Monthly Archives: February 2013

Appoquinimink voters says hell no to school tax increase #netDE #edude

For school purpose tax increase 3,301 and 4633 against

For middle school sports tax 2668 and 5008 against

Appoquinimink School District February 28, 2013 Referendum

Colonial voters says hell no to school tax increase #netDE #edude

925 for tax increase and 2484 against tax increase

Colonial School District February 28, 2013 Referendum

the seventh type

Almost three years ago, Red Clay’s Board Policy Review Committee (BPRC) reviewed the Homework policy (Board Policy 7010). The policy was removed from the Board website pending completion of the review, and it’s stayed that way ever since.

What on earth is going on here? Homework is too important a part of educational success to let our policy flop around in the wind. And yes, some teachers are taking advantage of the vacuum in policy and lack of enforcement. The policy was weak even before it was pulled.

Explosion in a filing cabinet
There are pieces of homework policy scattered throughout all sorts of Red Clay documents, including the Parent Handbook, various administrative memos, and even the Code of Conduct. It’s like an explosion in a filing cabinet. Those all need to be gathered together and updated into a coherent policy. Leaving it like this is disrespectful and irresponsible, not…

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Big deal ! Sequester will trim some federal “supplemental” grants #netED #edude

Delaware Governor Markell is crying foul re: sequester cut to education but cuts state education funds to our local schools. 

Colonial and Appoquinimink claim they needed to go to referendum in part to “Maintaining programs and services affected by state funding cuts such as transportation, school staffing, and student support services in order to provide a safe, sound, and effective learning e environment”. Why are people getting all worked up when the feds want to make budget cuts and reelect Jack Markell?

Title 1 is the biggest piece of K-12 federal $$$ pie! Title 1 falls within NCLB, the same program deemed a failure and punitive towards schools, teachers and students. As many states, Delaware requested and received a NCLB wavier. So for now NCLB is like a block grant and is being use to supplement Race to The Top programs and pay Teach for America teachers where once NCLB required highly qualified reading teachers aka reading specialist. I don’t think any TFA teacher is a reading specialist but yet after twp years of teaching they get a bonus no matter what from AmeriCorp! 

NEA – Impact of Sequestration scroll down to Delaware

As a result of the “fiscal cliff” deal (American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012) reached at the beginning of the year, sequestration, or automatic, across-the-board budget cuts, was postponed by two months. Absent any agreement to replace sequestration, budget cuts will be uniformly applied to almost all federal programs beginning on March 1, 2013. Due to the delay, however, the total amount of the cut in fiscal year 2013 has been lessened by $24 billion, from $109.3 billion to $85.3 billion. An analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) indicates that nonexempt, nondefense discretionary programs would be cut by 5.1 percent; and a cut of 5.3 percent would be applied to nonexempt, nondefense mandatory programs. Since Congress has not yet completed work on appropriations for fiscal year 2013, the estimated cuts by education program presented here assume the same rate of operations as in fiscal year 2012. Actual cuts could differ once appropriations are enacted for 2013.

Grants to Local Educational Agencies (ESEA Title I, Part A)  22 potential jobs 

School Improvement State Grants (ESEA section 1003(g)) 1 potential job

Migrant (ESEA I-C) and Neglected and Delinquent (ESEA I-D) 0 job loss

Improving Teacher Quality State Grants (ESEA II, Part A) 6 potential jobs

Education for Homeless Children and Youths (MVHAA Title VII-B) 0 job loss

Rural Education (ESEA VI-B) 0 job loss

English Language Acquisition (ESEA III, Part A) 1 potential job 

Special Education Grants to States (IDEA-B-611) 17 potential jobs

Preschool grants (IDEA-B-619) 1 potential job

Grants for infants and families (IDEA-C) 1 potential job

Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants (RA Title I-A and Title I-C) 4 potential jobs

Career and Technical Education State Grants (Carl D. Perkins CTEA Title I) 2 potential jobs

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (HEA IV-A-3) 1 potential job

Federal Work-Study (HEA IV-C) 1 penitential job

Federal TRIO Programs (HEA IV-A-2, Chapter 1) 1 potential job

Head Start (HSA section 639 ) 41 potential jobs

Impact Aid Basic Support Payments (ESEA VIII section 8003(b)) o job loss

21st Century Community Learning Centers (ESEA IV-B) 4 potential jobs

Adult Basic and Literacy Education State Grants (AEFLA & WIA section 503) 1 potential job

No one likes to see anyone lose a job or services cut to education programs. However, federal funds are “supplemental” to local and state funds. Governor Markell has cut funding to local public schools every year since being in office and has take from one program to fund another.

America is in debt and not it’s time to pay the piper! It can go on! The time is coming to look at cutting extra curricular /EPER programs. Billion of dollars are wasted on student testing! Do we need so many consultants in education?  

Delaware Department of Education is a bad partner for charter schools

Department of Education partially to blame for Pencader closing

  • Opinion
  • Letters To The Editor Richard VanRaay

In his statement after the state Board of Education voted to revoke Pencader High School’s charter, board secretary Mark Murphy stated “Charter schools are granted autonomy in exchange for accountability.”

Pencader’s was lacking in finance reporting and board governance transparency. DE DOE has a manager of everything from Race to The Top to the DE DOE Chili Cook Off but not to make sure traditional and charter schools are following the transparency laws established by state legislators. With Pencader, the red flags were flying high and at July 20. 2012 state board of education meetings DE DOE said this, “As of today” Pencader enrollment is 450. No “red flags” re: finances. No debt carry over from last year. Hear for yourself, board meeting audio recording part 2 , start at 38:37     I reported thisDelaware Department of Education is a bad partner for charter schools Posted on February 28, 2013 by kilroysdelaware. Pencader June 30, 2012 audit which wasn’t complete at the time does indicate are serious deficit.

That might work for home schooling, but when the education of hundreds of students is on the line, the Delaware Department of Education should have worked more closely with the school to make sure it was self-sufficient.

DE DOE under the leadership of Mark Murphy is like a ship without a rudder. Part of DE DOE mission is to provide “technical assistance” to all Delaware public schools and charters. Murphy’s comment, “Charter schools are granted autonomy in exchange for accountability” equates to we’ll give charters enough rope to hang themselves and if they do too bad! So Murphy’s lack of capacity for understanding DE DOE technical assistance requirement puts him in a position of just standing there ready to kick the stool out from under a struggling charter school and watch them fall to their death! 

I think DOE needs to share responsibility for Pencader’s demise along with the school leadership of the past for putting hundreds of students on the street. I also feel sorry for the many fine teachers who took pride in educating their students at Pencader.

I think Governor Markell ought to man-up and replace the DE DOE’s charter school office management team. Replace them with people that understands  effective intervention with goals of not saving charter schools but to make sure they are following transparency laws and regulations. The secretary of education issue public reprimands as the infractions occur. Turn the lights on for the parents and if they get pissed they will apply internal pressure on the school leader and school board. If Pencader parents are saying they “didn’t see it coming” I think this is the proof they were treated like mushrooms growing in the dark!

Sure, closing failing charter schools is in t he best interest of children. But standing-by not providing the technical assistance need to strengthen leadership is real failure and harms school children and faith in DE DOE.     

Pencader parents stay away from Moyer !

Moyer still living in the dark re: transparency

DE DOE & SBE turning a blind-eye on the New Moyer charter re: transparency #netDE #edude @dedeptofed @destateboarded Posted on February 22, 2013 by kilroysdelaware |

Pencader parents OMG PLEASE DON’T enroll your child in the New Maurice J Moyer Academy ! PLEASE check out the website of the schools you are thinking enrolling your child in and this goes for all parents not just Pencder! If the transparent isn’t there your child shouldn’t be there! Make sure the webpages have updated financial information, school board meeting dates, agendas and minutes, Citizen Budget Oversight Committees with members names, meeting dates agendas and minute, and make sure the school’s (charter) IRS900 form is posted. 

Don’t count on Secretary of Education Mark Murphy going after these schools that don’t follow transparency rules.  And OMG, look a Laurel School District who inaction tells state legislators kiss my ass re: financial transparency. Murphy’s FRT walked away leaving transparency in a school board’s hands who don’t give a shit! 


Charter school parents will be out in force to vote on Colonial and Appo’s referendum #netDE #edude

Why are charter school parents getting out the YES votes for Colonial and Appo’s referendums? Because charter schools received 90% of the local per student operational share of $$. So a 25% increase operational funds for Colonial and Appo school district equates to a 25% increase in local share going to charter schools where Colonial and Appo’s resident students attend. And it get’s better! Those charter schools will take that money and expand drawing more students away from the district taking more local money!

Markell back-fills his Ed Agenda by increasing school taxes on those who rent homes and apartments #netDE #dedue @governormarkell

Only property owners in school district should vote Opinion 

  • Letters To The Editor
  • Appoquinimink School District Rick Shriver

Should non-resident property owners really be allowed to participate in the Appoquinimink School District referendum vote? These votes, unlike elections for representative candidates, affect the people who pay the taxes. Why not let only the residents who will have to foot the bill decide if the plan that the school board has put forward is a good thing or not?

Rick, not only those who own homes are getting scewed with Appo and Colonial’s referendum request for up 25% increase on local school taxes, renters will share in paying for local tax increases caused by Governor Markell and weak-kneed local school boards.

The four-year federal “grant” called Race to The Top will be in it’s last year next year and Markell put no funding provisions in place to sustained RTTT programs which were buried in new state education legislation. Same goes with Common Cored Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment test that will be replacing DCAS! Those programs only received seed-money from the feds and all funding will default back on the state. Govenor Markell claims he is investing more money and resources in Delaware schools but fails to tell the local taxpayers they are Peter in his rob Peter to pay Paul education scheme tied to the Wall Street Ponzi sxheme. Markell refuses to put is personal stock portfolio out there for all to see because he knows it’s enriched with Wall Street education related companies investments. There should be an investigation to insure there is no conflict of interest with the governor and those ed companies he wines and dines with. 

The Wilmington residents and businesses residing and operating within the Colonial School District side of Wilmington will pay more EVEN RENTERS! Landlords just pass school taxes onto renters through the rent. You don’t see it but it is factor in the RENT! The Wilmington’s poor will see their rents go up! Wilmington’s struggling middle-class is being pushed back into poverty by increases in energy, food and now local school taxes. With a near 25% local school tax increase it’s going to HURT!  

Were are the righteous community leaders in Wilmington claiming to be civil rights leaders?  

Appoquinimink and Colonial’s referendums will cost jobs in the private sector #netDE @governormarkell

Folks I  am tell you, if Appo and Colonial’s operation referendums are successful local businesses will feel the impact of a near 23% increase in property taxes! It will cost some jobs and slow job growth. Many business are running a 3% to 5% profit margin. Working capital is very low for many small business! Many will bear addition cost of the interest on loans to stay afloat.

Appo and Colonial both needs to scrap their plans and reduce the scope of their referendum to address short-term needs rather than want to create a major budget surplus and but it in the hand of those that can’t management public funds.

The cowardly board members hiding in the corner like timid mice crying, it not us blame Jack Markell’s buget cuts best grow some balls! Markell hands Appo and Colonial a jar of $$$ Vaseline and into they Appo and Colonial passes it onto the the taxpayers! I don’t think so!

Folks, these referendums will cost jobs in the private sector and the soulless school board members will have no problem sleeping at night! They voted for private sector job cuts because the are cowards that can’t confront Markell for taking part in the Wall Street ponzi scheme.

Delaware Laurel School District in violation of state law: board must step-down #netDE #dedeptofed @govenormarkell @destateboarded @arneduncan

Here is the Delaware public school board member’s oath of office that board member that are sworn to uphold “laws of Delaware governing public education”

Title 14, Chapter 10. Subchapter III

§ 1053. Oath of office of the school board member.(a) Each school board member shall, before entering upon the duties of the office, take and subscribe to the following oath or affirmation:“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and the laws of Delaware governing public education, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of school board member according to the best of my ability; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered or promised to pay, contributed, or offered to or promised to contribute, any money or other valuable thing as consideration or reward for the giving or withholding a vote at the election at which I was elected to said office, so help me God (or I so affirm).”(b) The oath or affirmation shall be administered by the president or vice-president of the school board of the school district or in the case of a newly constituted board by a person appointed by the Secretary of Education to administer said oath.

Here is the law that requires Citizen Budget Oversight Commitees:

Title 14, Chapter 15

§ 1508. Citizen oversight of district finances.

The Department of Education shall promulgate regulations by November 1, 2009, establishing procedures for appointment of citizen budget oversight committees for each of the public school districts and charter schools. These committees shall have full access either electronically or in hard-copy format to all financial documents and financial information in the possession of the school districts they are assigned to oversee, with redactions permitted only to protect confidential personal information regarding students or employees. Oversight committees shall have representation from parents, educators, and taxpayers residing in each of the public school districts, provided that in the case of charter schools membership on oversight committees shall consist of parents of students enrolled in the charter school, educators at the charter school, and representatives of the Delaware Department of Education. Where possible, oversight committees shall contain at least 2 members with formal educational or vocational backgrounds amenable to oversight of school district financial statements. The Department of Education shall provide training to committee members. The Department shall also promulgate regulations by November 1, 2009, dictating uniformity and transparency in the financial recording and bookkeeping practices of the school districts and charter schools.

Laurel school district does not have an active CBOC  and is in clear violation of state law and I have serious concerns that state, local and federal funds might be mismanaged.  It is hard to believe Delaware Secretary of Education allow the DE DOE FRT walked away without ensuring the CBOC was operation per state law

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Yep! Laurel School District went into financial recovery and Sec Murphy’s walked away without ensuring the safeguards the Delaware State Legislators put in place and per state law were being honored and followed!  

I urge the Delaware State Legislators to question the Delaware Secretary of Education about his lack of respect for Delaware laws that governs Delaware Public Schools.

It just amazes me, all this push to hold teacher accountable for lack of student academic progress and we can’t even required the Delaware Secretary of Education to require Delaware public school districts to follow financial transparent laws.

The residents of Laurel School District need to wake up and hold these board members and superintendent accountable   

DE Sec of Ed can be 3 year gym teacher, TFA’s don’t need to be an Ed major but all else needs to bow before Markell #netDE #edude


Scores to reflect back on colleges Divisive teacher program planned Written by Nichole Dobo and Wade Malcolm

Gov. Jack Markell’s administration will move forward with a plan to measure how well colleges prepare new teachers for the classroom, despite objections from all of Delaware’s teacher preparation programs.

Yep , just like a lame duck politician, drives one in the back of those who supported him! 

The new system would rate the quality of each college by looking at the standardized test scores of students taught by its recent graduates.

The assessment process will be used this fall, and the results of how each college performed will be available to the public on the state Department of Education’s website.

By it’s recent graduates? Markell is in his fifth years as governor and still can’t get it right! Does that mean his mentors at Rodel should be ask to pack their Vision 2015 and move to Arizona with the rest of the delusional family?

The development comes several years after the DOE attempted to create a similar system in cooperation with higher education. That effort fell apart because leaders at Delaware’s colleges argued the state could not use student test scores in a way that would be fair and accurate, higher education and state officials said.

I think what Jack Markell is trying to tell Delaware colleges now is BITE ME ! 

State officials say they will listen to the colleges’ concerns and consider modifications to the assessment system accordingly. But the overall goal of using student test performance to judge the quality of teacher preparation programs is not up for negotiation.

I think What Jack Markell is trying to tell Delaware colleges now is BITE ME! 

In January, an education reform advocacy group released a report criticizing the state’s teacher preparation policies. The National Center for Teacher Quality said Delaware and many other states should tighten admission standards for teacher education programs, raise requirements for licensing teachers and use standardized test results to hold colleges accountable for the performance of teachers they train. 

Yep if you want to be a teacher and attend a Delaware college you’re going to need at least a 3.5 high school  GPA . 

“There are too many variables that make it difficult to accurately correlate teacher preparedness with standardized testing,” said Raython Sianjina, chair of DSU’s education department, in a statement that reflects concerns voiced by all of the colleges. 

 I don’t think you got the memo for Jack Markell that said BITE ME

A program might graduate a large number of highly capable teachers that end up teaching in other states, and the college won’t get to take credit for their performance. Some teachers also might get assigned to teach subjects they did not study in college. Higher ed officials said they should not be held accountable for those teachers’ shortcomings.

“That’s where things kind of stalled,” said Nancy Brickhouse, interim provost at University of Delaware and former dean of the College of Education and Human Development. “It’s very complicated. It’s complicated by the fact that we’re a small state and we hire a lot of people from other states, and our graduates go to many other states.

I don’t think it was that long ago Arne Duncan then Joel Klein did the U of D Rodel gig! You aligned yourself with Satan and now he’s come soul collecting.

Markell’s advisers say the state and colleges need to find a way to make such a system work, while accounting for those concerns. Other states have managed to implement similar systems, and using student achievement to measure how well colleges have prepared teachers is part of a national trend.

In another words, Markell had his advisers hand deliver the Vaseline!  

The teacher told Markell about one of his students. She wanted to be a nurse, but she decided her grades weren’t good enough. The student said she probably would go to college to study something easier – education.

“This is a perception we need to dispel,” Markell said. “Teaching is a demanding profession, and our admissions requirements for teacher preparation programs should reflect this.

But it’s OK to hire a three-year gym teachers as the Delaware Secretary of Education and appoint a U.S. Secretary of Education who never wrote a lesson plan, taught a class or was a school administrator, Beam me up Scotty!

“You want to make it a profession that has a higher standing in the community and society, and then teachers will be afforded the pay and respect that you see in other countries where the best and brightest go into teaching,” Brickhouse said.

You think we cam change the standards for those who want to run for governor? Markell is a Rodel windup puppet! 10’s of thousands of Rodel founder’s dollars went into Markell’s campaigns! And Markell is a former Rodel Foundation board member! 

Teaching students at Wesley College must maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average. DSU sets the bar at 2.5. UD has a minimum GPA that ranges from 2.5-3.0, depending on which subject or focus the student picks for their teaching degree.

Sorry good brothers and sisters at Del State, you ain’t getting on the bus! So I think Markell wants a 3.5-4.0 to be on his team! Thank God for Teach for America! 

Wilmington University did not make any of its faculty or administrators available for an interview on the topic of teacher preparation, but it outlined its criteria for teaching candidates in a statement.

Hey Professor Merv are you still are you still moonlighting ?

In addition to maintaining a passing GPA, WilmU students must complete the Praxis I licensing exam in their freshman year to enter the education program and pass Praxis II in their senior year in order to student-teach and subsequently graduate with certification.

“In this way, the university sets its standard of attainment for our students and ensures that each one meets or exceeds Delaware’s standards for teachers in our schools,” John Gray, dean of the university’s College of Education, said in the statement.

Sounds fair but don’t all who want to teach have to pass the exams! Is this a way to weed out the weak? No bad! Does that include those Teach for America corp members 🙂 ?

Taber said the administration does not plan to push a uniform minimum standard – meaning criteria for admissions into teacher training would be raised for every college but could remain different for each institution. For example, Wilmington University, an open enrollment institution, has a different mission and serves a different type of student than UD, which is more selective.

Sorry to change the subject Ms. Taber but could you tell me when those Fisker cars will be rolling out of the Boxwood Pant? 

State government does not have direct control over teaching colleges here. But the state does have authority over approving which teacher preparation programs can operate in Delaware. The Markell administration could use that power to force a college to adopt higher admissions standards.

Yep Jack “Obama” Markell is the change agent like it or not !

Administration officials do not expect it will get to that point. They hope to figure out changes that make sense through discussions with individual colleges.

“I don’t see this as an issue of us imposing our belief system on the higher eds,” Taber said. “It’s something that will be a high priority for us, but as far as any immediate action, we’d want it to be a collaborative conversation.”

Hey Matthews are you buying this shit? “Collaborative conversation” LOL 🙂

Ruszkowski said Delaware endorses the “general direction” of the report’s findings. Paul Herdman, CEO and president of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware, a nonprofit that advocates for education reform, said he believes improving training for teachers would compliment work being done on the state’s K-12 and early childhood school system. That should include making teacher colleges more selective, Herdman said.

Yep there is that Rodel guy! Is Markell really going to run for VP in 2016! He really doesn’t need Delaware’s votes but he is the best Republican the Democrats have! Might just pull it off!

“I think we could do ourselves a great service as a state if we have tough conversations,” Herdman said.

Is this one of those Rodel events where we must turn in the questions in advance so the naysayer can be screened out?

Ralph P. Ferretti, director of UD’s School of Education, said admissions numbers provides further context. In 2011, UD accepted 53 percent of applicants to its teacher education programs, which was lower than its overall acceptance rate of 58 percent.

Can we get that down to 25%

“We have a lower acceptance rate for teaching students than for the university overall,” he said. “Based on that, I think you could say we have a pretty rigorous standard for teachers.”

I don’t think you are comprehending! Markell is saying the teachers the U of D produces suck for the most part! 

While agreeing on the importance of high admissions standards, UD’s Brickhouse cautioned against making those requirements too rigid. Colleges need flexibility to consider a range of factors when deciding whether to admit a student, she said.

What happen to Harker? Still on the phone crying to Markell? 

Frederika Jenner, president of the Delaware State Education Association, said she felt unprepared in the 1970s when she was in her first year as an educator, a common feeling among new teachers.

“Now it’s you all by yourself with 27 third-graders – other people’s children,” Jenner said. “Those children have a number of expectations, and, certainly, their families have expectations.”

Before making changes to teacher colleges, the state should decide what first-year teachers should be able to do, Jenner said. From there, colleges should craft their curriculum and student-teaching programs. And that must include a look at programs like Teach for America, which places graduates from top colleges without requiring a degree in education, she said.

OMG Jenner, you didn’t take a pot-shot at Teach for America? I think we’re back to, if a gym teacher can be Delaware Secretary of Education an ivy leaguer can teach without being an education major! Thank God Red Clay’s TFA contract has run it’s course! Did anyone ask the parents of Title 1 student if they were OK with teachers who don’t have a degree in education? Nay, that don’t matter because the system sees them as dumb uneducated parent who don’t even know their rights under Federal Law Title 1 Section 1118. Makell has the good Wilmington brothers in his $$$ pocket and they ain’t going to squeal!

Veteran educators must be included in conversations with those who are training the next generation of educators, Jenner said. That will help link college preparation and classroom reality, she said. 

Just like with Pencader parents, he’ll put you through the motions but it doesn’t matter as it’s all predetermined 

Right now, the state requires about 90 days of student-teaching. Some say more could be done to make it more meaningful. For instance, Jenner said teachers often receive little training on how to help the student get the most out of the experience. Also, there’s no uniform process for selecting what teachers will be paired with a student-teacher, and that means there’s no guarantee that master teachers will provide oversight.

But maybe we should go with the accelerated 5 week program like Teach for America teachers who seems to walk on water! 

DSU officials say they are moving toward making their student-teaching a full year before graduation, more than state law requires. Wesley requires a full year of student-teaching, and students must pass an exam used for teacher certification before entering the classroom.

Sounds good but 2.5 GPA isn’t going to cut in this war on the global economy! Just saying, Markell wants the best and brightest and the GPA is important !

A new partnership between DSU and Red Clay Consolidated School District brings college students into schools beginning in their sophomore year.

Red Clay Superintendent Merv Daugherty said the district is eager to partner with teacher colleges. Over time, the district gets to know potential teachers, which helps them with recruitment. And on the other side, college students get to spend a more significant amount of time in the district’s schools getting to know what they are in for when they are given the keys to their own classroom.

Good move Merv! But at the same time the district will know which ones not to hire! Fair trade off!

“I think it would also help with retention of teachers because they have a full understanding of what they are walking into,” he said.

Yep and they know when to walk if it’s too much!  Fair enough re: right fit for everybody!

Jack Markell is sowing some seeds to capitalize on down the road! After all he confessed to the nation his is a “card carrying capitalist”


Laurel School District has a candidate Christie Shirey ready to fight for transparency #netDE #edude

I would like to announce that I have filed to run for the Laurel School Board. The Laurel School District and our community is at a wonderful turning point. We have always been blessed with great students, dedicated teachers, and supportive community. We are in the process of providing new beautiful buildings that will surround all of our students with the resources needed for a topnotch education. We need the leadership to pull it all together. Our schools need more transparency as well as updated policies. We need to provide every opportunity for all of our children to not only succeed, but to be proud of where they made this accomplishment. If elected, I will always be an advocate for the students and a voice for the community. I hope I can count on your vote. If you would like to discuss any issues, please contact me at 302-280-6825 or

Thank you 

Christie Shirey

Public education shouldn’t be an industry or a Wall Street feeding troff #netDE #edude @destateboarded @governormarkell

Markell: Tough choices coming $17.8 million on line in sequester talks Written by Jonathan Starkey The News Journal Feb. 22, 2013 11:22 PM,

After a meeting with President Barack Obama on Friday, Gov. Jack Markell said the $85 billion in forced budget cuts scheduled to take effect on March 1 would have painful effects in Delaware, and he wouldn’t rule out layoffs

Delaware could lose $17.8 million in federal discretionary funding without congressional action to avert the sequester, according to federal and state budget estimates. The biggest cuts would come in education funding for the state, about $6.6 million, and health and social services, $4.6 million.

Well let’s hope if we loses federal discretionary funding they lose their grip on local control! Improve transparency of our public school system add fines to school districts and charter schools who don’t follow the transparency laws and give control of public education back to the public.

Govenor Markell signed Delaware up for the Smarter Balanced Assessment test using federal seed money but didn’t tell you after the federal seed money is gone Delaware taxpayers will foot the bill. Same goes with Race to The Top!  Appo and Colonial are leading the way for unreasonable tax hikes via referendums that will break the backs of local business and put more pressure on struggling families and seniors.

It is time to reduce the over-bloated staffing at the Delaware Department of Education and perhaps decentralize it.

All during the recession school administrators got yearly raises! Stop, I mean traditional school administrators whereas charter administrators don’t makes as much. Local school districts were forced to up their contributions to pension funds keeping up with the state contribution increases. Local school board claims they have not choice! We’ll if they had no choice why were they ask to “vote” on that action item?

Public education in Delaware is about to get a rude awakening! Extracurricular activities might have to be reduced!  School district spend millions on EPER. Perhaps it’s time for parents to volunteer for some of these positions!  

Jack if you keep raising taxes you’ll slow job growth in the private sector. Where are the Fisker jobs? What’s up with Bloom? How many jobs did we gain after you and Alan handed-out the corporate welfare?

There are many people currently laid off, underemployed, unemployable because of age and many who will never see a prosperous career again. Many whose quality of life is near null! Share the pain they say! Bottom line is there are those who aren’t willing to share an ounce of pain. 

Audio of Delaware State Board Education Meeting re: Pencader Charter School closure #netDE #edude @destateboarded

State Board of Education Meeting – Audio – 2/21/2013 – Part2

Enjoy the digital recording of the Delaware State Board of Education public board meeting  re: Pencader.

Enjoy means transparency re: recording. Hopefully our state legislators enact pending legisaltion requiring all traditional public school districts, Votech districts and charter schools to digitally record their public session of board meetings and place online within 7 days of meeting. GET THE JOB DONE LEGISLATORS ! We need this transparency for ALL SCHOOL BOARD PUBLIC MEETINGS

147th General Assembly
House Bill # 23

Primary Sponsor:


Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Peterson


Reps. D. Short, Miro, Peterman, Wilson, Baumbach, Bennett, Mitchell, K. Williams; Sens. Hocker, Lavelle, Simpson, Townsend

Introduced on :


Long Title:



This bill requires that all public meetings of the boards of education of traditional public school districts, vo-tech school districts, and public meetings of charter schools’ boards of directors be digitally recorded and made available to the public on the districts’ and charter schools’ websites within seven business days. The recordings will not be considered the official board minutes.

Currently the Red Clay Consolidated School District, Christina School District, and the Capital School District on a voluntary basis approved by their boards of education have been providing the public digital recordings of their board public session meetings via the district’s websites.

The Delaware State Board of Education is required by the State Board of Education to make available within one business day digital recordings of its board meetings on the Delaware Department of Education’s website.

Current Status:

House Education Committee   On   01/23/2013


146th General Assembly
House Bill # 26 w/HA 3

Primary Sponsor:


Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Lavelle & Rep. Hudson & Sen. Katz & Sen. Lawson & Sen. Simpson


Reps. Manolakos, Ramone, Walker, Wilson, Kowalko; Sens. Peterson, Sorenson

Introduced on :


Long Title:



This bill requires that all public meetings of the State Board of Education be digitally recorded and made available to the public on the Department of Education’s website within one business day. The recordings will not be considered the official Board minutes.

Red Clay Consolidated School District has been, as of September 2010, providing the public with digital recordings of their Board public session meetings via the District’s website. The Christina School District School Board enacted a policy to provide digital recordings of their public session meetings and expects to be online in January 2011.

Current Status:

Signed   On   06/08/2011

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