barrier impacting equitable  education. It’s like a taboo subject because someone might slip-up and reveal deep-seeded racial prejudice. For the most part we all have a touch of prejudice and I do feel nothing will change in education of poor minority children until we as a community deal with our demons.  

Charter schools are making strong effort to serve poor minorities but we have a flaw funding source that does not factor in the disparities  in the allocation of teachers and resources. Our special needs students  are server very well with many additional services. Is poverty a disability ? Sure we get federal supplemental funding such as in Title 1. However is it really supplemental or perhaps supplant. Title 1 Reading and Math, do these children get two classes in each subject? Supplemental pretty much means in additions to. In comes out Teacher for America program. Isn’t odd that federal law requires highly qualified teachers those trained in the subject matter for Title 1 students but the Delaware state legislators amended to pretty much waterdown the rules for highly qualifed. I can tell you this, the legislators are not following up and monitoring this sham. Don’t get me wrong these TFA teachers are good people who want to help but often are in over their heads such as,  “What have I gotten myself into? I suck at this.”  .   Yes TFA has compassion but lack the understanding of the differences in address the classroom needs that are often impacted by the community needs out of their reach.

The bottom-line which students will be abandoned and fall in the cracks between traditional public schools and charter schools? We are the voices for those students who have no voice either from parents or the schools?

Now where are the righteous community leaders who proclaim they are children of the civil rights movement? Somehow action can’t be taken unless funding flows. Sometimes it seems the more money that flows the quieter the community is. Payment for subduing the community? Some say a piece of pie is better than none at all. But I say the pie should be share equitably.

The failures in public education are a direct result of failure within the community.  The affulent has the money and the means to take what is theirs and the poor rely on voices within to speak up for them. Too many community oraginzation and leaders are on the payroll to a point they fear acting on civil rights issues because their pay will stop.

Public school belongs to the public and quality in public education for all students will return when the public takes back their schools. That will not happen until real “men and women” stand up for their civil rights regarding public education. Relying on Arne Duncan will only put more money in the pockets of the profiteers and do very little in closing the achievement gap.

I agree with Mr. Potter that children of Wilmington need their own schools. I believe it is time for real open dialogue. So who wants to recived the ball and move it foward?

Sex scandal rocks Delaware DOE

No is doesn’t involve Jeff , lol (well sort of). Rumor has it, downstairs in the utility area there is a little love nest. Early in the morning when a few DOE staff members are in the building ( usually  bad-mouthing Lil behind her back) little footsteps can be heard scurrying down the halls. This love nest has been in operations for about three weeks. Of all people to bust-up these horn-dogs and expose this little love nest, Rev. Merv walked in on the little fellows with peckers exposed. Yes it’s true, Rev. Merv reportedly walked in a downstairs door near the main utility room and sure enough about ten field mice had setup camp for the winter.  Fast acting Rev. Merv took the cheese from a McDonald’s Big Mac (not the one he was eating but the one he was bringing in for Lil) and held it up to the mice who were ready to attack it like flies on shit. Rev. Merv ran like hell with the furry little basters close behind. Fast acting Merv noticed an unlocked car door and opened it and threw in the cheese. The mice about ten in all jumped in behind the cheese.  Little did he know that car belonged  to Jeff. The car was last seen driving northbound on route 1  and the ten little mice were in the back window digging in the fabric of the rear headrest. Now if you bought the post title and actually believe it then you have too much time on your hands today, lol. That’s a snark for Nancy, lol. Nancy no copying and pasting because the copy and paste police DL might catch you.

Charter schools apples and oranges

Commitment to Excellence form

Teachers’ Commitment

We fully commit to KIPP in the following ways:

  • We will arrive at KIPP every day by 7:15 a.m. (Monday-Friday).
  • We will remain at KIPP until 5:00 p.m. (Monday -Thursday) and 4:00 p.m. on Friday.
  • We will come to KIPP on appropriate Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. and remain until 1:05 p.m.
  • We will teach at KIPP during the summer.
  • We will always teach in the best way we know how and we will do whatever it takes for our students to learn.
  • We will always make ourselves available to students and parents, and address any concerns they might have
  • We will always protect the safety, interests, and rights of all individuals in the classroom.

Failure to adhere to these commitments can lead to our removal from KIPP.

X ____________________________________________________
   Please sign and print name(s) here.

Parents’/Guardians’ Commitment

We fully commit to KIPP in the following ways:

  • We will make sure our child arrives at KIPP every day by 7:25 a.m. (Monday-Friday) or boards a KIPP bus at the scheduled time.
  • We will make arrangements so our child can remain at KIPP until 5:00 p.m. (Monday – Thursday) and 4:00 p.m. on Friday.
  • We will make arrangements for our child to come to KIPP on appropriate Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. and remain until 1:05 p.m.
  • We will ensure that our child attends KIPP summer school.
  • We will always help our child in the best way we know how and we will do whatever it takes for him/her to learn. This also means that we will check our child’s homework every night, let him/her call the teacher if there is a problem with the homework, and try to read with him/her every night.
  • We will always make ourselves available to our children and the school, and address any concerns they might have. This also means that if our child is going to miss school, we will notify the teacher as soon as possible, and we will carefully read any and all papers that the school sends home to us.
  • We will allow our child to go on KIPP field trips.
  • We will make sure our child follows the KIPP dress code.
  • We understand that our child must follow the KIPP rules so as to protect the safety, interests, and rights of all individuals in the classroom. We, not the school, are responsible for the behavior and actions of our child.

Failure to adhere to these commitments can cause my child to lose various KIPP privileges and can lead to my child returning to his/her home school.

X ____________________________________________________
   Please sign and print name(s) here.

Student’s Commitment

I fully commit to KIPP in the following ways:

  • I will arrive at KIPP every day by 7:25 a.m. (Monday-Friday) or board a KIPP bus at the correct time.
  • I will remain at KIPP until 5:00 p.m. (Monday – Thursday) and 4:00 p.m. on Friday.
  • I will come to KIPP on appropriate Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. and remain until 1:05 p.m.
  • I will attend KIPP during summer school.
  • I will always work, think, and behave in the best way I know how, and I will do whatever it takes for me and my fellow students to learn. This also means that I will complete all my homework every night, I will call my teachers if I have a problem with the homework or a problem with coming to school, and I will raise my hand and ask questions in class if I do not understand something.
  • I will always make myself available to parents and teachers, and address any concerns they might have. If I make a mistake, this means I will tell the truth to my teachers and accept responsibility for my actions.
  • I will always behave so as to protect the safety, interests, and rights of all individuals in the classroom. This also means that I will always listen to all my KIPP teammates and give everyone my respect.
  • I will follow the KIPP dress code.
  • I am responsible for my own behavior, and I will follow the teachers’ directions.

Failure to adhere to these commitments can cause me to lose various KIPP privileges and can lead to returning to my home school.

X ____________________________________________________
   Please sign and print name here.

Yes, fire teachers who don’t give a crap!

Students who failed to meet the rules of Kipp get kicked out and sent back to their  home school.  So all the misfits get sent back to traditional public schools?

Parents who failed  to meet the rules of Kipp have their kids get kicked out and sent back to traditional public schools?. So all misfit parents aren’t held accountable? 

Well I must say, I am with the Happy Days girl who stood before the school board and said, “we don’t get to pick and choose our students.” 

So Richard Barth CEO of Kipp can kick high poverty students out of school because their parents aren’t being responsible? So much for civil rights. Gee, I wonder how Mrs Barth aka Wendy Koop CEO of Teach for America feels when Hubby has to boot one of her scholars?

I wonder how much better this country would be if every year voters went to the polls  for a vote of confidence and if the elected officals didn’t receive 50.1% of the votes then out they go?

Now this doesn’t mean charter school are bad and in fact many are good because they can terminate teachers, students and parents with students in tow.

Let’s give Warner for an example to Kipp lock, stock and barrel. However, take their contract

As you can see this contract with Kipp is all about accountability with real consqeuces. Markell’s reform wants to fire teachers but not hold parents responsible. Delaware charter schools all have set rules that could send students back to their home schools. Also, if a failing charter schools was close the likelyhood the students would go back to the so-called failing tradtional public schools. 

Duncan cancels slumber party with Markell

Tuesday, Oct. 27

The Secretary will travel to Delaware and New Jersey

12:20-1:05 p.m.

The Secretary will attend the Statewide Leadership Forum with Gov. Jack Markell; Clayton Hall Conference Center, University of Delaware, Rt. 896 North, Newark, Del.

The Secretary will take part in an event in New Jersey with Gov. Jon Corzine.  Details will be announced later

Duncan to cut short his stay in Delaware to campaign for Jon Corzine over the bridge in Zoojersey. I am sure the local professional media will build a story around Duncan’s visit as if Duncan spent the entire day discussing the needs of Delaware public schools. I think it’s a bit ironic that Duncan’s head is so big somethings he thinks he is president and Skip’s head is so big somethings he thinks he’s the Delaware Secretary of Education.

Word has it Arne Duncan will be stopping by Mike’s Famous Harley Davidson to give a demonstration on how to suck-start a Harley. Skip is pretty good at sucking, he’s been sucking the bank investors and customers dry for years in fees. Hey Merv, be careful of the vacuum from all this sucking because we don’t wanting sucking up to Markell.