Daily Archives: April 16, 2014

Red Clay tackling social media setting rules of engagement for staff:

B. Board Policy (Social Media) / April 16, 2014 board meeting.

STAFF CONDUCT ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

Friend Requests 

Staff Members are strongly encouraged to exercise discretion in inviting colleagues to join their online social networks (a “friend request”). Even when made with good intentions, such invitations may not be well received and can give rise to awkward or uncomfortable situations or, worse, may be seen by the recipient as inappropriate or coercive. For these reasons, the following rules apply to friend requests made and received by Staff Members:

A Staff Member who is employed by the District in a supervisory capacity (a “supervisor”), is prohibited from making a friend request to any individual whom the Staff Member supervises or who otherwise reports to the Staff Member (a “subordinate”).

A Staff Member-supervisor is not prohibited from accepting a friend request made by a subordinate but is encouraged to seriously consider the consequences of doing so.

All Staff Members are prohibited from making a friend request to or accepting a friend request from any Student.

“Social Media” or “Social-Media Site” shall mean any website, tool, or platform that enables communication between users or the publication of content by an individual. For illustration purposes only, Social Media includes: (a) social-networking sites (e.g., Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn); (b) blogs and microblogs (e.g., WordPress, Blogger, Twitter, Tumbler); and (c) content-sharing sites (e.g., Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram). 

There’s way more! Read here …………………………

OK I understand about protecting students but kiss my ass when it comes to after work-hours. This Red China bullshit is just that! The super can engage in Markell’s political agenda spewing tactful warm words of support but cause more damaged to Red Clay and the community than a few pissed off employees being honest.

Purpose & Scope

Statement of Purpose
The dual purposes of this Policy are: (a) to prevent harm and potential harm to Students caused by unmonitored Electronic Communications with Staff Members; and (b) to educate Staff Members how to participate in Social Media in a way that does not: (i) impede the Staff Member’s ability to perform his or her official District duties; or (ii) interfere with the District’s ability to ensure efficient and effective operation of the Schools.

The purpose of this Policy is not to discourage Staff Members’ use of Social Media but to encourage use that does not interfere with District operations, impede the ability of the Staff Member to perform their duties, or compromise the safety and well-being of Students.

Yea the student part is correct! However, the staff part is leaning towards censorship and the interpretation is in the hands of the district. Sure no teacher or staff will say something re: safety and well-being of students. However, the social media blitz in regards to the district’s inclusion “agenda” could have been perceived in violation of district policy. Keeping the opposition down while have freedom to tactfully spew political laced lies is not good! As long as the staff’s social behavior is not criminal or break confidentially laws that protect students, staff and the district the rest should be free game. If a staff wants to debate Race to The Top , Common Core Standards, The Smarter Balanced Assessment and other “political” agendas they should have the right to publicly opposes or support and certainly debate.

Good Online Citizenship
Staff Members are encouraged to use the following guidelines to ensure their Online Conduct comports with the standards expected of good online citizens:

I don’t see how USDOE Race to The Top videos were being good citizens. I don’t see how deceptive information about RTTT and Common Cores Standards spun by the district on their webpage was being good citizens! But sure there are limitation. 

Be Transparent. Be honest in all Online Conduct. Correct any misinformation that you publish immediately. Do not purport to be an expert if you are not one. 

Leave the facts up to the district or DE DOE. Not! The point of some social media sites is to allow a platform for raw debate on the issues! Staff / teachers have every right to engage the community. What next, ban PTA from schools if they use social media to oppose the district on agendas  

Friend Requests
Staff Members are strongly encouraged to exercise discretion in inviting colleagues to join their online social networks (a “friend request”). Even when made with good intentions, such invitations may not be well received and can give rise to awkward or uncomfortable situations or, worse, may be seen by the recipient as inappropriate or coercive. For these reasons, the following rules apply to friend requests made and received by Staff Members:

This part is way off base ………………………..

A Staff Member who is employed by the District in a supervisory capacity (a “supervisor”), is prohibited from making a friend request to any individual whom the Staff Member supervises or who otherwise reports to the Staff Member (a “subordinate”).

OMG !!!!!!!

A Staff Member-supervisor is not prohibited from accepting a friend request made by a subordinate but is encouraged to seriously consider the consequences of doing so. All Staff Members are prohibited from making a friend request to or accepting a friend request from any Student.

In other words don’t do it!

There’s more please read ……………………………………………. 

Yea yea, Kilroy is being over-dramatic :). But the point is censorship is dangerous and hiding behind the best safety interest of children while sowing censorship of staff is very very dangerous . Next thing you know they’ll tell staff / teachers they can’t have blogs.

Looks like Super Merv is going to request formal review for revocation Re: Delaware College Prep (Red Clay charter school)

April 16, 2014 board presentation.

Delaware College Preparatory Academy

 School Leader- Angela Dennis
 Board President- Yardise Jones
 Enrollment- 209
 Performance Frameworks
…..Academic- Does not Meet Standard
…..Financial- Does not Meet Standard
…..Organizational- Does Not Meet Standard
 Renewal Year- 2016
 Increased concerns
….Enrollment- DCPA did not make their 80% enrollment by April 1st, 2014.
….Finances
……Enrollment decreases continue to impact budget resources
……FY12 and FY13 ended with an extremely slight balance
……With no reserves and decreasing enrollment, FY14 is projected to end in a deficit
…..Long term financial viability is in question
 Compliance with law
….Public information on website not up to date (Board minutes, finances, etc.)
….Consistent reminders regarding disciplinary procedures, IDEA regulations and compliance timelines.

Delaware College Preparatory Academy Path Forward

 4/16- Board votes to place DCPA “under formal review for revocation of their Charter.”

 4/17- DCPA receives notice of formal review AND report outlining
concerns/deficiencies

 5/2- DCPA’s deadline to respond to formal review notice

 5/3- DCPA receives 30 day notice of public hearing

 6/10- Public hearing

 6/18- Red Clay Consolidated School District Board Meeting

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Kilroy says, if Red Clay keeps this school open rolling the $$$$$ dice with local taxpayers’ money chances of a successful operational referendum is near null. We all know the clock is ticking for another Red Clay operational referendum, just a matter of time. Rolling the dice on Delaware College Prep would be a foolish move! DE DOE isn’t $$$ obligated to $$$ bailout DCPA like they did form Pencader to save Jack’s buddy Frank’s honor. Red Clay has invested many man and women hours in offering DCPA technically assistance which did cost local taxpayers in loss productivity of those Red Clay officials involved. Yea agreed, that’s Red Clay obligation for being the charter authorizing and oversight body. But now it appears the end is near for DCPA. I am sure Red Clay will accommodated the best they can getting current Red Clay students at DCPA back to their feeder schools and choice school if space is available. My advise to DCPA parents is to move now and beat the rush and confusion! Also, be wary of the new charter schools planing to open fall 2014. By the looks of their enrollment you’ll be rolling the dice yourselves. Get back to the Red Clay feeder schools and ENGAGE and take OWNERSHIP of your child’s school and education. Don’t be bitter at Red Clay, the administration has been working very hard trying to help DCPA. Folks it ain’t going to happen!

Take action now DCPA parents! Get your child signed up at another school. Don’t wait because all cards indicate CLOSURE aka REVOCATION.    

Delaware: Delaware charter school movement seems to be crumbling via false promises! #netde #edude @ ed_in_de @destateboarded @dedeptofed @Huffingtonpost @fox29philly @naccp @cornelwest @tavissmiley @washingtonpost

State to decide on charter school applications Matthew Albright, The News Journal

State education officials will decide whether to approve five new charters, whether to put three already-approved schools under review for financial issues and whether to allow the New Maurice J. Moyer Academy to shrink its enrollment targets.

From the charter school review committee reports Pike Creek Charter might not be a no go! As for the three charter school set to open fall 2014-2015 that didn’t come close to it approved charter application promised enrollment, these three charters must be revoke! Not delayed! REVOKE! Folks the integrity of  the Delaware Charter School Framework is on the line! Kilroy can’t tip his hand but their enrollment numbers are pathetic and I dare Sec of Ed to massage them before presenting enrollment numbers to the state board.  Personally I think its time we add some criminal charges to those falsify education reports and documentation! As far as Moyer !! What the fuck is this! The “New” Maurice J. Moyer has an approved charter application some might call an agreement with the state and they claimed to have what it takes to turn Moyer around! Heff if you vote yes for Moyer I think anybody with the name Heff needs to get out of government! INTEGRITY! If INTEGRITY is not at top don’t expect it at the bottom!

A group of 20 state lawmakers wrote a letter earlier this month to Murphy and the board expressing “deep concerns” about the scope of the new schools, saying Red Clay School District alone stands to lose 800 students and $2.6 million if the charters are all approved.

The letter argues some of the proposed charters don’t have specialized goals beyond those of a traditional school or rely on advantages regular schools can’t have.

According to Governor Markell, U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murhpy Race to The Top is yielding fruit! Traditional public schools GET IT! Why continue to erode the financial base of traditional public schools? If Red Clay’s Lewis or Warner school is forced closed due to cost to operate the building due to low enrollment a charter school would be allow to buy or lease the build. What happens to the feeder school per Neighborhood School Act? Students would be reassigned and no guarantees those children wanting or gaining access in a charter would get in.

Folks we will never know the true success of charter schools unless there is a charter takeover a traditional public school lock stock and barrel and they “won’t” do better. 

The lawmakers specifically pointed to Freire Charter School’s zero-tolerance policy on fighting, bullying and other violence, arguing a district school can’t simply throw out any disruptive students.

Some 41 local Freire supporters sent a letter in response arguing that, given the continuing violence and poor academic futures many Wilmington students face, the school’s model is exactly what many city kids need. They said 90 percent of Freire grads attend college within two years of graduation.

“It is our belief that the school will lead the way in changing the abysmal reality our inner-city students are currently facing in their educational journeys,” the letter said. “It is perplexing that, in a city plagued by violence, charter opponents have criticized Freire’s nonviolence policy, which creates a safe haven in which students can learn and thrive.”

Freire is growing on me because the application they presented is from their “working model”. However, I still struggle with the zero tolerance behavior issues. I see many kids acting-act as a result of emotional baggage they carry. I do have seven years part-time experience and one year full-time working with troubled teens in a Residential Treatment Center and Foster Treatment Program whom some where on suspended commitment to Ferris School aka Level 3 Probation. Many professional is this field will tell you negative behavior is a form of “communication” and it takes a professional to decode that information. How many of our inter-city children loss love-ones or dear friends in street violence or drug addiction? How many are children of drug addicted parents? How many are raised by grandparents due to death, incarceration or abandonment of their parents? Our society takes pity on dogs who were part of dog-fighting ring and damn, looks like rehabilitation and adoption of these dogs exceeds that of trouble youth without parents. Freire and all charter schools must follow the same rules severing children when it comes to student behavior and thing less should be viewed as civil right violation. Wilmington officials need to stepup and see these potential civil rights violations brewing.  Freire has much “success” to offer but I strongly feel they need to add a crisis interventionist not a SRO but a person who can help keep the stray behavior on track! Same goes for all charter schools and traditional schools! No child should be a throw-away child because of factors in their lives that reduces them to undesirables because God didn’t bless the with a parent like Publius. Yes Publius I have bleeding heart not filled with ice. If you ever held a bad-ass street kid in your arms seeing the tears you would know what my eyes and heart have seen.   

Murphy and the Board are also set to decide whether to put three already-approved charters, Academia Antonio Alonso, Delaware MET and Design Lab Charter High School on “formal review” because of concerns over their finances and enrollment. Should they do so, the accountability committee would begin scrutinizing the schools to make sure they are financially viable.

If significant problems are found, the state could revoke the schools’ charters, though Thursday’s vote would only be a first step.

Formal reviews like these could become more common under a new tighter performance framework for charters approved last year, Department spokeswoman Alison May said.

You can bet the Longwood Foundation (Re-Pete over There) and Markell political card will be played to save Academia Antonio Alonso. Certainly we can’t embarrass the unibrow-man.  It would be counter productive to the new charter framework to allow these charters to open and not “REVOKE” there charters! It’s obvious they got it WRONG!

Finally, officials must decide whether to allow the New Moyer Academy to reduce its targeted enrollment by about half, from 455 students next school year to 265.

What is there to decided Heff? Cut enrollment in half? Sad!

“We believe these schools will add unique value to Delaware because of their innovative methodology,” Delaware Charter Schools Network Executive Director Kendall Massett wrote to Murphy. “In the case of two of them, a strong track record of success for kids.”

Massett points out that, while the state’s charter law allows officials to consider the impact on school districts, that can’t be the only factor in whether a school gets approved. Officials also have to consider the larger question of whether the schools will be good for the students and communities they serve.

“We have to put the best interest of the children in front of us and collaborate on how to make that a reality,” Massett wrote. “We have to provide choices that allow for the very different individualized learning styles of all children to be met.”

Lady with all due respects, go back to the hotel industry to play your Tony Robbins’ trumpet! These charter schools are failing to meet the obligation and goals “they” set and promised! This lady drove a knife in the back of Reach Academy a paying customer! With the obvious struggles of these charter schools and others working with Delaware Charter Schools Network, its like stopping to piss along I-10 in Orange Texas facing Huston (West). This lady is pissing all over herself and can’t even smell it!