Wow! FBI investigating Gulen charter schools! Thank goodness none are in Delaware

Gulen Taxpayer Funded Charter School Under the FBI Microscope ;by SIBYL WEST on JUNE 7, 2011


Delaware’s alternative route for principal certification

New program gives alternative for principal ceritification 

The Delaware Leadership Project is a 15-month, principal certification that includes a 5-week summer intensive and 10-month residency with a mentor principal.

Governor Markell stresses how their role is crucial to Delaware’s future.

He says, “In my mind, the best way to get better is motivated, talented people, who want to better themselves for the purpose of changing the world. What better way is there to change the world then to make sure the kids who are in the school where you’re leading get the full benefit?”

In my mind Jack Markell is full of shit and perhaps he needs to apply that forward thinking to staffing the Delaware Department of Education.

I don’t really have a problem with this program or even alternative route to certification for teachers. The important thing is we have people who want to teach and lead in our schools. Teacher programs like Teach for America provide individuals who are out to make a career in education and for many is just a place to sit until the economy improves and then off they go into their chosen fields.

Do you notice with all these innovations and changes like Race to The Top parents the most valuable stakeholders are left out? Real change will not occur in public education until real financial transparency takes place. We’re moving into an era where school systems are relying more  outside private education consulting. HB#205 adds a watchful of conflict of interest between charter school organizers and service providers within. Don’t you think that should apply to governors and public school superintendents in their financial holdings of some of these Wall Street ed companies. Also, let’s no kids ourselves, many of these so-called non-profit ed firms aren’t full of volunteers. These folks collect pay and benefits.  The wine and dine school and state officials in order to get business. Teach for America snaked $300,000.00 out of Red Clay over and above the TFA teacher’s pay and benefit.

Hey did you notice Governor Markell came out to speak on this issue and still hides like a coward in the corner on the Reach and Pencader concerns?

Delaware’s newest blog! OUTSIDE THE MACHINE

Delaware’s newest blog with some old dogs with new tricks. Welcome Outside The Machine. Not sure who the head dog is but here are the contributors, Dana Garret ( I knew he when he was a kid :),  Joe Madjeski ( don’t know him but I am sure he is not related to the Bidens), Steve Newton (the best Libertarian I’ve ever met), Anonone ( not sure who this person is but could be Ruth Ann Minner, who knows?), Tyler Nixon ( Owner of Bob Barker’s collection of sports jackets) and Donviti (use to be lookout man at a famous water ice stand on Union Street, water ice out the front and numbers out the back. And almost forget, he us to sell protection insurance to other kids at the Italian Festival. $5.00 would guarantee your ass wouldn’t get kicked. )

Outside The Machine has been around since March and looks like it had a slow start. Great layout and you won’t struggle with grammatical errors like at Kilroy’s :). These boys are college educated. Give them a try!

Any Governor Markell remarks on the 4th of July would be a lie

For sure Delaware Governor Jack Markell will remark on freedom and American apple pie during his weekly address. However, coming from a man who runs his administration like a star chamber protecting the elitist  within, his words won’t be taken to heart by the citizen of Delaware.

As Markell reflects back on the struggles of American independence I must remind you that Delaware firist governor, Governor John McKinly was capture and held prisoner by the British in 1777. All these years later comes Delaware Jack Markell and what does he do? He operates his administration in the dark at the same time others proclaim him the Change Agent especially in regards to public education. Markell was all for open-government but the open part of government he open was it’s checkbook to feed Wall Street bedfellows wanting to feed off of education funding. The biggest insult to freedom is Markell willingness to close Reach and Pencader charter schools that failed because Markell political clones running the Delaware Department of Education failed to follow laws set by Delaware legislators. Markell allowed the executioner’s ax fall long before due-process and the required vote by the Delaware State Board of Education. Markell seems to enjoy the anguish Reach and Pencader’s parents and students are enduring.

Over the last ten years I visited graves and battles grounds of those who fought in the American Revolutionary War. Watched monuments unveiled and even on one occasion help set the foundation for a plaque. I’ve met with descendants of Richard Henry Lee and others who dare to protest King George III during the signing of the Leestown Resolutions protesting the Stamp Act of 1766. Baby Kilroy took his rightful place during the reenactment of the signing of that document by his ancestors. One thing for sure if this were the year 1777 and Markell was governor he would be a loyalist wearing gold-lace royal knee-pads. Delaware Governor Markell has no intention opening state government where he has great power to do so through executive orders. Rumor has it when Markell takes a shit on his royal throne at the governor’s house the people pay for he yells out, “flush twice it’s a long way to Pencader and Reach charter schools”.

Not only is Jack Markell the worst Delaware governor on education he is the biggest coward. When any good news about Delaware public schools makes the headlines Markell is there it make a public comment taking credit. Any bad news he’ll send in his News Journal throwaway to make bullshit shallow comments on his behalf. Jack has no remorse for ordering the Delaware Department of Education to turn off the money supply July 1, 2011 to Pencader  and Reach. Little does he know or comprehend he is turning the gas on these children suffocating their dreams of an education in school they chose through a free process. Jack perhaps grasshopper has a problem looking you in the eye during a hand shake because your eyes are empty of a man.

Delaware Dept of Ed takes action without approval of the state board of education

Question: Why isn’t the state giving Pencader its July 1 funding? Posted on June 29, 2011 by Nichole Dobo

We’ve received a lot of questions about Pencader regarding funding after the June 30 fiscal year ends.

The state has told two schools — Pencader and Reach — they will not get any more funding from the state as of July 1. That means some bills could go unpaid.

The state Board of Education won’t vote until July 21 on if the school will remain open. That leaves 20 days between the close of the last fiscal year and the board vote.

What is the state’s reasoning for freezing funding after June 30? We asked the state Department of Education to explain. Here’s the answer from spokeswoman Alison Kepner:

This is amazing, the Delaware Department of Education takes action before the state board of education votes on review committee’s recommendations and BEFORE THE PUBLIC MEETING

This demonstrates how Jack Markell political puppets controls all aspects of Delaware’s public education! I guess this is Jack Markell’s way of saying Happy 4th of July! So much for freedom for the people!

Hey Delaware State Legislators, keep an eye out for a new grassroots parent organization! See you in November 2012!

Breaking News! Delaware Senate passed HB#205 now on to Markell

HB#205 Senate Passed   On   06/29/2011 05:42:51 PM Vote 21 yes 0 no 

(1) For the purposes of this section a local school district or charter school shall be considered in financial distress when 1 or more of the following criteria are met:

a. The district financial position report required to be submitted on May 1, pursuant to § 1507(a) of this title, projects less than 1 month’s carryover; or

b. It is projected at any time during the course of the fiscal year that local payroll expenses will exceed projected local revenues; or

c. The charter school has been placed on formal review based, at least in part, on concerns regarding the charter school’s finances; or

d. Whenever a school district or charter school projects that it cannot fund 1 or more scheduled payroll disbursements.

(2) During any period of time when it is determined that a school district or charter school is in financial distress, the Financial Recovery Team shall be empowered to exercise, subject to the approval of the Secretary, control over the expenditure of funds appropriated to a school district or charter school as deemed necessary by the members of the Team. Control shall include, without limiting the foregoing, the right to approve the school district’s or charter school’s annual budget and any subsequent material amendment thereto, the right to approve district tax rates, the right to request drawdown of state financial assistance if applicable, the right to approve financial reporting to the local board of education or charter school board, the right to approve accounting policies, procedures and reports, the right to require a Financial Responsibility Committee be established by the local school board or charter school comprised of 1 or more members of the said board and/or residents of the district or, in the case of a charter school, parents of students attending the school.  The Committee shall examine and report on the financial status of the district or charter school and shall have the right to pre-approve any obligation or contract that would require the expenditure of funds by the school district or charter school. Notwithstanding any provision of either this Code or any applicable rule or regulation to the contrary, the authority extended under this section shall apply to the expenditure of all funds received by a school district or charter school.

 (3) The Financial Recovery Team shall report at least monthly to the Governor, the General Assembly, Director and the Controller General regarding the district’s or charter school’s current and projected financial position.

(4) The district or charter school shall reimburse the State for all salary and related costs of the Financial Recovery Team.

(5) Upon the recommendation of the Secretary that a school district or charter school is no longer in financial distress as defined in this section, the Director, with the consent of the Controller General, may elect to remove the members of the Financial Recovery Team.”

So does this now put Reach and Pencader into financial recovery status ?????????? Assuming Markell signs it before the next state board of education meeting and effective date is upon his signature?

Think about this, HB#205 included putting charter school under the financial stress / recover clause in the law with traditional public schools. This action signals perhaps it was an oversight whereas it would of had applied to Pencader and Reach. To say TOO BAD Reach and Pencader the law applies to prevent future system failures would be bullshit. If no effective date is indicated in the text of the legislation therefore it is effective upon signing by the governor. Since no state board action has stated these schools will be close HB#205 should apply. 

Appoquinimink School District’s 65K walk on water! WTF !

“Secretary of Education Lillian M. Lowery today announced approval of all 19 districts’ Race to the Top plans, allocating $18.4 million in Year 2 funding for the districts to implement innovative and aggressive reforms across the state.”

To garner state approval and receive funding, the district plans had to address how they would:

Implement college and career ready standards and assessments

Improve access to and use of data systems

Build the capacity to use data

Improve the effectiveness of educators based on performance

Ensure equitable distribution of effective educators

Ensure that educators are effectively prepared

Provide effective support to educators

Provide deep support to the lowest-achieving schools

Engage families and communities effectively in supporting students’ academic success

Appoquinimink RTTT 2011-2012 $65,000.00

WTF ! Somebody’s cornbread ain’t done in the middle ! Appo will end up spending more local money trying to obtain these goals. Is that 65K a DEDOE typo?

Delaware Governor gets creative in sending more Ed money to Wall Street

RFI – Middle School College Preparedness Curriculum 

1.2. Intent of this Request for Information (RFI)

The State of Delaware is in the process of researching existing college preparedness curriculum for all middle school students representing grades 6-8.  The objective of the RFI is to obtain information about approaches, tools and curriculum which are effective in achieving this objective.  Specifically, the State is considering enhancing middle schools effectiveness in preparing students for college, and is seeking information about the feasibility of this approach

With the 9th grade representing the highest percentage of high school dropouts I think it would be better to put out an RFI to address the high school dropout rate. Many students who dropout of Delaware high schools are student who struggled in middle school and even elementary schools.

What better way to invest in our children’s education than hire more Wall Street for profit education management companies.

Kilroy goes to Hollywood

I posted this March 7, 2011  Charlie Sheen Harper dies in auto accident; alcohol involved 

“I say, kill Charlie Harper off in an alcohol related auto accident”

Today TMZ is reporting Charlie Harper Dies Tragic Death

Hey maybe I can convince the producers of Two and A Half Men to create a new show called, Governor Markell bites the big one !

Delaware’s Governor caught in a love triangle


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