Delaware Governor Markell draws the line in the sand for Merv and Freeman re: Priority Schools

Markell: ‘Won’t hesitate’ on priority schools Matthew Albright, The News Journal

Gov. Jack Markell says he would prefer not to close the six so-called “priority schools” in the City of Wilmington, or give them to a charter or other outside manager. But he won’t hesitate to do so if the Red Clay and Christian school districts can’t work out an agreement with the Department of Education.

“We’re in conversations now with both districts, and I hope those conversations produce good results,” Markell said. “But if it doesn’t, I will be in a position where I have to make a choice, and I won’t hesitate to make it.”

Markell addressed the controversy over the state’s Priority Schools proposal in a speech during the Conference on Education, an event hosted by the Vision Coalition of Delaware, a group of education, nonprofit and business leaders seeking to create world-class schools in Delaware.  

You know, I was on the fence re: right thing to do! However, I urge both Red Clay and Christina’s school boards and union leaders to say no to any Priority Schools MOU.

I think at best the Rodel’s sideshow called DE DOE should put the cards on the table to help secure the MOU. If NOT firing all teachers and requiring them to reapply is nonnegotiable then Governor Markell needs to let us know! Why go through all the bullshit in an alternative plan where the districts ask teachers to sign commitments to adhere to school model DE DOE request if it’s nonnegotiable. As far as the $160,000.00 for the school leader of these schools, totally insane!  

Governor Markell know damn well DE DOE does not have the capacity to effectively takeover six traditional public schools or even let a charter organization operate those schools. Moyer Academy is prime example of failure on DE DOE’s part! DE DOE is far from being proactive and stuck in a rut of being reactive! Markell’s playing the dictator card shouldn’t tolerated.

Public school located in Wilmington need a long-term solution that will require condensing the four traditional school districts within into two within the next three year than one within the next five years. Also, the expansion of charter schools in the city of Wilmington needs to be done in a way as not to negatively impacting existing traditional and yes even existing charter schools located in the city

The Markell educational band-aid approach is more about keeping his bullshit smokescreen in place until he leaves office. And you can bet once he is gone he’ll boast about how tough he got with public school teachers and leaders. If these six Wilmington Red Clay and Christina school were taken over, would their be a unified school board representing all six? Wilmington community leaders (the ones who aren’t circling Markell on their $$$ knees) should demand to see Markell’s takeover plan in the event it may happen. Does he have such a plan? If not, why is he going into this blindly? 

Perhaps by saying no to little Napoleon Markell it’s a good thing that will force legislative action to set the foundation for a long overdue Wilmington school district and the return of Wilmington High School to it’s rightful owners. Where are the laws allowing the governor to reach into local school taxes via a takeover? Furthermore, such a move will set the stage to end referendums and place the burden of raising school taxes on the local legislators. 

DE DOE would have their hands full with legal issues such as existing school / building contacts with service vendors including utilities. Transportation issues, labor contracts and much more! Then there is the issues of securing local school tax revenues! Folks by time Markell figures-out all of the takeover process his ass will be out-of-office. Would he really drop this mess in the lap of Governor Matt Denn? ( face folks, Matt Denn wins in 2016! That’s a given)

Dear Mr. Matthews and you amazing public traditional school teachers who don’t pick and chose your students, I am telling you, you are at the crossroad of a point of no return and setting the stage for complete corporate takeover of our public school system. You said, to the no strike clause presented under Governor DuPont for guaranteed due process and now that guarantee is null and void under a Priority Schools MOU presented by Markell. Governor Markell claims he is showing courage for his stance and I urge you to do the same! However, Markell may say yes to a district rebuttal whereas all teachers won’t be fired not even one! Hopefully he does! However, yes I know victory for his plan re: his MOU or a takeover of these schools would mean honest good effective teachers will lose their jobs. But is will cause a major political backlash that most-likely require legislative intervention! The new generation of teachers are emerging as the baby-boomer era teachers retire. Union leaders and members have to make a tough choice in rolling the dice! This Washington inspired Trojan Horse full of Wall Street Ponzi schemes most be stopped at the gates of Red Clay and Christina! Governor Markell is an enabler in this political dance and blaming the “system” for the damaged caused by him is disheartening. Standing up to Markell now will shake the political core of Delaware and have current legislators and want-to-be legislators scrambling for cover.      

Governor Markell isn’t fool enough to push the red-button that will cause major damage to the Delaware Demarcate rule! Or is he? I hope our state legislators demand Markell’s blueprint for taking-over these sex schools including financial impact before Markell pushed the red-button. Also, I think we’re at the defining moment in seeing what kind of leaders Freeman and Merv really are! They need to fire-back in the media in response to Markell’s political cat and mouse game using the bias media to his advantage. But as you can see, Merv hides behind his PIO. Folks public traditional education is at war and we need warriors and courage to say no to the likes of Markell carrying the Rodel education plan in his $$$ back pocket! As far as the other labor / trades in Delaware, you’re next as the foundation for ending prevailing wages are in the cross-hairs with the next wave of corporate takeover agents hide in the trenches!  Breaking the backs of the teachers union the most powerful labor union in the state and country is the first stepping stone to ending prevailing wages. FYI Jack Markell is a member of the Delaware Political Star Chamber and you can bet your ass he is thicker than thieves with Pete and re-Pete.               

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35 responses to “Delaware Governor Markell draws the line in the sand for Merv and Freeman re: Priority Schools

  1. lastDEconservative

    Ahh, you finally took Jimmy’s bait. The only interesting thing about this tiny morsel from the day long event was the malice with which Curly made his threats to the districts. Very undiplomatic, as noted in a Vision 20xx post (of several) I’ve made since being there Tuesday.

    By taking the bait I mean that Jimmy didn’t report, meaning he didn’t see, the reality of the entirety of the day. By choice, I’m sure. Curly got what he wanted, a headline for his agenda, and “what’s really going on” gets lost in the fog, and the destroyers march on, unimpeded by reporters, bloggers, observers, and discerners.

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    • Can you elaborate more on what, in your opinion, was the reality of the entire day?

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    • lastDEconservative

      I dunno, cool. A week ago, I was wound up, and made a few posts on other threads trying to get a rise out of a.n.y.b.o.d.y. I got -crickets- as usual. This thread is a good example: Curly’s threat, and I do mean threat (see remarkable description previously written elsewhere) appeared at the end of his usual soft spoken lullaby of platitudes, and occupied all of a minute and a half. All in, give or take a couple pee breaks, eight hours of, of, of (and this is your question I’m struggling to put in a word or three) okay, “Rodel’s Vision” was pretty blatantly promoted, fearlessly. Jimmy? AWOL. Kilroy denizens? Just me. Kilroy? AWOL. CRI? Two top guys present and accounted for, speaking of -crickets-.

      Not dodging, nor do I feel any obligation, I’m just out of clock. I’ll try to get back to it, because, on the one hand, I think (maybe) putting it out there might help, but on the other hand, there’s all the more pressing matters this forum focuses on, such as whether the deck chairs were put back in line after bumping that chunk of ice just then, that make it hard to justify my time or effort being put anywhere but into the preservation of my own family.

      Just one bit, and it’s prolly been a year since I first picked it up, but I was right, and 10/29 drove the point home. The destroyers moved past RttT long before the money ran out, especially before the deck chair arrangers started shouting “I told you so!” Yawn. Well, on 10/29, one no longer had to be able to discern what’s really going on, only to fog the mirror, to know that the next next big thing is International Adoration and Feigned Adoption. It’s now public, it has “come out.” I think my same earlier referenced post, addressed to M Ryder on the Red Clay discipline thread I think, went to some pains to recount and “unpack” (new Coach word) the keynote address. JY’s “aspire” note below, and my excerpt amplifying his point, tells the real tale … just as Race was not about getting kids to the Top, nor was NCLB about getting them all ahead, the Nouveau Internationalism is not about adopting successful, proven strategies, only about pointing to them as a way to denigrate the US system, and keep the great unwashed blissfully unaware that said US system was created by those decrying it … yet again.

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  2. Reblogged this on Exceptional Delaware and commented:
    Markell is a dictator, and he has no intention of stopping the MOU. I believe he knew all along no school district in their right mind would accept it as is, and this is why he designed it exactly how it was. I read the minutes on the Christina School District and Delaware DOE meeting from October 17th, and when board member Harrie Ellen Minnehan asked Murphy and Schwinn about an extension past the 120 days, Schwinn said nope, still the 120 days. What a bunch of arrogant jerks!

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  3. Last year 11 of RC’s 14 schools 3rd grades failed failed to achieve the statewide average in math and reading.
    What is being done by RC to help these children?

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    • Some of us are trying to get the inexorably flawed tests that have you parroting failure that does not exist to the degree you imply, removed from our schools, where they appear to be hurting kids, teachers, and the schools themselves.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Would it not be better to ask, what is -DOE- doing for these OTHER failed eight schools full of kids? Or, why the three and not the eleven?

      Naahh. Stay asleep.

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  4. What are the test you support?

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    • tests proffered by respected, professional educators. Then I expect our teachers and administrators to address deficits and promote children through the system based on proficiency.

      Ironically this is how they do it in many of the countries that our policymakers “aspire” to be like. Standardized tests are simply instruments of capitalism designed to suck resources out of schools, de-professionalize the profession of teaching, and punish schools…all without evidence of improving achievement.

      Genuine assessment should be performed by respected professionals and their resultant analysis given primary weight.

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    • lastDEconservative

      To JY’s point, excerpted from an excellent explanatory post on an earlier thread by a respected commenter and Vision 20xx Conference attendee:

      “What are the wacky foreigners focusing on?

      – Tests that are few and far between. (the brain trust loves to point out America’s failings in relation to Estonia, et.al., but when the door shuts, continues to willfully go in the opposite direction)”

      To JW, below, from the destroyers’ standpoint, no state or district, as long as it falls within the evil US of A, has any process, system, or, well, test, that comes up to snuff. Now, look outside the borders at some of the other countries that challenged the US in the space race or birthed the likes of Jobs, Whitney and Ford — Finland, South Korea, Estonia of course, to name a few, well, now we’re getting somewhere.

      Note that JY correctly put ASPIRE in a pair of sarcastic quotation marks. Precise and accurate use of punctuation. The destroyers have no more intention of emulating the actual, demonstrated success of the nations they publicly swoon over in front of an audience incapable of discernment than they did to make sure no chile was left behind, or that -anyone- got to the Top.

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  5. What schools/districts or states have implemented the test you support?
    What position has the Delaware’s School Boards Association taken on what must be done to improve the achievement of our children?

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  6. Very unfortunate SBA has failed to speak out, each district stands alone, power is lost.

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    • lastDEconservative

      What’s really unfortunate is the truth of your observation that power is needed to fight the very organization, DOE, that should be the best ally and staunchest supporter of any elected board or state association of them all. Instead, it’s us v. the capital S State. Add this to the list of ways to view the terrible depths we have sunk to.

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  7. Our SB’s must stand up to DOE, if not they serve little purpose. Is it not DOE that have the power with legislators. Is it not DOE that deals with Superintendents?
    SBA must speak for our children.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Oh, don’t misunderstand, sir, I’m not arguing with you, I’m just amazed that another voice is here echoing the very few others about the fact that one must accept that government agencies, elected officeholders, and bureaucrats galore, supposedly charged with protecting and enhancing the welfare of our most valuable and most vulnerable, are in fact the enemy of their supposed raison d’etre! Simpler: aren’t, no, shouldn’t the school boards and DOE and SBA and legislators and Curly or [pick one] all be on the same side — the side of the kids????

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  8. Of course they should ,however when the thirst for power goes unchecked you have the situation we now have in Delaware. This will not change until one of those being bully takes a stand. SB’s are being used by DOE, SBA must take a stand, they should have far more input.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Always curious, I asked the Google to enlighten me on the organization you promote here as helpful. Pretty quickly, I see rationale for JY’s condemnation, and cause for his board to have cast this lot off. Start with two variations of its purpose statement on the same home page, the differences appearing innocuous at first glance. But, I don’t know which is scarier, -unity- of thought and action or -equity- of thought and action. Dumb me, I always thought the paradigm was local control for local needs of local children; I can’t square that with unity and equity of thought up and down the state being desirous, small wonder though DE may be. It creeps me out, actually. Rodel must love them for doing some of their heavy lifting.
      _______

      “DSBA’s purpose is to encourage and foster unity of thought and action of school boards and to further the educational interests of the state.”

      “The purpose of this Association is to encourage and foster equity of thought and action of Delaware school boards and to further the educational interests in the State.”
      ________

      Setting aside the second version, the obvious grammatical failure making it unworthy of consideration*, this untrained eye is drawn to the unfortunate but all to common declaration of an organizational raison d’etre in the first version that is not only NOT about the children’s best interests, but is about the “educational interests OF THE STATE.”

      Wow. Check that, WOW!!

      *Unless ‘to further the educational interests’ means to further all the Rodels, unions, hand held armor suppliers, and the like. Then, DOUBLE WOW!!

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  9. JW-
    SB’s are elected with less than 300 people(so much for representation). Many times they are unqualified or have conflicts of interests due to DSEA affiliations. DSEA votes to put conflicted politicians in office who empower unqualified DOE administrators. (i.e.: Markell and many others in legislature) Then they sign on to decisions of their befriended politicians which in turn lead to non-functional educational /accountability measures such as RTTT and SBAS tests. Neither of which were ever intended to really identify incapable or incompetent union members or improve education. (There aren’t that many incapable teachers anyway but they had to make sure there was no accountability method that would work because isn’t that what a union wants?) The SBA’s and Superintendents want to protect their revenue stream so they pony up to the bar with the DSEA and befriended politicians to drink more spiked kool aid and besmirch (at least in Christina District) any alternative schools that appeal to rational education protocols. Add in the ACLU badgering and racial incrimination and you have quite the recipe for dysfunction.

    All the while the social ills of society get tossed around like salad in a gerrymandered district, get blamed on schools and educators who really have no power to affect real change.

    Your point is quite valid that until the public decides it is tired of being bullied (we can’t even agree who’s being bullied and who’s the bully) by the one party agenda in Delaware, there will be no change and no improvement.

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    • M Ryder

      DOE Superintendent and State Board of Education members are elected/appointed by ONE person/governor (so much for representation). Many times (most times recently) they are eminently unqualified and have conflicts of interests due to RODEL, BOA, VISION 20-20 (or some other myopic), TFA, Innovative Schools, Charter/Corporatist non-educator speculators and snake-oil salesmen- etcetera, etcetera, ad-nauseum.

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … are elected … Many times (most times recently) they are eminently unqualified and have conflicts of interests … ”

      And this is different from the average legislator on the taxpayer dole, how? Except in the ability to produce disaster on a larger scale?

      As written the first time, it represents the typical capital S State bureaucrat, in ANY department. It ain’t just the DOE, and it sure as hell ain’t just the school boards.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “A plausible, insignificant word, in the mouth of an expert demagogue, is a dangerous and a dreadful weapon,” declared Robert South, known for his sermons, in 1716.

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    • Gosh Johnny K, ain’t this a a real mirror-mirror moment. I guess elections really do work (says the mirror).

      Publius

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  10. The people are being bullied and our children pay the consequence. State legislators write laws that limit the power of our school boards.
    Delaware legislators do not want to be elected under the laws school boards are elected–the number who vote is alarming.
    Thus private, charter and choice represent the voice of the people.

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  11. The number of people who vote in school board elections corresponds to the number of people who actually know how school districts work. ‘

    Regarding testing, as much as DSTP/DCAS/SBAC are over the top. I don’t want to replace them with assessments based on an individual teacher’s subjective feelings. We will always need a standard test, but with much less weight put on it. The tests became distorted when we loaded them up with the needs of the adults over the needs of the students.

    I would like to see the schools, Red Clay in particular, re-energize its stalled rollout of standards-based grading.

    As far as Priority Schools, Red Clay will now have to pay the piper for years of its catering to white flight and shrugging off decline. It won’t be a good solution, but nobody should expect the status quo.

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    • I think the number of people who vote in school board eletions corresponds to something much more pencuniary. I guess one’s view depends on where one sits.

      Achievement testing is far from over the top. Achievement of the material taught is the sine qua non of the schooling system. I agree it should be gauged by standards. Student achieves? Advance. Did not achieve? Do not advance. Unhappy about not advancing? Bring the complaint (lack of devliery) to the school attended. How can that school respond? Site-based control over workplace conditions and employment. Sustainted multi-year customr dissatisfaction? Renew the players. It works this way in every real system. Try it here. Oh, that is what the Guv suggests. “Amazing” — as the schooling system likes to say.

      Priority Schools will be a difficult challenge. So many people so very upset that they work so very hard and fail to get results, blaming everyone but themselves. They want to be left alone with the children (a red flag itself) to administer and teach in these schools and not have anyone point out the Emperor-Has-No-Clothes reality that polishing apples is not the same thing as feeding the people.

      If it really is “all about the kids” then let’s make sure they come out of the schooling system educated to be good and productive citizens. And rather than take the seller’s claim that value has been delivered, let’s test for it. Just like the way it works when you spend you own money

      Publius

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    • Publius, the priority schools are NOT about standardized test scores and we both know it. It’s about the fact that all 6 of these schools are within a mile radius of empty spots at the donated Bank Of America building designed to hold charter schools. Markell thrust an MOU on Red Clay and Christina KNOWING they would say no to it. It’s a hostile takeover no matter how you slice it.

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  12. New York City mayor’s approach to “renewing” troubled schools–more money and more assistance than Markell’s Priority Schools plan:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/04/nyregion/de-blasio-unveils-new-plans-for-troubled-schools-in-new-york.html?

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    • lastDEconservative

      “But the centerpiece of the proposal involves turning these institutions into so-called -Commun-ity Schools, which try to address the challenges students face outside the classroom, with offerings like mental health services for those who need them or food for students who do not get enough to eat at home.”

      Look!! Fire!! Komrade deBilgeo discovered fire!! Let’s make it entirely NOT about education!! Give up the pretense!! Modeled after Power 99 FM, all indoctrination all the time!!

      Why hasn’t someone thought of these simple things before? It seems so obvious that these never attempted remedies and an ocean of added money, honestly spent, every dime, will thrust NYC schools to heights heretofore unimaginable. The kids, well, that’s another story.

      Sigh. Communism. It isn’t just for adults anymore.

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    • Looks like a local decision by de Blasé Oh. Seems like the two DE districts with Priority Schools could propose to do the same: that is, spend more money on the adults and let that decision trickle down to the taxpayers. Can anyone suppose why they (the DE districts) have not yet done that after many years of “results” which led to the recent Guv Triage? If the case is so clear, shouldn’t the voters be lining up to back this spending plan? (Election Day question)

      Publius

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Can anyone suppose why they (the DE districts) have not yet done that … ”

      Uhh, besides that it would be a confession?
      Uhh, besides that it would make even the dozing realize that the difference between state defined “success” and demonstrated abject failure is but a very few percentage points?
      Uhh, besides that the objects of the failure have never objected?
      Uhh, besides that they don’t see failure, only the current remedy thereto being magnanimously applied?

      Besides those, right?

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    • Well yeah, those.

      And an additional obvious one. The scene where a district goes to the public saying they want to raise taxes in order to spend more on adults in these schools without changing any of the rules in those schools and with no accountability for student outcomes in these schools. The wise public is likely to pull the NO lever on such a “deal”.

      GuvEnuf is priming the accountability pump. No surprise to see the outrage and indignation among the vested interests. And no surprise GovEnuf delivered another throwndown for the hard of hearing. The state is paying over half the freight, looks like the state is now looking for a proportional voice in how it is spent.

      Publius would simply clear out the administrative offices and insert new hires/transfers based on a performance culture and requirement. Just as importantly Publius would insist that the employees in the Priority Schools form their own standalone bargaining unit. This would solve nearly all of the complaints, problems and asymmetric power relationships in the current dialog.

      Publius

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Publius would simply clear out the administrative offices and insert new hires/transfers based on a performance culture and requirement. Just as importantly Publius would insist that the employees in the Priority Schools form their own standalone bargaining unit.”

      last is with you on the former, but on the latter s/he would simply abandon, or should I say “untry,” the whole union thing, thereby executing (so to speak) a more pure definition of “clear out.”

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    • LDC,

      Elimination is good for the soul. But in the art of the possible, Publius proposed splitting the baby.

      Publius

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  13. lastDEconservative

    Kilroy, are you reading your own feed? I hope you see this.

    Surely by now you have seen the end of mystery, the debut article by Sr. Fellow Ron Russo, now of the Caesar Rodney Institute, specifically, Sr. Fellow of the Education Institute of Excellence or some such. Did I mention he’s a SENIOR Fellow?

    Well, all the accolades and gesticulations make sense when you read his paean to Curly and the Coach (also the name of a show I’m pitching to Channel 28, by the way), in full support of the capital S State takeover of the Six Wilmington Schools. (I, for one, am so over “Priority”). Not only does the debutante go all in for the take-over, it’s his only take-away from the day long 2014 Rodel/Vision 20xx Fest! On top of that, he fawns over last spring’s Rodel debut of the Nouveau Internationalism movement, aka America the Pathetic; America, Pfftt. I literally left that one with the shakes.

    Yep, our own Delaware born and bred CRI, all in with more, not less, government, at higher, not lower levels. Major, dude. Check it. Now we know why your pal Jim didn’t give you the nod when Hosley got the boot. Fisker must be returning to the GM plant.

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