Red Clay’s new Cooke Elementary School feeder-pattern causing a fuss

Looks like there is an online petition opposing Red Clay school board’s approval of of Cooke Elementary School’s feeder pattern. Pandora over at Delaware Liberal has this Attendance Zone Decision for Cooke Elementary School Results In A Protest Filed in Delaware by on November 10, 2014

I really haven’t dug into the details and really just stopped when I saw this; “This decision violates the Neighborhood Schools Act”. Doesn’t seem like anyone is up in arms about the one-way busing out-bound from Wilmington because “Red Clay” refuses to provide neighborhood middle and high schools to Wilmington’s children. White parents in the suburbs would crying foul if their children were bused to Wilmington because of overcrowding in the suburbans schools. Then there is busing some Wilmington high school students to Dickinson when A.I. High School is the closest.

As far as all the Title 1 funding and concerns at Cooke, WTF! What is Title 1? It’s primarily supplemental reading and math. It is “supplemental” services!

“Absolutely agreed, Xudong! Board member Cathy Thompson (the only Board Member to vote AGAINST this motion) said that if we have an awesome turnout at the meeting, then there is a chance for the decision to be reversed!!!  

So it looks like F. Lee Bailey Thompson is trying to manipulate the public to get back at the board. “Passing of the upcoming referendum is at risk if this decision is not reversed”. Crock of horse shit! Previous referendums passed in-spite of the force busing of Red Clay Wilmington high school students living in Wilmington!

Red Clay was ground zero for the charter school movement lead by white parents who didn’t want their children bused into Wilmington. Wilmington Charter School “specific interest” re: a school for over-achievers knowing undesirable at-risk black students couldn’t gain admission. All and all, this is really some sad Red Clay bullshit! As far as the referendum, it might not pass because it’s too $$$ heavy in the first year.

So who wants to sent me straight on the Cooke issue? 

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11 responses to “Red Clay’s new Cooke Elementary School feeder-pattern causing a fuss

  1. You can find the new feeder maps and the change of over 300 students on the Red Clay School district site, under attendance plan, look for the powerpoint though, it is much better details of the changes.

    http://www.redclayschools.com/files/_5UKyt_/b36b928722880f0d3745a49013852ec4/Attendance_Zones_Final_Recommendation.pdf

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  2. kilroysdelaware

    So what’s the beef?

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    • Here’s the BEEF ! The RCCSB decided in the eleventh hour to change the attendance zone moving Lancaster Court Apts (105 kids) from Marbrook to Cooke. Lancaster currently attends Baltz. Adriana Bohm made a last minute motion and the admendment was passed and never provided the community or the AZ committee with valid reason nor a chance to discuss the changes (which seldomly happens). There was a AZ committee as well as a paid consultant to develop the new feeder patterns. The issue lies with the school board and its conduct:
      1. referendum passed to build this school and the documentation of the school plan is for 600 students , miracously this number jumps to 660 (they took westwoods (44) out).
      2. Call it what it is but it the feeder is not a contiguous border nor is COOKE the school of closest proximity to Lancaster Court (BALTZ, MARBROOK and BSS are all closer)
      3. Title 1 funding is for schools with a certain percentage of low income students ( Cooke will not be). This is divided into 4 types of grants and funds extra programs within a school. (so your cry that schools are not equally funded is correct but the lower income schools are the ones to recieve this supplemental funds)
      4. Board states the plan to use the now open space at MARBROOK for Pre-K, a program that has no official plan and most importantly funding even iof the do have a grant that money eventually runs out and why would we start something that we can’t finish.

      The comment from Pandora that if something happens with this petition she will go out and get signatures for equal funding is a ludacrious statement. Where did she find the data that the schools are unequally funded , I want to see the proof in her statements.

      I walked around LCA today to find some people of the community to speak with because this I am not racist or classist as someone on Delaware Liberal referred to our group. I wanted to see how many people actually were aware that their children were now going to a different school as previously proposed , whether or not any of them were asked by the Board members how they felt about the change because you know someone from Westwoods said they wanted to stay at NSE because that is where their kids friends are. So does that mean kids from LCA haven’t built friendships at their school? No one asked me or my kids how they felt about it either. Btw those that I conversed with had no idea what I was talking about nor did they have kids, everyone must of been working.

      CSW is bias because its based on academic standards..and there isnt enough blacks in the school? The so called overachievers should be punished because the underachievers aren’t represented! There is a constant outcry for equity for the underachieving how about we aim to become one of those overachieving instead of rewarding mediocrity.

      “Crock of horse shit” in regards to the referrendum? Who do you think represents the majority of the voters? Ill bet its not the residents of the city of Wilmington. It’s more likely to be the retired community and those without children in school because the have no reason to help fund a district which had been fiscally irresponsible. I will have to look further into that.

      Furthermore if I read another comment about equal funding I may Blow my lid! How about a straight school tax then across the board , that would be fair.

      On a final note, no one is up in arms about bussing the kids out of Wilmington into the suburbs but they ( The City Of Wilmington) should be or maybe it is not of great concern to those parents. I too, believe the city deserves it own middle and high school, it actually needs its own school district.

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    • You say: “The comment from Pandora that if something happens with this petition she will go out and get signatures for equal funding is a ludacrious statement. Where did she find the data that the schools are unequally funded , I want to see the proof in her statements.”

      That’s quite a bit of spin. I said nothing about equal funding. I wrote about EQUITABLE funding. And your hysteria over my starting a petition demonstrates your lack of reading comprehension. Here is what I wrote:

      “And… if the board reverses their decision on this vote due to a petition then that’s the new precedent. Which I’d be okay with because I’m sure I could generate a petition for equitably funding city schools, or changing other attendance zones… and get a ton of people to sign it. But that hasn’t been the way it’s worked in the past and we’ve all dealt with it. Plenty of people were upset when North Star’s attendance zone was drawn, but they lived with it.”

      And you still don’t understand Title 1. (Luckily you posted this on Kilroy’s – he’s something of an expert)

      But what are you really saying when you say, “Title 1 funding is for schools with a certain percentage of low income students ( Cooke will not be). This is divided into 4 types of grants and funds extra programs within a school”? Are you saying that if someone, in the Cooke feeder, loses their job, falls on hard times, has a special ed/needs child, etc. that their kids should leave Cooke because Cooke – a public school – will not offer the necessary services?

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    • The “racist and classist” phrase originated with Adriana Bohm herself, Before joining the Red Clay board she spoke in public comment at a Red Clay board meetig and in a very loud voice said that the policies of the Red Clay board were (you guessed it) “racist and classist”. Now she is part of the problem. Karma.

      As for fiscal responsibility, just follow your nose. The Red Clay board “approved” (based on one “simple” Powerpoint) an entirely new “selective” and “separate” middle school to be located at the Dickinson High School campus where there is a large amount of unused empty space. Enough unused space to startup a whole new school without skipping a beat. The taxpayers have been paying for all of that unused air-conditioned and heated and maintained space, who knows for how long. Of course no one in Red Clay admitted this inefficiency until they had a plan to fill it. A plan which will simply leave other parts of the district less used than today.

      Darned right it needs to be masked and fogged, even if it means conceding their “principles” and approving a new “selective” and “separate”.school in the same meeting where their board leader lashed out to get rid of the very things which make a success of their long-standing magnet and charter schools. Hypocrisy unleased.

      Anything to maintain the fiction and the farce and the folly. Now THESE are some f-words Kilroy can get his head wrapped around. 🙂

      Publius

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    • Before anybody takes dear old MEESH at face value, you might go read the comments at Delaware Liberal, wherein MEESH (among other things) not only misstates Title 1 regulations, but also opines that Brown v Board of Education (“desegregation by race”) was a failure because those pesky poor black children will never close the educational gap, and will continue to “hold back” the children who actually “want to succeed.”

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    • I read, just now, the Meesh comments you mentioned. I think you are misstating Meesh’s points through your own argumentative lens. Meesh went pretty far out on the limb to make a point about the miguided change by the Red Clay board and whether or not such a preemptive change was serving real public demand or even whether it is a constructive fiat for closing achievement gaps. Dare I say the change by Red Clay was proposed and passed with not even a wisp of public input — without due process and without the accoutable rigor of answering to the public. Meesh comments did not go to the pejorative race-baiting which you seem to have overlaid on it. That part is all yours.

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    • “Call it what it is but it the feeder is not a contiguous border nor is COOKE the school of closest proximity to Lancaster Court (BALTZ, MARBROOK and BSS are all closer)”

      Go take a look at Warner’s attendance zone. If contiguous borders are really your concern then you might want to add Warner to your petition.

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  3. I can’t figure out where to reply to Publius so I will do it here: moving the kids from Lancaster Court to Cooke was in fact publicly discussed for months at open attendance zone meetings that were well-attended. So the idea that there was no public input is fallacious. Actually, there was plenty of positive sentiment from the Lancaster Court parents about attending Cooke. So that’s crap.

    And exactly what part of MEESH’s argument that desegregation by race has been a failure did I distort through an “argumentative lens”? I note that you don’t quote it, merely assert it. Like most of your posts here it is almost completely fact free.

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