Daily Archives: April 22, 2014

OMG!! Did Lizzie get crystal-meth in Easter candy! What a blog post!

The game of Clue-Politics in Delaware Version By Children and Educators First

I’ll take Jennings in Woodburn’s cellar operating suite of with a syringe of glove cleaner..

OMG good read Lizzie’s post ……………………………..

 

Way to go Appo! U.S. News top Delaware schools 1 & 2

U.S. News tops Delaware schools

Top Ranked DE Schools

To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.

#1 Middletown High School 120 SILVER LAKE RD, MIDDLETOWN, DE 19709

#2 Appoquinimink High School 1080 BUNKER HILL RD, MIDDLETOWN, DE 19709

Did Capital School district board really say no to funding Race to The Top with local tax-dollars?

Capital School Board gets high marks for meeting Letter to the Editor

I went to the Capital School Board meeting last Wednesday night and was pleasantly surprised to see the school board so engaged. The representative from the state Department of Education presented a program offering bonuses for teachers who transfer to lower-performing school districts and meet certain performance criteria. Board member Kay Dietz-Sass asked if the teacher’s evaluation would be affected by opting her child out of the DCAS test. There were other good comments and questions, and the board unanimously voted against this program.

The board also voted not to sustain six of the seven Race to the Top positions the district had wanted to keep and pay for from local tax dollars. The Board President Matt Lindell and the Vice President Brian Lewis, voted no on all seven positions.

I came away feeling hopeful.

Lorraine O. Gloede

Dover

Well I hope this is true re: not back-filling a federal grant program Race to The Top now in it’s forth and final year of funding with local tax-dollars! Why would a superintendent request their board to do such a thing? As far as bonuses, incentive bonuses should go to the school not individuals. If a teacher is unwilling to teach in a low-performing school and will do so for extra money I wouldn’t call them professional. Also, as a parent of a low-performing student at the school these teachers so willing are at, I’d be concern about their engagement of my child. For those so-called professional and in it for the kids require bonuses on top of all the pay and benefits taxpayers provide them for doing their jobs I’d say we have ab integrity issue. Fire those unwilling and hire those who are.

Will Ron Russo open a charter school called Rodel School for Corporate Cheerleaders?

Making the case for Delaware’s charter schools Ron Russo is former president of the Charter School of Wilmington and the former principal of St. Mark’s High School.

Interesting part here.

Currently we are developing a parallel public school system and that can be divisive. Some folks are looking to limit the number of charter schools by limiting the issuance of new charters. We should be implementing successful ideas in all public schools thereby reducing the demand for new charter schools.

At the April 4 Rodel-sponsored program, “Global Education Event – International Lessons for Delaware,” the power point presentation showed that the greatest gains in public education took place when schools had greater autonomy and there was collaborative sharing among them.

Maybe Delaware should take a trip “back to the future.”

Ron Russo is former president of the Charter School of Wilmington and the former principal of St. Mark’s High School.

Well Ron not all of us believe Rodel is the supreme authority. Traditional public schools can collaborate all they want but the charter school movement will move full steam ahead especially with Rodel agents embedded in DE DOE.

Charter School of Wilmington was and is successful because it was wired with enrollment preferences to make it the best free private school in Delaware. If such autonomy is the God particle of public education why can’t those preferences be applied to traditional public schools? Public schools should never be allowed to chose it’s students and when that happens they are not “public” schools. I say eliminate all charter school preferences and hold lotteries for over enrollment. Also, if a charter organizations fails to meet April 1 enrollment numbers prior it’s initial opening date that charter application should be null and void without formal review process. Also, new charter application must pass though impact study.

Theo Gregory puts Mark Murphy is the corner!

Wow what an amazing video ! Way to go Theo Gregory! I think his point is, students are people too! Success in academics must come hand and hand with success of the individuals as they rise above personal and environmental challenges. Theo get’s it correct on “standardized test” as it can’t be the ultimate bench mark. DSTP, DCAS and The Smarter Balanced Assessment is not an evolution to approve achievement achievement as Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy claims. Murphy praises the growth model but is a cheerleader for The Smarter Balanced Assessment a once a year “standardized test”. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a once a year standardized test narrowly focused on a set of standards just as DSTP was! Theo get;s it right on standardized test shouldn’t be the benchmark to measure the success of a schools. Theo feels there should be a more comprehensive set of evaluation of the schools that include accomplishments in student growth as individuals which translates into better students and “individuals”. Murphy doesn’t see Theo’s points and claims such an assessment of the schools exist! Murphy is wrong as what Theo refers to isn’t in the school evaluation framework. That framework is all review how schools meet the objectives of meeting the common core standards and not in respects to the humanities side of schools.

Murphy says there are no for-profit charter schools in Delaware. Yep Theo is correct re: peel back the layers. He didn’t want to go on record! However, there are lawyers capitalizing on charter schools via services while being part on a charter school expansion. Non-profits though non-profit status they extract revenues for so-called services such as Charter Schools Network of Delaware and Innovated Schools. The money they receive is not consider profit because they use monies for their good causes such as rounding-up charter school children and taking them to a descriptive pro-charter rally in Dover. They use children as political stage props to advance the charter school movement even if that movement tears down community feeder schools. Also, they have “paid” employees. Many people think all non-profits are volunteer services. Mr. Rago, corporation are taking over education! Ins’t it a conflict of interest when the “testing companies” also sell education materials. Education reform is being driven by Wall Street education for profits and a bunch of rich white billionaires and millionaires who think they know best for black children. These same companies have internal weakness that can question racial diversity in their own organization and in cases of financial institutes have a track record of discriminatory lending. There are people within the grassroots charter school movement that would join the KKK if it didn’t impede on the social ranking in society and threaten their bank accounts. In Delaware the charter school movement was seeded within the displeasure of the desegregation order that forced “whites” to be bused in the city of Wilmington and “blacks” to the suburbs schools ending the suburban Camelot. But let’s make it clear, the new breed of charter school advocates aren’t the same as the original grassroots folks. They’ve become unknowingly nothing more than human shields for the racist deep in the roots of the charter school movement.

I agree 100% with Theo Gregory that charters are part of the choice school process and I support that. However, to build charter schools in such a way it duplicates what the district offer is nothing more than financially weakening the traditional schools by taking students under false promises and taking students who obviously have parents engaged. Many of the student left behind are children whose own parents don’t give a rat’s ass about them. Yet there are still many parents who prefer traditional public schools and are concern with the flow of outbound funding to charter schools.  Amen to no real impact studies being done to justify a potential charter school. Many traditional schools offer STEM and more are on track to do so! So how are new charter schools offering STEM innovated and not duplicating what STEM programs traditional schools offer? Race to The Top is working according to Governor Markell and the dropout rate is at a 30 year historical low! So traditional schools got their shit together and the reward is further financial and moral destruction of the traditional public school system to make room for many untested charter school so-called innovations. Mr. Rago, the for profit equation is there but it’s more of individuals planting seeds for personal profit down the road once cleared of elected and appointed potions. Look at the Bush boys Jed and Neil how they capitalized on NCLB.

The reference to charters having 15-16% higher test scores is a bit skewed because, if you extract those charter students specifically chosen based on academic performance you’ll see the truth! The so-called teaching innovations at Charter School of Wilmington cannot be duplicated at Dickinson even if Dickinson hired all the Charter School of Wilmington’s teachers. Those teachers don’t have the skills to be successful in traditional public schools. However, if you put Dickinson teachers in Charter School of Wilmington with CSW the same handpicked students those teachers will be equally successful as CSW’s.

As far as Red Clay’s contributions to this little video session, Hugh did a pretty good job and seemed to be held back by professional protocol. Kind of odd Red Clay cries about the impact of charter schools after approving three themselves. But yes that was the old guard! However, Red Clay’s cries today reinforces those of us that pushed for no more Red Clay charter schools. Just think, if the old guard was still in power how many more charter schools would Red Clay have? Dickinson and McKean eroding because the old guard was too busy building and advocating for charter schools even beyond the bounds of Red Clay. Kind of like lifeguards going out to save 10 drowning children where they could only fit three at a time in the lifeboat and saved the white children first and hopefully had time to come back for the black children. Many of those grassroots reformers are please to see predominately black and white charter schools. However, for some it doesn’t matter because their goal was accomplished long ago that satisfied their dark cold hearts. Thank God Hugh isn’t part of that old school mentality. Hugh is very approachable to all parents and community members. He has a job and assignments to do that job. He is an emerging leader and I encourage him to continue his dialogue with Wilmington leaders as a learning missing and a leadership building opportunity. There is a lot of success in Red Clay and Hugh is the right person to defend them in such forums like this.     

Now I’ll bet there will be some folks coming in here taking cheap-shots at Theo Gregory and yep his former relationship with Moyer Academy which was rated “commendable” under his leadership and never to reach such rating again. Theo has no problem sitting-down at the table with friends and foe and giving them equal voice! Have I ? Damn right! Theo knows the ugly truth!

As far as Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy, his pocket it full of scripts written by the likes of Rodel. Indeed he is personal and articulate but he lacks substance beyond his Rodel programming. Take away his script and put him in a spontaneous town hall meeting setting and he’ll buckle-under!  Just as he did at the New Castle Combined School Boards meeting. Nice person but as a state leader, terrible and must go! The fact is, he is not a leader and is a follower and poisoned by the likes of Rodel. We need a Delaware Secretary of Education that speaks for Delaware children before speaking for Rodel, corporate  America and political agenda.

Hey Rick Jenson, check out John Rago’s slick tactics to bait out guest! I think he would make a great addition to WDEL someday! Duh me! Brain fart! He was with WDEL re: The John Rago Show! I remember being on his show and he thought I was going to drop the F-Bomb on air at Anthony who was calling in! Anthony was to be on the show with us claiming he had to visit a sick friend but the reality was he wanted to attack me.  John’s face was like don’t do it ! LOL 🙂