Monthly Archives: June 2013

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On the agenda for education

House Joint Resolution # 13 w/HA 1

Primary Sponsor:

Scott

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Sokola

HJR 13-HA 1 ( MTSR ) Scott Committee ESTABLISHING STANDARDS TO IDENTIFY GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS AND ESTABLISHING A FRAMEWORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND PROGRESS MONITORING OF PROGRAMS FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED STUDENTS.

Vote Type:SM 

Yes: 41

No: 0

Not Voting: 0

Absent: 0

Atkins

Y

J. Johnson

Y

Ramone

Y

Barbieri

Y

Q. Johnson

Y

Scott

Y

Baumbach

Y

Keeley

Y

B. Short

Y

Bennett

Y

Kenton

Y

D. Short

Y

Blakey

Y

Kowalko

Y

M. Smith

Y

Bolden

Y

Longhurst

Y

Smyk

Y

Brady

Y

Miro

Y

Spiegelman

Y

Briggs King

Y

Mitchell

Y

Viola

Y

Carson

Y

Mulrooney

Y

Walker

Y

Dukes

Y

Osienski

Y

D.E. Williams

Y

Gray

Y

Outten

Y

K. Williams

Y

Heffernan

Y

Paradee

Y

Wilson

Y

Hudson

Y

Peterman

Y

Schwartzkopf

Y

Jaques

Y

Potter

Y

6:05 p.m. House breaks for dinner ! 

Kilroy says, Gifted and Talented programs and curriculum should be set at the sole discretion of the school district and charter schools as long as they met or exceed state required academic standards. Just another Markell / Sokola Trojan Horse!

North Carolina Transgender discriminated against by a lesbian leader of women’s democratic group

LGBT Dems leader: Trans woman should join men’s auxiliary by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com Published: June 30, 2013 in Breaking News

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A local transgender, Democratic Party activist is alleging that a fellow LGBT leader in the party told her she should join a men’s auxiliary group instead of receiving full membership in a local party women’s caucus. A leader with the statewide LGBT party caucus is refuting the charges while other officials are refusing to comment on other issues raised by the incident.

Janice Covington, of Charlotte, said she joined the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County in April. On June 12, Covington attended her first meeting where she alleges that Concetta Caliendo, who serves as vice president of the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina, questioned her membership in the organization.

Caliendo is a longtime lesbian activist and Democratic Party supporter. In addition to her role at the LGBT Democrats of North Carolina, Caliendo is also first vice president and president-elect of Democratic Women of North Carolina. She also served on Charlotte’s Democratic National Convention Host Committee last year

Well I guess in contrast to North Carolina Delaware is light-years ahead on addressing individual rights.

So it appears the president-elect of the Democratic Women of North Caroline an apparent lesbian tells Janice Covington a transgender, join the men’s auxiliary group!

Perhaps the time is right to end all single sex groups within the political party and make the party unified! End the auxiliary groups!

Personally I think the president-elect of the Democratic Party of North Carolina be ask to vacate that post after due process is completed. It’s reported that there is a witness to what said supporting Janice Covington.

Senator Blevins needs to reinforce her Markell knee-pads with Kevlar!

Delaware General Assembly session marked by social issues; Inaction on economic issues draws criticismWritten by Jonathan Starkey The News Journal

Senate President Pro Tem Patricia  Blevins, an Elsmere Democrat and Markell ally, said it’s unfair to criticize lawmakers for not addressing economic issues. She said the workers’ compensation bill and restoring the Unemployment Trust Fund to good standing are proof that lawmakers focused on the economy.

“We’ve certainly never taken our eye off of the ball of creating jobs and making sure our businesses function smoothly,” Blevins said.

Senator Blevins needs to line her Markell knee-pads with Kevlar! Seriously, she is on her knees so much for Markell traditional knee pads won’t hold up! I am not sure which ball she is keeping an eye on but I don’t think it’s the one creating jobs!

Blevins is out of touch with reality and her community! Perhaps too many coffees with Debbie! 

 “A lot of our time this year was spent dealing with some of the issues of the day,” Schwartzkopf said. “A lot of other bills got moved to the side, but that’s what the public wanted at the time.”

What a penis! The public doesn’t want your desk drawer vetoes! Then there is those Voice Votes protecting conflict of interest among political bedfellows!

One thing for sure, this year’s legislative session is a wake-up call for the public to reevaluate their political affiliation! We have some Republican sellouts and Democratic losers like Blevins! Also, we’re back to desk drawer vetoes and voice votes for political bedfellows who want to profit from their legislative jobs. Perhaps it is time for a third party in Delaware! 

So what is left? Lame-duck Markell and mother-goose Blevins surrounded by jackasses and elephants with their trunks tucked up their asses! 

WOW the Delaware Libertarians have an interesting view on Delaware’s public education

Education

The Federal government provides less than 7% of Delaware’s public education funding, and yet that small percentage comes with mandates, compliance requirements, and strings that take control of our classrooms away from parents, teachers, and elected school boards. The Delaware Department of Education runs roughshod over our local school boards, using questionable data to declare failed schools, while committing millions to under-researched “reform” initiatives that have yet to demonstrate any ability to improve education. The General Assembly has abdicated its oversight role in public education by rubber-stamping the appointment of a Secretary of Education whose credentials for leadership are as thin as his political connections are substantial.

This has to stop. Libertarian candidates propose the following to begin the process of placing control of public education back where it belongs:

  1. The State Board of Education should become an elected board, with members elected by, and responsible to, Delaware citizens and not the Governor.

  2. The position of Secretary of Education should be abolished and removed from the Governor’s cabinet, to be replaced by the traditional State Superintendent of Education, who will be hired and (if necessary) fired by the State Board.

  3. The Delaware Department of Education should be converted from a supervisory and compliance organization to a support organization for the school districts. Unless specifically authorized by Federal statute, DEDOE should be forbidden to take over 10% of any Federal grants or aid as a pass-through administrative cost. DEDOE should be stripped of its authority to mandate high-stakes standardized tests as sole or primary determinants of promotion or graduation.

  4. Local school boards should become the primary mechanisms for approving charter schools, determining the measures of student success/graduation, and developing policies for teacher evaluation.

Delaware Republicans goes Elvis on transparency re: House Voice vote for SCR 22 @netDe @greg_lavelle @ed_in_De #edude

Publius I guess you’ll jump my ass if I suggest some legislation forbidding voice votes by the House and Senate on any legislation involving Title 14 ! However, since Debbie did me dirty, there is no sense going the legislative request route! We’ll hit them hard where is count, during election time! Publius seriously do you support public and charter school being told not to start the student school years before Labor Day? What’s your spin on voice votes?

Senate Concurrent Resolution # 22 w/SA 1

House Voice vote: Passed 6/27/2013 5:28:07 PM——->

Primary Sponsor:

Hocker

Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Schwartzkopf

CoSponsors:

Sens. Bonini, Cloutier, Lavelle, Lawson, Lopez, Pettyjohn, Simpson; Rep. Briggs King, Dukes, Gray, Kenton, Longhurst, Outten, Paradee, Peterman, Ramone, D. Short, Smyk, Wilson

Introduced on :

06/04/2013

Long Title:

CREATING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE ADVISABILITY OF STARTING EACH SCHOOL YEAR AFTER LABOR DAY.

Synopsis:

This Concurrent Resolution creates a Task Force to study the advisability of starting each school year after Labor Day.

Current Status:

House Passed   On   06/27/2013

I am still burning on this issue! A voice on this legislation supports conflict of interest with the sponsor! Reps Lavelle and Ramone WTF ! All the talk about open government and you take part in Hocker’s scam to manipulate cheap labor to ensure his downstate businesses capitalizes on every penny through Labor Day weekend! You both are infringing on local school board control! What I see is a bunch of fucking cowards voting in the dark out of public view! Which one of you boys want to explain why parents are going to be represented on the task force?

WHEREAS, The chance for families to spend precious time together and to build lifelong memories during that final, end-of-summer vacation has been lost by the decision to begin school before Labor Day; and

WTF ! Hold me Publius this shit is making me cry!

WHEREAS, The Maryland Comptroller claims that a post-Labor Day start date would generate $4 million in additional revenue for state and local governments at no cost;

Did I miss something? Did Markell annex Ocean City Maryland?

HEREAS, Without tourism in Delaware, each Delaware household would pay $1309 more in taxes to maintain current levels of state and local taxes;

332,837 Delaware “households” X $1309.00 = $435,683,633.00! WTF? Ramone are you doing underwater math? Lavelle, so you really think we’re going to believe starting school a week before Labor Day will cost us $435,683.633.00? 

WHEREAS, 7.2 million visitors came to Delaware in 2011 generating $437 million in state and local government taxes and fees; 

$437,000,000.00  divided by 76 days of summer including Labor Day weekend starting on June 17 last day of public school = $5,75 million dollars a day! How many visitors will be visiting Delaware summer resorts and Delaware during the week before and including Labor Day weekend despite Delaware public schools starting prior to Labor Day Weekend? Also factor in how many Delaware families will go to the “Delaware beaches” during Labor Day weekend when school is not in session? How many Delaware families actually take vacations during the last week of August? The real concern here is what financial burden will it cause Hocker and other capitalist! This is not about education and competing in the global economy!

WHEREAS, There should be a solution to keep the mandated number of days while providing considerable economic benefit to the state.

There should be a solution to backroom Delaware political deals and voting in the dark as finding one will promote transparency and deliver Delaware  government back to it’s owners, the people! 

State Legislators must demand changes at DE DOE charter office

If Moyer has taken on some Pencader leaders Moyer is totally doomed and the taxpayers will fund another charter bailout. Also a  coup d’etat of Moyer’s PTO is brewing.

Per the Delaware State Board of Education June 2013 meeting, Moyer is in non compliance in a few areas! DE DOE charter folks are playing we’ll get back to you on that information. Heffernan appears to be eating out of DE DOE’s hand! 

Is bring on Pencader leaders really the way to replicate success at Moyer?

The time has come to pruge DE DOE charter school unit! Sec of Ed Murphy fails to lead DOE bring it to a world class level. Also why is Senator Sokola turning a blind-eye to the failures within DE DOE charter unit! Dave WTF! No sure what’s going on with Matt Denn but perhaps Markell has given him a new box of crayons and told him to go playing in the corner! 

Moyer charter is still a MESS ! DE DOE backpedaling with lies

http://doemedia.doe.k12.de.us/SBE6-15-13-2/6-20-13Part1.mp3

He we go again! Heading for another state bailout of a charter 

Moyer’s board meeting minutes are only post through April 2013 and the hyperlinks to those minutes are broken. Monthly financial statements only go back to April 2013. Where is the the Citizen Budget Oversight Committee as required by law? Where is the posted IRS990 form required by law!

How about it Lt Governor Matt Denn, you think you can ENGAGE in the transparency and accountability of government you promised? How about it sellout Debbie, you think you can at least ensure current laws are followed! Or are the charter status quo tell you to stay low? 

I’ll bet Publius will jump in here with some lame-ass excuse the dog ate my homework protecting the charter school status quo! Pencader fell because Pulius refused to support transparency! Moyer will fall because the charter school status quo needs sacrificial lambs to protect the affluent charter schools. 

Hey Governor Markell, how is your K12.inc / Moyer stock doing? 

Delaware Senator Blevins attack on Chip Flowers is revealing

Bill seeks to limit Delaware treasurer’s powers Flowers, board clash on cash management Written by Jonathan Starkey The News Journal

Senate President Pro Tem Patricia Blevins, an Elsmere Democrat, said the legislation is intended to place power where lawmakers believe it should be: in the hands of the board, not the treasurer.

“There has been some conflict between Chip and the Cash Management Policy Board,” Blevins said. “We want to clarify that the board are the decision makers in these cases and we trust their judgment.”

I love this part, “the legislation is intended to place power where lawmakers believe it should be: in the hands of the board, not the treasurer.” That same analogy applies to public education and Senator Blevins is bad for public education and part of Matt Denn’s agenda to talk a good game on transparency and and accountability but manipulate legislation to constrict the amount of transparency. 

Gov. Jack Markell supports the bill, which was filed late Thursday by Democratic leaders with only a single day left before the current legislative session adjourns after midnight Sunday.

Markell pulls a political blitz at the end of legislative session in true capitalistic style. Where is, I want to be the next governor Matt Denn? 

Flowers directly administers the cash, but the new legislation gives the board authority to pick the state’s banks and allocate the money between accounts.

Flowers and board members – including prominent Markell donor David Marvin, a former pension fund manger for the DuPont Co. – have had seemingly nonstop disagreement during the past two years over control of the state’s money. Flowers independently hired a financial adviser to study performance of the portfolio last year, angering board members.

So Markell and Belvins steps in because a prominent board member and Markell donor was unhappy that Flowers called in 3rd party financial adviser to provide some clearer oversight and accountability?

Blevins all so pro board empowerment when it comes to Markell’s friends but when it comes to the right to transparent government of local school boards and local school board control she is a no show! I see Blevins participation in the Markell / Denn administration as morally corrupted. It’s time to retire Blevins and Denn! They hide behind Markell and clean up his shit like two circus clowns. Our public school systems needs leaders not followers and those who serve Markell on their knees shouldn’t be rewarded for Markell’s failures! They need to be held ACCOUNTABLE!

So now that Markell and Belvins stripped the powers of Flowers why do we need that elected position?

But wait !!!!!!!!!!

§ 2704. Trustee of School Fund.

The State Treasurer shall, by virtue of the office, be the Trustee of the School Fund.

§ 2705. Custody and investment of state funds.

(a) The State Treasurer shall have custody of money belonging to the State, including, but not limited to, money in the School Fund. All money belonging to the State, except money deposited in any pension fund of the State, and received by the State Treasurer, shall be invested daily.

§ 2716. Cash Management Policy Board.

(3) The Chairperson of the Board shall be designated by the Governor from among the appointed members.

WTF another committee where the governor calls the shots! Markell is a wrecking-ball and Denn sits on the sidelines with his thumbs up his ass! We need a governor for the people not for government! 

 Senate Bill # 151

Primary Sponsor: Blevins

Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Schwartzkopf

CoSponsors:

{ NONE…}

Introduced on :

06/27/2013

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE CASH MANAGEMENT POLICY BOARD.

Synopsis:

This Act clarifies the original intent of the powers of the Cash Management Policy Board which are to protect the state’s investments by providing oversight. Furthermore, this Act clarifies that the Cash Management Policy Board is exempt from the Administrative Procedures Act due to the fact that decisions need to be made in a timely manner as a result of changing market conditions.

Some Serious Concerns About New Charter Schools Entering Delaware (HB 165)

kavips

The Moment Education In Delaware Started Sliding Backwards

Enumerate Please!

1)  Charter Schools have been set up by this law to compete for funding by the acquisition of students, and can control the parameters upon which students get to go.

2) This bill removes many important services from needy students in Delaware’s Public Schools.

3)  All students deserve a quality education, without competing for seats where funding may at whim, be arbitrarily moved around by the Department of Education.

4)  The use of public money for more funding for charters with capital needs, stands in direct opposition to those public schools in deeper need of those funds.

5)  10 years is too long of a term to keep charters renewed.

6)  Funding cut during the depression for the necessary running of public schools, is not being reinstated; but now, is being given over to charter schools instead.

7) This bill promises funding without accountability.  Where is the standard “lien…

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Delaware Charters should not be the only alternative re: private scholarships

Delaware’s low-income private school students get chance at scholarships Founder seeks tax breaks for scholarship donors Written by Matthew Albright The News Journal

A former charter school leader is raising money for scholarships to pay private school tuition for low-income students.

Should his plans take off, it would thrust Delaware into a growing national debate over whether such efforts are a smart way to serve underprivileged students or an attempt to leech money out of traditional public schools.

Dave Jones, the first principal at Pencader Charter School (which is closing this summer) and a former Republican Party official, has created an organization called First State Scholarships that funnels donor money to families who can’t afford private-school tuition.

It’a all about choice and with Delaware’s de facto segregation a freedom of choice needs to expand! 

Though Delaware parents have school choice within traditional public, charter and vocational and technical schools, Jones believes the children of low-income families are often not able to attend private schools, even if the parents think that’s where their children can best be served.

No Choice transportation hinders high poverty children from benefiting from this options. Markell rather provide charter schools capital funding than Choice busing for Wilmington’s high poverty minorities. Charter schools ones for blacks and ones for whites is turning the hands of time back and Markell is the clock-keeper. African-American children education isn’t safe under the Markell / Denn administration. 

Should a legislator propose a bill like the one Jones wants, it could face opposition from lawmakers like Rep. John Kowalko, a Newark Democrat.

“I would not go quietly into the night if a bill comes forward that would do something like that,” Kowalko said. “We need this money for our public schools.”

Need money for public schools at the same time armored trucks are taking Delaware taxpayers money for local school to Wall Street and Markell’s stock portfolio! I understand your point John but charter schools can’t be allowed to corner the market on alternative school choice! Let them privatize and get out of “we’re a public school” and fight for students with state scholarships.

 “A tax credit is just another way of spending taxpayer money,” he said. “This is money that should be going to the state. This is money that should be going to re-fill cuts to our public schools that we’ve made over the past few years.”

And look at all the property converting to education exempt under charter corporations taking millions away for traditional public school districts! It;s a double hit for districts like Christina.

“The governor believes in comprehensive efforts to improve education and promote parent choice within the public school system, including our statewide professional learning communities, the Common Core Standards and recent school choice and charter school legislation,” spokeswoman Cathy Rossi said in a statement.

Markell only wants public school choice options where he can continue manipulation the cash flow steering some to his Wall Street cronies. 

Delaware students / parents really need full school vouchers to get out from under intrusive reform offered by Markell, Washington and Wall Street! Our high poverty children has become a cash-cow and feeding ground for capitalist like Jack Markell! Poverty has become a profit center in education and the needs of these children aren’t being met! 

Delaware House Voice Votes SCR 22! Yep working in the dark protecting Hocker’s conflict of interest!

SCR 22 Hocker
CREATING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE ADVISABILITY OF STARTING EACH SCHOOL YEAR AFTER LABOR DAY.

Date: 06/27/2013 05:28 PMPassed

Vote Type: Voice

Jun 27, 2013 – Passed in House by Voice Vote

Primary Sponsor:

Hocker

Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Schwartzkopf

CoSponsors:

Sens. Bonini, Cloutier, Lavelle, Lawson, Lopez, Pettyjohn, Simpson; Rep. Briggs King, Dukes, Gray, Kenton, Longhurst, Outten, Paradee, Peterman, Ramone, D. Short, Smyk, Wilson

Introduced on :

06/04/2013

Long Title:

CREATING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE ADVISABILITY OF STARTING EACH SCHOOL YEAR AFTER LABOR DAY.

Synopsis:

This Concurrent Resolution creates a Task Force to study the advisability of starting each school year after Labor Day.

Senate vote today on SCR #22 re: Hocker’s profits before education Posted on June 26, 2013 by kilroysdelaware

Is Delaware Senator Hocker trying to capitalize on SCR 22  Posted on June 8, 2013 by kilroysdelaware |

VOICE VOTE BY THE HOUSE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

   the following members, to be appointed by the Governor one of whom shall be designated as the Chair of the Task Force:

(i) four representatives of local school districts in the State one each from Wilmington, New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County; two of whom shall be teachers;

(ii)  one representative of the Delaware Charter Schools Network;

(iii) one representative of the Delaware   State Education Association;

(iv)  four representatives of businesses impacted by summer tourism;

(v)  one representative of the Delaware Tourism Office;

(vi)  one representative of the Delaware Association of School Administrators;

(vii)  one representative of the Delaware School Boards Association;

And no parents / PTA representation! Also more intrusion on local board control ! At least you think the Delaware House of Representatives would have a transparent vote by name and vote! Where was Matt Denn? 

DE House Republicans support state level Race to The Top

SB 27 w/SA 1 + HA 2 Sokola Passed
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO ACCELERATED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Date: 06/27/2013 05:25 PMPassed

Vote Type:SM 

Yes: 30

No: 10

Not Voting: 0

Absent: 1

Atkins

Y

J. Johnson

N

Ramone

Y

Barbieri

Y

Q. Johnson

Y

Scott

Y

Baumbach

N

Keeley

N

B. Short

Y

Bennett

N

Kenton

Y

D. Short

Y

Blakey

Y

Kowalko

N

M. Smith

Y

Bolden

N

Longhurst

Y

Smyk

Y

Brady

Y

Miro

Y

Spiegelman

Y

Briggs King

Y

Mitchell

Y

Viola

Y

Carson

Y

Mulrooney

N

Walker

A

Dukes

Y

Osienski

N

D.E. Williams

Y

Gray

Y

Outten

Y

K. Williams

N

Heffernan

Y

Paradee

Y

Wilson

Y

Hudson

Y

Peterman

Y

Schwartzkopf

Y

Jaques

Y

Potter

N

Well well look at my conservative republicans dropping to their knees to blow Jack Markell and Matt Denn via Dave Sokola! Yep! Kilroy is preparing for a big 4th of July freedom celebration! I’ve learned something this legislative session and understand why Republicans fail to advance beyond the measly presence in Dover! These Republicans claim to oppose federal intervention in our lives but had no problem supporting a state level Race to The Top! How can there be new money for this program when millions upon million have been cut from state funding to K-12 public schools? But then again cream always rises to the top and the R’s must take care of the status quo before finding money to restore paraprofessionals in our high needs Title 1 schools! 

This Act would authorize the Department of Education, pending available funds, to offer competitive two year start-up grants to public schools for the purpose of developing new programs for students capable of performing accelerated academic work.

“Pending available funds” From where ? Money needed to give state worker a deserved raise? Or shift funding intended for at-risk programs? Somebody has to pay or get screwed! But the fact remains we must restore cuts to existing programs and eliminated programs like EXTRA TIME GRANTS! 

Hey Matt Denn why don’t you tell the public how you lobbied many to support SB#27 at the same time you supported nixing H.B.#23! You’re a sellout to open transparent government! Don’t worry I am sure DSEA will endorse you because you’re the better of two evils!   But I’ll admit, the Republicans have nothing in the way of a viable candidate and you’re safe as long as Beau Biden doesn’t primary you! Keep parents in the dark Matt and protect the Wall Street ponzi scheme and Jack’s portfolio!     

More reasons for Delaware to exit Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assesment

Will DE House Ed committee lead Delaware to a state level Race to The Top ?

Chamber:

House

Committee:

Education

Chairman:

Scott

Room:

House Chamber

Date/Time:

06/26/2013 01:00:00 PM

Agenda SB 27 w/SA 1 AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO ACCELERATED ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
Sponsor : Sokola

This Act would authorize the Department of Education, pending available funds, to offer competitive two year start-up grants to public schools for the purpose of developing new programs for students capable of performing accelerated academic work

Today could be a defining moment is Delaware’s education history! The House Education Committee could be voting on supporing a state level Race to The Top creating the stage for competitive state level education “funding”. Call it a grant all you want but until all Markell budget cuts starting in 2009 are restored there is no such thing as “new money”! 

If data is so important to public education, the time has come to track and archive voting data on state legislators and as Kilroy stated in a previous post the R’s and D’s will be judged equally.

A vote for SB#27 is a vote for state level Race to The Top school funding. State funding for Delaware schools must be fair and equitable! Children in Delaware shouldn’t have to depend on adults competing for their needs. If we support accelerated academic programs it must be done $$$$ equally across all schools including charters! “Every” student that qualifies for such a program should have equal access.

Folks keep an eye on the House Education Committee report and if it goes to a full House vote we’ll expose all those who voted against fair and equitable education for all students!