Daily Archives: April 11, 2014

Yikes another Delaware Charter school heading for formal review! This time Delaware MET

V. C. 5. Recommendation for Formal Review: Delaware MET (for Action)

Summary

The Department is seeking consent of the State Board of Education to place the charter school on formal review.  The issues for the formal review include concerns relative to economic viability and compliance with enrollment within their charter.  If the State Board consents, the formal review will be referred to the Charter School Accountability Committee for review and report.

Delaware State Legislators sitting around with their thumbs up their asses! WHY STATE LEGISLATORS?  WHY? Another Murphy blunder!!!!

Delaware: Judgment day for Delaware charter school applications next week 04/17/2014

Summary

 

An Application to open a new charter was submitted by the founding members of the following boards.  The Charter School Accountability Committee has issued its report on the application.  Two public hearings were held on each of the applications 

The Secretary will make his recommendations with respect to each of the applications.

(Link to the complete record for consideration in each of the New Applications is posted below)

Delaware STEM Academy

Freire Charter School

Great Oaks High School

Mapleton Charter School at Whitehall

Pike Creek Charter Middle School

Forget it Pike Creek, Kilroy doesn’t see it in the cards! Debbie wasn’t a team-player ;).

Delaware walking a dangerous path “profiling” public school children via Edinsight.

DE DOE Dashboard

Here’s how it goes, teacher can tag the profile of each student in the class and access the data base. Sounds good but remember as far a discipline it’s added each discipline event starting at Kindergarten. I can understand tracking academic progress for the purpose of academic intervention but giving teachers full access of student discipline going back to kindergartner is looking for trouble and sets students up for stigmatizing negative labels. I can see a behavior interventionist needing full view or school discipline administrator but I caution giving teachers full access beyond student behavior issue within their class. And then this dashboard information is accessible to other schools if the student transfers out of district or even other states. WERE ARE THE LIMITS TO WHAT IS TO BE SHARED? And don’t give me that shit the system is secure! NO WAY! Keeping a profile is one thing but “profiling” is another. Folks we’re heading into the social danger zone with possible civil rights ramifications. Maybe not now but who knows, colleges might ask for discipline reports. Yea yea, incentives for kids to behavior themselves. But we are talking kids and building a public school discipline criminal record is very dangerous  !   

 

WTF? Delaware DOE calling for a charter school to put on formal review before doors open 2014-2015 re: Design Lab

V. C. 6. Recommendation for Formal Review: Design Lab Charter High School (for Action)

Summary

The Department is seeking consent of the State Board of Education to place the charter school on formal review.  The issues for the formal review include concerns relative to  economic viability and compliance with enrollment within their charter.  If the State Board consents, the formal review will be referred to the Charter School Accountability Committee for review and report.  

Damn Publius breakout the 7-11 Near Beer ! So when are we going to hold Delaware Secretary of Education ACCOUNTABLE?  So Design Lab goes through the bullshit review process and has their  charter modified to reduce enrollment requirements?  

Was Mount Pleasant Ducan Ass-kissing speaking for the district? And what about the SIG factor?

Going back and reviewing Ms. Howton’s Race to the Top is improving Delaware schools love letter to Arne Duncan, I had to wonder, did Brandywine district administration approve her commenst that appeared to be nothing more than her verbal masturbation of Duncan? Yea yea we all have freedom of speech but Ms. Howton appears to offer an overall Race to The Top assessment how it related to Mount Pleasant. I think something of that nature should be either cleared by the district or presented by a district administrator or PIO.

I went on Brandywine’s webpage and reviewed their RTTT and SIG plans and what I found is Ms. Howton is blending the two grant programs. All indications are Mount Pleasant is not a takeover partnership school therefore Mount Pleasant wasn’t transformed via RTTT but was given a boost or kick in the ass via SIG aka School Improvement Grant, nothing to do with Race to The Top. Also, surely Title 1 funding was used it that blend via NCLB waivers. Ms Howton said this which made my hair stand on end, “During the nine years I have been a Mount Pleasant teacher, I have seen the school experience a complete metamorphosis. Race to the Top served as the catalyst to our school’s turn-around.” Metamorphosis = Latin, from Greek metamorhosis from metamorphoun to transform. Real slick move teach! But there was no transformation or metamorphosis via Race to The Top. The success of Mount Pleasant is a result of the team of educators within Brandywine School District under the leadership of Superintendent Holodick. No “I” in teamwork and let’s give a little thanks to parents and students who are hooking into some positive change via a blend of program re: funding and a renewed spirit under Superintendent Holodick’s leadership! Don’t let it go to your head Markie, I am just calling it as I see it!   

We hear all about this “courage” in leadership to do what is right and I am a bit dumbfounded as to why Brandywine’s super doesn’t step in and question this Rodel Stepford Wife teacher that gives the district a black-eye and over glorifies Race to The Top and Arne Duncan. But then I am sure the super will address this! Gee I hope! 

Publius breaking out the Dom Perignon

Latest News
Committee Approves Bipartisan Bills to Support Charter Schools, Enhance Education Research

The House Education and the Workforce Committee on Tuesday approved two pieces of legislation that will improve the nation’s K-12 education system. The Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter Schools Act (H.R. 10) and the Strengthening Education through Research Act (H.R. 4366) both passed the committee with bipartisan support.

“By advancing proposals to encourage the growth of high-performing charter schools and help school leaders access more useful education research, we have taken an important step forward in the fight to improve K-12 education in America,” Chairman Kline said. “These bipartisan proposals highlight the progress we can make when we work together in good faith, and I hope to build on this success as I continue to advocate for a full reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. I thank my colleagues for their hard work on both proposals, and urge swift passage on the House floor.”

AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE TO H.R. 10 OFFERED BY MR. MESSER OF INDIANAApril 7, 2014 (9:23 a.m.)

‘‘(5) encourage States to provide support to 16 charter schools for facilities financing in an amount 17 more nearly commensurate to the amount the States 18 have typically provided for traditional public schools;

Brandywine teacher praises Arne Duncan but low key about her own superintendent

Race to the Top is improving Delaware schools by Robyn Howton is AVID coordinator/LFS trainer and an English teacher at Mount Pleasant High School in the Brandwyine School District.

For the entire school community, it was an acknowledgment of the hard work our teachers, administrators, students and parents have done to transform Mount Pleasant over the last five years.

During the nine years I have been a Mount Pleasant teacher, I have seen the school experience a complete metamorphosis. Race to the Top served as the catalyst to our school’s turn-around

Kind of interesting that Race to The Top is currently in it’s fourth-year and Ms Howton reference transformation beginning five years back which coincides with when District Superintendent Mark Holodick was hired by the school board in October 2010. Then she admits during the nine-years at Mount Pleasant she has seen a complete metamorphosis. How can Race to The Top be the catalyst for turning her school around if she admits transformation was in existence going back nine-years?

When Mount Pleasant landed as one of the lowest-scoring schools in Delaware back in 2009-10, we had gone through nine principals in 12 years. The lack of consistent leadership led to a fractured school culture

So what happened? Well one important thing happen was the board hired Superintendent Mark Holodick in October 2010. As you read through Ms. Howton’s News Journal’s love letter to Arne Duncan and the mirror you’ll notice not one word about the determination of Mark Holodick. Holodick might not be perfect in some folks eyes but he is approachable and open enough to give a person their say. Ms. Howton’s editorial seems to go out of the way as not to give “Brandywine School District” any credit for setting the foundation for Race to The Top assistance in taking the district strategic plan to another level. To suggest Race to The Top limited funding was the means to make any school of district successful is a sham.

In his reflections on Race to the Top, Secretary Duncan said, “The Progress we’ve seen here in Delaware is pretty extraordinary. … By any measure, this is a state that’s helping demonstrate to the nation what’s possible with tenacity, courage and a willingness to challenge the status quo.”

Yep she is correct there are many fighting the Markell / Rodel status quo. We have legislators raising concerns about charter school impact on traditional school districts like Brandywine.  Publius might be heading to Betty Ford after reading this letter from state legislators re: Concerns with charter schools and then this Delaware school district superintendents gang-bang DE Sec of Ed Murphy after “they” signed the RTTT MOU in blood #netde #edude @Huffingtonpost @WSJ @NEAToday @ed_in_de

Sadly to say Ms. Howton editorial lacks in highlighting Brandywine school district efforts beyond Race to The Top that has and had a positive impact on school reform. Just yesterday I posted this;Delaware U.S. Sec of Ed Arne Duncan cites successful program AVID as RTTT! But program was in place way before RTTT. Ms. Howton never made that distinction which would give Brandywine School District some acknowledgment that Race to The Top isn’t their nursemaid and the superintendent is competent.

In Delaware it seems when an educators goes to the extreme to verbally masturbates the egos of Jack Markell, the Rodel Crew and Arne Duncan there has to be a strong connection and yep, here it is with the Rodel Teacher Council. Also being a member of Rodel Teacher Council Robyn is also a member of the Smarter Balanced State Network of Educators.