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!
The Race to The Top, Common Core, Smarter Balanced Assessment federal tie-in
ABOUT THE RACE TO THE TOP ASSESSMENT PROGRAM 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!