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Daily Archives: September 7, 2012
What good is transparency laws when they are not enforced? Why should the public bitch and beg for school finance reports from schools like Pencader charter school when they law says they are require to post that information on their webpages?
Why does your handpicked Delaware Secretary of Education and President of the Delaware State Board of Education hold a secret closed meeting with selected Pencader school board members? Sorry to say Jack, the President of Delaware State Board of Education doesn’t have the authority to assist in the negotiation of surrender of school board power. That is consider abuse of power. There is a process of charter school review with a standing committee.
Don’t worry Jack, you’ll be elected for second term. The Delaware political star chamber made sure of that. Just be nice to the warm body they threw out to run against you. He is a victim of his own political party. But don’t set your eyes on Carper’s senate seat because, I think Beau just pissed on it to mark his turf. Personally, I think Beau is shaping up to be a dynamic speaker not laced with egotistic smirks like yours.
Pencader charter school board member Abe Jones has been showing willingness to make change but is being held hostage by other board members who are loyal to the school leader. Sure he might have drank some Kool-aid in the past. However, he is starting to see the light.
Why did the Delaware Secretary of Education exclude Abe Jones from a closed door meeting where only three Pencader board members aligned with the school leaders? Attorney General Beau Biden and state legislators need to call for an independent investigations. Pencader parents I believe your civil rights are being violated. Because lately Abe Jones has been stepping up and now it appears Mark Murphy and the state board what him quiet. The exclusion of him at this meaning has infringed upon equal representation and I don’t want to go THERE! BUT!! Was Abe Jones excluded because he is African-American?
Abe, I know you are reading this and I’ve questioned your position on the board in the past whether you are there for all students or just a family member. However, you have stepped up your voice and are starting to question school leadership. Take a hard look at what’s going on! We have a charter school that has a flawed relationship between the board and school leadership. School leaders both charter and traditional schools should have flexibility and not be micromanaged by their school board. HOWEVER, when school leaders micromanage their school boards it becomes a formula for complete failure. It comes down to the question of who works for who.
I am not playing the civil rights card here for drama because at stake is the civil rights of students. Do we stand and allow a public schools such as charters to be managed with questionable unhealthy morals and ethics? Does operating Pencader in darkness contrary to establish law and rules that require open finances infringe on students civil rights? YES ! What Pencader leaders are doing equates to a jailer pissing in the inmates coffee. Where is the objective voice of Pencader parents seated at the board table? Where is the objective voice of the community seated at the board table? Where the objective voice of the taxpayers seated at the board table? Civil rights in Delaware fail because civil rights leaders fail to stand unless there is greenbacks offered! Education in Delaware and American is a matter of civil right for all children, black, white, brown and all shades in-between. It is time to take those civil rights back and purge those who put their own needs before others they serve particularly when they are an arm of the government. If government leaders such as Sec of Ed Murphy can’t stand for civil rights , the people must stand. The people shall not serve those who are assigned as public servants. Government is for the people by the people!
Parents and students of Pencader!!!! If you love Pencader and want it to stay open it is up to you to help purge the cancer within! Pencader is a public school and it “belongs” to you! Obviously those claiming to be your representatives on the board are “not” being effective in keeping Pencader within the laws that governs it.
Parents and students, if you don’t stand in this hour of need Pencader will fall! Maybe not now but it will! Organize and make your stand now! The community even Kilroy stood up and helped save Pencader from closure last year! It is time for Pencader parents and students to stand on their own! It’s your school so own it !
State: Pencader should fix issues now, not later; Written by Nichole Dobo The News Journal
It should be “days, not weeks” before problems identified by the state at Pencader Business and Finance Charter School are fixed, state Education Secretary Mark Murphy said.
Should my ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How about MUST ??????????????
Murphy, along with state board of education president Teri Quinn Gray, met privately Thursday in Wilmington with three Pencader school board members following last week’s announcement about concerns with the school’s operations.
The little blow-fest should have been in open view of the public! My bad, when it comes to legal issues for public officials everything is done it the dark! After all, it’s for the kids!
“We ended the conversation still very much in a concerned place – being concerned about the overall health of the school,” Murphy said in an interview with The News Journal.
Well what did you expect Mr. McFly Murphy ? It is not about the “school” it is about the students and yours heart is speaking to you and telling you it is not going to work!
Among the concerns raised last week were decreasing enrollment, a Freedom of Information complaint regarding the school board, a state Pension Board referral to the attorney general for investigation, financial oversight issues, and possible conflicts of interest with contractors doing business with the school.
So where is Beau Biden with the results on the FOIA ?? “Possible” conflict of interest? DE DOE has been meeting with Pencader for months and don’t know? How long do it take to read a vendor contract? But I know why, charter schools being “corporations” and the lack of clarity in Delaware laws governing charter school has DE DOE and Murphy scratching their asses and picking their nuts at the same time.
Pencader is a business-themed high school near New Castle that had a taxpayer-funded budget of about $5 million last year. The school is allowed to enroll about 625 students, but has been operating lately in the mid-400 range.
“Business-themed” Does organized crime qualify as a business?
Murphy said board members – Steven Quimby, Jay Anderson and Judi Kennedy – offered “a clear set of actions” in their meeting. Murphy declined to elaborate, saying Pencader officials should communicate that action plan. He also would not say what state officials intend to do if the board fails to change course.
So where was board member Abe Jones? My bad, four board members would make a quorum and it only made sense to not invite the only board member who is stepping up and asking tough questions and defending students who what to leave the Thorazine factory! So the meeting was for puppets only! WTF ! Now why wouldn’t Murphy say what would happen if the board didn’t comply? My bad, Murphy’s marching order come from Governor Jack Markell and Jack is too busy crawling around on his presidential knee pads. Murphy asks others to be effective leaders by setting clear outcomes but yet goes into a critical meeting with a “charter” school that is failing and does have clear plan.
“I feel the same as I did walking in, in terms of my concerns,” Murphy said. “I think this is because the actions we take speak volumes.”
What he felt was most-likely piss running down his left leg. No Mr. Murphy, what speaks volumes is leaders and when the charter school oversight bodies such as DE DOE and the state board of education fail to lead and lie about “red flags” children of this state pay the price and taxpayers foot the bill! It seems the state board of education can’t see the red flags even if they were shoved up their asses!
Efforts to reach Pencader’s school board and leadership for comment were unsuccessful. Board member Abe Jones responded, but said he could not comment because he was not at the meeting.
But if it were an IEP meeting for a family member he’d be at the meeting. Abe you have be showing some real courage lately and the community, parents and students appreciate those “efforts”. However, if you were not invited to this meeting you need to let the public know! Otherwise, we “assume” you don’t give a shit! However, Monday’s Pencader board meeting will be “your” defining monument. Abe, we are taking civil rights of school children whom you are to represent. The time is now!
In an email to the state department of education last week, the school’s lawyer said the board has plans to address the concerns raised by the state.
We’ll see if the Pencader’s legal eagle represents the school or the person who hand-picked them.
“The board asked me to let you know that it’s fully committed to resolving all of the issues identified therein,” attorney Barry M. Willoughby wrote in the email to state officials Saturday.
If they are fully committed why don’t they speak for themselves! Do they really need a legal buffer to speak on how committed they are?
The board intends to be in full “compliance with all legal, professional, and ethical standards,” the email states. The board has a special meeting scheduled for Monday that includes a review of the school’s operational needs and a vote on the school personnel contracts, according to an agenda posted on the school’s website.
“Ethical standards”? You have to have a set of personal moral standards before you develop ethical standards! I am putting odds on the board will renew school leaders contract Monday night or avoid it and allow the status-quo rule. Where are the Pencader parents? Why aren’t they demanding a board representative aligned with their needs and concerns?
Board members at Thursday’s meeting had a “long list” of items they want to work on, Gray said, and it was shared with state officials.
“I really sensed that the board members – they care. But I am still quite concerned about the governance and leadership there,” she said.
Why isn’t that list public? Ms Gray, a private is only good as his or her general. Take a hard look at your troops on the state board. You allowed DE DOE’s charter school office to mislead the state board on the real conditions of Pencader. The state board serves the governor not the people! That needs to change!
The state board is not interacting directly with the school – that’s not the board’s role – but it is getting daily updates on monitoring work that’s being done by department officials, Gray said.
The Delaware Board of Education is the legal authorizing agent of Delaware charter schools and “is” the oversight agent! By law DE DOE is required to assigned a DE DOE employee to charter schools Citizen Budget Oversight Committee. The state board “fails” to demand they follow the law to ensure monthly financial reports are posted on the school’s website! Also, charter schools are require to post financial position reports. Pencader Charter School is failing because “you” fail to ensure the laws and regulations that apply to Pencader are followed. Perhaps as we ask some Pencader board members to step-down we ask the same of some state board members!
While the state has authority to revoke the school’s ability to function as a public school, Murphy did not suggest that action is eminent.
It should be made loud and clear, if Pencader board doesn’t get their shit together the school “will” be closed ! The message must be clear and precise!
The No. 1 concern here is the experience our children have in the school,” he said. “Our concerns are about the children and the educational opportunities they are being provided.”