Monthly Archives: April 2013

Did Markell give Wireless Generation the green-light to expand personal data of Delaware students ? YEP

Published: Tuesday 30 April 2013 by Peter Rugh; Occupy.com

Last week, students across New York finished a set of tests taken over a two week period designed to measure their proficiency at reading and math against new federal college readiness standards known as Common Core. Some parents opted their children out of the exams in protest against what they described as the school system’s over-emphasis on testing and its use of data as the principle indicator of their children’s achievement.

Starting next year, those scores, along with students’ personal information – race, economic background, report cards, discipline records and personal addresses – will be stored in a database designed by Wireless Generation, a subsidiary of media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

Read more here>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Yep Nancy I keep trying to telling our Delaware elected officials No civil rights when it comes to students personal information! #netDE #edude Posted on March 31, 2013 by kilroysdelaware

Delaware Department of Education

Closing Date

Starting Date

Job Listing

May 13, 2013

On or about 7/1/2013

Education Associate, Technology Resources and Data Development

The primary duties of this position are to support, maintain, and expand various DOE data collection and reporting capabilities via systems analysis, design, programming, customization, management, implementation and general support of internal and third party enterprise information/database systems.

Drink the kool-aid clueless parents !!! Drink the Kool-aid clueless state legislators ! Be prepared to be voted out of office Senator Patty Blevins!

Delaware Governor Markell is pissed SB# 21 passed senate vote

Senate Bill # 21

This Bill expands the composition of the State Employees Benefits Committee and provides Delaware public employees with representation on the Committee.

Senate vote: () Passed 4/30/2013 2:41:34 PM-

Yes: 11

No: 8

Not Voting: 1

Absent: 1

Blevins

Y

Hocker

N

Peterson

Y

Bonini

N

Lavelle

N

Pettyjohn

N

Bushweller

X

Lawson

N

Poore

Y

Cloutier

A

Lopez

N

Simpson

N

Ennis

Y

Marshall

Y

Sokola

Y

Hall-Long

Y

McBride

Y

Townsend

Y

Henry

Y

McDowell

Y

Venables

N

Yep Delaware Governor Jack Markell is pissed! Markell opposed SB#21 because he doesn’t want labor at the table. But don’t worry Markell will find himself another Judas like he did with the former DSEA queen! Markell will find himself some young naive union rep who get’s awestruck in his present. And it looks like the Delaware democrat senators told Governor Markell to kiss their ass with passage of SB#21,  

Delaware’s rush to gun control may impose greater hardship for women

Cloutier’s vote did right by the people who elected her Opinion Letters To The Editor

A recent letter said that Sen. Cathy Cloutier should be “primaried” for a recent vote. Here are the facts: Sen. Cloutier polls her district on a variety of issues on a regular basis. This one bill, on guns and background checks, showed an overwhelming percentage of her constituents were for this bill, especially among women. Good servants of the public vote as the majority of their districts ask them to, which is what she did.

Dave Jones

Very true, those who we elected should represent our views. But once elected as a public officials their actions should be based on the best interest of the community.

Speaking of women, once the mechanics of so-called mental health concerns are ironed out in the background check process women may be subjected to an unfairness and possible denial of owning a gun.

Many women suffer from depression and receive treatment for depression associated with premenopaus,  postpartum depression and depression associated with being a single parent.

Astounding increase in antidepressant use by Americans POSTED OCTOBER 20, 2011, 12:46 PM Peter Wehrwein, Editor, Harvard Health

  • 23% of women in their 40s and 50s take antidepressants, a higher percentage than any other group (by age or sex)

  • Women are 2½ times more likely to be taking an antidepressant than men (click here to read a May 2011 article in the Harvard Mental Health Letter about women and depression)

Sadly to say but treatment of the above falls under mental illness, The process for women who take antidepressants to go through to may be a discouragement to pursue legal gun ownership. Kind of sad that women are often the victims of violent crimes and the process of obtaining a gun may victimize to most vulnerable.

Del. Code tit. 11, §1448

Delaware prohibits the purchase, ownership, possession or control of a firearm or ammunition by any person:

  • Ever committed for a mental disorder to any hospital, mental institution or sanitarium, unless the person possesses a certificate from a medical doctor or psychiatrist licensed in Delaware stating that the person is no longer suffering from a mental disorder which interferes or handicaps the person from handling deadly weapons.

There is a big difference between “committed” and “admitted” to “any hospital. However, Biden proposes gun-control ban for wider mentally ill list “The Biden-backed legislation would require mental health providers to call police if they suspect a patient presents a danger to himself or others. Police would be required to investigate and make a report to the state Department of Justice in determining whether the person should be banned from possessing a firearm.” From what I see “providers” is a broad term beyond a psychologist or psychiatrist. There are many others providing counseling services that fall under some form of mental health provider. Will marriage counselors be required to report such concerns? Put it this way, to be a mental health counselor one does not need a PhD. A minimum of master’s degree is required to be a licensed mental-health counselor. Who are mental health profession referred to in Biden’s proposed legislation? What about one own primary care doctor who often prescribes antidepressants? Now they use electronic medical records! Is big brother setting the platform for more government intrusiveness? Be careful how you express yourself when discussing your “feelings”.  

The argument here is not the need for changes in the law but for thought on the wider impact of a laws created via paranoia and a law that was meant to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. 

Are we creating a witch-hunt mentality that is burdensome for law abiding “citizens” who take action to address the emotional impact of daily life or biological effects of being a female. If our legislators are will to sign onto this legislation why not the step to increase funding for more police and more judges to review criminal cases in a timely manner?

Markell to use Charter School law for HealthSouth Corp’s rehab center

Bill would provide shortcut for rehab hospital to open in Delaware Middletown facility called unnecessary Written by Jonathan StarkeyThe News Journal

Gov. Jack Markell is backing legislation that would allow Alabama-based HealthSouth Corp. to build a rehabilitation hospital in Middletown without a state review, despite a legal challenge and claims that the governor exerted improper political influence to move the deal forward.

What the fuck is going on in this state? We have a governor who is required to uphold our laws and he writes his own! When are we going to require financial disclosure of our governor!

Markell uses his spell over the Delaware democrat controlled House and Senate to swing his  education wrecking ball and now he enters into healthcare!

Sorry to say Matt but Markell is spray painting your political future with shit! The speaker of the house slows legislation adding more transparency to public education but opens the gates for anything Markell wants. We can’t use the charter school law as model for everything Markell wants to do! 

Delaware Republicans stop treating gays as second class citizens re: HB#75

House Bill # 75

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 13 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS TO PROVIDE FOR SAME-GENDER CIVIL MARRIAGE AND TO CONVERT EXISTING CIVIL UNIONS TO CIVIL MARRIAGES.

OK before I get started, I am not gay! This issue is about human rights and pursuit of happiness.

Those opposing HB#75 are infringing on individuals rights to be happy and more importantly be open about who they are! God will judge us all on our final journey. It is not your job to play God or be judge and jury condemning what “God” has created!   

If we want to question morals perhaps we can start with the morals of politicians whom many are self-serving, We have far far greater problems in this state and country to worry about who marries who. 

The state allows civil unions for same gender “citizens” and there is no harm to society by converting these civil unions to civil marriages.

Dear Delaware hardheaded Republican and democratic legislators opposing HB# 75, let it go! Let our gay brothers and sisters enjoy their lives like all men and women! We have much more serious work to do rebuilding our economy in-which gays have always been willing to be a productive part of that process. Search your soul and find what God gave all of us! Compassion. You don’t hesitate to pass laws protecting animals but continue a narrow-minded debate on passing this that bring humans to an equal level of dignity and rights to those “God” created!

Perhaps the Delaware Republican Party has become outcast because they are out of touch with the people! What do you say to gay brothers and sister within the Delaware Republican party? Their money and tireless campaign efforts aren’t rejected! Grow-up Delaware Republican Party! It’s 2013.  

Minnehan wins Christina Education Association’s endorsement for school board

OMG! WTF Transparent Christina trips on damning education documentation

BREAKING NEWS!: Smoking gun document reveals Dover duplicity on education funding! by Transparent Christina April 28, 2013

Document leaked by Leg Hall staffer who found it on the floor! It pays to have connections in Delaware since the public has the right to know this stuff. 

Read it all here >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Senator Kilroy says, it’s time to expose Dover-gate to the Wall Street ponzi scheme!

Kilroy exploring run for Delaware Senate district 7 (Blevins)

I’ve always said, the people have greater power than their legislators but it looks like Kilroy might have to go to Dover.

Education is a mess and our valued public school teachers are being uses as a whipping post for failed education agendas that have expanded into a Wall Street ponzi scheme. One of the first things I’d do to lead the charge is get Teach for America out of our schools.

Well here is what really pissed me off to consider exploring a senate option. House Bill #23 appears to be held hostage by the speaker of the house! It mustard House Education Committee and now is stuck in the ready list. HB#23 is the legislation that will required all traditional school districts board, votech school districts board and charter school boards to digitally record all public session of school board meetings and post online for all to hear. I am getting information suggesting there is a big push-back from charter schools to stop this legislation. The legislation came out of House Education Committee on 03/27/2013 and sits there circling the feild until the speaker of the house calls it in for a landing for a vote by the Delaware House of Representatives. Word has it the bill will sit to a point its too late for senate education committee and a senate vote. So if it doesn’t come to a vote before end of legislative session I’ll be moving my senate exploratory another step. 

I have no beefs with Senator Blevins but being in the 7th senate district she hold the seat I need to get to Dover. As for all those legislators claiming to be for transparency you better figuring on add more $$$ to your war chest and that includes Markell’s little puppets! 

If I don’t win at least Blevins will have to spend some bucks defending her turf and believe me, I knock on every door in the 7th senate district. Kilroy has well over one million blog hits and will work the blogs, Facebook and Twitter like no other candidate has.          

Kilroy is no Nostradamus but I told you so! Re: Race to The Top / Common Core Standards

Obama’s big second-term education problem Posted by Valerie Strauss on April 28, 2013 Washington Post

Why? However fine the intentions were of the Obama administration officials, critics say that the reforms were not well thought out, not based in solid research and were rushed into implementation. They also say that the totality of the reforms have ignored the most basic problem in public education: equity in educational opportunity. Students from wealthy families continue to do far better than middle-class and lower-class families — and that gap keeps growing.

There are problems with Race to the Top. Many of the states that collectively won more than $4 billion in Race to the Top money are facing big challenges in implementing them according to a February 2013 report by the Education Department.  The biggest problems: implementing new educator evaluation standards and creating sophisticated student data systems that are supposed to be able to inform teaching. The whole notion of competitive grants in education has driven critics to say that the administration has ignored equity issues.

Furthermore, the growth of for-profit charter management companies has highlighted the move toward privatization of public education, which many believe is damaging the country’s most important civic institution.

Just a few selected paragraphs so please read the entire article here 

Widener law grads cry fraud (Lois Lane we miss you re: K-12)

Widener law school grads cry fraud In suit, law school alumni say university misled them Written by Nichole Dobo The News Journal Apr. 27, 2013 10:56 PM

Folks this is a must read Lois Lane article

Christina M. Marinakis distinguished herself early on at Widener University School of Law.

But Marinakis, who passed the Pennsylvania bar exam, could not find work as a lawyer. She kept waitressing

Read the entire article here ……………..

I wonder, should teachers under fire re: effectiveness that graduated from University of Delaware as education majors sue the U of D? Markell and Arne Duncan can take the witness stand because they say many college and universities aren’t preparing teachers for the classroom.

Markell’s Mckinsey buddies don’t have the love for China’s education as Markell #netDE #edude @ed_in_de @ dedeptofed

CHINESE EDUCATION SYSTEM: MARXISM, COSTS AND SHANGHAI TEST SCORES

A report by the McKinsey consulting from called China’s Looming Talent Shortage China’s education system a “stuffed duck”—one that emphasizes the regurgitation of outdated knowledge and leaves students lacking in language skills and practical experience—attributes employers are look for in a global market place. Chinese educators are increasingly looking at Western models that emphasize critical, thinking and creativity as models to follow to improve learning and education in China. It is a bit ironic while China is doing this United States is aiming to improve its education system by taking a more test-centered, math-focused approach like that used in Asia.

Well in case you didn’t know, Delaware’s education czar sometimes governor Jack Markell was once a pay consultant  for McKinsey.

Markell wants to teach every Delaware student communist Chinese, oops I mean Chinese language skills. No more than 1% of Delaware public school students will go on to use those language skills in the so-called global market. But you know, if we taught all the same students Spanish more than 50% would be able use those skills in Delaware’s economy! Those who speak Spanish get extra points even on a McDonald’s job application. 

Back to the Shanghai education experiment!

Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators By SAM DILLON Published: December 7, 2010 New York Times.

With China’s debut in international standardized testing, students in Shanghai have surprised experts by outscoring their counterparts in dozens of other countries, in reading as well as in math and science, according to the results of a respected exam

Class who can tell me what country Shanghai is in? Yep, you got it China! So why are we comparing all of  American students who took the PISA Test to only students in Shanghai? The Shanghai education experiment is nothing more than a super charter school experiment drawing the best and brightest students from around China. Kind of like Charter School of Wilmington with overachievers. Not bashing CSW but just making an comparison. I wonder how CSW students performed on the PISA in contract to Shanghai? 

PISA scores are on a scale, with 500 as the average. Two-thirds of students in participating countries score between 400 and 600. On the math test last year, students in Shanghai scored 600, in Singapore 562, in Germany 513, and in the United States 487.

What was CSW score?

In science, Shanghai students scored 575. In second place was Finland, where the average score was 554. The United States scored 502 — in 23rd place — with a performance indistinguishable from Poland, Ireland, Norway, France and several other countries.

What was CSW score?

For one thing, Shanghai is a huge migration hub within China. Students are supposed to return to their home provinces to attend high school, but the Shanghai authorities could increase scores by allowing stellar students to stay in the city, he said. And Shanghai students apparently were told the test was important for China’s image and thus were more motivated to do well, he said.

And there you have the Shanghai charter school agenda! 

Hey Joe Biden! If you run for president and win (OMG) will you please appoint Jack Markell Ambassador to China? Jack seems real good at kissing communist China’s ass! 

Delaware 2013 school board election drawing very little excitement

School board elections across  Delaware are set for May 14, 2013 and from I see and hear it’s going to be a low turnout.

For Colonial, in 2012 and 2011 there was no voting as the candidate was unopposed.  In 2010 the was only 440 votes cast. This year two seats are opened and one unopposed. Perhaps with the June 4th referendum pending there might be some school board election excitement.  

Christina has three seats open with two unopposed. I am sure Mayor Williams and Jea Street will excite the community to come out for their chosen one. Last year’s election drew 1429 votes.

Brandywines last election where voting actually took place the turn out was 690 votes.

Appoquinimink had 1159

Red Clay 2,735

I assume many people think school board elections are waste of time or perhaps feel special interest voting overwhelms the citizen votes. However, with Governor Markell’s ego out of control  and in control of nearly every superintendent and school boards across the state why waste the gas to vote!

In case you didn’t know, school board members are “elected unpaid public officials”. Many board members can’t comprehend they are elected officials and have every right to question how Governor Markell and the U.S. Department of Education push their overreaching Wall Street ponzi scheme. But for the most part, “most” school board members sit back like deer in the headlights. Many can’t see their superintendent is nothing more than a political ass-kisser!

In other political elections we often hear people say, my vote don’t matter. However, with school board election we hear, school boards are a joke or it’s a waste of time! United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan claims, “education is the most important civil rights issues of this generation”. From what I see, more civil rights have been taken from this generation and the next with intrusive Wall Street laced education agendas. Federal law, Title 1 Section 1118 gave parents unique empowerment yet it has been defaced by school superintendents, Jack Markell, Arne Duncan and even President Obama with Joe Biden sitting on the sidelines with his thumb up his ass. Jea Street knows about about Section 1118. But it really doesn’t matter to the status quo because Title 1 parents a poor and manipulable, clueless as mushroom growing in the dark. Programs like Race to The Top a federal “grant” not mandate somehow supersedes Title 1 laws and RTTT came before NCLB waviers. Title 1 law Section 1118 was violated. Markell signed on to Race to The Top and then parental indoctrination came.  School board members voting for the RTTT MOU didn’t and for many don’t understand what they voted for. But that vote came under threat of Markell’s local state budget cuts. He made school boards an offer they couldn’t refuse! Unions jumped in bed with Markell and “limo” deals were made! Judas goes to Dover, Skip get’s to look like an ass in public, Merv shows off his new Brooks Brothers suit, Lillian was queen for a day and Jack got to verbally masturbate in Washington , D.C. and our children were sold down the river !

Local school board members often say, our hands are tied and you need to go to Dover or contact you local state representative or senator. What a joke there! The board pretty-much tied their own hands and many legislators lineup on their knees in front of Jack Markell like they are receiving communion but it ain’t bread and wine Jack is handing out!

Delaware’s public schools need a new breed of school board members! Ones who can show independence and realize they can tell Secretary of Education Markell Murphy to kiss their ass!

School board elections are in a little more than two-weeks away! Jimmy Olsen of the News Journal will put out his lame school board candidate survey that doesn’t challenge candidate enough to really define them! Same old shit, were for this, were for that and I am for equitable education! It’s very doubtful any board candidate will rise up to represent the Title 1 parents and students and certainly not question resegregation concerns! God forbid scaring the white people out in the suburbs! The archers will lineup around Camelot and say, you’re not busing my kids to Wilmington and too fucking bad for the city kids, their parents wanted busing and they got it! As long as Wall Street and Washington intrudes of local school board control with Jack Markell capitalizing our school boards are pretty much ineffective. Governor Markell is the worst governor on public education in the history of Delaware. But please vote and then you have a ticket to step-up and criticize those the public elects to represent our school children.

Delaware Libertarian kicks Rodel’s Herdman in the balls

Paul Herdman and Vision 2015: It is all the teachers’ fault …. The Delaware Libertarian April 26, 2013

And, finally, the BIG LIE of Vision 2015, and the reason that you must NEVER look behind the curtain.  Here’s what Vision 2015 told us in 2007 was absolutely ESSENTIAL for public education success in Delaware:

“State funding high enough so districts and schools do not need to rely on local referenda to meet Vision 2015 standards”

go here to read the entire post and to comment >>>>>>>>>>>

Red Clay school board candidates responding to Kilroy

I had two Red Clay school board candidate respond to questions within this previous post Open message to Red Clay school board candidates Posted on April 20, 2013 by kilroysdelaware |

Adriana Bohm responded to Question 5.  What is your opinion on the concerns of teacher retention? What ideas would you bring to the table to address  this crisis? Go here to see the entire response which is very insightful 

           Just  a sample of Adriana’s response

Teacher retention and stability are highly correlated with student success and achievement on both domestic and international levels. Furthermore, research suggests that student perception of school climate is highly correlated with student success. This means that kids need to see the same people day in and day out, in order to build relationships of trust and longevity, and students also need to feel important and valuable, as do their parents. The mere perception of trust leads to heightened academic progress. This is important. Therefore, creating long-term educator, administrative and staff stability along with a school culture which accepts and celebrates our Children– from every background is of paramount importance.

I did respond to a phone call from board candidate Bryan Tracy in regards to recent News Journal articles where Wilmington Mayor, New Castle County Executive Gordon and Jea Street raised concerns about education in general and education concerns within Wilmington.

Bryan and I agree the issues are very complex that overlap in legal aka laws, social and school districts. What Bryan plans to do if Red Clay school board and administration is in agreement, is help set an environment to engage Wilmington officials and community leaders within in a committee form to review the issues and discuss options. I can agree with meaningful formal dialogue and with hopes of all public school districts within the city of Wilmington boundaries joining together, the school community can at least close the fractures in communications.

This applies to all board members and candidates, no one board member has greater power than another! So ideas and opinions to solutions can only bear fruit it there is a board consensus. No matter which candidate is elected the time has come to step-back and list the areas of concern such as with Wilmington and find common ground and solutions.