Daily Archives: May 5, 2014

The New Moyer Academy’s website continues to improve!

Yea Kilroy has something positive to say about Moyer Academy! Their website is making a major transformation

Information is very organized and pretty much up to date. Board minutes and financial report information tends to lag because they need to be approved. This is par for all schools / district.

Websites are be the go to place for information and connection to schools and to highlight school and student successes and events. Websites can be effective marketing tools.

Keep putting the cards on the table Moyer! Children fail when adults fail!  

 

Newark Charter School diversity outreach a success

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

  2012-13 2013-14

African American

11.2%

11.0%

American Indian

0.1%

0.2%

Asian

12.5%

13.4%

Hispanic/Latino

4.2%

4.0%

White

66.0%

65.8%

Multi-Racial

5.9%

5.6%

 

Other Student Characteristics

  2012-13 2013-14

English Language Learner

3.0%

2.7%

Low Income

17.2%

17.7%

Special Education

6.8%

5.7%

Enrolled for Full Year

99.2%

N/A

But wow! look at March 2014 board minutes:

New Business

a. Kindergarten admissions issue was brought up to make the board aware. Three students whose parents applied for kindergarten admissions are already enrolled in and currently attending kindergarten programs. Based upon the admissions policy, these applicants were determined to be ineligible for application to NCS kindergarten. All three families were notified

So three kindergartners getting the booth? Click here to hear audio of board meeting.

Do you supported elected votech board members or stay with appointments?

DELAWARE STATE SENATE

147th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

SENATE BILL NO. 190

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO REORGANIZED VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

Section 4.  All of the Vocational-Technical School Board members shall be elected in the election of 2016.  First Election in New Castle County:  4-year terms from Districts A, C, and E; 2-year terms from Districts B, D and F.  First Election in Kent County:  4-year terms from Districts 1,3,5; 2-year terms from Districts 2,4,6.  First Election in Sussex County:  4-year terms from Districts 1,3,5; 2-year terms from Districts 2, 4.  The terms of all appointed Vocational-Technical School Board members shall expire upon the commencement of the terms of office of the initially elected Vocational-Technical School Board members.

Section 5.  This Act shall become effective January 1, 2016.

Well certainly I am for ending the appointments to votech school boards and going with public educations. Hopeful this legislation is a steppingstone to doing the same with the Delaware State Board of Education.

This legislation is a bipartisan and I see nothing stopping it other than a desk-drawer veto in the House

Is Delaware Secretary of Education Murphy about to lose some mayoral control re: Charter Schools S.B.#209 ?

SPONSOR:   

Sen. Townsend & Sen. Sokola & Rep. K. Williams & Rep. Scott

 

Sens. Blevins, Marshall, McDowell, Peterson, Venables; Reps. Barbieri, Baumbach, Bennett, Bolden, Brady, Carson, J. Johnson, Q. Johnson, Keeley, Kowalko, Longhurst, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Potter, Schwartzkopf, Viola

 

DELAWARE STATE SENATE

147th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Senate Bill no. 209

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.


BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1.  Amend § 511, Title 14 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:

§ 511. Approval Procedure.

(b)(4) Information regarding impact, as defined by regulations established by the Department with the approval of the State Board no later than October 31, 2014, shall be considered in conjunction with the factors in § 512 of this title but shall not alone provide the basis for disapproval of an application for a new charter application or an expansion. The information regarding impact may, however, be among the bases for disapproval of an application or expansion if at least 1 criteria in § 512 of this title is also deemed not satisfied by the authorizer. The information regarding impact may, by itself or in combination with other factors, form the basis for conditions being placed on the approval.  Those conditions may include but shall not be limited to restrictions or prohibitions on geographic location, programmatic offerings, academic focus or emphasis, and grade levels served.  In no event shall the placement of conditions on approval, based solely or in part on considerations of impact, be considered disapproval of an application.

 (l) Subject to any limitations imposed by the approving authority pursuant to subsection (h) of this section, if the application is found by the approving authority to meet the criteria set forth in § 512 and complying with the approval process in § 511 of this title, it shall may approve the application. The approving authority may approve an application subject to such conditions as the approving authority, in its sole discretion, may deem appropriate to ensure the applicant’s continuing compliance with the approval criteria. Whenever approval of a charter school requires the assent of the State Board, as set forth in subsection (c) of this section, the State Board may, in addition to approving or disapproving the recommendation of the Secretary, place or modify conditions on the approval to address considerations of impact, consistent with the requirements of subsection (b)(4) of this section. 

Section 2.  The effective date of this Act shall be July 1, 2014. 

SYNOPSIS

This bill requires the Department of Education to promulgate regulations to further define the meaning and process for  consideration of impact in the charter school application review process, to be considered and approved by the State Board no later than its October 2014 meeting.  It also clarifies the conditions that an authorizer may place on an approved application, and provides that the State Board of Education may place or modify conditions to address considerations of impact. 

Publius you just didn’t want to listen!

Will AG Matt Denn support gun ban for veteran diagnosed with PTSD?

I have serious reservations about Matt Denn being Delaware Attorney General at the same time Beau Biden being Governor of Delaware. I feel this will be a toxic combination when it comes to gun laws.

Beau Biden announces new gun-control legislation by The Associated Press / Politico 

WILMINGTON, Del. — Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden wants to make it more difficult for people considered to be a danger to themselves or others to obtain guns.

Biden proposed legislation Monday requiring mental health providers, including school counselors, to call police if they believe a person poses a danger to himself or others. Police would investigate and would refer the case to the state Department of Justice if they believe the person shouldn’t have access to a gun.

The DOJ could then ask a judge to prohibit the person from owning or possessing a gun. The judge also could order the seizure of any guns the person has. In the case of a troubled child, authorities could seize any guns owned by a parent or guardian with whom the child is living.

Then this:

The Liberty Crier by Randall Chase

The bill, pushed by Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden (VP Joe Biden’s son), cleared the Delaware House last year with only one dissenting vote before being dealt a stunning defeat in the Senate, which like the House, is controlled by Biden’s fellow Democrats. That bill failed on a 13-6 Senate vote in June, with five Democrats joining Republicans in voting against it.

The bill would have required mental health providers, including licensed school counselors, to call police if they believed a person posed a danger to himself or others. Police would investigate and refer the case to the attorney general’s office if they believed the person shouldn’t have access to a gun. The attorney general’s office could then ask a judge to prohibit the person from buying or possessing a gun. The judge also could order the seizure of any guns that the person owns.

Lt. Governor Matt Denn supported this legislation and if he becomes Attorney General he will continue the push. If Beau Biden becomes governor lookout.

Putting those veterans diagnosed with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) on a gun ban list would be a civil injustice and an insult every man and women who wears and wore uniforms of the armed forces of America.

The sad part about Biden’s gun control legislation supported by Denn is it supports and atmosphere of mistrust between those seeing help and those providing it. Folks this legislation could also ban and disarm women who are being treated for perimenopause and seize all guns within the home locked up or not. 

Did you know about this:

Depression- Depression is related to disruptions in the activity of the brain. Approximately 90% of brain tumor patients exhibit signs that are consistent with depression, especially post surgery. You may feel frustrated, sad, alone, along with feelings of self worthlessness. Many lose interest in their usual activities as well as hobbies, feel miserable and they become socially isolated. 

Could Beau Biden be put on the list on no gun ownership? I am not concerned with his health and I wouldn’t support such legislation. But surely his health issues can be depressing. A so-called health profession would be bound to report any sign of concern. So when in doubt turn your patient in so you won’t be held legally responsible if there were a mishaps. 

The disarmament of America is a concern. However, training young men and women how to kill and sending them into battle then turnaround and prohibit them from gun ownership because of the ill-effects of war is a social justice. Every war from the American Revolution produce traumatized veterans. Why now does our government see it fit to disarm returning veterans?

Were setting the stage for those who need and want help to not seek it fearing their rights to bear arms may be in jeopardy. Yes we want guns out of the hands of criminals but war veterans who need our trust, compassion and help should not be labeled potential killer because of PTSD. What I am saying is, such a ban for these individuals is not far-fetched the paranoia and the obsession of “government” to disarm Americans is the real danger to freedom and the right to bear arms. I assure if Biden gun control laws advance and it will with Matt Denn as a partner you’ll be back to tell me I was right about PTSD being the grounds for disarmament of returning warriors.