I can still hear the echo from the radio new flash on May 4, 1970. A day America turned deadly on it’s youth. At 16 I was still processing the assassination of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy and lets not forget the stress of being on the edge of nuclear war. God only knew what the future would bring and now that the future is here it seems the lessons of yesterday went on deaf ears. They say every generation has it’s war and it seems like the existence of mankind will always be shadowed by war. We need war to preserve the peace but yet with war there is no peace. Earth is nothing but a speck of light in the universe and mankind is nothing but a grain of sand in the hourglass of existence. Our public schools are being sold to Wall Street and high poverty students have become a profit center even for the men in their own community. And then there are the Reach girls disheartened by a system that refuses to yield to their needs and an education system that is willing to write them off as casualties in an artificial war on education. It can’t be for the children when there is no genuine passion and heart.
The Glasgow MOU and Partnership Plan are two different documents. 14.1.6 VOLUNTARY TRANSFER PERIOD of the “MOU” says this:
The transfer period will be comprised of two parts: a fifteen day application window followed by a 30 day placement period.
Positions which open after this voluntary transfer time period will be available for interested district employees to apply and interview for in a late Spring job fair.
Also 14:2.1 ADVERTISEMENT/INTERVIEWS
14:2.4 Selections for all positions shall be determined based on interviews conducted by the building leader and Members of the Partnership Zone Technical Assistance Committee. Teacher representatives may also be invited to participate on the interview team for new candidates. Current staff and new candidates will be required to participate in the interview process. Candidates will be evaluated based on the following criteria: certification, highly qualified status, system-wide balance, and other relevant information.
Permanent contract employees who are not selected for a position in a Partnership Zone school will participate in the voluntary transfer process.
Staff will be required to sign a letter of commitment by July 1, 2011 agreeing to fully participate in the school’s transformation for a minimum of two academic years.
PARTNERSHIP ZONE PLAN FOR GLASGOW HIGH SCHOOL CHRISTINA SCHOOL DISTRICT JANUARY 5, 2011
All Staff will interview for all positions within the academies. Interviews will be conducted by the Campus Principal, the Academy Leaders, and other teachers selected by union representatives. Questions including the following will be asked:
Why would you like to be a part of the _____________ Academy at Glasgow High School?
What do you have to offer, professionally, to the ______________Academy at GHS? Please describe how your education and experience has lead you to this decision?
How does your teaching methodology, content area knowledge, and expertise support the goals of the ___________ Academy?
How do you plan to contribute to the success of the _____________ Academy a GHS?
What do you feel you need from the Academy Leader and district-level administration in order to ensure student success in your classroom and beyond?
What changes/adjustments do you feel you will need to make, as a teacher, in order to ensure student success and performance in the ________ Academy? How can the administrative team support those changes?
How do you plan to maintain a school climate that is conducive to learning in your classroom?
How do you currently use student data to promote student success in your classroom. How would you propose to change that to increase success?
So we have the MOU and the PZ Plan. Both clearly indicate the interviews will be conducted building leader. Doesn’t say leaders, says leader and surely that is referring to the Campus Principal. Indication are the building leader did not conduct the interviews as he was not there. Fact or fiction? The other issue was all the interview questions listed in the PZ Plan were not asked (” Questions including the following will be asked”). Fact or Fiction?
We all agree change will be and is hard. However, we must get it right! Agreements were made with teachers, districts, boards and DEDOE. The concerns in this case are not petty and for whatever reason the building “leader” was not there the process should have not moved forward unless an agreed addendum was made to the PZ Plan and agreed upon by all parties.
We have an educational reform process that seems to be driven by politics and business interest. We already see how $8.2 million dollars is going to Wireless Generation a subsidiarity of News Corporation owed by Rupert Murdoch where Joel Klein is Executive VP. And we see a clear personal connection to K12.inc and Governor Jack Markell. Delaware is not a trust me state.
I attended the Red Clay RTTT MOU board meeting and DOE Dan pretty much put a political gun to the board’s head, either approval the RTTT MOU or be faced with new state regulations and you’ll fund the regulations aligned with Race to The Top with local money. Sees to me Delaware is now a fuck you state. Markell and Duncan sells Delaware educators buy in as all willing partners. Originally the district data coaches were going to be pay for with the state share of RTTT funds and now it’s the districts that will pay. And then there’s that Ed Jobs funding that wise districts put in reserve for next year. But Markell is asking superintendents to use it to cover some of the impact of his proposed state budget cuts.
CSD School Board President John Young may in deed have a sharp tongue and ridicules the Race to The Top social re engineering of public education that appears to be driven by the business entities. We all know Governor Markell’s long association with the Rodel Foundation aka Vision 2015 that is not embedded in Delaware Race to The Top plan. Politicians can trash the shit out of each other during campaigns. Though school board are representative of local school they are first and foremost “elected” public officially! Just like Jack Markell! If Markell thinks John Young is harmful to students I think that’s the kettle calling the pot black! Markell turns his backs on the Reach girls and can’t even layout the what if’s. Reach just open it’s door this school year and is pretty much bankrupt. Yea let’s close failing charter schools but to tell students like the Reach girls sorry or have to find another schools is bull shit. Putting a charter school on “Formal Review” mid year sends a message to the public to use cautions when applying. Markell’s approval and review process of charter schools is “flawed”!
Markell took the current CSD crisis to the next level by pushing an media campaign agenda to suggest CSD school board backed out of the reform plan and pretty much don’t give a rat’s ass about children. Markell took a little problem that can and will be resolved and turned it into a political “war”. What right does Arne Duncan an appointed official of President Obama have making negative comments on the issues and calling for the CSD board to step-down ? A highly respected State Representative John Kowalko expressed concern that the agreed “process” wasn’t being followed and support the CSD decision which was “not” to pull out of reform.
The problem with moving Delaware public school reform is Jack Markell! He needs to let the little bumps in the road happen and get resolved. Sure set a timeline before cutting funds! Now he has to come walking back like a duck with it’s head up it’s ass and reverse the funding freeze. Dear Governor Jack Markell, many of your employees can’t stand your guts and only do so because they have a family and career. Give Lowery full control of DEDEO hiring and firing! Let her do her job you nor I am qualified to do. My goal is to advance transparency of our public schools so that the real watchdogs can expose the darkness. I don’t need to be an elected official to do that.