Governor Snyder signed the School Omnibus Budget Bill on Tuesday. Included in the budget was a provision that appears to have blocked the implementation of Smarter Balanced for one year by extending the MEAP.
This is obviously a good thing in many ways. Thanks to your calls and the the hard work of lawmakers against the Common Core, we were able to cause enough of a stir and provoke a delay.
But what happens next is not clear. Last year at this same time we had a delay in Common Core funding but by fall HCR 11, a meaningless resolution, was gaveled through by voice vote in the Senate restarted implementation. There still remains the possibility that the “new” MEAP could contain content SBAC content. So with good reason, we remain skeptical and cautious.
At this time, we are still encouraging parents to opt-out of all assessments and to vote out any lawmakers who support the Common Core.
A new opt out form will be available later this summer for you to use in the 2014-15 school year.
The U.S. Department of Education says Delaware is in trouble when it comes to educating students with special needs. The rating of “Needs Intervention” on special education is both embarrassing and an alarm.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Delaware is setting the bar too low for special-education students. Their progress, as measured by the National Assessment of Education Progress test, is too low. This is the first time the federal government has used the test to rank states on the academic progress of special-education students.
Normally I would bitch about the “test” which is bullshit especially when it comes to Special Ed kids. I’ve always felt the IEP is the ruling documentation on Special Ed students progress. Parents are a key player on the IEP team but under the Markell education doctrine parents are being bullied!
Red Clay just went through a war with the community and parents over their misguided inclusion plan where Rep. Hudson, Miro and Ramone were a no show! Hudson pulled the plug on H.B.#23 and thank God though it came back to bite them in the ass, Red Clay recorded their board meetings and even the special meetings on their inclusion plan. There will be an inclusion plan hammered out next year because parents are part of the process. Hudson, Miro and Ramone sits around with their thumbs up their asses and refuse to see how important recording school board meetings is. Yes it does apply to special ed! Hudson, Miro and Ramone wasn’t there when Special Ed parents and even Special Ed students cried their eyes out asking Red Clay to rethink their plan. However, Rep Kim Williams was there and even Senator Peterson was working hard in the background ( I know this for a fact). Shame on Delaware GOP with all their talk of transparency.
When will the Delaware GOP call for the firing of DE Sec of Ed Murphy? They won’t!