Daily Archives: April 16, 2013

No love from the News Journal but Delaware PTA is helping address the Pencader question

The pencader question is, if Pencader decides to close it’s doors on April 30, 2013 as a “possibility” as note in the school board’s letter to the Pencader community, will the state ensure the doors will state open until the close of the academic school year? 

“We have asked our accounting people to review additional possibilities to better understand the financial fallout from various scenarios. At this time, we do not see closing the school on April 30th but it still remains a possibility”.  Is Pencader bankrupt and could it close before end of school year? #netDE #edude Posted on April 10, 2013 by kilroysdelaware

Yvonne  Johnson President of Delaware PTA dropped by today and commented to Mike O on an issue. However, in that comment she said this, “Delaware PTA has asked the State Board of Education and the Charter Accountability committee to promise that the doors of Pencader remain open until the school year officially ends and to be mindful that these are children that these decisions are affecting”. With Pencader definitely closing at the end of the school year there obviously is nothing for Delaware PTA to gain. Therefore, it is a sincere gesture on the Delaware PTA’s part to advocate for students and parents.

I did communicate with Yvonne and she is aggressively trying to get assurance that Pencader doors will stay open no matter what.

It appears Jimmy Olsen of the News Journal has been assigned out to be part of the Jack Markell administration documenting the governor push for his early education agenda. Arne Ducan USDOE Secretary of Education was also in town to help Markell push his agenda. So the concerns of Pencader parents and students about “possible” closure April 30th took a backseat to Markell’s agenda. 

We’ve had our Pencader debates but at the end of the day most of us agree no matter what Pencader’s doors should remain open until the last day of school in June. But certainly we don’t expect Governor Markell to fork the money over to Pencader! I think at best teachers and essential employees be assured they will be paid through June 30th. Use some of the Rainy Day money Jack! It’s raining school children tears.  

Hopefully Jimmy Olsen has completed his tour with the governor and might engage in this crisis! Though the News Journal isn’t a public service organization we see them as an important platform of information. But it’s their right to pick and chose what to cover and is most important!

Pencader parents there is a state board of education meeting on Thursday morning and you need to be there with your script no one formulated by Pencader.

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Pencader school board busted for shoplifting

Check out this audio recording of Pencader Frank admitting Pencader Charter School had serious financial problems even when DE DOE signed off ” no red flags”. Recording here  Also, listen to how he thinks FY2014 revenues provided by the state  on July 1 is to be used to pay for teacher’s summer salary. Make note there is no such thing as summer salary unless of course you’re talking summer school teachers. The classroom teacher salary is spread-over 12 months so they have monthly income. That money is part of the current year budget! But in Franks defense he came on board when everything was spiraling  down. Honestly not his fault! HOWEVER, Frank failed to put the $$$ cards on the table in plain view and failed to call for a top to bottom audit! Repeated calls by Kilroy to produce a FY2013 board “approved” budget went unanswered. Frank you sound like a little boy crying after spending all of his allowance money! Here is Frank talk about if Pencader closes at the end of April. 

In support of Frank (somewhat) DE State Board of Education re: Pencader ” no red flags” Posted on July 20, 2012 by kilroysdelaware. Notice the post date July 20. 2012.

The Pencader board knew DE DOE’s assessment of “no red flags” re: finance was wrong yet they failed to communicate that to the parents and the taxpaying community. Even though Frank came on board in November he should of brought public attention to DE DOE’s error but he decided to stay in the dark.

Listen to this record of Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy! He is concerned and is “acting on this today”.  That was April 11th! So where is Jimmy Olsen? But do notice, Murphy made not commitment that Pencader students would finished  the school year at Pencader if the school goes bankrupt and closed April 30th! But to be honest, Pencader Frank and the board are bluffing! They won’t close the school at the end of April! It’s an attempt to extort more money from the state to cover teacher salaries and to make sure they can pay their lawyers! You see they need the lawyers in the event of fallout after the bankruptcy to protect themselves. Only if the DOJ really knew :). Here is Murphy’s recording.  I wonder if Murphy has the courage to fire those DE DOE charter school office officals who proclaimed “no red flags”?

Wilmington minority leaders are blinded by the white light

US Education Secretary Duncan visits Wilmington school by the News Journal April 15, 2013

Go to the above link and watch the attached video! Notice all the white men having their photo op with black children. Where were our minority leaders? Where was Mayor Williams for this event where the United States Secretary of Education paid visit with a group of white male Delaware elected officials including Governor Markell? This event appeared to be staged and it looks like by invitation only. Whites only ???? OK perhaps there might of been some minority leaders someone where! So, were the camera operators told no video of black community leaders or black elected officials?

I’ve asked this question before, why is it that the push for education reform in this country is driven by a bunch of rich millionaire white men? And do look very hard most have ties to Wall Street!

I am so amazed with all the recent articles in the newspaper where some minority elected official equate actions of school board members being counterproductive to serving minority children.  

From what I see, it appears a white dominate political system in Delaware has created a system where black leaders are told when to be black and when to drop to their knees for the white masters. Yes very strong words here! But damn, the concerns for which Arne Duncan came to Wilmington have a direct impact on minority children and honestly there needs to be minority leadership at these events. How blind are our minority leaders?

Children fail because adults fail and minority communities fail because minority leadership fail! It appears though the physical chains of the white man have been removed the emotional chains still exist. Perhaps this is why even the strongest minority leader bows in the present of the big white hunter!