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 🙂