Daily Archives: April 23, 2013

Kilroy pushing Red Clay / Wilmington social issues to the forefront. Re: school board elections

Red Clay super Merv is being put on the hot-seat re: resegregation issues Posted on May 22, 2012 by kilroysdelaware 

Red Clay must address consequences of resegregation Written by | Adriana Leela Bohm

Please read entire article here>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I came across this Kilroy post from May 22, 2012 which reflects on a News Journal Letter to The Editor written by Adriana Bohm currently a Red Clay school board candidate. There was 50 comments to this post.

I loved this part of her letter: 

I don’t know the answer, but I do know that Red Clay administrators refuse to address segregation. They won’t talk about it, and when parents raise the topic, they are ignored, lectured and silenced. Not only do Red Clay administrators avoid the topic, they also refuse to talk about other issues parents raise, such as:

So in all fairness since I posted something about Red Clay board candidate Mr. Robert Cooper in regards to some of these social issues, I felt a need to add some balance by posting the above.

I hope Mr. Bryan Tracy checks in and perhaps offers some insight to what he sees his role if elected in confronting these social issues would be!

Breaking! Hot off the Dover Legislative Hall presses HB#90


House Bill # 90

K. Williams

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Poore

CoSponsors:

Reps. Barbieri, Baumbach, Bennett, Bolden, Jaques, Q. Johnson, Keeley, Kowalko, Longhurst, Miro, Mitchell, Schwartzkopf, Scott, Viola; Sens. Blevins, Henry, Peterson, Sokola, Townsend

Introduced on :

04/23/2013

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EDUCATION AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ENROLLMENT CHOICE PROGRAM.

Synopsis:

This bill updates the school choice program, which has not received substantive attention since 1998. This bill aims to make it easier for parents to navigate the choice process by standardizing application forms and deadlines across traditional and charter schools. More specifically, the bill requires all local education agencies to accept a standard application form provided by the Department of Education, which must be available on the Department’s website. Further, the bill seeks to eliminate discrimination by districts against choice students by: (1) allowing districts to request supplemental application information from choice students only to the extent it requires the same information from attendance zone students; (2) limiting the supplemental criteria a receiving district may use to evaluate choice applications—after that, districts must use a lottery system; and (3) removing the provision that allows districts to reject applications of students with special needs. Districts would also be required to accept choice students until each school and/or program has reached 85% of its capacity. Districts would be required to hold a public information session about choice and enrollment opportunities by October 31 and report estimated capacity and projected enrollment information to the Department of Education by November 30; those estimates may be revised until January 30. Finally, the bill will create a task force to consider the current landscape of all school enrollment preferences to include magnet, vocational technical, and charter schools, and to develop recommendations as necessary.

WHYY picks up the News Journal’s slack re: latest on Pencader

Delaware Dept. of Ed. working with troubled Pencader April 23, 2013 By Shirley Min, @WHYYShirley_Min

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

Pencader’s board of directors says it needs $350,000 to cover closing costs, largely, and teachers’ salaries.  Board president Frank McIntosh feels the DOE should foot the bill since it revoked Pencader’s charter in February.

“There was no reason to budget for something we did not know was going to happen,” said McIntosh.

And Kilroy says, where is the fucking state audit from the state auditor? Where is the Department of Justice? 

“Our position is that the state closed us down and now must bear the costs of that closure in that Pencader does not have the funds to do so themselves,” McIntosh said

We’re not rewarding failure by paying the Pencader Charter “Corporation” legal fees! Where was your top to bottom audit Frank? Didn’t you learn anything from Christina’s FRT? FYI Pencader is not a legal non-profit and the IRS can come after board members! Where is you IRS990 form Frank? If taxpayers have to pay Pencader’s legal fees you can bet the end of charter school in Delaware will come! No way taxpayer will take the risk on charter schools who operate in the dark! And it’s time to get the Rodel clones out of DE DOE!

DOE’s Chief of Staff wrote in a letter to McIntosh. “In an attempt to resolve the discrepancies, Pencader has been unable to provide responses to specific requests from DOE, OMB and Finance staff as we seek to determine a path forward for the school.”

You can’t be talking about that commercial checking account! How many red fucking flags to we need to get a state audit?

“It is our expectation that Pencader Charter will fulfill its responsibilities to ensure that students will complete their credits at the school. We have been working closely with your team to that end,” McLaughlin stated.

“We are doing everything we can to NOT CLOSE Pencader HS on April 30th. However, it does remain as a possibility,” McIntosh said.

It’s a yes or no question! Shame on other Pencader board members for sitting in the dark! There needs to be an investigation where all board members should be questioned under oath! And while were at it, why do traditional public school board members take an oath of office and charters not? 

Should Pencader close next week, all of its students would fan out into their respective school feeder patterns to finish out the year.

Should Pencader close next week there will be a movement to put a ban on all new charter schools until the law is rewritten with clear policies and procedures on charter school closure!

Wake-up Wilmington parents and engage the school board elections

Come on Jea, lead the parents to the school board election polls! For every Wilmington child there must be a parent voting in the school board election! Now is the time to walk the talk! Demand school board candidates coming out of the city to explain their plan to make change! Explain their position on de facto segregation! Explain how they will open charter schools to all students and stop the cherry picking of students!

Tell us how they will demand preferential Choice transportation for Wilmington’s children especially in Red Clay!

Tell us how they will enforce Title 1 Section 1118!

Red Clay board candidate Robert Cooper steps the game up re: civil rights

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

ROBERT COOPER

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.

I had to take another look at Mr. Cooper’s response to the Hockessin Community News.

I said this yesterday:

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!

Today I say this:

My research indicates Mr. Cooper is the underdog in this board race. From what I see at this point in time there is no big PAC or organizations in Mr. Cooper’s corner. Wow a candidate that reflects the children he wants to represents and speak for and the good brothers of Wilmington allows him to stand alone in the cold.

Wheree are the good righteous brothers of Wilmington! Mr. Cooper would be only one voice a board of seven. However, that voice will to carry the voice of some sense of civil justice. He might not come across as William “Hicks” Anderson but for sure the spirit of Hicks is with him.

In some sense Mr. Cooper carries the weight of the cross on his back and as he walks by some of the righteous brothers they turn away because in Mr. Cooper’s back-pocket is no greenback for them. There is no job for any of their old schoolyard playmates! Where is the Wilmington Urban League’s support for Mr. Cooper? NAACP? Right now Mr. Cooper appears to be standing alone and with 1000 committed votes the black community could have a “sincere” voice. He might not possess all the skills needed at the table. However, the significance of his voice might just be the encouragement for others to join the fight for real fair and equitable education in Red Clay. Imagine, 1000 votes could give Wilmington’s children a voice!   

But as history has shown us over the years of Red Clay school board races, the African-American community tends to stand-down. It’s not about change and hope, it’s about addressing the right and wrongs! It’s about standing up and saying enough! It’s about exposing the truth!

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The tragic loss of a young black child in Florida bring Wilmington to it’s feet but yet the tragedy of a failed education system for Wilmington’s black children barely raises an eyebrow. Wilmington use to be the gateway to freedom in the struggles of blacks and yet freedom was delivered and now brothers sit-by as their children are warehouse in a tilted education system. The physical bonds have been long gone but the mental bond holding down a community appears to be self-inflicted.