Daily Archives: August 18, 2013

OMG !!!!! Is this a DE DOE charter data snafu ?

Go to this DE DOE website and review this excel spreadsheet 

2013 Across and Within District Choice (Excel)

Go under “Home District Detail”

See “District Enrollment” for Newark Charter School! Notice the number of students coming from “Home District”

If I am reading this correct, Newark Charter School has a total of 1,347 students per this spreadsheet “Total Enrollment”! I checked the school profiles and this is correct.  So here we go, according to the data / spreadsheet, the follow Newark Charter students come from these ” Home Districts”, Appo 23, Brandywine 4, Christina 1278, Colonial 16, Red Clay 22 and Smyrna 4. Add the all up and yep! 1,347 students. That’s one big ass 5 mile radius! 

I am pretty sure I see the data entry errors! But you know, you’d think those making the big money in Dover could see this obvious error and correct it before publishing. As for Newark Charter School there still are questions re: 5 mile radius even with correct alignment of the data.  

OK here it is !!! Double click image for full view


Are student loan defaults the next American financial crisis?

Lower student loan rates got you thinking of co-signing? Think again: CNBC Published: Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 7:02 PM ET

On Friday, President Barack Obama signed the student loan interest rate compromise into law, reducing the federal student loan rate from 6.8 percent to 3.86 percent, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good time for parents to co-sign their children’s loans.

More than 43 percent of student loans are in deferment, according to a TransUnion study. Making matters worse, the rate of unemployment and underemployment for college graduates is at its highest level in 11 years, so deferments and delinquencies are not likely to go down anytime soon.

Student loans are for life until paid in full and are excluded from bankruptcy.

From the White House webpage, A Better Bargain for Students

About 8.8 million undergraduate borrowers will see their rates on new loans drop from 6.8 to 3.86 percent, and about 1.5 million Graduate Unsubsidized Stafford borrowers will see their rates drop on new loans from 6.8 percent to 5.41 percent. Finally, over 1 million Grad PLUS and Parent PLUS borrowers will see their rates on new loans drop from 7.9 percent to 6.41 percent—the first reduction in years.

Why are Parent PLUS loan interest 6.41% and loans to students 3.86%? Answer: Both loans have death clauses. If a parent were to die that loan would be paid and same goes if the student borrower were to die. Also, if the student were to die under a Parent Plus loan the loan for be paid / satisfied. The reality is the student barrow’s life expectancy is longer that their parents. Apparently the financial incentive % would be to have the loan in the students name. However, when a parent cosigns for the student and the student defaults parents are on the hook! If a parent defaults on a Parent Plus loan the student isn’t on the hook.    

Half of new grads are jobless or underemployed; Young adults with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs —  confounding their hopes. By HOPE YEN Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work.

A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge.

Young adults with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs — waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example — and that’s confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans.

Remember the movie the Graduate ? “Plastics” ! Today it’s STEM!  

While there’s strong demand in science, education and health fields, arts and humanities flounder. Median wages for those with bachelor’s degrees are down from 2000, hit by technological changes that are eliminating midlevel jobs such as bank tellers. Most future job openings are projected to be in lower-skilled positions such as home health aides, who can provide personalized attention as the U.S. population ages.

I support STEM programs in our schools. However, we’re in a global economy with the best and brightest foreign students coming to America to fill those STEM jobs. Preference doesn’t go to American citizens, it goes to the best candidates. There will be winners and losers. Sure, STEM jobs may be where it’s at. However, will there be enough STEM jobs to fill the demand re: college graduates?    

The double whammy
“You can make more money on average if you go to college, but it’s not true for everybody,” says Harvard economist Richard Freeman, noting the growing risk of a debt bubble with total U.S. student loan debt surpassing $1 trillion. “If you’re not sure what you’re going to be doing, it probably bodes well to take some job, if you can get one, and get a sense first of what you want from college.”

Could going to college via student / parent loans a roll of the dice? Yes going to college is the best choice but perhaps it might make sense to go part-time pay as you go or in Delaware case, attend Delaware Teach via U of D’s Associated (connected) programs.  

How many DSEA members will lower themselves for a Rodel IEducate award?

Celebrating innovation in Delaware schools Cast vote for administrators, educators changing lives Written by Matthew Albright The News Journal

The Rodel Foundation of Delaware announced 15 teachers, principals and other community leaders as finalists for this year’s iEducate Delaware initiative.

The program, implemented last year, asks the public to vote for “champions who work with Delaware’s schoolchildren” and who are “taking risks and making innovative, positive changes on the ground.”

Organizers say they received twice as many submissions for finalists as they did last year. The Rodel Foundation of Delaware is a Wilmington nonprofit organization with a goal of improving Delaware’s education system.

The public is invited to vote for the person they think has made the biggest difference at ieducatedelaware.org. The site includes each finalist’s story along with program details and rules.

Winners will be announced in October at the Vision 2015 conference.

See the photo gallery to learn more about the educators.

Staff writer Nichole Dobo contributed to this report.

Rodel has been at the forefront of the social re-engineering of Delaware’s public schools going back to DSTP which rolled out spring 1998 and you can bet the Rodel clones were part of the business round-table that paid off then Governor Tom Carper to allow them control of the reform movement. DSTP failed but yet the likes of Rodel were rewarded with another shot of trying to get it right!   


In 1999, Bill, Don (Rodel’s co-founder and Bill’s brother) and Susan (director at Rodel Inc. and Bill’s daughter) Budinger, wanting to give back to the community that they called home, decided to address what they believed to be the most important issue for our future: preparing students for a 21st century global economy and a more diverse world.

The result? The creation of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware. And over a decade since then, our founders are still inspiring us to help build Delaware one of the best school systems in the world.

Prior to announcing his bid for Governor, Jack Markell was a member of Rodel’s advisory board and was recipient of major $$$$ political contributions from the founders of Rodel. “Governor” Markell has been nothing but a Rodel Trojan horse allowing Rodel’s Shipper of the Vision Network to be part of the Delaware Race to The Top dream-team that went to Washington D.C. with Judas in tow. Not only did Markell let the fox in the hen-house, Markell gave them the key.

Published in the (Wilmington, Delaware) News Journal April 7, 2008 By Phillip Bannowsky So-called school reform serves corporate ends The stewardship of public education is hard work, which we must not surrender to private interests at odds with community ends.”

Why is the Delaware Department of Education’s Charter School Office a mess and lacks capacity? Because Rodel clones were installed. 

I’ll end the rants however, those local public school union members nominated for this Rodel IEducate award might not have a say in  their nomination but if they win I encourage them not to attend the award event and publicly refuse the award. And if one is so bold to attend this Rodel blow fest, I hope when they walk up to received the award they say, no thank you! 

Those traditional public school teachers willing to accept this Rodel award will be feeding the egos of wrongheaded reformers who see traditional public school teacher unions as the evils of public education. There comes a time to go along to get along but there comes a time to say go fuck yourself! Don’t feed the beast that is waiting to eat you! Don’t join the ranks of Judas! Remember “bell to bell” ? Call this one, Go to Hell Rodel!