The attached letter was sent to me with notation that it was sent to the United States Department of Education and VP Joe Biden. There seems to be more concerns that Delaware DOE is running their own game disregarding state laws governing the approval of charter schools. My DEDOE in-house mouse tells me one reason these new charter school application are being shot down was because, if they were approved DEDOE would have to cut the Race to The Top pie a little thinner impacting the state share, local school districts and existing charter schools. Bottom-line, too many $$$$ mouths to feed. Looks like one local state senator has been pulled into DOE Dan’s education cluster-fuck. It’s obvious Governor Jack Markell is not our transparency governor he promised to be. Too much behind doors wheeling and dealing with our children education and all in the name playing Where’s Waldo with federal funding. It appears there is a big disconnect between our state legislators and the Delaware Department on Education which controls one-third the state’s budget. Markell and DOE Dan can manipulate the Delaware State Board of Education in changing state education regulation to skirt the laws governing Delaware’s public education. It appears charter school application approval or disapproval are determinded before presentation to the state board. Sounds like the state board votes are just going through the motions. Joanne Weiss is Duncan’s RTTT Czar.
Attention: Joanne Weiss
I am writing this email on behalf of a group of concerned citizens in Delaware- one of the two winners of the RTT Application. There are issues in the Charter Application Process that may need your intervention to fully implement the intentions of the Obama Administration and the fidelity of the RTT Application Process.
Many concerned supporters of charters are concerned that in the spirit of the RTT Application- there were eleven applicants for new charters this year. Only one charter was approved. Many of the applications were the strongest in years.
The applicants complained to the State Legislature prior to the April Meeting of the State Board of Education. A secret meeting was held an hour prior to that meeting where the chairmen and women of the House and Senate Education Committee demanded to know more about the issues the applicants raised. This meeting was held without proper public notice.
The applicants are seeking national attention to discredit the Delaware Department of Education’s intentions with the RTT Application. With the public attention on the application so far, this would not be in the best interests of the Federal Department of Education or the State of Delaware.
We are asking the Federal Department of Education to intervene and request support for legitimate charter applications that truly address the spirit of the Obama initiative.
We would like the Federal Government to request the State of Delaware reexamine the process and allow extensions to address issues in the application process and the mistakes made by the Charter Application Committee. There is plenty of time between now and August 2011 to open charters that will serve at risk students and provide innovation that can improve education for everyone in the state.
In the absence of this intervention, we would suggest the DOE consider the Delaware Application fraudulent and award the money to a more deserving state.
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Dear Governor Jack Markell:
I think it’s time for an executive order ordering all public school districts and charter school boards to record all board meetings with the exception of information protected by confidentiality laws by digital recorder and place sound file on their webpages.
I think its time the public be affording full details of school board meetings not vague printed meeting minutes and I am talking about all school boards and charter schools.
O yea, lets not forget to include the Delaware State Board of Education meetings to that order.
Additional Sponsor: Rep. Keeley
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 7 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DANGEROUS DOGS.
“This Act includes cats in the list of domestic animals which when attacked might cause a dog to be declared a potentially dangerous dog or if severely injured or killed might cause a dog to be declared a dangerous dog. This attack, serious injury or death must occur on the property of the owner of the domestic animal or while under the immediate control of the owner of the domestic animal.”
I see the point with this legislation and I love cats. Just one of those odd Delaware laws. Pretty much it says, if your dog chases a cat (dogs do that) and kills it (dogs do that), your dog maybe ordered euthanized.
I wonder if a domestic cat ate someone’s pet mouse or gerbil would the cat be deemed dangerous? Not at silly law because we all must keep our dogs on leashes.
Nancy in cased you missed something, Senator Dave Sokola and another met with DOE Dan and state board members prior to April’s state board meeting to discuss charter school application issues. There are some deep concerns that the charter school approval law is being compromised. One of the goals was to get the legislators to take notice that DOE is running a game and think they are above the law. Now the big question is, does Dave Sokola have any power left?