Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pencader riffs 5 teachers

Word on the street is Pencader Charter School riffs 5 teachers due to low enrollment.

My assessment of Pencader is, they are going to keep outsiders out as far as leadership because they need to protect the books and I feel the goal is to let the school implode in order to bury the dark truth. Bringing in a strong leader who would perform a top to bottom audit could case the need for investigations. The public has zero confidence in the Delaware Department of Education charter school office. It wasn’t that long age DE DOE reported the state board of education, “no red flags”. The sad part of all of this is, when state republicans and democrats are in the bed together re: public school reform the taxpayers lose and children are cheated. There is no way Pencader can delivery the promised made to provide a world class education. That can be done when the school’s leadership and board lacks class and integrity.

News Journal slams Pencader’s coach for inaccurate stats

Myers: Inflating a player’s stats is never the right call; BRAD MYERS COMMENTARY 1:30 AM, Sep. 30, 2012 EDT

As expected, eyebrows were raised around Delaware’s high school football community. On Sept. 21, I received an email from the coach of another team on Pencader Charter’s schedule. He had watched the tape of the Pencader Charter-Christiana game, and he thought Beeks’ numbers were wildly exaggerated. Read the entire article,,,,,,,,,,

Kilroy says; When a coach exaggerates the performance of a player it’s a disservice that a young high school athletic who is doing his best. Back in my day the coaches we role models and helped instilled character and integrity in players who are individuals.      

Gov. Markell could piss in the drinking water and sill get reelected

Extending tax increases an option in coming budget Written by Jonathan Starkey The News Journal

Gov. Jack Markell and top Democratic lawmakers are not ruling out an extension of recession-era tax increases to buoy Delaware’s budget, which remains strained by slow economic growth and rising costs in Medicaid and public employee benefits.

Hey Jack check your wallet, doesn’t that card say capitalist! There is an old saying, you have to spend money to make money! I don’t think that means government. The gross receipt tax should be zero! As far as funding education, we need to end the local referendum process for traditional public schools and fund them like the votechs. Let the state legislators set the tax rates and perhaps they’ll step in and address the wasteful spending.

Markell pushed for the business and individual tax increases during his first year in office to help close an $800 million budget shortfall, promising at the time to let them expire this year.

Once reelected Markell couldn’t keep a promise to his Rabbi. However, the fact remains, Markell could piss in the public drinking water and they’d be fool enough to vote for him. 

“Making a blanket pledge either way, before seeing the nonpartisan data in December, would be financially irresponsible,” said Brian Selander, a spokesman for Markell.

But its O.K. to re-engineer Delaware’s public school using a Wall Street playbook that sends millions out of the class rooms to feed Markell’s stock portfolio that contains Wireless General and K12.Inc. Mr. Snakelander, where is the proven data to justify pissing away millions on the Wall Street education ponzi scheme?  

n 2009, Markell also pushed through increases in the corporate franchise tax, an 8-percent gross receipts tax increase and a reinstatement of Delaware’s estate tax.

Good old Jack Markell the card carry capitalist, Delawareans can’t even die within Jack Markell coming in to pick their asses clean of every last dime. But you can bet he has trust funds free of estate taxes setup to take care of his family.

Union president Frederika Jenner says the teachers haven’t taken a public position on the tax increases yet, but are worried that slowing state revenue would force painful cuts to services, including public education. An extension of the tax increases “may be warranted,” Jenner said.

Well it looks like the teachers just took a position or at best a code message was just created for them to do so! I am all for pre-k but we can’t afford it! I oppose Race for The Top but DSEA and all the local teacher unions supported it! Federally funded you say!! No taxpayer funded! Delaware buys Fisker a plant to build their cars and Markell turns a blind eye when they don’t pay their school taxes. Everyday in the private sector employers have to tell their employees, no raises and we might be able to afford not laying off anyone! If there is enough money at DE DOE for Markell to hire his Rodel buddies and give Judas a job for selling the Race to The Top Kool-aid perhaps its time to really reform the finances of public education starting with better “transparency”. I would suggest holding a bake sale but Michelle Obama sent memo to Markell that foods served in schools without nutrition labels upsets her husband.

We’re talking about taxes that support the kind of public services that everybody needs, wants and probably deserves,” Jenner said. “I think the public recognizes, and a lot of data indicate, that public schools are improving and we would hate to have something that had an impact that would make us take some steps back.

I think we can cut back on some of the EPER and focus more on the common core standards. Speaking of data, Arne Duncan’s data suggest holding teacher’s pay accountable to student testing data is what students deserves. Nice little buzz word isn’t it! How about if we purge Teach for America from our schools? We need to end the local referendum process and have the legislators fund all of public schools not just votechs and perhaps they’ll push some real financial transparency bills not pretend ones that don’t get enforced! I hear you but stay out of my food budget until Markell stops lying to the taxpayers and school children.

Markell’s office rejected that the taxes are a political issue. “This has nothing to do with the election,” Selander said. “It has to do with being able to craft a responsible budget based on the resources a non-partisan group makes clear we have available. Those numbers won’t be known for sure until December.”

And you can tell when Marell is a lair when he can’t speak for himself!

As for the Republican response, Its time for them to wipe their mouths and start walking up right. They held the door for the Obama /Markell takeover of local public education. They fail to recognize there are Republicans left to center.

Sorry to say, Markell could piss in the the public drinking water and sit get reelected.  

Waiting on hard copies re: Red Clay / Fisker. Lets now talk about certain “Fisker” health issues.

re: Red Clay’s response why Fisker Motors pays no school tax Posted on September 27, 2012 by kilroysdelaware

re:Red Clay school board must answer this question re: Fisker Posted on September 25, 2012 by kilroysdelaware

Kilroy says, Fisker can pout in the dirt all it wants re: freeze of the federal loan by keeping the “Fisker” Boxwood plant idle and a ghost town but the fact remains, Fisker is responsible for environmental issues. Red Clay, Markell and the county can dick me around all they want on the school tax issues but while I wait, I’ll provide some new headaches. Jack, is there a reason you are holding back public view of the Environmental Trust agreement ? After all, the agreed year has long be up! Can we please see the Baseline Report and RI Work Plan? Jack,  I am also concern with those tank structures in respects lead paint breakdown. Can we talk about the polychlorinated biphenyls associated with onsite power-station! Internal degradation does cause internal corrosion and the release of polychlorinated biphenyls is not good for humans. Jack, a plant the size of “Fisker’s” Boxwood Plant needs ongoing environmental site assessments and those reports should be on file! Jack. did you ever receive your copy of Fisker’s Boxwood Plant’s policy and procedure manual?  

Delaware Governor Markell brings in special PIO to address Fisker’s unpaid school taxes

Did Pencader tell Beau Biden screw you and FIOA! Lizzie has the scoop!

Did Pencader Violate FOIA Again? by Children and Educators First

Reports coming out of last night’s Pencader board meeting indicate that board member, Steve Quimby, a teacher rep, resigned his board position and was subsequently appointed Interim School Leader.  

This action was not noticed on the Agenda for the September 27, 2012 meeting, nor was the agenda amended prior to the meeting to provide notice to the public that the board would be voting on a new or interim school leader. Read more at Children and Educators First ..

Please comment over at Children and Educators First

Fisker, no car for Delaware and I’ll bet not school taxes for Red Clay

Federal funds cannot save Fisker’s bad Karma September 27, 2012

DOE knew that the Karma was not going to be built in Delaware even before it approved the loan. As Henrik Fisker explained, “There was no contract manufacturer in the U.S. that could actually produce our vehicle. They don’t exist here. We’re not in the business of failing; we’re in the business of winning. So we make the right decision for the business. That’s why we went to Finland.”

There you have it per Henrik Fisker! Amazing they went to Finland with U.S. taxpayer’s dollars to create jobs for the Fins. Jack “Romney” Markell! So let’s see what song and dance Jack gives on October 1 when Fisker’s school taxes are due! Alan will hold the carpet up while Jack sweeps his dirt under it. 

Johnny at Transparent Christina is pissed and flipping cars over DE Board of Ed’s bias for charter schools

Why are @DEStateBoardED member(s) on a charter junket to Texas while receiving state pay? #netDE

Will the State Board arrogantly stand behind its secretive process of professional development opportunities to hide the thematic sensibilities that guide them and then use the idea that telling us about things decided in private are really in the interest of the public after the fact? Go read entire post ………………………..

Yep it looks like Johnny if pissed off to the max and flipping cars. WTF is the matter with state board of education? A Rodel trip with some drinks and the state board is ready to jump in bed with Rodel and the taxpayers are the ones getting screwed! Its time we elected state board members! I think the state board president should step-down! 

Go to Transparent Christina to comment !!!

Sorry Mr. Netanyahu, you missed the launch window

Netanyahu draws red line on Iran, asks world to do same

(CBS/AP) UNITED NATIONS – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Thursday that Iran will have enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb by next summer and urged the world to draw a clear “red line” to stop it in its tracks.

Sorry Mr. Netanyahu, you missed the Opera 2.0 launch window so its checkmate you live with a nuclear Iran.

If Obama isn’t going to stand strong with you now he won’t after the election. Once Iran’s nukes are online the U.S. will never attack Iran or backup Israel if they attack. Sorry to say, you are alone on your island in the middle-east. 

 

Red Clay’s school choice window opens November 1, 2012 until January 9, 2013

Applications will be available online and at all our schools/district offices for the 2013-2014 school year on November 1, 2012 Please read and note some Red Clay schools are closed to Choice because school are at capacity.

Something to remember about Conrad School of Science an all choice Red Clay magnet school

Committee Recommendations for Conrad School of Science • Ensure the preference for a student who resides in the former Conrad feeder pattern is clearly communicated on the Conrad school web site

Will someone please tell New Castle County Government Cab is not a charter school

http://www2.nccde.org/development/documents/NCCBusinessGuide2012.pdf

In Delaware, 6% of the student population attends a public charter school, which include the Newark Charter School, Delaware Military Academy, Cab Calloway School of the Arts, and Charter School of Wilmington, a nationally recognized high school focusing on math and science education. (See page 12).

It is a very common mistake to think Cab Calloway is a charter school but it is not. Cab is a Red Clay magnet school located in Red Clay’s Wilmington Campus that also houses Charter School of Wilmington. Also, Cab is a school for the arts not a math and science focused school. 

Lizzie is getting dizzy with Pencader rumors

From Children and Educators First Pencader Rumor of the Day:

Rumors swirl.  And don’t expect them to stop any time soon.  Some of them are too incredulous to believe.  Others are too crazy to ignore… go read for yourself ……

Kilroy says: rumor has it Abe is out and Kennedy will be elected board president. Also, Pencader board won’t announce student count for this year because it is still before September 30th.  

Red Clay’s response why Fisker Motors pays no school tax

As you know, the GM plant had a credit that transferred to Fiskar and the credit expires at the end of this fiscal year.  The County is responsible for the collection of school taxes by parcel.  This particular parcel has had a large credit since 2001 based on an Assessment Appeal.  Since that time,  there have been no school taxes paid on the parcel as they have been paying down the credit.  The County would have the specifics on the nature of the appeal.  Based on the pay down, the credit will be fully exhausted by 6/30/13 and we would expect to receive payments effective 7/1/13, or next fiscal year.  The sum paid for FY12 would have been $707,015.79 (that’s for Red Clay and Vo-Tech- our portion would have been $646,735.72) but the total was zeroed out by the credit.

Merv

Before I rant, I want to point-out the tax credit given to General Motors that now apparently passed onto Fisker Motors was at no fault of Red Clay. Apparently GM filed appeal with New Castle County over property assessment and won. So it looks like a 12 year tax credit was given thought successful appeal. 

I appreciate Merv’s quick response. However here is a concern with it, “The County would have the specifics on the nature of the appeal”. This part of the response makes it sound as, you need to good to the county for the specific details. The is a fine line between stupid and dumb! My friends at Delaware Liberal might just say, Kilroy :) :)! However, Red Clay can’t expect me to believe that they do not have in their possession the deals of the appeal and school tax credit. Surely Red Clay legal team had to review and advise. Surely the school board was at least informed as an information item during a board meeting. Merv indicates “our portion would have been $646,735.72″. Assuming that is the average Red Clay tax liability for the Boxwood plant based on the property value after the appeal this would equate to a $8.4 million dollar tax credit over the 13 years of credit. I did respond to Merv asking for Red Clay’s copies of documentation of the appeal and credit schedule payback. If Red Clay does not have documentation on an $8.4 million dollar business agreement via the appeal , we have some serious concerns as taxpayers and residents.

Another concern / question that I have is, if the county’s reassessment was in error one would assume the appeal by General Motors took place after the county’s reassessment. I feel GM’s appeal would put property assessment value back to the amount prior to reassessment. If the reassessment turnout lower than prior to the new assessment I wouldn’t feel GM would be entitled to a credit / refund for years prior. Meaning, the amount of  credit /refund should be for the time the new assessment took effect until the final appeal disposition. If that process took a year I find it hard the new assessment would equate to 8.4 million school tax credit / refund. I am not sure of the total $$$ credit / refund because Red Clay didn’t share it. Also, I wonder what  the financial arrangement was made for other county imposed taxes and for the Votech school tax shard. Damn to they of back to the value of that plant when it opened back in the 1950’s?

To be honest and open, I have great suspicions in regards to Markell’s and the county’s deal with Fisker and I was concern they gave Fisker a free ride on Red Clay school taxes. Rumor has it Jack Markell is going to convert the Fisker loan into a grant despite the fact Fisker has not started production agreed to. Kind of like amnesty for corporate America but in this case Finland. Why hasn’t “detail documentation of the Fisker deal been made public. Why should the public file a FIOA for documentation that can easily be scanned to Pdf. file and put online for all to see?

Again, what I am doing is in no way targeting Red Clay! I saw something on the NCC property website that sparked concern and just a suspicion Markell and the County should be questioned.

Mike O receives aggressive E-mail from a Red Clay offical

Oh my. Now you HAVE to come to the RCPAC meeting on Monday night at Baltz Elementary at 6:00 pm by blog the seventh type (Mike O)

It appears Mike O was encouraging parents and the community to attend the Red Clay Consolidated Parent Advisory Committee at Baltz

Portion of the Red Clay official’s E-mail 

Good morning Mike,

I have received numerous communications from RCPAC members regarding your blog and the inaccurate information that has been posted regarding the upcoming September RCPAC meeting. Since I am not a blogger, I had to search the web to find your comments. Obviously you are free to state your personal opinions regarding RCPAC. However, you made a few comments that are inaccurate, and I wanted to be sure you post the correct information to avoid confusion and personal embarrassment.

Mike O says:

I am currently a voting member of RCPAC, according to RCPAC bylaws. This District official is clearly unfamiliar with the bylaws of the organization he/she is charged with facilitating. He/she already has a copy of my RCPAC appointment by a Red Clay principal, which means that I am a voting member of RCPAC. I will send him/her another copy in case he/she has misplaced it.

Mike, membership is by invitation only and members can be uninvited. 

In Mike’s September 20. 2012 post, Red Clay parents: Take back RCPAC  

Some District and school officials (including principals) are under the impression that only two parents from each school may join RCPAC. This is not true, so please come one, come all. Thebylaws say at least two members from each school, not only two members. But you don’t even need to represent a school. RCPAC meetings are open to the public and anyone may attend.

By laws state,

“Each Red Clay school shall have at least two representatives with one serving as an alternate and Appointed by building administrator or serving at the request of the Superintendent.”

Mike is correct, the bylaws state “at least two representative” from each school.

Mike also say this:

Let’s turn it around! We need YOUR VOICE to bring RCPAC up to its full potential as a parental advisory body. Bring your issues to the group and get the conversation going again so we can start doing some Parent Advising and bringing strong parent recommendations to the Board.

I’ll give Mike a Kilroy Gold Star for expressing concern the RCPAC in his opinion may nor be representing the voices of parents.

I was a founding member of RCPAC when Faith Newton a district administrator at the time helped establish this group. She was always opened to healthy debate and didn’t have a problem with parents asking tough questions. I left the group about two years ago “because” my voice needed to be heard and I felt that mission and confines of the RCPAC limited that voice. My voice of concern was moving far beyond Red Clay to concerns with legislation and national agendas.  The mission of the RCPAC is dictated by the super and senior staff. Mike has valid concerns and honestly when parents are handpicked to represent the schools and district on committees they tend to be passive and task orientated. I wasn’t bashful and once any presentation was given by district administrators, the super or invited speakers I would ask question and at times critical questions.  I have a hunch Mike is the same why. Not all parents drink the Kool-aid.  However, I wasn’t in a position to ridicule members of the RCPAC or any of the other Red Clay committees I participated in. Many participating parents are a valuable assets and aren’t adapt to confront hardcore education issues dealing with policies and politics associated with education. Changes in regards to pretty much anything in Red Clay must come from the board or the super. The battle ground for serious changes is at board meetings or with the super and his staff.

Having an active and sometime critical voice while trying to maintain a working relationship with the district is like walking on a tight-rope. The best analogy I can give is, keep their feet to the fire without intentionally burning them.    

Over the years of involvement in Red Clay I’ll bet only 1 in 500 involved parents district-wide is bold enough to go toe to toe and face to face with the board and district leaders. Mike in one of those 1 in 500. I remember Pandora’s hell raising Red Clay days! She was a bitch from Hell :). She was very tactful in addressing the school board and when they sniped-back she had a very tactful way of saying kiss my ass or go to hell! At the end of the day, parents should have the greatest voice but school districts are masters of surrounding themselves with a bunch of yes parents.

Mike O, the E-mail was pretty unusually for a Red Clay administrator and I assume you must have some level of respect for that person or you would have revealed their name.