Kilroy’s search for Delaware PTA smoking gun #netDe #Edude

PTA: A Resource For Parents August 30, 2011 By 

We are not experts on this subject but we are so fortunate that DE PTA has partnered with the Governor Jack Markell, Lt Governor Matthew Denn, Senator Sokola and the Department of Education to be sure the training for parents is well communicated and well received.

De PTA supports common core standards. We are proud to be apart of this wave to reach out to all parents and be sure our children are all getting the equitable education they all deserve.

I have many side-bar debates with others on education reform and I am often accused of looking the other way when it comes to Delaware PTA. Well that’s not true but I’ve ask over and over for documentation proving Delaware PTA supports Governor Markell’s education agenda. In trying to prove them wrong looks like I am proving the right! Sad!

Trends in State Implementation of the Common Core State Standards: Communications by The National Governor’s Association.

In Delaware, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has been a particularly strong partner in statewide efforts to implement the CCSS

OK it’s a done deal! Delaware PTA supports and approves of the Common Core Standards.

As for Race to The Top, yep here it is, Delaware PTA’s application endorsement.

The Race to The Top, Common Core, Smarter Balanced Assessment federal tie-in 

The Race to the Top Assessment program was authorized as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). In September 2010, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) awarded competitive, four-year grants to two consortia of states, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced)

Now we’re back to the grassroots The Smarter Balanced Assessment testing Opt-out! Once the trains rolls out of the station will Delaware PTA jump aboard and claim the movement as their lead? But you can bet that train must be moving at a “promising” speed.

My predictions are, once the 2016 elections are over and the implosion of Markell’s education agenda is a clear reality someone will be holding the bag! Yea we know how DSEA and local district unions played the Race to The Top game. But they never claimed to be the voice of parents! Delaware PTA will be the one holding the bag! There was no “meaningful” dialog with the local PTA and Delaware PTA on Race to The Top and the agenda laced within. The Kool-Aid fest was after the fact and many wouldn’t succumb to the poison. Folks, we’re in the golden-age of information and with secured data! It’s hard for anyone to do the Moonwalk when the house of cards coming falling down! Many charter schools parent organizations are PTOs and I suspect when parents come out of the Kool-Aid induced coma we may see more PTOs in traditional public schools. Just a prediction! 

7 responses to “Kilroy’s search for Delaware PTA smoking gun #netDe #Edude

  1. Don’t be too harsh. Hell, even I was for Common Core back in 2011… Primarily because I didn’t know what it was.

    It took a watching a child go through it,… to open my eyes.


    • kilroysdelaware

      yea in theory it sounded good! I was at Red Clay’s board RTTT MOU meeting / vote and witnessed DOE Dan’s, I have a offer you can’t refuse! I am getting beat up on because some say I am too soft on DE PTA. With DSEA there was move internal political pressure to go along like threats in but cuts. However, with PTA school level, state level and national level the real power-base is there and allowing government ownership of that power-base is dangerous.

      My concerns with Delaware PTA is individuals but with vision and mission that is leaning to far politically.


    • Yeah, in theory it still sounds good. I get hit every time I go national with some new person saying… “that’s not true. If you go on their website it says this, and that, and that and this.”

      To which I answer. “Do you teach or have kids in Common Core?” To which they answer… “no.” And my answer back is a cleaner version of “then what the fvck do you know.”

      Knowing Common Core is to hate it so much, you have no choice but to fight it. There is simply no other way to describe it.


  2. you must be pooped after typing “Delaware PTA Common Core” into Google.


  3. These standards are not necessarily the problem.

    1)Research and evidence based
    2)Clear, understandable, and consistent
    3)Aligned with college and career expectations
    4)Based on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
    5)Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
    6)Informed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society

    It is the educational “interpretation” and “theory” of how to implement and test them. -( as Kavips points out) Therein lies your educational machine problem. The standards by themselves have concrete and pragmatic goals. However, as Pandora’s daughter’s Beta test indicates; the “machine” doesn’t know how to implement anything without corrupting it to find ways to create revenue streams to Gates and more education administration.

    How is this different than any other “reform” they’ve tried to hoist as the solution. It is called accountability and competence. None of them are accountable until it’s too late and out of office (or they linger in the shadows of DOE with no repercussions to their actions) then they have no competency and aren’t required to demonstrate competency. (i.e.: Murphy (gym teacher)) Add the political will to make teachers the scapegoat for executing these reforms AND be responsible for dysfunctional families and children and you have a smorgasbord of infectivity feeding on itself.


  4. adelawareteacher

    I believe your view is the PTA and DSEA approval is simplistic. As a teacher, I saw a set of standards coming that looked fine. But I am also not in charge. I do what I am told. My union also has a say, but it cannot not oppose a federal powerhouse. We have a say, not a decision. I like reading your blog, but it is disheartening to hear you say that the teachers, PTA, and DSEA were complicit. It’s not that simple.


    • kilroysdelaware

      ” but it is disheartening to hear you say that the teachers, PTA, and DSEA”

      And for the former DSEA pres to have seat on the Race to The Top dream-team sitting next to Skip the banker with links to Rodel and Innovative Schools helping pour the RTTT Kool-Aid she get’s a custom made DE DOE Job

      “As a teacher, I saw a set of standards coming that looked fine. But I am also not in charge”

      But you want to defend those who made bad decisions?