Delaware State Rep John Kowalko to expose Delaware DOE’s lies

Coming from reliable sources Kilroy gets word that Delaware State Representative John Kowalko is making himself available to Christina School District in the event they request a hearing protesting DE DOE’s decision to punish high poverty children because CSD refuses to play along with a $20,000.00 bonus for so-call highly effective teachers, DE DOE is taking not just the money designated for teacher bonuses but all Race to The Top money for next year, year four and final year of Race to The Top. Word has Kowalko is pissed how DE DOE walks around as if the world can kiss their ass and how DE DOE can’t give straight answer when questioned by a state legislator.

15 responses to “Delaware State Rep John Kowalko to expose Delaware DOE’s lies

  1. Good for him , legistors forget they are elected to represent the people not state agencies.

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  2. barbara J. Finnan

    John Kowalko consistently gets rave reviews from my family on a number of issues. I am sooooo glad he is going to take a look at an ed issue, especially since Senator Sokola seems too exalted to get involved. From utility issues now to this, wish he was my Rep!

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    • Greg MAZZOTTA

      Yes, Barbara, Senator Sokola has found ways to be uninvolved in
      Delaware’s quality education offering which began in Milford in 2000, and, as a result, critical resources have gone elsewhere.

      In Maryland, the success of the Montgomery Cty. schools, ten year journey are being expanded to include all of Maryland.

      Promising education leaders will be attracted to where they are treated best. My hope is that Rep. Kowalko finds where the barriers to innovation are and removes them so Delaware schools can benefit from the quality education learnings. Remember, the NCCVT was the
      state quality awardee – in 1994!

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    • ” the barriers to innovation are ” thats easy. all he has to do is look in the mirror and around the room at legislative hall.

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … all [Kowalko] has to do is look in the mirror and around the room at legislative hall.”

      Kudos, Arthur! It is comforting and gratifying to see one (if only one) other writer pointing to the true SOURCE of the govt school mess in Delaware; to the disease, not to one of the attendant multitude of symptoms.

      I wait with bated breath to see if his nibs responds, now that he has time that might otherwise be spent replying to my unappreciated pointed finger.

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  3. lastDEconservative

    Best of all, his nibs neither had nor has anything to do with the creation, operation, or DIRECTING the activity of the agency he condemns (bah, what’s a little legislating got to do with anything?) … wait …

    Tiring. Watching preening is tiring.

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  4. John Kowalko

    Actually, lastDEconservative, (one could only hope that were true), I had nothing to do, whatsoever, with creating, operating and especially “DIRECTING” the activities of DOE or its Secretary or employees. If you had the slightest intimate knowledge of government you would know that. Also please note that I am not condemning the agency but I am indicting and condemning its behavior and dishonesty in this particular instance and will continue to exercise my sense of responsibility toward fairness and truth. This will be my last response to you on this subject that you know nothing about. I find it too “tiring”
    Regards,
    Representative John Kowalko

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    • lastDEconservative

      Why, of course you had nothing to do with any of this!! A mere legislator!! Why, how could ANYONE think so? Maybe because I DO know “intimately” how government works, and *gasp* why. For one thing, it is not a monolith, it is a collective of personalities, yet with many fearsome similarities, mostly resulting in activity contrary to the best interests of free people. Disregard of national founding principles and values is probably the worst of the shared characteristics. But I — a mere citizen — could be wrong.

      Sanctimony is at least somewhat entertaining. You proceed with fairly equal doses of it and microphonic preening. I shall be perfectly content exercising my sense of responsibility toward directing attention to the real source of the problems in all manner of government debacles, not just schooling, without a response from you — or your cohorts in legislative hall — as is much more the norm for the class.

      See you soon, from BEHIND the klieg lights.

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  5. 170 Lukens Observer

    So does Pencader vote for bankruptacy and early closure tomorrow?
    Attendance was way down on Friday. One bus had 2 kids get off it.

    The shame is it that the initial board who put up the building they couldn’t afford thus creating this debacle, blithely skipped away and in doing so totally screwed hundred’s of kids and dozen’s of teacher’s.

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  6. John, thank you for taking on this important issue. It is appalling to watch the governor’s appointees (in this case primarily Murphy) withhold financial resources from schools that serve a disproportionate % of low-income children in NC county. Sickening.

    I applaud the CSD board members for standing up for local control–I’m sure Markell/Murphy assumed they could intimidate the board into following their agenda. DOE staff are not elected by the citizens whose tax money they spend, but board members are.

    Good luck to Mr. Williams & the board members in this battle.

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  7. John – what can you actually do besides tilt at windmills? The Markell cabal is strong and nothing is going to come of it. We’ve had state investigations before, reps pounding their chests with little change (state hospital, del-dot, prisons)

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … reps pounding their chests … ”

      Great observation, sir. Always bluster, never results. And is it just me, or it a.l.w.a.y.s. after the fact we see the legislative Quixote factor which results in more laws for the bureaucrats to make a worse hash of … and the cycle repeats, ad nauseum.

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  8. Pigeon on the Green

    Sadly Arthur is right. The attitude among us state workers is that we stay forever, the politicians come and go.

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