You know me, I love to rant! However, this might be my shortest post. Answer the following question. Where is the line between schools failing and parents failing?
All of Red Clay’s school except Cab and Conrad have a clear cut Choice process. All students whose feeder pattern assigns them to a particular school are guaranteed a seat. Therefore, if there are no seats available even in district students can be denied. Fair enough! However, with Cab and Conrad being all Choice with no so-called feeder pattern there are issues. As far as Conrad the board has clarified, students living within the old Conrad feeder-pattern have a preference over out of district students. This is because, Red Clay failed to seek modification of their approve Neighborhood School Plan which is associated with the lifting of the desegregation order aka to some force-busing. By making Conrad an all Choice school it reassigned “neighborhood” children to attend other district middle schools further away from home which infringes on the law that was meant to protect them. We can rant on the finer details of this Red Clay’s underhanded action. However, parents of students living in the old Conrad feeder-pattern have a legal argument. The district apparently made an error by not putting a map of the old Conrad feeder pattern online and I hope it returns soon. Here me well, many issues regarding education are being brought to the legislators. Conrad has no legal right to exclude students within the old feeder pattern and in-district students over out of district students. Magnet schools are not charter and Red Clay must serve Red Clay students first!
Re: Cab Galloway School of the Arts is a district magnet school. Many in Delaware think Cab is a charter school. It’s not ! To gain admission into Cab one must demonstrate a certain level of talent based on a point system. Red Clay students can be bumped out by out of district students with a higher score aka more talented.
As far as I see it, Cab is a school for learning and the district has an obligation to teach. No part of any state of federal assessments holds Cab accountable for the arts. Cab wants to selected the best possible talented students and has room for the average. However, Cab excludes students with poor talent. So rather than admit student with interest and desire, they reject. The fact remains, those student who complete the application “shows interest.” The interest gauge should not be determined by the judging applicants. Red Clay is not American Idol and has no right crushing hopes and dream of children.
The Red Clay administration and board’s first obligation is to Red Clay students and their Red Clay taxpaying parents. Red Clay’s job is to teach and educate ! So if a student who has dreams, hope, desire and interest in the arts aren’t world-class perhaps Cab should have teachers adapt to work with these kids.
The Red Clay school board reviewing the Choice policy must end this cherry picking bullshit and step-up to their responsibility to all “Red Clay” students and not allow Cab to discard children like emotional trash. Can we at least meet have-way and give Red Clay students with a minimum Cab score of 60% a preference. No Red Clay student should ever be denied a seat over an out of district student. Cab is indeed unique and is a gem to be proud of. But we can do better for these kids.
How is it that when a Red Clay school fails to meet standards it get’s another chance and when a Red Clay student doesn’t meet a talent level set by Cab they don’t even get one chance?
Gold Star to Fisker’s product placement on Two and a Half Men!
Ashton Kutcher’s character Walden Schmidt drives a Fisker.
Obama Administration to Bypass Congress, Impose Backdoor Education Agenda
A recent Huffington Post article stated, “Under No Child Left Behind, the Secretary of Education may waive provisions of the law for states in need, but he has no explicit authority to ask states to adopt reforms in exchange. In August, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Obama had approved plans to, in effect, reform the law without going through Congress: The secretary would waive specific provisions of the law in exchange for states agreeing to adopt favored reforms. The expanded waiver process is the administration’s attempt to implement its own reforms, and the process comes with political risk.”
Local school boards are quick to tell parents and the public their hands are tied and parents need to contact their state legislators. But at the same time their superintends engage in backroom deals with the likes of Delaware Governor Jack Markell. The federal government aka Arne Dunca is buying their way in to changes state education laws to support plans like Race to The Top that shifts needed funding for more teachers and smaller class sizes and sends that funding to Wall Street education consultants firms.
Governor Markell promised to invest more on Delaware schools buts has cut state funding each year while in office. By now many local board members are on to this bullshit RTTT / PZ agenda. It’s time to say no! And if DEDOE wants to takeover a school let them! Shove it up their ass and see how well they will do!
Our local Delaware state legislators sit around with their heads and thumbs up their asses clueless to the train wreck heading our way! Markell will once again cut state funding to local public and charter schools next year !
The local taxpayers will revolt when ask to approved referendums that are nothing more than a means to back fill state cuts and support federal intrusions. This cup of coffee a day and it’s for the kids referendum tactics is bullshit! I have no problems supporting real needs but not Markell’s agenda that takes money from the kids and then tell local taxpayers to step-up!
Message to the Tea Party of Delaware; to take back a nation requires taking back each state. I think we can agree “we” don’t want the federal government intruding on local contrail of any kind. It’s obvious the Delaware GOP isn’t going to challenge Obama / Duncan’s violation of federal law NCLB and just push it aside to advance a Wall Street agenda to feed $$$ off of our taxes! Markell will win another term as governor because he lacks opponents with balls!
Obama calls for minorities to stop crying and get up and at the same time local Republicans hide under a rock because the Delaware Political Star Chamber tells them to stand-down. Markell is nothing but a Wall Street Trojan Horse that not only let’s Wall Street ed consultants come in but he also shits on us with them.
Education reform is expanding faster than the Universe and as it does more money goes to administrative cost and consultants. If we dare to question hard working unionized teachers we should dare confront this agenda and the lazy soul sucking Wall Street pigs! They fucked up your investments, 401K’s, pension funds, the housing market and the economy. Do we really want to allow them to have a great role in public education?????????? Show us your stock portfolio Governor Jack Markell.
I am here to tell you Jack Markell does not deserve a second-term and whether it big a Republican or even a Delaware Democrat that primaries him, out schools, students and taxpayers will be better off. We need a leader with vision not shit-glasses!
Now is the time for our school board members to draw the line between Dover and Washington. Don’t tell the public your hands are tied and they need to contact their elected officials at the same time you fail to stand!