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By Transparent Christina The new information superhighway. read……and go to provided link……

OMG ! Lyles doesn’t get a break but 235K

State education brass, 2 Jersey City school board members deny state played role in picking superintendent

State education officials are denying they had any role in the Jersey City Board of Education’s decision to select as its new superintendent a Delaware woman who graduated from the same controversial superintendents academy as acting state Education Commissioner Chris Cerf.

The board voted 6-3 Thursday night to begin negotiating a contract with Marcia V. Lyles, a superintendent in Delaware’s largest school district, to become the city’s new chief school administrator.

Looks like 3 board members might need a little love Marcia.

But BOE member Sterling Waterman gave a speech Thursday night blasting board members for buckling under “pressure” from the state to hire Lyles. Waterman, who cast one of the three votes against Lyles, said he preferred the other finalist, Debra A. Brathwaite, a deputy superintendent in South Carolina.

Fucking crybaby!

“These board members will not admit,” Waterman said yesterday. “There’s been extreme, considerable pressure, interference from politicians as well as the state. The state has called board members.”

Shit that ain’t noting! We have Governor Markell who is Arne Duncan’s butt-buddy and thinks he’s an education czar.

Mack said Lyles’ appointment should be finalized in the next few weeks. Her salary is expected to be in the range of $235,000 if the state approves a waiver for her to make over the superintendent salary cap.

Holy cow $235,000.00 !!!! Hey Marcia, Coach Murphy might throw DOE Dan overboard and perhaps you can use a pool-boy. LOL :)

Lyles selected super of Jersey City

Lyles from Delaware selected as new school superintendent in Jersey City after controversial search process by Jersey City Reporter. – E. Assata Wright

JERSEY CITY AND BEYOND- By a vote of 6-3 the Jersey City Board of Education approved a resolution to begin salary and contract negotiations with Dr. Marcia Lyles,

one of two finalists who was under consideration for the vacant superintendent of schools job.

The decision essentially means the board has agreed to offer the school superintendent post to Lyles. Lyles is currently completing her third year as superintendent for the Christiana School District in Delaware. Lyles edged out Dr. Debra Brathwaite.

The best time to move is when you’re on top the wave and those in Delaware riding out the Rodel / Markell agenda will wipe-out and will not be so marketable. Arne Duncan portrays Delaware as a gem when it comes to education reform. So why not capitalize!

Did Pencader buy their supporters ?

From blog; Transparent Christina

What are the odds that 2 of the quoted supporters are both in the checkbook for payments for “other services”

And

Hold the presses! Pencader supporters are actually supported by Pencader?!?!?!?!

Some say attacks on Pencader is nothing more than a witch-hunt. However , more and more it looks like a game of connecting the dots. Governor Markell is going to turn a blind-eye until after the election and then turn the screws. All the dots seem to be connecting and there seems to be probable cause to be concern.

The concept of Pencader Charter School is a good one but how do you teach students to be good business leaders when it appears the school is being run by shady means?

Governor Markell is being protected by a Republican shield giving him political immunity when it comes to his education agenda seeded by wealthy republican and democrat business leaders.

Does Delaware charter schools have board elections?

As far as I know parents of charter schools don’t vote on board members! Do they ?

Delaware Governor poised to sign law that will be harmful to students

House Bill # 243 w/HA 1, HA 2 + SA 1

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO REPORTING SCHOOL CRIMES.

This bill is a result of the work of the School Discipline Task Force. The bill simplifies the mandatory report requirements for schools, ensuring that the most serious offenses shall be reported to law enforcement while giving schools discretion to handle minor offenses without mandatory reporting. The bill also requires that all relevant special education and disciplinary records for students with disabilities, as defined under federal law, be sent to law enforcement to allow for informed charging decisions.

The law is the law and allowing building principals discretion on which laws to report will set the stage for sweeping crimes under the carpet. They are require to report the “most serious offenses.” The text of this legislation requires school to report felony crimes but apparently gives school discretion on reporting misdemeanors such as offensive touch.

The laws in question are part of the criminal code not school level infractions like talking in class or backing talking the teacher. I say, If a law established in Delaware criminal code is violated it must be “reported” to the police who has a better sense of discretion than a principal who might want to protect his school disciplined record. By reporting all crimes to the police incidents will be better documented. Let the police use this special discretion.

The signing of this legislation by Delaware Governor Markell is nothing more than appointing school principles as police, judge and jury all in one. Folks again, we’re referring to crimes listed in Delaware’s criminal code. Think about this!

There will come a day serious tragedy may occur in a Delaware school and after the fact violations by the perpetrator that were swept under the rug will be expose. Allowing principals to become police is setting the stage for major liability lawsuits. Parents please remember you have the right to press charges for crimes even misdemeanors inflicted on your child. Principals will try to talk you out of it and say they will handle. However, remember they have a school discipline rating to protect. I feel real sorry for students who are bullied! Bullying starts out with little things and escalates as the perpetrator test the limits of the system. This legislation raises the limits and will “empower” bullies.

Though this legislation gives school level principal special discretion, I feel school boards needs to review this law and reset district polices requiring all crimes even misdemeanors be reported to the police for their recommendation for action. And all should be documented protecting the school, the district and most important the safety of all students.

Pencader charter weathering the storm and heading into clear skies

Pencader Charter supporters back Lewis; Board is mum on extending contract Written by NICHOLE DOBO and WADE MALCOLM

Parents and teachers from Pencader Charter High School said at Thursday’s board meeting that they support the school and its leader.

See the PhD thing wasn’t a big issue!

Board co-vice president Abe Jones expressed concern that some of the applicants for the board were related to people who worked at the school or otherwise had conflicts of interest. The board has a public meeting next week at the school to discuss seating new members.

Abe if person can be an employee of the school and a school vendor at the same time surely relatives can sit on the board. Then there are board members who want to quit but don’t because of a family member in need factor. So you raise this concern and when they board approves these new board members without your support you’ll remain on the board. How do you spell integrity?

At this point, the board needs to work first on getting a stable number of people on the board, members said. There are five members now — the minimum needed by the school’s bylaws to operate. The terms of several board members will expire at the end of this month.

But didn’t DOE Dan say all is well with the board? Shouldn’t charter schools indicate dates re: terms of office like traditional schools. Pendcader just list names.

Folks, as I stated before, Pencader’s doors will stay open as there is no proof of violation of law or state education regulations. As far as new board members possibly being related, surely traditional school’s board have members related to employees. Delaware is a small state and odds are everybody is related to Joe Biden :)

Delaware’s Governor Markell caught $$$$ masturbating

Just how bad is the problem at Pencader Carter High School? By Transparent Christina.

There is a company called EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING that appears in the PCHS checkbook. Here there information from the Delaware state website Business Search:

Hey Jack Markell, pull your pants up and address these concerns that are way over Coach Murphy’s head.

Another Delaware teacher charged with sexual abuse

Caesar Rodney teacher charged with having sex with student Written by The News Journal

A Caesar Rodney High School teacher faces 40 counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person in authority, Dover police said in a news release today.

Castration !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Breaking New! Transparent Christina exposes something big

PencaderBoard meeting intrigue!!!! Tonight!!!!!!!!!

Co Vice-President trying to sign off on Ann Lewis’ contract extension absent board vote!!!!!!! Holy fake degrees Batman! Pencader parents need to get in that room, they are about to be STEAMROLLED.

I am sure if the Pencader Board of Directors are doing something improper DE DOE will take action. But I must agree only the board with a board vote can approve or extend the school leader’s contract. We’ll be watching this one!

Dover mice singing like canaries

Dover mice are saying new secretary of education coach Murphy is walking around like a giant warm-fuzzy.

Big news in the Pencader theory. All this talk about Pencader’s school leaders credentials re: PhD is a grain of sand in contrast to the real problems. The are some big political guns preparing to decent upon Pencader. Word has it Pencader will 100% be open for school this fall and if the September 30th student count isn’t up to par Pencader could be asked to close at the end of the school year 2012-13. However, DE DOE is ask to sit on any news pertaining to closure if that were the case until after November’s election. I don’t see how “if” Pencader were to be forced close would impact the election. No disrespect to Markell’s opponent a very fine gentleman. However, Markell is a shoe-in. Markell has some big time old school republicans behind him on the education agenda and its obvious due to the fact the GOP isn’t question Markell’s education vision its all thumbs-up for his agenda.

There are other issues in the pipeline that won’t be favorable to Pencader including that little thing early July.

I find all this to be very sad as Pencader has some great teachers and great students. The bitch thing was unfortunate but the personal connecting has allowed the claws of self-destruction to rip the fabrics of what could have been a wonderful school. Many asks, how is it possible a charter school dedicated to a business and finance focused charter school be some dysfunctional operationally? Everyone knows I was very vocal last year when DOE Dan had his ax pressed against the grinding stone in preparation in closing Pencader. Some good people came together and clicked to save the day. However, personal egos and some quirky sense of personal ownership fueled a nepotism business mode. Kilroy’s favorite saying is, “there is no I in teamwork.”

I was desperately hoping level-heads would rule the day and the team representing whats best for students would get refocused. However, the bitch factor is deeply embedded beyond no return. Things are so “questionable” these days that a possible takeover of Pencader would reveal too much. So a political   crash and burn of Pencader will take evidence with it!

One thing for sure is the Delaware Department of Education lack the capacity to effectively provide proper oversight to Delaware charter schools. Think about it, why wasn’t Pencader’s preliminary fy2013 budget required in response to the May 1 sudent count made public or posted on Pencader’s webpage? Why didn’t DE DOE release it? Why is so much in the dark?

Pencader squirming in $$$$ quicksand

Checkout Transparent Christina: Pencader Budget submnission based on missing 80% May 1 count. Go read here

Kilroy says with the reduction of 5 teachers, 1 paraprofessional, 2 academic consultants, elimination of two months rent and reduction in buses from 11 to 9; I can’t see how Pencader can deliver on the promise of a quality education.

Checkout Pencader’s line-item budget for next year fy2013 (preliminary budget) which starts July 01. 2012.  Legal services $5000.00 ?

Here is Pencader’s legal fees for this year, fy2012 so far:

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

3/1/2012

$3,258.50

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

3/1/2012

$1,224.00

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

3/27/2012

$1,663.75

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

3/27/2012

$1,725.00

CROSS & SIMON LLC

LEGAL SERVICES

8/3/2011

$73.75

MORRIS JAMES LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

8/3/2011

$370.00

MORRIS JAMES LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

8/22/2011

$55.50

MORRIS JAMES LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

8/22/2011

$314.50

MORRIS JAMES LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

1/31/2012

$55.50

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

8/22/2011

$2,362.50

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

9/9/2011

$2,742.00

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

9/9/2011

$2,157.50

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

9/29/2011

$2,462.50

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

9/29/2011

$4,954.25

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

10/21/2011

$1,312.50

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

10/21/2011

$1,072.00

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

1/9/2012

$557.50

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

1/9/2012

$2,240.75

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

1/10/2012

$3,766.50

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

1/10/2012

$3,662.50

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

1/25/2012

$2,253.25

SAUL EWING LLP

LEGAL SERVICES

3/1/2012

$740.50

NJ blog reporting Anderson bails on CSD for seat on CSW board

Correction!!!! Per charter school law “No person shall serve as a member of a charter school board of directors who is an elected member of a local school board of education.”  Thanks for the correction John Young

Christina board member resigns tonight Posted on June 26, 2012 by Nichole Dobo, Delaware Ed blog

Eric Anderson resigned from the Christina School District’s board tonight. He has accepted a board seat at Wilmington Charter, said fellow board member John Young. He can’t hold both seats, so he resigned from Christina.

Delaware law prohibits any individual from holding two public elected positions, However, in this case Eric Anderson is a public elected official as a Christina school board member and being a member of Charter School of Wilmington’s board of director is an appointed position. No conflict in law but perhaps moral and ethical conflict.

I’ll give Eric Anderson some credit for stepping down from CSD school board. I see it this way, if your heart isn’t 100% in for traditional public schools you shouldn’t be a board member. Stacking a traditional school board with pro-charter school individuals only hurts and undermine public education. I am not saying traditional school board not approve charter schools. They should once non-bias decision is made based on the best interest of the district and students.

If I am not mistaking, Eric Anderson is an employee of CSW. Therefore, I think he will be much happier and focused in decision making.

So the real question of the day is, is Eric Anderson’s departure from CSD board and district good thing? The board has the power to appoint a replacement member to fulfill Mr. Anderson’s term. I do believe the protocol is for interested persons to send a letter to the board secretary stating they are interested in the appointment to fill the seat. Unlike charter schools, there is a more transparent procedure in filling vacant board seats. Charter board of directors don’t hold elections for their members which is dangerous! Perhaps they should have elections where the parents of the charter school pick from various candidates. Last thing you want is a charter school leader with a Napoleon complex picking their bosses.

Good luck Mr. Anderson and Christina School District.

News Journal bitch-slaps school leader’s credentials

The lies behind diploma mills; Pencader head’s Ph.D. highlights concerns over pay-for-degree websites Written by NICHOLE DOBO The News Journal

But a News Journal investigation found that Lewis holds a degree from an unaccredited educational institution, Westfield University. Several experts, including a retired FBI investigator, called Westfield a “degree mill,” serving as a front for a business that awards degrees to those willing to pay a fee and do little or no work. Read the rest here.

The real problem is Delaware Governor Markell allows educators to log-on DEEDS  and enter their education credentials for all to see even the public. There are required to provide the Delaware Department of Education supporting documentation. Markell Delaware’s so-called education “change agent” and “education czar” has the executive power to put an end to this practice and require the Delaware Department of Education to verify all educators credentials before posting on their website. In my opinion only degrees and course work from an accredited college or university be considered legitimate and all others not be posted.

Alison Kepner, a department of education spokeswoman, said the information listed for Lewis’ Ph.D. has not yet been vetted by the state. The state only accepts degrees from a college or university accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The jury rest! The Delaware Department of Education under Governor Markell’s leadership lacks the capacity to manage and lead in a time the global economy demands the bar on leadership and educators to be raised.

Deputy Secretary of Education Dan Cruce said that the department will rethink that practice of posting information before it is vetted so that the public is not misled that the DEEDS listing is proof that a degree is valid. Currently, there’s no way for the public to tell if a degree has been properly vetted or is just being processed.

“rethink” ? In others words we must wait for Jack Markell to send a memo down the chain of command! Isn’t it kind of odd that Delaware’s education is moving into the data driven mode and one of the most important concerns called “teacher qualifications” aren’t vetted before they enter the classroom.

Lewis does not need a Ph.D. to be school leader at Pencader. The state does not require any specific credentials for school leaders, a measure that’s meant to give charter schools flexibility to be innovative. Lewis holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and an undergraduate degree in math education from the University of Delaware

And the Delaware Secretary of Education isn’t required to hold a Ph.D. and the Deputy Secretary of Education doesn’t hold any degrees in education or state certification in education. Perhaps there is a major structural flaw within Delaware’s education system that starts (governor) at the top and the Department of Education. OMG!!!!!!! Jack Markell is listed in DEEDS and it appears he holds no degrees in education or education administration certification.

The real questions regarding Pencader remain unanswered! Did the Delaware Department of Education approve the budget and school plan submitted after the May 31 enrollment count? Does the school have two checking accounts, one via the state and the other via commercial bank? Are school board members aka board of directors selected by the school leader? Then there is that July hearing thing that will never see the day of public light.

As far as bogus diplomas and degrees re: educators, what about high school diplomas handed-out to those students pushed through the system via social promotion? Aren’t employers being shown documentation that their potential employees met high school standards?

Hey Jack, fix the DEEDS thing and while you’re at it, make an executive order ordering all public school districts, Votech districts and charter schools to record their board meetings like Red Clay, Christina School District and the State Board of Education.

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