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Daily Archives: April 2, 2013
OMG! Wilmington Mayor and County Executive spank local school superintendents #netDE #edude @destateboarded @dedeptofed
By now most of you read the News Journal’s article about HB#23 re: recording public sessions of school board meetings. The NJ’s article will fade and end up at the bottom of the bird cage! However, Kilroy’s keeps the issues going!
I’ve been getting some sidebar E-mails today and all are protected! It seems the Delaware School Board Association is lobbying state legislators to nix legislation requiring all school boards to digitally record public session of their meetings and put online for the public! HB#23 is out of House Education Committee and will move to the house floor for a vote and if passes goes to the senate! So here is where we’ll see which legislators have the courage to support moving transparency to another level! I am being told the house might pass it but the bill will end up in Senate Education Committee and never come out! Kilroy says so be it! But for sure those who oppose this legislation they won’t be forgotten in 2014 & 2016! The list of naysayers will be published!
As for the Delaware School Board Association, I for on will advocate for Red Clay to withdrawn membership from this organization! No way in HELL should our local tax-dollars pay for board member’s association membership fees! If a board members want to be part of this group let them pay the fee out of their pocket!
As I said before, government cannot be it’s own watchdog and the people are best suited! Government exist to serve people not the other way around! The DSBA is being an obstructionist supporting local school boards to operate in the dark! Parents need to be home with their children and can’t always attend school board meetings! It’s hard to believe the DSBA has a doctrine supporting keeping parents in the dark like mushrooms! Not with my local tax-dollars going to membership fees!
To all Delaware legislators, you serve the people and supporting the obstructionist position of DSBA is wrong! Support the people who deserve better transparency of our public schools!
Delaware school boards worry about cost of bill that would require recording of board meeting By Associated Press, Updated: Tuesday, April 2, 8:51 AM
Also see Kilroy’s Delaware
Delaware School Board Association chief oppose transparency #netDE #edude @destateboarded Posted on April 2, 2013 by kilroysdelaware
Really sucks folks, Delaware School Board Association wants to railroad digitally recording public session of school board meetings but stands by while the taxpayers take it up the ass when Markell pushing Race to The Top funding, Common Core Standards funding and Smart Balanced Assessment back on local taxpayers. Always for the kids but when it comes to real transparency the DSBA says not so fast we can’t afford buying digital recorders for each school district, each votech district and each charter school.
Well we’ll be watching the legislative vote to see which legislator is or isn’t for real transparency!
First suspects in Atlanta cheating scandal surrender CBS/AP/ April 2, 2013, 12:50 PM
ATLANTA Former Atlanta educators, now indicted on charges related to cheating children for their own financial benefit, have begun surrendering to the Fulton County Jail for processing, CBS Atlanta reports.
CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann reports that nearly 200 educators admitted to taking part in the massive scandal: they tampered with students’ standardized tests and corrected answers to inflate scores. Some teachers had pizza parties to erase wrong answers and circle in the right ones. One principal allegedly handled altered tests wearing gloves to avoid leaving her fingerprints.
At one middle school, 86 percent of eighth-graders scored proficient in math, compared to 24 percent the year before. Prosecutors say that progress was a criminal mirage, Phillips reported.
Well at least Delaware’s standardized tests are online with safeguards against cheating. Zero chance for cheating in Delaware!
School board recording bill gets critical feedback Written by Matthew Albright The News Journal Apr. 1, 2013 11:22 PM
As legislators try to make school boards more transparent by requiring them to post recordings of their meetings online, some district officials are concerned a measure to do just that would pass an unfunded mandate onto them.
There were no complaints when all the school district and charter school boards drop to their knees for Jack Markell signing the financially unsustainable Race to The Top MOU! Look at Appoquinimink and Colonial School Boards asking local taxpayers to back-fill million of dollars to support RTTT after federal funding runs dry after school year 2014-2015. What about Common Core Standards? There will be financial push-back on the district after all the feederal seed money expires! The cost to digitally record of board public session meetings is peanuts compared to local taxpayers being asked to fund the Wall Street education ponzi schemes.
“It’s part of a movement toward more open government,” said Rep. Deborah Hudson, R-Faircloth, the bill’s sponsor. “We want the public to be able to go back and see what these boards are doing.”
Damn right Rep Hudson! Public schools belong to the public and we have every right for their boards to be transparent!
School board meetings are often poorly attended, except when major controversies are being addressed. That’s one reason John Flaherty, president of the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, said he thinks mandatory recordings are a good idea.
And when board meetings are poorly attended the parents and community can’t engage while agenda deep-seeded in Washington and Dover via Governor Markell’s education agenda slip-by the public and are presented after the fact such as with Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balance Assessment! Transparency was part of Markell’s original campaign platform and he should openly support this bipartisan legislation! Show some courage Jack!
“This will be an opportunity for those folks who don’t have the opportunity to go to a school board meeting to find out what the board is up to,” he said of working parents who might not be able to attend because of job obligations.
And recordings online will be a good opportunity for the districts and charter schools to be more “effective” in communicating to the public about their goals, needs and responsibilities to parents and the community! Also as an added bonus the state legislators themselves will have the ability to check-in what’s going on at the local school board level beyond vague uninformative condensed printed board meeting minutes.
Sen. Karen Peterson, D-Stanton, is sponsoring the bill in the Senate, saying she signed onto the measure after a constituent complained about a district’s lack of recordings.
“Somebody wrote to me asking why some boards post recordings but some don’t,” Peterson said. “They asked me if I could make it standard for everyone, which I think is a good idea.
Well kick me in the nuts! Republicans and Democrats working together in Delaware bringing government agencies aka schools more transparent!
Should the legislation pass, it would mirror requirements the state Board of Education has been following since September 2011. Donna Johnson, the board’s executive director, said implementing the recordings wasn’t a huge effort or expense.
And the recordings of the state Board of Education meetings has opened the window for many to see and understand the state board process. Yes the public might be more critical but in return the board will stay on their toes as they know the community is watching!
“I really don’t think there have been many headaches caused by this bill. If anything, it’s created a layer of transparency that’s made things easier for us in the long run,” she said.
Created a layer of transparency and supported by the state board of education! Wow there might be hope after all!
Johnson estimated school boards could set up for “top-notch” recordings for less than $5,000!
And for the state board association obstructionists the sky is falling! I can’t believe local taxpayers pay membership dues for their local board members to be part of such an obstructionist group! Watch and I’ll be no weigh-in from Jea! Surely the must be some concern from the minority community and surely transparency or lack of is an issue of civil rights!
And for the
The state Board of Education is already required to post recordings of its meetings online. Three local school districts — Red Clay, Christina and Capital — voluntarily post recordings.
And we can thank responsible administration and school board members who understand the critical need for transparency and the fruits of their labor is shown with successful operation referendum with little push-back! Appo troubles are related to under-performing communication whereas the super thought no one was watching! Did the referendum call for better transparency such as putting recordings of board meetings online? Hell no!
Susan Francis, executive director of the Delaware School Boards Association, said her group is worried about the costs of new equipment and overtime for paying support staff to do the recordings. She also said her group isn’t necessarily opposed to the bill.
Now here is an obstructionist ! We’re all fucking idiots that don’t know every board has a recording secretary and many currently uses cassette recorders. There is no overtime for paying a board recording secretary because they are already there and if not we have way more serious problems! Where is Susan Francis in regards to the Wall Street Race to The Top ponzi scheme and being publicly critical of Governor Markell’s local state cuts to K-12 education such and in transportation funding and extra-time grant money! Why isn’t she leading the way to expose the Arne Duncan And Jack Markell takeover of local board control? Yep only obstructionist to real transparency! And go figure, local taxpayers pay membership fees for our boards to be part of this organization! Damn, your tax-dollars at work obstructing transparency!
Hudson said the price tag shouldn’t be a major problem for the boards.
“We’re not looking for these districts to go out and purchase brand-new, expensive equipment,” she said. “These days, if you have an iPad or an iPhone you can record a meeting. As long as they can post it, we’re OK with them using equipment they have.”
Yep, they don’t need a Motown recording setup! Just a basic digital recorder with a few conference microphones.
Recordings would not be necessary for executive sessions – portions of meetings that are closed to the public and media – workshops, retreats or committee meetings.
Just public session of school board meetings! That’s not asking for much! However, the obstructionist state board association feels this is too intrusive to their local members! I wonder, did she take a poll of members supporting and opposing the call for real transparency or did she take her marching order from the old guards!
Hudson said she might add a provision that would allow districts to take recordings off the website after 12 to 18 months.
“To be fair to our districts, we don’t want them to have to keep up this archive going back 20 years or anything,” Hudson said.