Daily Archives: April 22, 2013

OMG! Is somebody getting fired from the DE DOE charter school office? #netDE #edude

Job Listing

Open Until Filled

On or about 7/1/2013

Executive Director, Charter School Office

We are conducting a national search for an exceptional leader capable of transforming Delaware into one of the leading charter school systems in the nation. We seek a proven leader dedicated to the idea that charters can and should play a fundamental role in driving innovation, expanding opportunity, and pressuring a public education system toward excellence.

As the Executive Director of the Charter School Office, the core of your work will be to ensure that we create an environment in Delaware that is conducive to a high-performing charter system. You will lead an effort at the state-level to ensure that our laws, regulations, practices and policies reflect best practice nationally, and create an environment that attracts, supports and sustains high performing charters while holding them accountable for results.

As News Journal sleeps Hockessin Community News is on the ball re: school board election #netDE #edude @ed_in_de

Red Clay’s District A features three-horse race for school board By Antonio Prado
antonio.prado@doverpost.com Updated Apr. 19, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

The Red Clay Board of Education race for District A has drawn the most crowded field and the most diversity for district residents planning to vote in the May 14 school board election.

Read the entire article here>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I decided to run for the school board because after being actively involved in hands-on advocacy throughout the district via the Highlands PTA, the Superintendent Parent Council, the Wilmington Schools Committee and other district wide meetings and committees over the past five years, I realized that the most effective way to improve educational processes and outcomes is from a policy perspective. The first step towards doing this is by assessing the effectiveness of some of our long standing educational policies. This is paramount to district improvement. We all want our kids to be competitive in today’s world; as such, we need to provide them with the strongest educations possible, focusing on relevant career and college opportunities in both domestic and global markets. Some of our policies work very well, and others are in need of improvement.

Q: What do you think are the two most important challenges Red Clay faces presently?

A: If we truly want to move forward as a district we have roll up our sleeves, make a commitment to talk about and tackle difficult issues, look at what other districts have done successfully in areas we need to improve upon, and create models which serve our needs. Red Clay can do this. We might get dirty in that process, but that shouldn’t stop us. As a mother of two elementary age school children and an involved parent, as a Red Clay graduate, as a community member, and as an educator, there are a number of issues which Red Clay faces, and which Red Clay can successfully address. Those paramount to the district include inclusion, equity and concentrated poverty, and technology.


Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I’m running for the school board because I look at the population that we serve in District A and I see how the children are struggling; I tutor and I see it. So, as I look at what’s going on I’m looking to change those test scores. I’m running to correct that wrong – to instill the tools necessary for them to be successful.

Q: What do you think are the two most important challenges Red Clay faces presently?

A: We have a crisis with the low performing schools. The dropout rate has been a big issue for African American males in the city of Wilmington. I think that the business [consulting] model should be thrown out and we should go back to the traditional educational model. I mean, math is math. English is English. We have gotten away from the basics.


Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: Red Clay has the potential to break through from good to great! Central to that goal is equitable education for all students, community investment throughout the district, and constructive dialogue between all stakeholders. We need solutions and action, not just advocacy. Moreover, solutions should be created out of collective compromise, and championed by experienced and rational leaders. I will bring these qualities to the Red Clay School Board. From a more personal perspective, I believe now is my time to invest in my future children’s education. Accordingly, I have no conflicts preventing me from working for all students. Finally, I have a keen awareness of teachers’ needs, given my wife’s six-year tenure as a Red Clay teacher. Many of Red Clay’s upcoming issues will directly impact teachers. Thus the Board needs a strong, Red Clay K-12 teacher’s voice.

Q: What can the Red Clay Consolidated School District do to improve?

A: the district can improve by placing equitable education as its highest priority. This will then funnel down into all other decisions. Additionally, I believe Red Clay can better engage the wealth of community resources that are available. Delaware has a tremendous number of non-profit organizations and individuals that are genuinely interested in providing service. Moreover, we have a large business community whose resources are relatively untapped. Now is the perfect time to lay out a clearer framework for community investment. Given greater community investment, schools can “outsource” certain needs to the community, and consequently focus more of their efforts on teaching. Finally, Red Clay can continue to foster more open lines of discussion between all stakeholders in the education.

Kilroy observation, the board seat these candidates are seeking is District A. There are 7 board members in Red Clay each “representing” a school board education district A through G. The person running for an open school board election district seat must live in the district.  However, when it is time for the public to vote, residents living in all district election districts within a given school distinct such as Red Clay get to vote! Technically and legally, school board members of all election districts represents all children and all parts of the community within the school district. I noticed Mr. Cooper has great concerns for children in District A which is in the city of Wilmington. But do note District A also encompasses some of the more affluent sections of Wilmington. God bless Mr. Cooper but without strong grassroots efforts to ignite and unite the voices of those he is most concerned about his vision of being a board member is slim! The more affluent in the district especially the suburban community might strongly oppose him fearing radical changes in efforts to serve the neediest group of students. It took a long time for white suburban parents to beat back force busing and many don’t give a rats ass about Wilmington’s under-served and under represented children.

The school board election process is broken as it does not give real voice and representation to the board election districts. Voters from outside the election district can out-vote those living within. The suburban vote can trump the city vote!   

I hang my hat on some of the concerning social issues within public education and do support equitable education for all. I do question de facto segregation and in the case of Red Clay, lack of equitable “traditional” middle and high school seats in the city of Wilmington. Also, as far as school choice, our Governor Jack Markell refuses to provide preferential choice transportation to the children of the city of Wilmington that would assist in reducing de facto segregation. The minority voice in Wilmington is “fractured” whereas there is no unified voice representing minority children. Its very sad to see those running for school board walking on eggs shells as to not to offend the more affluent community. Yes, school board members represent all students of all colors and income. But that shouldn’t stop anyone from speaking out with heart and passion for those being under-served and underrepresented.