Monthly Archives: November 2010

Delaware Gov. Markell Talks Education Reform (via Transparent Christina)

Markell brags about how he has a good relationship with the union (teachers) and how they are partners at the table but yet he wants them to be the most accountable to the extent of losing their jobs. Lowery says, “we do these kids a disservice and we have to fix this” So who is we re: disservice? Former Governor Tom Carper signed the DSTP law knowing it was flawed. Jack Markell former State Treasure sat back and said and did nothing to hold Governor Minner to task.

Our teachers better pick a leader who can go with the grain but also knows how to cut hard against it. Leadership is not about the leader. We don’t need a Markell parrot leading our teachers.

Delaware Gov. Markell Talks Education Reform. … Read More

via Transparent Christina

American universities offer gold standards for foreign student

Academic adventurers; Chinese students branch out to small Del. schools BY WADE MALCOLM • THE NEWS JOURNAL • NOVEMBER 30, 2010

In a report published this month, the Institute of International Education found that 127,628 Chinese students studied in the United States in the 2009-10 academic year, a 30 percent increase from the year before. The surge left India a distant second at 104,897 students.

Why are the Chinese coming to America to learn? I though we were so far behind that we needed to model our education system after China. I wonder do spies count as students?

International students contribute about $20 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the organization, and more than 20 percent of those students are from China. Chinese students have long favored larger research universities — for graduate work in particular. But now, many are choosing a more eclectic mix of regional public schools and smaller private institutions, the report said.

Great and new industry! Open the gate and let more foreign student in and they can restore out economy. Wait a minute. “Chinese favor larger research universities for gradate work.” You mean to tell me America’s universities are world class enough they attract students from around the world?

“More and more parents are able to invest their considerable resources into securing a world-class education for that one child,” said Peggy Blumenthal, executive vice president of the Institute of International Education. “American undergraduate and graduate education is seen as the gold standard by these parents, who feel that a U.S. education will be the best preparation for a career in the global economy.”

I see America’s “gold standards” aren’t good enough for Arne Duncan and Jack Markell. WTF parents of foreign students want a “world-class education” for their child so them send them to America?

Yea while your studying in America go site seeing and map all our military bases and activities.

How important is school security ? Not again !

All 24 hostages free after being held by young Wisconsin gunman

(CNN) — All 24 hostages held captive by a hangun-toting student in northeast Wisconsin were freed Monday night, after several hours of being confined inside a high school classroom, police said

The young male took over the classroom about 3 p.m. Monday, as classes were ending at Marinette High School. He prevented anyone from leaving the room and eventually communicated with police through a teacher, Skorik said.

Segregative schools again in Delaware?

Will Citizens of All Political Stripes Coalesce Against the Billionaire Boys’ Club?

Now, the federal government under the direction of the modern day efficiency experts of the corporate foundations, incentivizes states to create segregative charter schools and ignores the goals of integrated and democratic living as a primary purpose of the public schools.  In short, there is no longer any reason for democrats to support federal intervention in education.

And what has Jack done about the “big problems re-segregation, skimming of students and creaming of students” For me its a matter of major concern” Jack Markell.

Arne Duncan clueless on parental engagement

R-E-S-P-E-C-T — find out what it means to Arne Duncan

He also says that parental involvement is crucial and wants to provide funds for parental engagement, mentoring induction programs, and added support for under-served communities. Unfortunately, the fact remains that teachers are as likely to be cursed and criticized as complimented by parents, and that dynamic perpetuates chaos, which in turn undermines any successful strides that students can gain because it is a road block enabling students to keep up their on-going trend towards disrespectful behavior.

Duncan outlines simple at-home parental behaviors that will help increase the respect factor by doing things like turning off the television at night and reading to children, so that children can have a greater chance of being successful during the day.

Arne Dill-weed Duncan is clueless about what needs to be done to get parents to engage in their children’s education.

Perhaps Arne Duncan should stop jetting around country and world on the taxpayer’s dime and stay in his office. Arne rather then running out the door 5 O’clock stick around and hang out with night crew and ask them why they are not home making sure the TV is off. You know the night crew, the ones cleaning your office.

Yes Arne parents need to set guidelines on study-time. However, we need to hold parents accountable for unexcused absents and not responding to teacher / school communications. We need fully engaged parents as partners.

Now you want more money! We are wasting money on data coaches to help teachers read test results. We need parent coaches not data coaches.

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, on November 22, 2010, stated that parents have to be more a part of the solution, rather than the problem to make our education system successful.

But until then we’ll just hold teachers accountable for parents who refuse to engage communications with their child’s school and refuse to make sure their child is prepared for each school day.

Markell to follow Obama’s Freeze ???

Obama proposes freeze on federal worker pay; BY JULIE PACE • ASSOCIATED PRESS • NOVEMBER 29, 2010

The two-year freeze would apply to all civilian federal employees, including those working at the Department of Defense, but would not affect military personnel

OK two-year pay freeze

The freeze is expected to save more than $5 billion in savings over two years, $28 billion over five years and more than $60 billion over 10 years, White House officials said.

OK now explain the Bamanomics ! Its a two year freeze so what’s 5 an 10 years have to do with anything? In year three the thaw begins.

Now the big question is will Delaware Governor Jack Markell freeze state worker’s pay? It honestly sucks for anybody’s pay to get cut or froze. So how do you make state government more cost efficient? DEDOE wants a budget increase on the heels of Markell adding another department call the RTTT school turnaround department.

Odds are Markell will follow suit with some radical announcement of his own and its damn if you do and damn if you don’t. However, it will be a test of Markell’s leadership. Whatever happen to Markell’s “book” Blueprint for Delaware or some shit like that? Sure he inherited a financial mess from Minner. Minner did nothing to address the recession. Markell ran on a campaign  knowing what the challenges are and with a plan. Factor out the federal stimulus to the states and now tell me how Markell is doing? Factor out raising taxes and now tell me how Markell is doing?

To the wonderful public school teachers out there. Sadly to say the Grim Reaper will come knocking on the door for your benefits such as healthcare and pension. Not saying I agree with it because I don’t. Education is too administratively top heavy and consultants for the most part are administrative related. And lets not forget DEDOE and centralized money magnet. If teachers are expected to do more with less why not DEDOE?

Who knows, Joe Biden might ask Obama to throw Markell a rope aka a political appointment to get him out of this budget dilemma. Might be the only way Markell goes to Washington.

Civil Unions long overdue in Delaware

Delaware seems so sympathetic towards bullying  and hate crimes but when it comes to rights of gays often targets of both, Delaware can’t find the compassion to enact laws re: Civil Unions. Delaware Governor Markell needs to request Civil Union legislation.

I am not gay but human like all men and women of all races, sex and sexual orientation. My niche is education issues and politics leaning towards civil rights and social justice. There are many gay and lesbian teachers, parents and  students in Delaware and if we are too be part the so-called global economy perhaps we we show our unity as a national of diverse people. As far as don’t ask don’t tell in the military I think its sad that many gays and lesbians give their service and lives but must hide in the shadows.

Red Clay has the courage to stand by those regardless of sexual orientation.     Nondiscrimination in Employment

C. Definitions:

Discrimination: Treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person based on the group, class, or category to which that person belongs rather than on individual merit.

Protected characteristics: Includes race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, and any or all legally protected characteristics.

DEFINITION FOR DISCRIMINATION Student Code of Conduct page 36

This includes the use of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability as a basis for treating another person in a negative manner. Protected characteristics: Includes race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, genetic information, veteran status, and any or all legally protected characteristics.

I think it is time for Delaware aka The First State aka The State that started a nation to lead the way for America and enact Civil Union laws. How about Governor Markell?

Shout out to the Red Clay school board thanks for realizing all students and staff are equal no matter what!

Is Markell dropping the Job creation ball ?

Real Breaking News; Sallie Mae to cut more JOBS in DE Written by donviti on November 22, 2010

I have it on good authority that Sallie Mae will be cutting their Workforce by around 300 employees in Delaware.

Sallie Mae is already closing their HQ in Reston, VA and moving several of the people willing to move to Delaware.

WikiLeaks failed to release information on Arne Duncan

U.S. warns Britain over new WikiLeaks revelations that will ‘expose corruption between allies’
Read more:

  • 3 million documents set to go online

  • Bombshell leak thought to include U.S. assessments of Gordon Brown

  • Secret talks on return of Lockerbie bomber to Libya may also be leaked

  • Allegations ‘include U.S. backing of Kurdish terrorists’

  • U.S. diplomats face being kicked out of countries in backlash

  • Corrupt politicians expected to be named and shamed

    And I was hoping WikiLeaks would release those damaging documents linking Arne Duncan to Eli Broad and the fact Arne Duncan the United States Secretory of Education doesn’t hold a teaching certificate or has ever taught a class. I guess WikiLeaks does have morals and didn’t want to undermined America’s public school system.

  • Blog One More Fight hit a home-run

    Challenges As Well As Thanksgiving by TIMOTHY (One Fight More)

    There is no end in sight for robbing Peter to pay Paul in state budgets. Most economists believe that employment in the US will not fully recover for a decade. That’s a long time for always hungry public services to starve for income tax revenue. It’s a long time for American workers to go from jobless spell to jobless spell; or from wage and benefit cuts to more of the same. It is a long time for kids to experience the framework of education reform without a foundation of funding for the best in staffing and facilities. It is a generation with a college education in jeopardy. If you wonder why the National Education Association and her affiliates are becoming increasing interested, educated, and activated around fiscal policy and economic justice, this is why. We cannot pretend that we can produce a world class educated population in a safe bubble while the economy continues to crash around us.

    Read the rest of One More Fight’s post. I feel Timothy has shown real sincere open honest passion in this post.

    Delaware’s funding for its public education has been cut directly or indirectly by Minner Givebacks for about 5 years. Federal education funding such as Title 1 was meant to be “supplemental funding” however, some are concerned it has been supplant.  Millions of federal stimulus dollars has come Delaware’s way and provided funds to keep valued teachers and offer summer programs for our Title 1 students. The health of Delaware economy dictates funding availability. Some say we are out of the recession but others fear we may slip back in and I agree with Timothy that we may not see full recovery for a decade. Now the real question is, when will we see an end state funding cut to our local schools? And I say what added impact will there be when Race to The Top grant runs dry?

    Delaware’s Number Games #NewsJournal @nickiedobo (via Transparent Christina)

    John Young says: “Indeed this is a terrible numbers game, and as you can clearly read, the parents needed to hear from a statistician that the school obviously did not address special education math. This is the both the hypocrisy of the system and it’s tragic failure. DE schools are chasing mnumbers instead of teaching children in some cases. They are managing a mathematical formula. It is disgusting at its core and the Aspen Institute, mentioned in the article, aligns itself with the ed-reformers that are masters of numerical manipulation: From Seattle, to Chicago, to Atlanta, New York and beyond…..”

    Right on John

    Format Dynamics :: CleanPrint :: Explaining to alarmed parents why their child's school has failed to meet those goals can be a challenge. In 2009, Appoquinimink's Redding Middle School  posted higher marks on the state assessment, seeing gains in nearly every group of children. "Our scores were actually higher than they had ever been," said Principal … Read More

    via Transparent Christina

    About FIRE – FIRE

    About FIRE – FIRE.

    The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of consciencethe essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. FIRE’s core mission is to protect the unprotected and to educate the public and communities of concerned Americans about the threats to these rights on our campuses and about the means to preserve them.

    Fire is a great organization. Bookmark them to keep up on the latest.

    10/28/2010, University of Virginia Eliminates All Speech Codes, Earning FIRE’s ‘Green Light’ Rating

    Beyond the NCLB numbers game

    Delaware schools: No Child Left Behind numbers game;  Program leaves some students at risk in Delaware BY NICHOLE DOBO • THE NEWS JOURNAL • NOVEMBER 28, 2010

    This has created a “giant loophole” in the No Child Left Behind Act, said Gary Huggins, director of the Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind, a bipartisan group that has studied the law and suggested changes to it. “It kind of goes against the spirit of the law,” he said.

    And who is the Aspen Institute ? What are their association with Rodel ? And where does the Broad Foundation play into this? And where does Chris Coons play into this? Duncan taps Broad Foundation agent Russlynn Ali

    Russlynn Ali ; Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, US Department of Education

    Aspen Henry Crown Fellows

    The 2007 inaugural Fellows for the Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public EducationProgram are:

    Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, US Department of Education

    Joanne Weiss, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director, Race to the Top Fund, US Department of Education 

    Jim Shelton, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Innovation and Improvement, US Department of Education

    Elisa Villaneuva Beard, Chief Operations Officer, Teach For America

    Dan Katzir, Managing Director, The Broad Foundation

    Richard Barth, Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP)  AKA Wendy Kopp CEO of Teach for America husband.

    Aspen Henry Crown Fellow 2004– 

    Jack Markell

    Aspen Henry Crown Fellow 2002– 

    Arne Duncan

    Henry Crown Leadership Award  2005Bill Budinger, Founder, Rodel Inc., received the Award for exemplifying values-based leadership throughout his career.

    Aspen Institute Senior Mentors: William D.Budinger  Founder, Former Chairman and CEO Rodel, Inc

    Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowship Class of 2008– Chris Coons by Phillip BannowskyThe Rodel Foundation-sponsored discourse led to a pitch for “Race to the Top,” which could rip up union contracts, fire principals and teachers wholesale at schools that serve the poor, and bribe cash-strapped school districts to surrender community control. The Rodel Foundatin, Eli Broad (ex-director of Notorious AIG) and their corporate partners have dominated education discussions in our state and marginalized less-powerful voices that might better advance community needs

    So-called school reform serves corporate ends Published in the (Wilmington, Delaware) News Journal April 7, 2008 By Phillip Bannowsky

    The momentum of this corporate-led juggernaut is impressive. Blessed by the Legislature and Gov. Minner, Vision 2015 and its Broad and Rodel foundation architects have corralled politicians, school board members and administrators from across Delaware into its training seminars and retreats.

    The data collected that determines if Delaware meets or exceeds NCLB provision is based on the DSTP results. DSTP was an accountability plan that was rolled out long before NCLB and it was a plan hatched by the business community and yes DSEA went along to get along. Jack Markell only opposed DSTP after he decided to run for governor. Many of the same DSTP player are part of the Vision 2015 players and Vision 2015 paid for by Race to the Top.

    What about the Underground Department of Education?

    Delaware schools: No Child Left Behind numbers game;  Program leaves some students at risk in Delaware BY NICHOLE DOBO • THE NEWS JOURNAL • NOVEMBER 28, 2010

    Delaware schools are bracing for next year’s test results, which probably will show more schools than ever have failed to meet federal achievement goals. The state’s goal for math and reading will increase, and so will the rigor of the exam — both are measures supported by Gov. Jack Markell and Secretary of Education Lillian M. Lowery. They say the new exams will give a clearer picture of how the First State’s students are performing.

    This is because DEDOE ran an agenda to manipulate the DSTP by adjusting the cut scores to make it appear more students were meeting the standards. Markell was in public office during this time and just turned a blind-eye. Make note Jack Markell was a member of the Rodel Foundation’s advisory council.

    Then there is the angel from heaven :Teach for America CEO Wendy Kopp is wife of Richard Barth CEO Kipp all tight with Bush. TFA had an audit in June 2008 by USDOE OIG and findings were $774,000.00 in unsupported expenditures of federal monies.

    We need to get away from the numbers games and focus on the agenda game and which Delaware leaders or potential leaders who support the agenda.

    Who pays the price for the Frankenstein  reform plan called Race to The Top?

    Delaware teachers will be held accountable for the failures of SES providers Delaware’s new teacher evaluation system the will rate teachers, ineffective, effective, and highly effective based on student test data is SKEWED! DCAS will help identify student in need of supplemental services and for the most part many will be served by DEDOE approved SES providers. However, it will be the students teacher bearing the brunt of accountability. Is it fair that a teacher can be fired and a low performing SES providers keeps drawing a paycheck?

    Delaware schools: No Child Left Behind numbers game;  Program leaves some students at risk in Delaware BY NICHOLE DOBO • THE NEWS JOURNAL • NOVEMBER 28, 2010

    Every student is counted in the “all” average for the school, district and state, something the state’s leaders at the Department of Education say is important to note. Teachers in Delaware public schools have access to more student-level instructional support, which helps them catch failing students before they fall too far behind. This work reaches all students and is going on in every school — even those that have some student groups that are hidden from public reporting, said Dan Cruce, the state deputy secretary of education. “All kids are counted,” he said.

    Yes Dan you are correct. But Dan how do we move the Delaware Department of Education out of politics and out from appeasing business partners who want greater control? Markell has embedded DEDOE with cancer. He agrees to RTTT and National Core Standards and now holds town meetings after the fact to allow public input. Dan I was there at Red Clay’s RTTT MOU Board Meeting and you gave the board no choice but to vote for RTTT. Vote no and you’ll pay for reform plans associated with new regulations out of local taxes. You treated elected officials know as school board members as if they were beneath you.

    Top Education Experts Raise Caution on Teacher Evaluations

    Top Education Experts Raise Caution on Teacher Evaluations.

    Ten prominent education scholars have drafted a policy letter on behalf of the Economic Policy Institute – and are inviting those who care about public education to sign it – warning of the perils of linking teacher evaluations to standardized test scores

    The authors warn that heavy use of value-added modeling in teacher evaluation will “misidentify large numbers of both effective and ineffective teachers,” and cite recent research that concluded that value-added modeling was too inaccurate to be used as a primary means for evaluating teachers.