Daily Archives: January 5, 2013

WTF Obama wants the debt ceiling lifted again?????????

Obama wants action on government’s borrowing limit

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama is hailing a last-minute deal that pulled the country back from the “fiscal cliff,” but warned that he “will not compromise” over his insistence that Congress lift the federal debt ceiling.

Obama dude stop smoking the dog food!

“If Congress refuses to give the United States the ability to pay its bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy could be catastrophic,” Obama said. “Our families and our businesses cannot afford that dangerous game again.”

What game? Ask Arne Duncan to stop sending money to Wall Street! 

Is it time for Red Clay to consider approving more charter schools?

I said this in an E-mail to Red Clay’s school board on November 20, 2008

“I request this; At next months board meeting the board vote on a three year moratorium on no more charter schools chartered by Red Clay. Meaning the board will not review any new charter application. Three years will be plenty of time for the board to really sort out personal views and what is in the best interest of the Red Clay community in regards to charter schools”.

Notice I was requesting a three year moratorium on charter schools chartered by Red Clay and as to why!

So fast-forward 4 years from this E-mail. Is Red Clay school board competent enough to review charter school applications without bias pro or con to the issues of charter schools as it relates to social debated? I have my reservations! Should the emphasis be om what positive impact a new charter can bring to the “Red Clay” community? That’s where I am at! 

Red Clay isn’t forthcoming on the conditions at Delaware College Preparatory Academy and their recent vote to put this charter on probation came without a public meeting within the guidelines of the state aka DE DOE follows. But I’ll admit DE DOE is in over it’s head. So I am saying Red Clay could have followed better protocol in due process allowing the public and parents of this school to weigh in during an open public process.

When Red Clay administration and board members can say we’re ready to explore more charter schools and leave our personal views pro and con at the door perhaps they may be ready.

Charter schools do have negative financial impact on Red Clay in two ways. One a direct loss of revenues as they follow the students to charters and two properties charters secure via purchase taxes are exempt from local school taxes taking more money out of the district and there is a third! School buildings must be heated and are impacted by other utilities cost no matter how many students are within. Revenues generated per student within have a cost factor in building operations. School under opacity have a greater cost operating. You get the point! 

New Red Clay charter schools must give all Red Clay resident students total preference even to the extent of 100% Red Clay students. Also, no specific interest to the extent students must take an entrance type test! No peeking at grades or test scores of applicants. Schools need to adapt to the needs of all student, not students fitting the needs of the school. Five mile preference or more nothing less. Board of directors of other charters school in or out of Red Clay prohibited from serving on new Red Clay charter schools. Parent board representative on the board must be voted on by parents of students within. All public sessions of board of director meeting be recorded and put on the charter school’s webpage within 7 days of meeting (this rule needs to apply to existing Red Clay charter schools re: charter renewal). Am I being too harsh! Hell no! All Red Clay schools re: Choice, chartered by Red Clay or magnet schools should be required to give Red Clay residents first preference until filled to capacity and then to out of district students. Also, no sibling preferences to out of district families unless filled to capacity by Red Clay residents. Red Clay charter school charted by Red Clay must be about meeting the needs of Red Clay resident students first. Finally Red Clay administration and board not permitted on organization supportive of advancing charter schools or funding charter schools.    

Kilroy and the Odyssey

From a previous post;

Steve Newton said “Red Clay let Odyssey get away (and then voted not to accept any new charters) under a leadership that I would argue (and kilroy would argue back ) that was actively hostile not only to new charters, but to the existing ones as well. Can’t do anything about the past but learn from it, but I am hoping that RCCSD will revisit that ban on chartering new schools this year.”

Red added to highlight response to Steve in no way meant to be arguementative. 

Odyssey E-mail to Red Clay School Board
Posted on November 20, 2008 by kilroysdelaware
Dear Members of Red Clay School Board:

I was disappointed that the board didn’t approve Odyssey charter modification request

I felt the “No” votes were more reflective of the individual board member’s person opinions on the charter school concept and not issue at hand. I personally feel Red Clay needs to get out of the charter school business

Odyssey is an approved Red Clay school and the board, district and the community needs to support it whereas not taking action knowing it would lead to the demise of Odyssey. I’ll admit Odyssey’s actions in purchasing a second building meant for expansion was a bit premature. They should have requested the modification prior to the purchase or perhaps once the desire was there to expand. That modification could have been on the contingency of the purchase. In reality Odyssey sent in motion their fate by poor business decision-making. However, in my opinion the “No” vote that were driven by personal view not related to the issue at hand is also poor business decision-making

The fact remains the charter school issue remains a divide among the school board and in the community. I want to make an observation that goes unnoticed. We know the money follows to Red Clay students to charter schools and we know the fact that Red Clay students attending charter schools does relieve space issues and all this can be debated. However, there are students who attend private schools or the intentions were by the parents to send the child to a private school. In those cases there is no financial impact on Red Clay as those Red Clay parents pay public school taxes which represent a financial gain for Red Clay. However, if those students go directly from private school or public school rather than private school as intended by the parents and ended up in a Red Clay charter school they would be reclassified as Red Clay students bringing that portion of local taxes to a charter school and deducted from Red Clay local school tax revenues.

Yes we debate all of this and if it is fair for parents of private school students to fund public school. However, my point is the financial impact of charter schools on Red Clay goes deeper than many realize. I support charter schools in concept however, I question Red Clay’s ability and willingness to comprehend and effectively address the concerning issues. Compounding my concerns are the board’s voting on charter school application that deviated from legal requirements and the mere fact Red Clay had to ask Odyssey if they were giving Red Clay students admission preferences. Those preferences are required to be prescribed with in that agreed approved charter agreement and one would only need to refer back to that agreement. Furthermore, if in fact the agreement did notate Red Clay student admission preference the acknowledgement by Odyssey that they did not give preference would therefore be a violation of the charter agreement between them and Red Clay. So to the board member who voted “No,” I feel I am able to grasp many of the core issues regarding opposition to charter schools and can further expand if needed. However, I feel in this case your “No” vote wasn’t justified because, I feel in my opinion your vote was blinded by any opposition you may personally have against charter schools in general

I request this; At next months board meeting the board vote on a three year moratorium on no more charter schools chartered by Red Clay. Meaning the board will not review any new charter application. Three years will be plenty of time for the board to really sort out personal views and what is in the best interest of the Red Clay community in regards to charter schools. Also it would give the Red Clay board time to real perform an extensive evaluation of charter schools and the positive and negative impact on Red Clay. However at the same time meet and support the obligations to our current Red Clay charter schools. Like them or not they all have been welcomed into the Red Clay community and we must make the best of it for the sake of the students within. I also, request that given the board will vote on a moratorium that those board member who voted “No” support a unanimous yes to Odyssey. I would think even those non-supportive of charter school not willfully impost hardship on current Red Clay charter school students or programs.

Kilroy says; For real Delaware does have a State Constitution

Publius said; “How can anyone realistically deal with your opinion that state law defies the state constitution? I think that one needs to be settled by the courts. No sense in debating it here until a challenge is mounted and proceeds up the chain on appeal.”

Delaware State Constitution

ARTICLE. X EDUCATION
§ 6. Property tax; use limitations.

“Section 6. No property tax receipts received by a public school district as a result of a property tax levied for a particular purpose shall be used for any other purpose except upon the favorable vote of a majority of the eligible voters in the district voting on the question.”

The Red Clay local portion of school taxes re: local operational funds are for that and has been listed on the ballot / question re: purpose.

Example
Red Clay referendum February 28, 2008
This item asks for your approval to raise an additional 15 cents per $100 of assessed value effective July 1, 2008, 5 cents per $100 of assessed value effective July 1, 2009, and 5 cents per $100 of assessed value effective July 1, 2010, for a maximum increase of 25 cents over three years. Income from the levy will be used for current operating expenses to support educational programs in the district, including the following:

– Restoring school instructional budgets
– Updating technology
– Implementing district-wide full day kindergarten
– Reinstating after school activities and middle school athletics
– Purchasing new textbooks and library books
– Operating cost increases (e.g., salaries, benefits, transportation)
– Increasing security for schools and buses
– Re-establishing required year-end balance

Nowhere on the referendum ballot for operational funding request is the purpose of funding local charter charter schools. HOWEVER fair enough Red Clay chartered charter schools within Red Clay. But local taxes sent to charter schools are taken from operational funding. Under Title 14 charters can use local share of operational expenses for capital purposes and that was not “upon the favorable vote of a majority of the eligible voters in the district voting on the question” and not even listed on the question /ballot.

As you know there are Operational and Capital Referendums. Public school districts by law are not permitted to mix these funds as they were approved by the voter for a “particular purpose”.

My opinion is fact! LOL but it doesn’t matter many people of Delaware don’t even know there is The Delaware State Constitution. It easy to just call someone a crack-pot drifting into constitutional law and intentions.

“No sense in debating it here until a challenge is mounted and proceeds up the chain on appeal.”

Agreed so call my position just a public service message :) And I’ll run it up the flagpole on a blog post. I know in my heart the former Don of Red Clay knows I am correct! :) Now that’s the guy we need in our debates. Pandora, breakout the Wild Turkey, I just invited the former Don of Red Clay to lower himself to debate the common man and woman on Kilroy’s.   

Duncan’s Rhee /Johnson love tails scams America

‘Frontline’ raises questions about test-score tampering under Rhee

By Emma Brown, Published: January 4

Student standardized-test scores at an award-winning D.C. school dropped dramatically in 2011 after the principal tightened security out of concern about possible cheating, according to a new “Frontline” television documentary to be broadcast Tuesday.

The hour-long program raises questions about whether District officials have adequately investigated persistent suspicions that public school employees may have tampered with tests during the tenure of former Chancellor Michelle Rhee.

Check this out;

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 09/07/2011 Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson kept their wedding under the radar

Posted: 12/04/2012 2:49 pm EST Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Fined $37,000 For Ethics Violation Over Failure To Report Donations.

Mayor and Husband of Education Villain Michelle Rhee Scrutinized for Financial Malpractice Sacramento mayor, Kevin Johnson, agrees to pay $37,500 for failing to report $3.5 million in donations; Larger fines pending

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has been fined $37,500 for failing to report over $3.5 million in donations he solicited for charity organizations.

kevin johnson

The Evolution of Teach for America: D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and her fellow Teach for America alumni could bring a new approach to education reform

AmeriCorps’s favorite scandal-plagued mayor: Friend of the Obamas Kevin Johnson By Michelle Malkin  •  June 29, 2011 11:01 AM

The White House Fires a Watchdog The curious case of the inspector general and a Presidential ally.

Folks read these Kilroy’s posts

OMG the future Mr. Rhee and AmeriCorps & Rhee’s TFA love connection Posted on December 12, 2010 by kilroysdelaware

The White House’s decision to fire AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin came amid politically-charged tensions inside the Corporation for National and Community Service, the organization that runs AmeriCorps.  Top executives at the Corporation, Walpin explained in an hour-long interview Saturday, were unhappy with his investigation into the misuse of AmeriCorps funds by Kevin Johnson, the former NBA star who is now mayor of Sacramento, California and a prominent supporter of President Obama. Walpin’s investigation also sparked conflict with the acting U.S. attorney in Sacramento amid fears that the probe — which could have resulted in Johnson being barred from ever winning another federal grant — might stand in the way of the city receiving its part of billions of dollars in federal stimulus money.  After weeks of standoff, Walpin, whose position as inspector general is supposed to be protected from influence by political appointees and the White House, was fired.

Obama fires Inspector General for doing his job Posted on October 22, 2009 by kilroysdelaware   “Make note, Gerald Walpin also busted Teach for America for misusing  $774,000.00 of federal grant money”.