Daily Archives: May 23, 2014

Delaware: State Representative Valerie Longhurst is doomed at the polls #netde #edude @ed_in_de

Post from Delaware Liberal

Breaking News: Delaware House Leadership Team A Team No MoreFiled in Delaware by  on May 22, 2014

According to literally dozens of sources, Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf and House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst are no longer allies, to put it mildly.  In fact, they’ve had a major falling-out

Read entire blog post here…………………..

Yep! Looks like State Representative Valerie Longhurst is completing her last term as a Delaware elected official.  Too late now Val! All the distancing from Schwartzkopf won’t help you. You did parents, students and taxpayers dirty when you played bullshit games with House Bill #23. Karma coming your way!

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OMG Social drama amidst the Christina School Board

Christina board to meet over harassment claim Matthew Albright, The News Journal

The Christina School Board is having an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss alleged harassment by a board member.

Board Vice President Frederick Polaski said he couldn’t discuss the allegations or name which board member was involved.

“All I can tell you is that it does not involve a student, and that at the moment they are strictly allegations,” said Board Vice President Frederick Polaski. “I can’t say any more than that, because there are still internal investigations ongoing.”

WFT !!!!!!!! Word has it DE DOE is fishing for information about what’s going on! Honestly none of their business! Gee I wonder which over the top CSD board member is the perpetrator 😉

District spokeswoman Wendy Lapham said the board is expected to present a resolution “disapproving of an action by an individual board member,” but said district staff have not been involved in that resolution’s development or presentation.

So a board member will be given a written reprimand. I’ll bet the meeting won’t be public due to being a legal matter. Board members have the same protection rights a teachers. 

The emergency meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, 50 Gender Road in Newark. The notice for the meeting says the board has the right to go into executive session, which would close the meeting to the public and the press.

Yep ! Executive meeting! So if the public finds out somebody violated the confidentially law! 

Delaware Legislator wants a Race to The Top local open-ended school tax

Bill would let schools boost tax rate without vote Matthew Albright, The News Journal

Districts would be able to raise tax rate by up to three percent a year without referendum

House Bill 355, which House Education Committee Chair Darryl Scott, D-Dover, plans to file next week, would allow districts to raise their local tax rate by up to 3 percent a year without going to referendum.

The bill aims to help districts cover growing operating costs from ballooning enrollment, which many school officials complain have grown faster than the revenues they receive. Some districts have also worried about how they will sustain programs from the $119 million federal Race to the Top grant, half of which went directly to districts.

“If we allow districts to make these smaller increases when they need them, we can allow taxpayers to keep the money in their checkbook as long as they can,” Scott said.

Personally I think Rep. Scott is the hole in asshole! Folks, Scott is not running for reelection and is calling it’s quits! This is his way of saying fuck you to those who oppose his support of Jeb Bush’s Chiefs for Change and endorsement of Delaware Secretary of Education’s participation. Scott’s actions caused an uproar that makes it impossible to be reelected which pushed his decision to call it quits.

Rep Scott is a big fan of Race to The Top whereas the parents and taxpayers are fighting federal intervention. This legislation H.B.#355 is nothing more than a means to fund federal control goals with local taxes.

I have a hunch DSEA is going to stay in the shadows on this one and I can only hope the state PTA folks come out publicly and say “NO” to H.B.#355.  

One thing for sure is, any state legislators signing on to Scott’s H.B.#355 might need to look for a job in the real world!