Monthly Archives: November 2011

Wilmington’s 1.2 million $ bonus could be better served hiring more police

Wilmington officials urging bonuses for city workers

City administrators are pushing for an ordinance proposing $1.2 million be spent on holiday bonuses to Wilmington’s nearly 1,100 employees. The proposal would provide a one-time holiday bonus of $1,000 for most full-time employees and $500 for school crossing guards.

Nothing person to the city employees but but the $1.2 million dollars could be better served adding a few more Wilmington Police officers. As for the employees I think they should be very thankful for their jobs. Could be worst!


Arne Duncan needs help in Economics 101

Duncan Calls for Urgency in Lowering College Costs

Education Secretary Arne Duncan in a speech Tuesday pushed higher education officials to “think more creatively — and with much greater urgency — about how to contain the spiraling costs of college and reduce the burden of student debt on our nation’s students.”

“Three in four Americans now say that college is too expensive for most people to afford,” Mr. Duncan said. “That belief is even stronger among young adults — three-fourths of whom believe that graduates today have more debt than they can manage.”

Arne when was college affordable?

Mr. Duncan acknowledged that cost containment was not a simple matter, given that college presidents are simultaneously working to increase quality and access. And he also recognized that the public institutions that educate three-quarters of the nation’s students have had to raise tuition as state legislatures, faced with budget shortfalls, have cut their support for higher education.

Looks like you did your homework Arne ! But the cuts are even at the K-12 level ! Ask Delaware Governor Jack Markell how he cut state funding to local public schools every year he has been in office. Markell yaps about how we need to invest more in public education and then cuts state funding.

Delaware homeless needs a place to pitch their tents aka homes

The economic downturn’s new face of poverty; Evidence of tough times emerges across all three of Delaware’s counties

Evidence turned up earlier this month in a wooded corner of Cape Henlopen State Park north of Rehoboth Beach, where state park rangers ordered the removal of a cluster of tents and cited some homeless residents for illegal camping after complaints from the public.

“We’ve actually done it a couple of times: in mid-September and then maybe mid-October and again a couple of weeks ago,” said Capt. Steve Savidge, regional ranger for the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. “Some of the people we’ve encountered are just homeless, and that’s a good place where they can get to the soup kitchens and everything on Route 1.

The holiday season is upon us and many including the governor blows the trumpet for help. Photos are taken with politicians feeding the homeless and poor.  Do we really need to showcase the poor in photo-opts? Homeless people are not animals in a zoo. Same goes for poor students! Do we need to showcase their pictures in the local papers? Everybody has the right to some dignity!

I doubt if there are enough shelters in Delaware to house all the homeless. For many a tent is a blessing. But there really isn’t safe and legal place one can pitch their tent. America and Delaware are in crisis and many good hardworking people loss everything including their home because government failed and Wall Street greed.

I think its time Delaware shows greater passion for the homeless and find a safe place for them to pitch their tents. Also, provide portable toilets, showering facilities and perhaps and onsite food pantry. Some might call this idea nuts in that it would encourage more people to live in a tents than struggle with keeping their homes. But come on, don’t you think anyone that is willing settle for living in tents is hard up? Some will say, we’ll have nothing but drug and crime infested shantytowns. The last thing we need to do is put the mentally ill, homeless sex offenders and homeless felons in housing with good people down on their luck and screwed by failed government. But tell me, are the current shelters separating the good from the so-called bad? Perhaps designated areas for singles and one for families. OK perhaps Kilroy has a few screws lose on this one! So tell what is the answer? Why should homeless people be treated like vagrants?

Definition of VAGRANT

a : one who has no established residence and wanders idly from place to place without lawful or visible means of supportb : one (as a prostitute or drunkard) whose conduct constitutes statutory vagrancy

Why do we provide FEMA trailers to victims of natural disasters and not victims of human disasters ? Some will say, some folks will give up their homes and apartments and settle for a free FEMA trailer. Perhaps! But then again how many of those people would already be on public assistance?

There are many singles and family in homes hanging on by a thread and fear of the thought of living on the street!

Job are the answer  but what should be done ?

Washington Post takes aim at Markell’s Wall Street buds K12.Inc

Virtual schools are multiplying, but some question their educational value

By Lyndsey Layton and Emma Brown, Published:

November 26 A Virginia company leading a national movement to replace classrooms with computers — in which children as young as 5 can learn at home at taxpayer expense — is facing a backlash from critics who are questioning its funding, quality and oversight.

K12 Inc. of Herndon has become the country’s largest provider of full-time public virtual schools, upending the traditional American notion that learning occurs in a schoolhouse where students share the experience. In K12’s virtual schools, learning is largely solitary, with lessons delivered online to a child who progresses at her own pace

This is the same K12.Inc falling on it’s face re: Moyer charter school. Markell refuses to make public the state’s funding stream for Moyer / at the same time requiring financial requirments at all other Delaware public and charter schools. Moyer / does not have the requires Citizen Budget Oversight Committee.

K12 has hired lobbyists from Boise to Boston and backed political candidates who support school choice in general and virtual education in particular. From 2004 to 2010, K12 gave about $500,000 in direct contributions to state politicians across the country, with three-quarters going to Republicans, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

There you have it, a democrat and republican agenda to allow Wall Street to help privatize public education. You can bet Gingrich is in on somewhere. And I’ll bet Markell is a stock holder for K12.Inc and Wireless Generation.

It’s a promising business. In the past fiscal year, K12 had revenue of $522 million — a 36 percent increase from the prior year, according to securities filings. Its net income after a series of acquisitions was $12.8 million. Packard earned $2.6 million in total compensation.

Packard, 48, took a roundabout route to education. A former Goldman Sachs banker, he was working as a consultant with McKinsey and Co. when he got a call from Michael Milken, the financier who pleaded guilty to securities fraud in 1990 and later became a philanthropist partly focused on education.

What does Markell and K12.Inc have in common

Governor Markell’s Wall Street Education Connection Grows

Another Markell Wall Street connection with finger in RTTT pie.

Gingrich should be deported!

Gingrich backs “path to legality” for some

NAPLES, Fla. – Speaking to an overflow crowd here this weekend, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich did not back down from his call for a “path to legality” for illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States for 25 years or more and who have established family and community ties. The former speaker of the House also scolded his GOP rivals for calling his proposal amnesty.

Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

-required employers to attest to their employees’ immigration status.
-made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit unauthorized immigrants.
-granted amnesty to certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants

-granted amnesty to illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously.

Hey Newt ! America already reformed the immigration laws which granted amnesty!

The only way I am for amnesty is when America borders are secure and “sealed”!

“I am not for amnesty for 11 million people. I’m actually not for amnesty for anyone,” Gingrich told the audience Friday. “But I am for a path to legality for those people whose ties are so deeply into America that it would truly be tragic to try to rip their family apart.”

Let that path start at the border by requiring all illegals to go home and apply for  that path way.

Let’s stop protecting Iraq and Afghanistan’s borders and better protect America’s borders.

Gingrich should be deported !

What not to do at the company Christmas party

Is Delaware Secretary of Education suffering from Alzheimer’s?

Evaluating teachers must include measure of student growth Written by LILLIAN LOWERY

Two years ago, Delaware’s teachers, school leaders, and other stakeholders came together with the common purpose of developing a plan to improve our schools.

Like DSTP never existed !!!!! Why not hold the stakeholder who came together back in 1995 to develop DSTP accountable? Our secretary is big on not rewarding failure but stands-down when Markell hires their agents to work and spy on her at DEDOE. Teachers were railroaded by the Queen who took the limo deal! School boards were “forced” to sigh the RTTT MOU. Parents were “not” part of the RTTT planning conversation!

Most of the teachers from whom I have heard over the past three years have said they agree with their evaluation being based in part on student achievement — provided that the student achievement measure is fair and based on student growth.

Well perhaps you should let the world know students meeting the standards isn’t showing growth.

Until now, we have not had the tools to provide fair, growth-based measures of student achievement. For years, Delaware’s approach to measuring student achievement asked the wrong question.

There has always be student growth consideration at the classroom level. Remember student “effort” has always been an important factor. Also, teacher’s know their students way better than subjective data derived from teach to the test mandate. DSTP was never meant to be an achievement test and was only meant to be a “yardstick” to measure achievement to use as method of addressing curriculum needs. DSTP rolled out long before NCLB 2002 and it was NCLB that took that “yardstick” to beat students and teachers over the head.

Delaware Student Testing Program took one snapshot and asked: How did this year’s class of children score at this one point in time compared to a different set of children from the year before?

Hello Ms. McFly, there were bench mark test and tons of district level assessment test. Also, there were classroom quizzes and test to track students.

Thousands of educators and parents argued that the real question should be how much students learned, looking at where the students began the year and where they ended it.

And yet state legislators took forever to wake-up. Markell who was part of the Minner Administration said noting until he wanted to be governor.  He claims “he” repealed DSTP when in fact it was on the way out before he became governor.

“They were right. That’s why Delaware launched the growth model Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System to replace the DSTP last year.”

Bullshit ! The growth model was approved as a pilot program in 2006 by USDOE  Long before Markell and Lowery! Reform of DSTP / NCLB was well on the way before Race to The Top. RTTT has undermined the positive direction and has created nothing more than NCLB 2.0.

DCAS may be given up to four times per year, allowing for measurement of student growth within the school year

And yet classroom teachers are to devise a IEP like plan for all students with no real intervention offered. SES providers are failing to meet standards and rewarded with new contracts.

And the deeper data that DCAS provides throughout the year allows teachers to adjust their instruction to better meet the needs of their students

Yea and the tooth fairly is real !

Last spring, to ensure that Delaware had the time needed to appropriately develop these growth measures, we requested and the U.S. DOE granted a one-year extension to the timeline for full implementation of the student achievement portion of educator evaluations.

Yea and you’re praying NCLB will be revised resetting the accountability clock for another 10 years.

Some teachers are concerned about an approach incorporating student performance. As someone who spent many years in the classroom, I understand their hesitation. But the ability to identify teachers who excel and those who need additional support is critical to better meeting students’ needs.

Not too good at math Lol ?? “Most” teachers are concerned! When will Markell put a plan together to hold parents just as accountable as teachers? When will DEDOE be held accountable for violating state laws re: required annual charter school reports?

Before we can hold anyone accountable there needs to be a plan to hold all stakeholders accountable. Sorry, but I feel our Delaware Secretary of Education is noting more than a wind-up toy and a sock puppet for Markell.

Hey Markell, not all children aspire to be scientist

Jack, not all children aspire to be scientist. Children shouldn’t be farmed as corporate wiglets. America shouldn’t compete with the world! The world should be competing with America and the arts has always been part of the American dream .

It’s great to have a wonderful paying job but there is life beyond the workday. The arts are a very important part of being. Without the arts there would be no Star Spangled Banner or America the Beautiful. Without the arts the world would be dark. Without the arts there would be no inspiration lifting America or the world out of it’s darkest hour.

The diversity of mankind cannot be forced into a society subservient to corporation and government. A life without the arts is a life without quality.  Public schools shouldn’t be forced to limit the offering of the arts.

Jack your heart grows cold because you put you political aspirations before the real aspirations of children. Children need to following their calling and not be lied to. Expand the arts in our schools and let children be children. China is a repressive country and we need not tell our children China is the model for the Delaware.

5 watt WDEL wins award

Rick Jensen’s WDEL wins National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award for Medium Market Station of the Year.

Congratulation Rick ! Few more coat-hangers on that tower you might be able to reach Rehoboth on a clear night’s skip. Who would of thought a Radio Shack walkie-talkie  could grow up to be such an asset to the community!

Lets not forget Big Al and Allan who carries Rick’s ass ! LOL 🙂 Congratulation to all. 

Time for new leadership at the Delaware Department of Education

Increased education funding requested; Department seeking 5 percent budget hike

DOVER — The state Department of Education on Tuesday requested a nearly 5 percent increase in its operating budget for the next fiscal year.

What a joke ! Lets start by cutting DEDOE salaries by 10% and purge those Markell political jobs like the one created for the former DSEA queen.

The increase would restore funding in areas where the state used now-gone federal money to temporarily fill budget holes. It also would increase the number of teachers and fund step increases in salaries.

That temporary federal funding was meant to give Markell time to create jobs to increase revenues. What Markell did was to create more jobs in education administration rather than the private sector.

Much has been done to save money in previous years, state Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery told budget officials.

“I promise you there is nothing left to be cut out of DOE,” Lowery said.

Like What ? Less Arne Duncan D.C. ass-kissing trips? DEDOE never put out a report detailing internal cost savings. You promise to stop lying to students and parents and can’t achieve that goal by lack of transparency! Shows us the P-card line-item expenditures.

The largest increase requested by the department would not result in more money being sent to schools — it would only maintain the status quo. The state was asked to make up for $27 million from a federal grant that will end this year.

What a Joke !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Markell cuts funding to local schools each year he has been in office and district had to find ways to cut expenses. Perhaps it’s time for a Citizen Budget Oversight Committee for the Delaware Department if Education!

Local public school district taxes are based on property assessments. Property values in New Castle and Kent counties were last updated in the 1980s, and Sussex County’s were reassessed in the 1970s. Typically, that means newer homes carry a disproportionate burden of the taxes, since they were the most recently assessed.

Here we go again! Let’s reassess property values to increase local school tax revenues to offset state budget cuts.

The education department asked that the state devote less funding to minor capital improvements — such as building maintenance like roof work — because that area was boosted last year. The department wants the state to increase funding for major capital improvements — an area that includes new buildings — from $115,363,318 in 2011-2012 to $116,103,200 next year

Another Markell shell game! What next limit prevailing wages to projects over 10 million dollars?

What the Delaware Department of Education needs is better transparency and employees not held to Markell’s political agendas. How about an complete detail AUDIT of the Delaware Department of Education?

So the boss isn’t giving you a bonus! Then quit or shut-up!

It’s getting that time of year where employees gather around the water cooler debating whether or not they’ll get a Christmas bonus.

Folks if you have a job consider it Christmas everyday! Just be thankful you weren’t handed an envelope with a pink-slip, due to the economy we’re forced to let you go.

For those of you who receive a Christmas bonus show some heart and donate part of it to the Food Bank.

Newt Gingrich is bad for public education

If Newt Gingrich wins the republican primary his stance on public education which supports Obama / Duncan Wall Street influenced education agenda would be a set back for public education.

I would personally like to see the Department of Education shrink to a research and reporting overview agency and that its design is to help find new and innovative approaches to then be adopted voluntarily at the local level.  I think virtually all of the regulations should disappear.

Yea right ! And Kilroy is the tooth fairy

“I’ve been deeply disturbed by a lot that’s going on in Washington,” Jeb Bush said on Thursday, “but this is not one of them. President Obama has been supporting a reform secretary, and this is deserving of Republican support.” Bush’s sentiment is echoed across the spectrum, from Newt Gingrich to Al Sharpton.

Newt Gingrich is nothing more than a political Trojan Horse for the Bush’s family’s profiteering off of education 

If Obama wins Duncan stays! If Gingrich wins Duncan stays! If Duncan stays America’s schools lose!

Something that stands out about Ed Sec Arne Duncan and his inner circle – Klein, Sharpton, and, lord help us, Newt Gingrich at the *cough* “progressive” Education Equality Project; Bill Gates, Eli Broad, Mayor Bloomberg, and the whole Billionaire Boys’ Club gang; Michelle Rhee, Wendy Kopp, and the “give us a rookie idealist and a five week crash course, and we’ll give you a competent, expert teacher” gang at Teach for America – and their whole “reform” discourse is how much talk and proposed action we hear about teachers, and how little about teaching.

Gingrich is nothing more that the fox in the hen house.

Would online public K-12 schools be good for Delaware?

State-by-State List of Free Online Public Schools, K-12: Online High Schools and Elementary Schools By Jamie Littlefield, Guide



New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia

The states highlighted appear to offer online public school options. Delaware is one state that does not.

Personally I am not for online public schools because they inhibit needed socialization skills.

If Delaware were to allow online school it would have to devise some kind of written high school exit exam or an online one in a secured location.

Surely serving students online would help reduce funding for public schools. No more capital referendum for more schools and surely there would be a reduction in cost for benefits and pensions.

Would it be wise to leave it up to parents to ensure their children log-on to their school each day?

With other state going online its only time they’ll be knocking at Delaware’s door.

A.I. DuPont High School Band Director to retire July 1, 2012$file/November%202011%20Certificated%20Board%20Report.pdf

A.I. DuPont High School Band Director Paul Parets set to retire after this school year, July 1, 2012.

Putting all politics aside, Mr. Parets has created a world class high school band program long before “world class” was the newest buzzword. Parets is going to be a hard act to follow.