Daily Archives: January 26, 2013

Mindless Menace of Violence (RFK) echoes of 1968

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Don’t you think Delaware’s charter school board members should live in Delaware? #netDE

I am reviewing Delaware’s Gateway Labs School (charter school) request to the Delaware Department of Education to delay adding 1st and 2nd grades agreed to per original charter school agreement and noticed Gateway’s board of directors chair lives in Pennsylvania.  At first I thought it was a business address but did a White Page search and indications are address it a residence listing board members names and apparent family members.

Personally, I feel board members of Delaware public schools be residents of the state of Delaware. I know charter schools aren’t school districts so at least be a resident of Delaware. Publius will jump in here and call me a charter school naysayer and charters are “corporations”. He’ll play that card but coming crying for capital funding saying, charters are “public schools”. The reason schools like Pencader are failing from the governance end is because people like Publius protects failure fearing that if one charter falls they all will! That isn’t the case and not what those of us who support school choice and the charter school option is all about. We need to set the parameters of all public school governance and accountability and transparency regulations to avoid a major crisis down the road, like with Pencader. The Delaware Department of Education lacks the capacity needed to be an effective charter school authorizing and oversight agents. Also, Gateways request to delay adding 1st and 2nd grade should be denied. They made an agreement and their failure to deliver reveals concerns for the foundation of school governance.

Is Race to The Top causing 1 in 5 Red Clay high school students to use illegal/prescription drugs? #netDE

Red Clay fights drug use Prescription abuse; prevention program coming to school district. Written by Kelly April Tyrrell The News Journal

A group of students at Alexis I. du Pont High School sat in their health class Friday, listening to guest speakers, watching short videos and participating in a class discussion. Most were sophomores or juniors, and many wore sweatshirts to keep winter’s chill at bay.

And some of them may have been high on prescription drugs.

And some of the teachers and administrators may have been high on prescription drugs! Also if there was a winter chill in the air why not turn up the heat! After all, a few years back the taxpayers voted to upgrade the HVAC system at A.I.. 

“One in five high schoolers has used a prescription drug not prescribed by their doctor,” said Red Clay Consolidated School District superintendent, Merv Dougherty, speaking to the class. “We all know friends who have this problem, and if we don’t do something about it, it’s going to get worse.

Prescription drugs not prescribed by their doctor and are controlled substance are illegal and a crime. 

On Friday, Red Clay announced a new initiative – led by a core team of five school nurses – to help raise awareness of prescription drug abuse among school-age kids and work toward prevention. Students from Conrad School of Math and Science also participated via live feed into the A.I. du Pont distance learning classroom

Good for Red Clay, working from the angle of “awareness”.

The school nurses are bringing the free research-based education and prevention program, Smart Moves/Smart Choices, into each middle and high school in the district. For elementary school children, they are using the Up and Away Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to encourage adults to keep their children safe from prescription drugs in the home.

Even better, start at an early age!

“You’d be surprised, drugs are everywhere,” said sophomore xxxx xxxxx, 16. “It’s not hard to get at all.

But I don’t think this student meant in the halls of A.I.High School.

In fact, painkillers and anti-anxiety medications can be easier than alcohol for teens to obtain, said Christina Showalter, Medicaid fraud director for Attorney General Beau Biden. Access can be as simple as reaching into their parents’ medicine cabinet.

Great parents are leaving the stuff laying around and Red Clay has to clean up their mess like they do with parents who who refuse to engage in their child’s education..

Teacher Amanda Mattei’s health students said their classmates might take prescription drugs – like Vicodin, Xanax and Adderall – to feel better about themselves, to deal with family problems or because they feel pressured by their peers.

But no, couldn’t have anything to do with school work and being tested out the ass. Could Race to The Top be race to the drugs! I wonder, how many teachers are abusing prescription drugs because their former peer Judas sold them out?

 Some use prescription drugs to take the edge off of social situations – not unlike a glass of wine many adults have to loosen up at a work party. Others may use them to combat fatigue or to stay up all night studying to maintain their competitive edge.

Well isn’t Race to The Top based on a competition? The system is sending a message that students not ready for the global market are going to be left behind.

Most students raised their hand when Mattei asked how many knew someone who has used a drug prescribed by a doctor for someone else.

Nark 101! And next it’s OK to tell us who they are!

Nationally, and in Delaware, more people die from accidental drug poisoning than car crashes. In fact, between 2009 and 2010, prescription narcotics and anti-anxiety medications killed significantly more Delawareans than traffic accidents, heroin, cocaine and alcohol combined; 80 percent of drug overdose deaths are the result of prescription drugs.

OK when did heroin and cocaine become “prescription narcotics”. Now since we are talking Delaware high school students, what is the data relative to Delaware?

“This isn’t an issue that is unique or started with you,” Showalter, who has been a prosecutor for 23 years, told the class. The epidemic, she said, is “crossing all segments of our society … and we see people as young as 12.”

OK now there is a prosecute in the class! But yes, I agree it’s getting to be an epidemic. What are the real pressured pushing students to this kind of drug use? Seriously, what impact does school re: all this school reform have on students?

“The kids come to us and they confide in us,” said Gargula. “We know them and we can tell when they’re high.”

Great and one would think by law you must call their parents at best. But the fact the students are coming to them is clear indication they need and are asking for help. Call the parent please! But where is the school’s obligation to call the police in the event the drug was given to them at school?  

The nurses are using a tool called an impairment assessment, to evaluate students who may be using drugs.

Dougherty said the district plans to introduce the initiative, and the tool, to all of Delaware’s school nurses at their winter conference in March. Delaware is one of the only states with nurses in each school, said Mary Louise Embrey, consultant for policy and substance abuse prevention with the National Association of School Nurses

Well I hope Red Clay’s school board reviews policy in regards to students who many be under the influence of prescription drug and the district’s legal roll. Don’t want to be so crude here but, if it were a city kid passing pot around he’ll be arrested. I wonder if the students passing prescription drugs around would be arrested. Message to the board, good for Red Clay getting involved but now is the time to review your policies. 

But the conversation can also begin at home. The 2010 University of Delaware study showed that students in all grades who reported positive relationships and good communication with their parents were less likely to use drugs.

Sounds like a job for EDTv and the Red Clay Record. 

Let’s ask these same kids, what impact of education reform with more testing and demands to attend college or move into a career after high school have on drug abuse? Don’t exclude schools from the equation. God forbid we get the complete picture!