DOE’s Heckle and Jeckle comes to Red Clay

Lillian Lowery sent up two guys that couldn’t sell a life-preserver to a drowning man!

It seems DOE and Jack Markell has been wheeling and dealing with the teacher’s association providing them more details than the school boards. The bottom-line is either Red Clay signed the MOU or they don’t get the money and will be required to follow revised state education regulations.

I am telling you straight up, these two DOE guys were like two used car salesman trying to sell a car without an engine. The old guy even went as far as pretty much saying , we know how you feel but this is how it’s coming down.

The big issue was, what happens when the RTTT funds run out in a few years? They said other money will be coming ! BULLSHIT ! YEA FUCKING RIGHT FROM THE LOCAL TAXPAYERS !!!!!!!!!! . Dip-shits said the state is investing in this as if they’ll pick up the financial slack !!!  The board vote was 1 nays and 5 yeas ( Eric was not in attendance) Becnel cast the nay vote.

The board asked a lot of questions and raised a lot of concerns. However, either way they voted changes in state regulations must be followed! The two dip-shits were blowing smoke let us believe the local taxpayers would be stuck paying teacher bonuses and incentives. 

DOE said Red Clay would be getting over 4 million dollars and if they didn’t sign they would get ZERO and must follow new regulations.  Also, the MOU is a preliminary step and once (if) Delaware is approved for RTTT the state has 9o days to workout all the details re: teacher accountability and other requirements. What’s fucked up is the two DOE dip-shits said the DOE was preparing to amend the regulation next week! These guys were talking so far out their asses it you could see their tongues!

Honestly ask your favorite board members, they were not included in any of the DOE and governor’s office talks and presentation. Even the Super was surprised what was shared from meetings the teachers representatives.

The board was assured by the two DOE dip-shits that the MOU was not a contract or deal and was just an understanding that they will collaborate at the next level. This is what the board was voting on! But dam these two guys seemed so full of shit it was unreal! They couldn’t give a straight answers to half the questions asked!

I was so fucking pissed that when I got up there I was ready to fucking lose it! During the presentation a lot of conversation was going on between the DOE guy at the microphone the dip-stick sitting down, a Red Clay union rep sitting in the audience and the board.  When it came to me the only person who completed a green slip the three-minute rule applied and when I saw the two-minute warning I was ready to scream! It was like RTTT proceedings was more about everybody except the students and the taxpayers who will foot the bill! 

Board member Kim asked some good questions and made the right vote under the circumstances. Kim make sure you get transcripts  of the meeting because down the road if DOE was blowing smoke. The transcripts might come in handy. I am sure they’ll delete my comment saying DOE couldn’t sell a life-preserver to a drowning man.  

One thing that was mighty odd is, whatever the teachers were told in DOE and Markell meeting without the board or super, how could DOE or Markell promise something that might have to come out of the district’s funding. Markell ran on government transparency but doesn’t look that way with RTTT.

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27 responses to “DOE’s Heckle and Jeckle comes to Red Clay

  1. K-18. From Addendum 3, published December 24, 2009.
    Once an LEA signs the MOU, may it withdraw after the State receives a Race to the Top grant?
    Consistent with the termination terms in the MOU signed between the State and the LEA, an LEA may withdraw from the State’s Race to the Top reform plan. However, doing so could adversely affect the State’s Race to the Top grant. Because States are evaluated by reviewers based in part on LEA participation (see criterion (A)(1)), significant changes in the number or composition of a State’s participating LEAs could affect the State’s ability to deliver on its grant goals or affect the scope of its grant proposal. Such changes would need to be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis by the Department, and could result in changes in or possible partial or complete termination of the State’s grant.

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  2. Alternatively, a State may add a late-joining LEA as an involved LEA instead of as a participating LEA. If a State wishes to do this, it may include in its budget funding for the activities of involved LEAs. Adding LEAs in this manner would not require approval from the Department, since States are not required to submit information on their involved LEAs as part of their application, nor would the State need to recalculate its section 14006(c) subgrant allocations to participating LEAs. Note, however, that the involved LEA’s progress in implementing the State’s Race to the Top plans would not count towards the State’s performance targets that are defined in terms of participating LEAs.

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  3. They really said “other money will be coming?” Funny cause CSD got a different answer from Lowery, herself. We’re “capacity building” so much of what we spend in the next four years will no longer be expenses after the grant runs out … And if you buy that, I’ve got some ocean front property in Tennessee you can have for $4 Billion.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      They went on how the governor and DOE is committed to reform as if the state will pick up any slack when RTTT dried up! RIGHT ! If anything they’ll restore years of give backs and budget cuts. they said get this, RTTT ins’t supplant ! So does that mean there will be no state education budget cut?

      Honestly, these two guys were like used car salesman desperate for a sale. No bettter yet, like a crack addict trying to sell a fake Rolex for their next fix.

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  4. come on now…it’s 4.35 billion of hush money. Do this, and we’ll track the results later, or we’ll be out of office then so who cares……

    Talk about Baptism by fire…..this job ($$=0) is pretty crazy some days!

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  5. P.S.- I am grabbing my bottle or KY Bourbon right now.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Wild Turkey 101, LOL !

      These guys sais straight up, you don’t sign you get no money and will be required to follow new and amended state requlations.

      No one talked about how more charter schools will draw stundents away from districts takeing funding! No one talked about how some low performing exsiting schools may be converted to charter. It seems to be all about how to reward and attract good teachers. Didn’t say anything about what $$$$$$ impact would on districts about potential employee lawsuits for those getting the boot! Didn’t say anyting about more funding to reduce class sizes or Choice transportation of high poverty children. Red Clay could get a little over 4 million to use over a 5 year period??? odd ! Are we forgetting the upgrades in tech for the new assesment test and more intense teacher evaluation and professional develpoment! 4 million over 5 years that;s less than a million a year!

      The gun lies or not was put to the boards head. DOE didn’t explain when a district or charter don’t sign the MOU that mean less points on the state’s RTTTapplication which could put the entire state out!

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    • okay, CSD meeting ran the same way. So, at least a part of the message was consistent.

      I feel like I’m in Tennessee where their School Board Association supports RttT b/c they know that the plans in the MOU are going to be legislated anyway so they might as well take the money.

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  6. From what i understand the joke around DOE is for the presenters to carry condoms in their wallets so the school boards ‘can feel a good screwing’

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  7. kilroysdelaware

    Pretty much the old DOE guy said, I understand your confusion and I agree but this is what USDOE wants.

    One lies and the other swears to it couldn’t even apply in this case. I was like one lied and the other said what are you talking about!

    They made it sound like RTTT was all about reward good teacher but we know it all about Teach for America , charter schools and breaking the backs of the unions. You would think with all this money we would finally have smaller class sizes and that woudl create new teaching jobs and better serve students.

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  8. Since you obviously don’t like this rttt stuff, and since you said that Kim voted correctly, I assume that Kim voted no?

    Were there many people at the workshop? I haven’t talked to anyone who even knew about it.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      “made the right vote under the circumstances” Re: Kim and the other yeas. DOE put a gun to their heads saying pretty much if you vote no you don’t get the money but will have to follow the rules. However (hopefully DOE wasn’t lying) the MOU which is A memorandum of understanding and not a binding agreement. Once / if Delaware win round one them must submit details on how they plan to use the money to meet the objects. The state has 90 days to submit those arrangements with the districts and teachers. But what is strange DOE is moving forward now in changing certain regulations.

      I don’t like RTTT because one it’s a two-year fund asking for radical changes that would require long term funding. We can’t send education / kids in a new direction then in three years another.

      I am for purging in effective teachers however, we do pay our teachers well and provide great benefits and one would think to sever students better we would use that funding to reduce class sizes and provide choice transportation funding for high poverty students and other intervention needs. Do you get a $10,000 at work for doing te job you get paid for?

      the “Workshop” which has no descirption in the board policy and proceedures was real a “Special Meeting” which is describe in the policy and proceedures . The agenda didn’t list ” Public Comment” and a district person was confused because Green Slips laid out! I siad most likely because I sent an E-mail bitcing and I said so why are they voting at a “Workshop”

      Very few peope come to a Workshop for the board because boards don’t or shouldn’t vote at Workshops. Workshop leads us to believe that they are reviewing and “learning” about something.

      The distirct nor the state had any public meeting on Race to The Top to explain and seek input from the public but yet, we hear how parents are stakeholder and share decision-making partners.

      Last night the DOE folks just talked about teacher bonuses and hiring incentives. Noting about the RTTT charter school requirements such as capital funding and adding more charter schools! Nothing about how many more Teach for America teachers will be added.

      Mr. Becnel voted nay because DOE’s presentation very poor and hand not real ansewers. I can’t blame him for that and yea believe it or no respect his vote.

      MOU is what it is and Red CLay will no pay a dime for any bonuses or incentive or anything until there is an agreement in writting and fed money in hand. Also, I assure you when the funds dry up so does any agreement.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Also, RTTT may sound good in theory however,, there is no published study wirth real data supporting the theory!

      Smaller class sizes is a proven theory!

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    • Very few people at the workshop–mostly district administrators and a few union people. NMost people were there to hear about the new plan for JDHS

      Do you REALLY believe that the superintendents in this state knew very little about this plan? Hard to imagine. Somebody dropped the ball.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Superintendents know more than they are putting on becuase surely the political folks such as Markell feed on them.

      DOE and Markell dropped the ball by not giving the community presentations on RTTT. Perhaps the community and parents have questions? No come on big Lil is going to ask for 450 mil in RTTT?

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  9. District seeks education stimulus grant

    MEMOS AT RANDOM

    Brandywine School District asked the state Department of Education to deal it in if Delaware receives a federal ‘Race to the Top’ grant, but was less than enthusiastic about doing so.

    By a five-to-one vote, the school board on Jan. 7 authorized its president, Debra Heffernan, to join superintendent Mark Holodick and teachers union president David Bradley in signing a jargon-laden agreement “to establish a framework of collaboration” with DelDOE in the event any money is forthcoming. The $4.35 billion competitive grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Education is part of the economic stimulus legislation enacted last year. It is intended to enable selected states to improve performance of public schools, including charter schools. It could not immediately be determined how many states in addition to Delaware have applied for a grant nor how many Delaware districts have asked to share in the grant if it’s awarded.

    Board member Ralph Ackerman cast the negative vote after telling his colleagues that “we will lose a lot of control over the district by taking [the] money.” Calling participation in the program “a state takeover” of districts which participate, he said, “It’s time to just say no.” Holodick said that “Brandywine is willing [to participate], but it better be collaborative.” Other board members objected to use of the term ‘failing school’ in the agreement. “We’re not a failing district, but there are some areas where we need some help,” Olivia Johnson-Harris said. A grant would “help support some initiatives we’re not able to do ourselves,” Holodick added. Heffernan said the state agreement is vague enough that “we can wait to have more specifics to decide if we want to stay in.”

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  10. This is a perfect example that our School Board does not feel any obligation to provide the parents and our community an opportunity to have input into the education of our children.
    In my opinion we do not have “Public Schools,” we have “Government Schools.”

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Jack, DOE and the real Secretary of Education Jack Markell put a gun to the boards head. Don’t sign no money but you’ll have to follow the RTTT rules. The board can’t give the community a presentation because RTTT is a concept and the required framework of how the district will implement the concepts hasn’t been formed. The MOU is an agreement on moving forward to develop the district’s framework.

      Jack, you know I am hard on the Red Clay board from time to time but this time the villian is Jack Markell for kissing ass with Arne Duncan to push a political agenda. Ask Jack Markell why he has not set up town meetings informing the community on how “he” is moving Delaware to Core Standards and a nation student test.

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  11. The Board was elected by our community to do what was best for our children. If this is the Governor’s program they should not support if they are not sure it is best for our children and they should get input from those who elected them.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Jack I was at the meeting aka workshop and had a few sidebar E-mails expressing my conerns. The bottom- line is if the board didn’t sign the MOU REd Clay wouldn’t get a dime and still have to follow the new regualtion coming “very” soon.

      As far as the governor perhaps it time to turn the fire hoses on him! Markell is running a political agenda with the business community and Arne Duncan. The snake has many heads and its the one in the middle controlling all.

      Markell got what he wanted re: the MOU and its his agenda just like Carper’s DSTP that harms our children.

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  12. The Board is responsible to the people who elected them, not the Governor. If the Governor was putting pressure on them, they should have told the community. If RTTT is not what is best for our children the Board should have told the community and told us what the Governor was doing. Did the Board vote yes because of the pressure or because this is what is best for our children? Why did the Board not get input from the community and our teachers? What is the role of the “public” in “Public Education?”

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    • kilroysdelaware

      “Why did the Board not get input from the community and our teachers?”

      Looks like Red Clay teachers support it and had a lot to say at the meeting. The public was a no show and I was the only one to fill out a green slip and was restricted to three minutes at the “workshop” Those board member who voted yes did so because if the didn’t Red Clay wouldn’t get any funding from RTTT but still be required to follow the new requlations assoicated with RTTT. The board did rasie some harsh objection even some who voted yes!

      Buckley made it clean and told the DOE representative they were putting a gun to the district’s head and he did use that term. The MOU is just that a,
      Memorandum of Understanding. Merv will be responsible to formulate the districts framework plan to particapte in RTTT. This framework is due within 90 days after (if) Delaware receives RTTT $$$ which will be announced in April. Merv has to take the framework back to the board for approval. Red Clay still bow out of RTTT but again will recieve no RTTT funding and still must follow the new regulations. Big questiion is, could the state requaltions for Red Clay to pay the teacher’s bonuses for teaching students to meet the standards.

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  13. I read the link and they are even vague about it. From what I can peice together from all the bullshit at Red Clay’s meeting is that ; if the state gets all the school districts and charter schools to sign MOUs this sets the stage for the totals grant. A state can still get tthe RTTT grant even if Red Clay or another districts doesn’t As you can see the application is driven by apoint systems.

    Delaware DOE get 50% of the RTTT to do what they want . So if Red Clay didn’t sign Delaware DOE wouldn’t get 50% of Red Clay so-called share or pretty much the total $$$ would be less.

    Markell is behind DOE and the state legislators are sitting back allowing Markell to run this $$$ intimidation game and game of confusion.

    The big question of the day is why are the Republicans sitting back with zippers on the mouth? Is this something Obama is doing right ? Or is there something in it for all , both sides such as privatizing education and busting the unions?

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