Many forget or might not know Senator Sokola is the godfather of DSTP the former standardized student test that was flawed from day! Remember those 3-tiered diplomas grading student based on one test like sides of beef in the supermarket. The Basic Diploma was destined to at- risk struggling minority children. As for speical ed students Sokola took the position those students should take grade-level assessments with limited accommodations. As far as charter schools, Sokola was one of Newark Charters original board members. Rather than support all of public education his personal choice to join the Newark Charter School Board signified the beginning of his bias for charter schools and less support for traditional public schools. Sokola worked in shadows helping Newark Charter secure a conduit loan through the county. Sokola was the stick in the mud holding Delaware back from advancing student assessment to a growth model plan. For the life on me, I don’t understand why Senator Sokola is the Chairman of the Delaware Senate Education Committee. That leadership belongs to a no-bias leader, not one manipulating others to support charter schools. The process at best is skewed!
“Therefore it was troubling for us as Senate EducationCommittee members to read a recent opinion piece by one of our colleagues entitled “Lawmakers flunk charter reform test.”
Sokola is referring to state representative Kowalko. Kowalko calls it as he sees it and was right-on! Sokola is bent out of shape because the egg on his face dripped down to the crack of his ass! And you can bet Sokola worked on Rep Hudson to get her to kick H.B. #23 under the bus after passing house education committee. Sokola doesn’t want no parts of recording school board meetings especially for charter’s.
Senator Sokola is and always has been on the corporate bandwagon that allows the likes of Rodel to have a major say in Delaware public school reform. Pretty sad Dave, business has a greater voice in education reform than parents.
Senator Sokola sits on the sidelines as DE DOE losses all capacity to effectively approve charter and provide oversight to charter schools. Some charter schools fail because they lack clear transparency and don’t even follow some of the laws supporting transparency. Sokola sees this as growing pains.
Senator Sokola questions his legislative colleague Rep Kowalko is his News Journal hit price and I hope Kowalko is allowed the NJ space to respond!
The charter school law is a mess because Senator Sokola is a Jack Markell lapdog protecting his campaign corporate investors and special interest!