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Supporting Effective Charter Schools.
The reauthorization proposal will provide competitive grants to states, charter school authorizers, charter management organizations, districts, and nonprofit organizations to start or expand high-performing public charter schools and other high-performing autonomous public schools, with a priority for applicants proposing to start or expand high-performing public charter schools. Autonomous schools are public schools that, as much or even more than charter schools, have ongoing autonomy over key operational elements, including the staffing, budget, schedule, and education program. Both charter schools and other autonomous schools funded under this program must be subject to the same accountability systems as traditional public schools, as well as increased accountability for improving student academic achievement
I feel there is a big misconception that the alternative to public schools that puts education services in private hands is non-profit. Sure there are not profits after cost per-say. However, there are those capitalizing from within.
We’ve witness the growth of education consultants over the years and we’re not just talking about direct services to the classrooms. Delaware pays school administrators quite fair these days and there is an assumption that school superintendents are knowledgeable managers. However, they employ many consultants to fill the gap in their own lack of knowledge. Now we are seeing array of new consultants such as data coaches and numerousness curriculum and instructional consultants. I think the biggest insult to the Delaware taxpayers is the hiring of consultants to perform teacher evaluation under Delaware’s DPASII program. Teacher evaluations were a primary function of the building principals but for some reason they are too overwhelmed. So now they get little helpers to ease the burden of the daily grind. Meanwhile back in the classroom, teachers are given greater responsibility to implement IEP like assistance for each student reflective of their performance on DCAS, the state new growth model assessment testing program. The bulk of student intervention will come directly from the classroom teacher and no additional supplemental services by professionals. The SES that are provided is don’t by private contractors who are not held to the same standards as the classroom teachers. When the SES fails to raise student academic achievement the accountably aspect falls back on the classroom teacher.
As far as all these private education management companies, its a cash cow where fees are paid to the management company executives that don’t even step foot in the classrooms. The talk of school consolidation that will save money is targeted at combining school district when in fact the expansion of charter schools is counterproductive to consolidation. Charter schools an individual entities (school district) that strains Delaware Department of Education ability to provide effective and fair oversight. In fact, as charter schools grow so will the need for DEDOE administration.
The public school process is expanding like the universe and with variations such as charter schools , magnet schools, school academies within existing traditional schools and choice schools the end results will be lack of cohesiveness that will question fair and equitable education for all students. We are building a system that allows White Flight and Bright Flight within the structure and public funding of public schools. The White Flight as you know was the exit of many white students in response to desegregation. Those student fled to private schools. The Bright Flight is the exit of student to charter schools with specific admission criteria that pretty much excludes at-risk students. Hard to believe Delaware has such a charter school law that allows charter schools to pick and chose their students. During his bid for governor, Jack Markell raised concerns about “re-segregation, skimming and creaming of students via charter schools.” But once elected he seems to forgot the concerns he was some deeply compassionate about. The writing is on the wall that poor minority students who make up the greatest portion of at-risk students will be left out. Sure minorities can start there own charter schools. However, with the academic bar being raised at a time when students can achieve the current bar many claim are set too low, at-risk student will carry a greater burden. It seem raising the bar and creating high performance magnet schools and charter school see to be more about appeasing the white more affluent parents.
Moyer charter school a predominantly African-american high poverty school was ordered closed by Governor Markell even-though Moyer had a rating of “Commendable”. Markell had no intervention plans in place for the students impacted by his egotistic decision that was meant to show Arne Duncan he had courage to close low performing schools. After being confronted for not ensuring Moyer students would have options with no admission restrictions to schools traditional or charter that were rate “Superior” or “Commendable” Markell reaized he fucked up! Markell’s back peddling brought in K12.com ad charter school management company with no proven track record in Delaware. K12.com curriculum was adapted to Delaware’s standard.
If Arne Duncan has his way ESEA aka NCLB will be embedded with completive grants favorable to charter schools and non-profit organizations. This would disrupt the formula based funding process and further erode fair and equatable education. It seems some charter schools can struggle and be blown off as “growing” pains while other don’t receive that same favoritism.
I see the best plan to reform public education is promoting local control and real share decision-making where parents and teachers have the greatest say. Also, ensuring SES providers, consultants and teachers are all held to the same accountability standards and consequences. We also need laws and school board policies prohibiting teachers from suggesting which SES providers parents should chose. SES providers must be eliminated when not meet objectives. There is enough ESEA funding such as Title 1 coming in to be the carrot on the stick. We don’t need to add more financial incentive. Any increase in public education should go towards lowering class sizes by adding teachers. If the prospect of receiving more funding is such a motivators, why shouldn’t the prospect of losing funding do the same?
The time has come for complete transparency of our public school system that includes more readily available documentation such as financial and consultant contracts online. Also, at least if not video of all school board meetings and state board of education meetings. We cannot have real reform if the state and political puppets at the school level work in tandem to keep the public in the dark. We are seeing so very bold individuals stepping to become board members and currently in Delaware it might our only line of defense. However, you don’t have to be a politician or board member to have power. Power is for the taking and for the brave to step up and take it.
Mayor Daley on Wednesday blasted a federal education bureaucracy run by former Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan for excluding Chicago from the presentation that culminated in Illinois being shut out from $400 million in federal funds.
“You leave no child left behind. You race to the top. Next year, you race to the bottom. Next year, you race to the side. Everybody’s racing to something,” Daley said.
“Why can’t you send us money to build our schools. . . . All the teachers know that these are just political slogans. We should end it.”
Daley said the outcome of the Race to the Top sweepstake might have been different for Illinois, if only “those who had worked in the vineyards” in Chicago had been part of the pitch for federal funding.
Chicago Mayor Richard Daley the Godfather of mayoral control of public education cries foul because Illinois / Chicago didn’t win any Race to The Top funding. However, Daley is correct about the political slogans use for school reform plans.
Race to The Top is being sold as success when in fact no state who has won funding produced student testing results deeming RTTT a success. Only 11 states actually won RTTT funding and Duncan proclaims America’s school are being reformed because of RTTT. The fool states who enacted new state education laws and regulations in anticipation of winning Race to The Top don’t have the financial resources to implement those changes. Pretty much all the states that applied for the Race to The Top grant were playing the federal funding slot machines with state funding. Now that they loss these losing states must fund the changes made to their education laws that would have accommodated RTTT.
At a time school consolidation is the buzzword to reduce education cost or rather reallocate more funding to the classroom (yea right) Race to The Top adds another layer of administration on top of NCLB administration. In Delaware Markell favors consolidation of some school districts and if that were to happen it wouldn’t result more funding for classrooms. It would only result in more state cuts to education at the local level.
Richard “Dick” Daley was such a big-shot in how “he” had control of Chicago schools and even hire Arne Duncan as CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Duncan cites his success in Chicago as proof RTTT will work.
The Obama adminstration’s Race to the Top competition has drawn a mix of plaudits and catcalls from both Democrats and Republicans around the country, reaction that in some ways can be traced to how their states fared in the multimillion dollar school competition.
Now one of the best-known Democrats in the country, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, is ripping the awards process, saying it was unfair to his state, and by extension, his city.
“We should end it. We should end it,” said Daley, who recently announced he would not run for re-election, according to the Chicago Tribune
Of course if Illinois won Race to The Top funding it would had been the best thing for Chicago since the birth of Arne Duncan.
“Isn’t that silly?” Daley said. “Not allow somebody who has reorganized schools, rebuilt schools and the things we do here, but we could not make that presentation? Again, it’s called federal bureaucracy. That’s all it’s about: bureaucracy.”
Is there where I am to say, “thats the pot calling the kettle black”?
The mayor’s remarks are a reminder on how the flow of federal education money to the states has produced some surprising political dynamics, which don’t break down along party lines
Most likely it might be that the maker of political knee pads is non-partisan. Markell didn’t give his Arne Duncan political blow job for the sake of Delaware. Markell did it for his own political future. Markell is all about Markell !
Richard’s brother, William M. Daley, served under Former Pres. Bill Clinton as US Secretary of Commerce. Then he worked in a paid “advisory” capacity on Obama’s presidential campaign. Their other brother, John P. Daley, is the finance chairman on the Cook County Board of Commissioners.
In 1989, Rahm Emanuel served as Daley’s assistant and principle fundraiser; badgering, bullying, and guilt-tripping people into supporting Daley’s mayoral campaign. His nickname, Rahmbo, was assigned to him at the time for his ability to get things done.
Emanuel isn’t the guy running for Mayor of Chicago ?
Daley took over control of the Chicago School System hiring Arne Duncan as the CEO over the Chicago Public Schools. Arne served from 2001 – 2008. He was to preside over the educational system and fix the mediocre public schools. Arne Duncan, whose achievements are questionable related to improving the educational system in Chicago,
Chicago has a hire high school dropout rate than the entire state of Delaware but yet Jack Markell drops to his knees for Duncan and Duncan’s education plans.
Daley says he did not have a role in the city school clout list, but it shows signs of having that Chicago touch
March 24, 2010|By John Kass
When U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan ran the Chicago Public Schools for the boss of Chicago, he kept a secret list of those who hoped to clout children into the city’s top-tier public schools.
“We didn’t want to advertise what we were doing because we didn’t want a bunch of people calling,” CPS official David Pickens admitted to Tribune reporters Azam Ahmed and Stephanie Banchero, who broke the story.
So the schools kept a clout list. But they didn’t want nobody nobody sent hassling them with calls
I wonder, will Richard Daley go by the name “Dick” once retired?
As far as Markell, everybody knows Jack’s off to Washington
Red Clay DSEA Pres Want-to-be is not alone in the universe
Mary Jo Faust is running and was kind enough to respond to some Kilroy questions. See link above
Frederika Jenner is running
“I am running for President of the Delaware State Education Association. One of our local leaders who is President of the para-educators (classroom aides) group in her school district asked me: “I have a question for you—something near and dear to my heart. If you become President of DSEA, what would you do to help ESP’s obtain the living wage that we so rightfully deserve?”
Ok folks who else is running ?????
Ok Big snow storm on the way and we’ll assume Markell will give orders not to wake him unless the snow is 10 inches or better.
Back in the day when Delaware’s governor declared a State of an Emergency that meant keep your ass off the roads and highways. Also it meant for banks, stores, employers, schools and pretty much every body shut down with the exception of emergency services and 24 hour healthcare services like hospitals and nursing homes. There use to be volunteers with 4×4 shuttling medical and emergency workers to these critical jobs.
I think its time for our governor to pick up where governors in the past failed and communicate to Delaware employers that he needs their support and cooperation. If the state takes a position of fining motorist for being on the road during a State of an Emergency and the individual is going to work I think the courts should default fines to the individual’s employer.
The real sad part about State of an Emergency not being taking seriously is the police and emergency personnel spend more time assisting people who shouldn’t be on the road. The men and women that provide these services shouldn’t have the risk their lives responding to so dick-weed running to 7-11 for brownies and bread.
The State of Delaware’s capacity to handle snow emergencies has not kept up with population growth and I think the time has come to hold the governor and state legislators more accountable. Surely we can’t attract more businesses to Delaware in order for us to compete in the global economy if we can’t provide basic services.
The bottom-line is, until the state convinces industries to support time of emergencies it will be the little people paying any fines or risking life to drive to work. It will be first responders risking life to respond to people that shouldn’t be on the road in the first place.