Daily Archives: January 27, 2010

Jea Street puts Equalization Formula Question to AG

Jea’s letter to AG Beau Biden October  1,  2009


The Response from AG’s office

KIPP Academies scrutinized

Where the School Boards Association is Right

“And because local school boards are the only entity empowered to authorize charter schools, the state is currently a vast wasteland for quality charter innovation that could help kids. School board members have made it clear to me that they would even refuse to authorize the nationally-renowned KIPP Academies – even if it means the low-income and educationally at-risk students in their systems would continue to fail.”

“But while the criticism of school boards is well-founded, the Virginia School Boards Association is right on this:  The quality of the charter applications that are received by local boards is often quite poor”

“Too many charter applicants in Virginia have an amateur quality to them – almost like the old black and white Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney films where they shout “Oh boy, let’s put on a show,” and then throw up some old blankets in the barn for a curtain.”

“No school board or school system staff should have to waste time on a poorly-devised charter application. And no charter applicant should have to play guessing games wondering how language is defined and what the intent of the law might be”

Interesting, KIPP’s CEO is Richard Barth husband of Wendy Kopp CEO of Teach for America. I wonder how may TFAs are in KIPP schools?

Perhaps there should be national standards on charter school applications to insure the likelihood of success. It may take me months to evaluate all the KIPP charter school data across the country. However, if there is evidence that achievement for high poverty students attending KIPP isn’t all that remarkable as advertise, perhaps that data support should be part of a charter school application review process. Furthermore and more importantly there should  national standards for charter school applications. Closing failing charter schools is wonderful however, a more rigorious approval process could spare a lot of pain.  

It’s a bit odd that the goals in reforming public schools calls for more charter schools but doesn’t raise the bar to ensure they are on the same core standards page.

Obama will announce 6.2% increase for education

Education will get major attention in Obama’s State of the Union address on Wednesday night. And a senior administration official tells POLITICO that education will get a 6.2 percent increase in the budget out Monday.

 Duncan, a former chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, said “a real breakthrough” came when Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said in a major speech that the process for getting rid of nonperformers is too cumbersome and that teachers unions want to come to the table and find a solution. 

Teachers unions are a key part of the Democratic machine, but Duncan said leaders “can’t be scared of doing the right thing.”

Jackpot for Jack Markell! He can cut Delaware’s state budget re: education and back-fill it with federal money.

WTF, Robotic groundhog

PETA proposes robotic groundhog for Pa. festival

“PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — An animal rights group wants organizers of Pennsylvania’s Groundhog Day festival to replace Punxsutawney Phil with a robotic stand-in.”

I couldn’t believe this news article! What next criminal charges for yelling at your TV when the Eagle loose?

What the hell is going on in this world? It’s no like they’re going to BBQ Punxsutawney Phil after the event.

Just in case here’s a good recipe:

7 lbs groundhog
1/2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. soda
1/4 c. cooking oil
1/2 tsp. Sugar
Dress groundhog as for rabbit, removing the small sacs in the back and under the forearm.
Soak groundhog overnight in salted water to remove wild flavor.
Combine flour, salt, pepper and soda; rub into groundhog pieces.
Brown groundhog in hot oil in skillet; sprinkle with sugar.
Reduce heat; add 1 1/2 cup water.
Cover; simmer for about 30 minutes or until tender.
Remove cover; cook for 10 minutes longer.

Red Clay Teacher Secretly Taped During Class


Delaware Teacher Comparing America To a Salad Bowl CCSA

Listen to the tape near the very end, the teacher is talking about segregation in Delaware schools.

FYI , this YouTube video was randomly found on the internet Kilroy not responsible for contents or those individuals making the video.

There is an unbelievable amount of hidden classroom videos on the internet. Should students be permitted to take secret videos of teachers and students? Are these types of video an infringment of privacy? Aren’t there school policies forbidding students from secretly video taping during class? Video taping school activities such as band and sports are after school activities.  Where is the line ?