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Daily Archives: January 2, 2010
Did Jack Markell say charter school segregation and skimming of students? Markell really knows what to say to get elected but apparently had no intentions of following through.
Jack thinks Race to The Top is his ticket to Washington, DC.
Formal Public Comment on Action Items
“It was indicated that this was the time the Board set aside for formal public comment. President Gray noted that one individual requested to address the State Board.”
“Cheryl Precourt spoke to the members of the State Board about the content in books students are allowed to choose as their literature choice books. She has expressed her concerns at the district level and wanted to reiterate her concerns about the language in some of the books available to students in grades 9 and 10. Ms. Precourt agreed that students should be able to make their own reading selections, but felt that some books should be available only to students in the upper grades. She stated that she has received support from other parents and the community about this issue and believes that if the community believes that certain book selections are not appropriate for 9th and 10th grade, then those choices should be removed. She distributed a listing of books and the inappropriate language in them. Ms. Precourt thanked the Board for their time.”
“Ms. Cheryl Precourt addressed the Board regarding the novel Whales Tales that is being used in a Delaware high school with students in grades nine and ten. She expressed concern about the content and language in the book and about the process for having instructional materials reviewed at both the district and state level. She found the process difficult to navigate.”
We hear all about the partnership in public education that should include all stakeholders one would think sharing of detailed information would be part of it. I know from going to Red Clay’s board meetings there are great discussions and comments made by the board and public. However, board minutes often reflect brief comments as to the topic discuss and not contents of that topic. I’ve commented to the board and members about providing digital recordings on the internet and apparently the board is not interested in proving the truth. Either record it in a way to share with the public or provide full transcripts of meetings.
I honestly think it’s time we require school board meetings and state board of education meetings be recorder and made available online. Board minutes are public documents and public records. A brief summary of comments does not give the public full information. I know local school board meetings are “tape” and surely the state board’s are. Why not switch to digital records and just up load sound file to websites?
With limited information lacking in the state board minutes, the concerns with inappropriate language associated within the text of literature within our public high schools is puzzling. It appears the person commenting felt the books in question weren’t suited for 9 and 10 grade students but “felt that some books should be available only to students to upper grades.” So I gather these books aren’t totally obscene but questionable to the age appropriate level. I am not questioning the integrity of the lady raising the concerns and I am not familiar with the one book in question. My question and concern is more associated with are these books appropriate to be in our schools? If so, I don’t see censorship applying to 9th and 10th grade students and not 11th and 12th.
November 19, 2009; Delaware State Board of Education meeting
“The Board expressed concerns about complete funding for the state’s new assessment as well as any technology infrastructure upgrades that may be required. The Board was assured that the assessment would be funded. Dr. Lowery pointed out that 90% to 91% of the education budget is funding that is passed on to districts and charter schools.”
When are all these Delaware underfunded and unfunded education mandates going to end? The local taxpayers need to rise up and say no more! It’s time all proposed public school legislation have funding sources notated within the text of the legislation prior to any legislative vote.