The time has come to face the truth about the Delaware Republican Party! It’s controlled by those on the extreme right and there is no room for the voice of the working-class.
In the bigger picture America need another choice! The two-party system is corrupt. Backroom deals are all about power-sharing and maintaining political careers as elected officials! If choice is good in public education than more choice should be better among those claiming to represent the people.
The love affair many Delaware Republican elected officials have with Jack Markell and the Wall Street education ponzi scheme is disheartening! Republicans claim to be for less intrusive federal intervention in our lives and more local control! It sees like that analogy applies to business not public education. Delaware’s charter school laws are discriminatory creating de fact segregation! A few Delaware Republicans have become more hands-on supporting charter schools that creates programs for whites and ones for black! Creating charter schools with preference for Title 1 creates racially identifiable schools. All public and charter schools should have open admission with programs such as AP, TAG, Honors and other enriched programming to deliver a fair and equatable education to all as a community not sorted by social classes.
Libertarians supports the elimination of the United States Department of Education as we know it! And as for Delaware we need an elected state board of education and a elected secretary of education not a puppet show controlled by the governor! As far as Title 1 parents, why did Arne Duncan and Jack Markell deface Title 1 section 1118 federal law?
My changing parties goes beyond public education issues! The federal government has become too intrusive in all aspect of our lives! The sad part of it all is people like Jack Markell selling out local control to satisfy is personal political aspirations and his little man-syndrome. We have a Lt. Governor who operates like a Vice President and cowards in the corner! He takes trips to Israel the land of his faith on the taxpayers dime with not transparency of expenditures.
The Libertarian views may be a little extreme when it comes to public education. However, compare to what we have now! Republicans and Democrats working together supporting charter schools undermining traditional public school and supporting Race to The Top nothing more than a Wall Street ponzi scheme. I don’t totally oppose school vouchers and feel we need a third choice to be an equalizer in the war between charters and traditional public schools. In an idea world we should only have one public school system! However, we’re long pass the America of yesterday! I’ll get an earful from teachers and union leaders but I must ask, when is it time to hold Governor Markell accountable by name? Judas sold out teachers, parents and students!
America is a mess and a two-party system is a complete failure ! The only way to break the political grind-lock is to add a third voice! The Republicans blame the Democrats for all the mess but plays the same old broken record! The middle-class is shrinking and the Delaware Republican party has loss touch with the struggles of the working class!
I carried the fight for transparency up the hill and was stabled in the back by the bill’s sponsor!
It’s don’t, I went online and changed my party affiliation and signed form is in the mail!
As Delaware Republican elected officials kiss Jack Markell’s ass the Delaware Department of Education marches ahead with The Smarter Balanced Assessment due to replace DCAS and will be field tested school years 2013-2014.
To future Republican State Committee Chairman Copeland; I ask, when did the Delaware state legislators approve replacing the DCAS with The Smarter Balanced Assessment? During this pilot year will Delaware students be required to participate in this nationalized standardized test and the DCAS? Will your charter school participate and in the spirit of transparent governor you claim to cherish will you be publishing your charter school results?
Rep Hudson; I am sure you don’t have the first clue as to what is going on with The Smarter Balanced Assessment a consortium of states creating a nationalized standardize assessment test! But question for you Debbie, will the Delaware Department of Education have the latitude to adjust “cut-scores” as they did with DSTP and DCAS? Also, Debbie as a Republican do you support federal intervention via grant money that requires Delaware to follow a prescription that allows the federal government a voice in setting standards impacting your school district Red Clay? Debbie you soon will be asked to address the Red Clay community on these upcoming changes and ramifications associated with The Smarter Balanced Assessment.
Senator Lavelle; As a leading and respected Delaware Republican are you going to call for an education impact assessment associated with The Smarter Balanced Assessment as to cost to the state and local taxpayers after the initial federal seed money runs dry? Senator Lavelle you soon will be asked to give you person views ans assessment on The Smarter Balanced Assessment.
To all Delaware Republican elected officials; please update yourself with the issue at hand! Election year 2014 and 2016 will once again be embroiled in education issues. You “will” be asked some hard question on this issue and your position of school reform.
To Delaware Republican citizens; forget about recapturing the governorship! It ain’t going to happen! Many Republican elected officials are aligned with Governor Makell’s education policies. Their involvement in charter schools goes deep! Don’t get me wrong charter schools are an option parents demand! However, the voices of affluent to build charter schools for whites and charter schools for blacks are being heard and supported! All public schools including charters should have open admission policies with no preferences! However, enrichment program like TAG, AP and Honors should be required in all schools including Title 1 schools! Building charter school with preferences for Title 1 students creates a racially identifiable school and de facto segregation. Delaware elected officials supported Markell / Denn legislation giving charter schools more capital funding. However, Markell and Denn refuse to give children living in the city of Wilmington Delaware preferential school Choice “with” provided preferential Choice Transportation. Markell and Denn seem to not have a problem with de facto segregation that appeases many affluent white parents. Delaware elected Republican officials look the other way and aren’t fighting for real “equity” when it comes to school choice and charter schools! Is this the party registered Delaware Republicans support! When do we as a party stop rounding up black people during election cycles to parade proclaiming we’re a part of all? And then there are gays membership within the Delaware Republican Party who work very hard supporting Republican candidates and current elected officials and not to forget the party itself! The gay community isn’t respected by the GOP and many view gays as freaks! No Publius I am not gay sticking up for friends! It’s about social justice being denied by many Republicans!
Kilroy may have not won this round re: enhanced transparency of school board. But it really flushed out Republicans who shout from the bleachers, federal intervention is intruding on local control and government needs to be transparent while they look the other way when called to legislative task.
So back to The Smarter Balanced Assessment! It appears our Delaware Republican elected officials are holding the door open for this intrusion and patting Governor Markell on the back, job well done!
Just a little tag-on post relevant to concerns with The Smarter Balanced Assessment:
To: Mike Matthews President of Red Clay teachers union aka association! Mike, you have your opinions about Race to The Top, The Smarter Balanced Assessment and many issues impacting Delaware’s public school students, parents and students. You throw darts at these programs but fail to hold Governor Markell accountable! Stop running around collecting photos of you and elected officials trying to build an image! You membership needs a leader not one who is a follower! Delaware teachers handed over their right to strike long ago and the promises made are eroding! Partisan politics is no place for tomorrow’s leaders! Personally I feel you should run for political office under a third party and give us the Mike Matthews we loved and respected for being straight-up! Don’t be seduced into being a patsy for Markell and Denn!