Secret video of Delaware Governor Jack Markell calling for moratorium on charter schools @arneduncan @washingtonpost #edude #netde @dedeptofed @destateboarded @usedgov @EducationOIG @huffingtonpost #neatoday @NSBAComm @NatlGovsAssoc

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42 responses to “Secret video of Delaware Governor Jack Markell calling for moratorium on charter schools @arneduncan @washingtonpost #edude #netde @dedeptofed @destateboarded @usedgov @EducationOIG @huffingtonpost #neatoday @NSBAComm @NatlGovsAssoc

  1. Paging Dr. Jekyl, paging Dr. Jekyl, Mr. Hyde is in the building and looking for his/your mirror. This tape should be a must see for every State Legislator and every District Board member and every Superintendent who should mass mail the Gov. and simply ask WTF Jack?

    Representative John Kowalko

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  2. Reblogged this on Exceptional Delaware and commented:
    It will be very interesting to see if some his emails have the same sentiment. Your FOIA is due by Tuesday Jack. No excuses.

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  3. I agree, Dr. Jekyl, Mr. Hyde.. like all politicians. If anyone wonders why a lot of people don’t show up at the polls, there’s your answer

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  4. Meanwhile, what was right then, is still right now…

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  5. If we simply funded charter schools the way we fund vocational schools (by a line item in the state budget), then most of these problems go away…. That should be first priority. Wean Charter Schools off of per-pupil funding… Per pupil funding should by right, stay in the district from which it comes.

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    • So if we just gave the TPS’s all the money instead of parents (who are paying the taxes) choosing which facility to have their children in, all the TPS’s problems would go away? You are fuuuuneeee. Can you say 17 million mis-allocated by Joe Wise (former CSD super)? You must have some truly magical experiences where the TPS’s were highly efficient.

      The problem is that the TPS cannot structurally address what parents want. The State, DOE, and the districts have put such anti-parent rules in place that the TPS’s simply cannot deal with the problems. Academics- they can’t phase. They can’t press for more performance, they cannot add more homework, and they cannot grade based on performance. Point blank they lowered the grading scale to lower the drop out rate. They have dumbed things down for political reasons not educational reasons. Behavior-they can’t punish for behavior without special racial guidelines for who is punished and how, they can’t reprimand with any effect, can’t discipline, why? Ask Jea Street and the rest of the ACLU. Parents don’t want their kids associating with kids that are delinquents, they don’t want behavioral problems stealing educational opportunities. The TPS’s are powerless to affect the change they need and you want them to control more of the revenue resources? How will that help the educational experience and draw the “skimmed” kids back to a TPS? By Magic?

      JK, specifically, “you can keep your doctor.” Specifically, the pay raises that were fraudulently allowed to get approved due to procedures? Passing a healthcare bill with NO contribution from the other party, manipulating procedures and ramming through before other elected officials could take their office. GRUBERGATE!! Specifically passing laws that would “hopefully” reduce electric rates- oops 60% increase. Come on John. Our politicians are forced and to vote for bad bills or add amendments that make the laws ineffectual all the time. The NSA should have put busing to bed but alas, “unless it creates an undo hardship” made sure they would never be able to enforce what residents wanted. “Psyche” if you will. The specifics are easy, demanding them is simply deflection. You fought for a racially identifiable school while insulting charter schools for segregating. Ummm, really?

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    • Thank you for your sincere and well thought reply. Now onto the differences.

      First, some parents may want things for their kids that are bad for society… Such as not associating with: “those people”… Agreed. That is a natural tendency of the lower echelons of mankind, one most enlightened people with life-experience fight everyday… Fact is, closing oneself off is bad policy: whether one is corporate, government, or ethnic family. For it boils down to numbers; If you preen 18% of your student body and neglect 82% of the others, your total figures are going to go down.

      What Charters do is focus only on the top 18%…and say… “look they are doing ok; we should be allowed to continue.”…. Just like one (wouldn’t we all wish) would like to pay no bills or obligations and say… “Wow, look at all the money I made”… focusing just on the cream that gets accepted into charters fails to account for all the costs, here represented metaphorically by household income in the form of utilities, mortgage, insurance, maintenance and repairs… Charter schools do for education what unlimited charge cards did for household budgets… Hide the costs.

      The “wants” you mentioned are there… But just as you would not be able to go into McDonalds and ask for a 8 oz ground Angus sirloin-cut patty, medium rare, on a Burger-King-spec bun, with Romaine, plum tomatoes, and Hellman’s Mayonnaise and a dollop of Grey Poupon Country Style mustard on the side, one should not make the ridiculous claim that because public schools can’t specialize to teach children in white only environments of which some of our lowest moral parents wish, that a portion of our public funds must flow in that direction to make it possible…

      There is a reason McDonalds does not customize… It does not work for them. Making that one customer happy, pisses of billions who have to wait in line behind him…

      Just as McDonalds would fail under that model, public schools have failed IN EVERY SINGLE ENVIRONMENT WHERE CHARTERS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO INFILTRATE URBAN AREAS…..

      It should be worth noting that there are zero urban districts across this nation where charters have improved the education in those cities… As of my last count last fall, there were 432 districts across this nation worse off due to charters being allowed to enter those school systems.

      I should point out that there are successful urban school systems that appear to give their students well rounded educations who do not have charters schools at all.

      To summarize: charter schools are arsenic. If allowed into any system they poison and cause the entire system to become anemic and fail. and die. The collateral damage: is children.. Do the financiers of those charter schools get wealthy in the process? Yes.

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    • Kavips,
      Your McDonalds analogy is good but not in your application. I would offer that parents don’t want customization (rare, medium rare, well done) as much as they just want what they paid for. If they want a quarter pounder with cheese, that’s what they should get, not a dollar value burger. If they order a Big N Tasty that’s what they should get, not a dollar value meal.

      Trouble is, our current TPS’s don’t provide what their tasked with providing, they provide the dollar value burger to the children who are normal students while they send the the rest of the meal to feed the homeless kids. They want the normal kids to make the, always hungry obese child become more healthy by just having normal weight kids in the room. They want the customer who can pay for a McRoyal to accept the value burger while the extra money is used to feed the obese child. They want the very health conscious child to accept the value burger instead of the salad with fresh vegetables that they ordered. They want the athletic kids to accept the value burger with a coke instead of the high protein chicken sandwich with orange juice.

      Charter’s represent the meal choices already on the menu and just like a menu, some things are in high demand while others are less so. The low demand menu items get dropped while the high demand items become higher priority. Our schools at present want everyone to eat the value burgers and leave the extras for the more “needy” or “deserving” while still charging the premium prices. If more people choose the new menu items and demand drops for the value burger, maybe adding some condiments or using real beef instead of pink slime would lure the buyers back, but our schools don’t seem to see this. Instead they want everyone to eat the value burger because that leaves more fixings for the people they feel deserve them. They are trying to tell the consumer, “you don’t want that Big N Tasty with fresh lettuce and tomato, it’s got rotten meat and worms in the condiments, try our revamped(same as before) value burger with the bold new graphics on the box”

      Sorry, your analogy is better than you thought, just not in the way you thought of it. Getting what you pay for is part of it, having it stolen and then given away to, in many cases, those who don’t care, or know what to do with it, just isn’t acceptable in any circumstance. I just want my Quarter pounder with cheese, not a value burger at the price of the quarter ponder. I don’t want to pay for my quarter pounder with cheese going the customer next to me who eats two bites, pulls the cheese off and throws the rest away and then tells me how awful it was. I just want my children to get a good education. I don’t want it stolen or watered down because Pandora or Eve think my child doesn’t “deserve” it. Don’t tell John Y or John K, they’ll only tell me I’m an anti value burger discriminator and that demanding a Quarter pounder with cheese is elitist. I should be more willing to accept the value burger that’s been stepped on by the guy who threw away most of my quarter pounder with cheese.

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … try our revamped (same as before) value burger with the bold new graphics on the box”…

      Good way of pointing out the “bumper sticker solution” syndrome.

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  6. Reblogged this on Transparent Christina.

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  7. Can we go back to 2008 and try Mr. Carney this time?

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  8. And for a Jekyl/Hyde moment in the opposite direction, scroll down to the quote from Sen. Sokola in this WHYY newsworks article, in which he notes that he is no longer alone in fighting segregation via charters–the ACLU and others have finally joined his crusade. Huh?

    http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/delaware/76322-delaware-school-entrance-assessments-face-tough-test

    Clearly the senator perceives the tide to be changing on this issue.

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  9. My feeling is that David Sokola will say one thing to one audience and something quite different to another. Kinda like what we are seeing from the Gov. candidate above.

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  10. Pencadermom
    Specifics please if “all” politicians do it. For example?????

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    • Geez, so paranoid.
      Ask people who don’t vote why they don’t vote. The people I’ve asked, for the most part, say that they don’t trust politicians… say one thing, do another.. say what the person asking a question wants to hear, give vague answers to questions, etc. etc.

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    • Pencadermom, I love how you accuse politicians of being vague, and when someone questions you on it, your answer contains the words etc. etc. Have a Merry Christmas or whatever they celebrate in charter cheerleader graduate school.

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    • Glad you love it Kevin. Merry Christmas to you.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Specifics please if “all” politicians do it. For example?????
      — Kwacko

      How about “preen,” then?

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    • lastDEconservative

      Specifics please if “all” politicians do it. For example?????
      –Kwacko

      Or, apropos of the video, how about the words spoken on charters to [obviously biased] teacher’s’ union members being specifically designed for applause?

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    • Ha, what an a-hole… “charter cheerleader graduate school”. We celebrate Christmas, quality education and the fact that we won a skimming lottery that somehow determined my 1st born 5 year old was going to be an average student!!

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  11. I don’t give vague answers or tell anyone only what they want to hear. I take very seriously my responsibility to find the right answers and do the right thing so I’m sure you weren’t referring to me in your broad-brush opinion of “all” politicians.
    Regards,
    John Kowalko

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    • lastDEconservative

      Wha’d I say?!!

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    • There is our favorite DSEA puppet… I mean representative. He is very clear on the following… DSEA is 1 of his biggest supporters, he doesn’t support education for all… his plan to improve education is to destroy quality schools like NCS vs improving traditional public schools… he spends alot of time on blogs… he runs unchallenged over and over again… he doesn’t represent the education needs/wants of most of the folks in his region.

      John, Where did your kids go to school? Thought I saw on here someone mention a private or non traditional public school?

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  12. It’s been my experience, since 2000, that Sen. Dave Sokola, and
    Rep. Darryl Scott have not been responsive to any attempts to align the resources of the DE State Quality Award Program to Education.

    Perhaps, upon reflection, Parents and concerned citizens will see
    how this barrier to critical collaboration has resulted in numerous opportunities for improvement.

    Rep. John Kowalko and others have expressed interest and support.

    Why, in 2014, is DE not learning from the role model schools, and best practices of quality education lessons from neighboring states?

    Quality of Life = Jobs = Education as told to me by a leading
    corporate re-location executive.

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  13. No dog in this fight

    Mazzotta wrote, “Perhaps, upon reflection, Parents and concerned citizens will see how this barrier to critical collaboration has resulted in numerous opportunities for improvement”..

    Are you sure this is what you meant to write? Did you not intend to write, “numerous MISSED opportunities..”? This is a typical example of the poor quality of your entries on this blog. Doesn’t say much for a supposed quality guru.

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  14. lastDEconservative

    Are you taking nominees for the Killys for 2014 yet, Kilroy? May I humbly start it off?

    Most Bitter New Denizen, poor, dear Kevin Ohlandt.
    Most Feckless Bluster, obviously J. Kwacko.
    The Quixote Award, Mazzotta.
    Rimshots When Least Expected, M Ryder.
    Deadpan Disemboweling Award, Pmom.

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    • Thanks lastDel for the nomination! I feel honored. Merry Christmas to you too! I am bitter, thanks for noticing. Here’s my nominations for the “Killys”

      Most likely to have a smartass sarcastic remark and never give a straight answer: lastDEconservative

      Most likely to promote an agenda disguised by using “big” words and piss people off: Publius

      Most likely to hit the nail on the head and piss off all the charter loving folks: John Young

      Most likely to point out the racial and social inequities in Delaware charters: Eve Buckley

      Most likely to defend Publius and lastDE conservative and defend charters: Pencadermom

      Most likely to rally the troops when it comes to segregation in our schools (tie): Delaware Way and Pandora

      Most likely to plant the seeds of chaos and watch as we all go back and forth: Kilroy!!!!

      Most likely to compare the situations in Delaware schools to pivotal moments in history, a sports team or food at McDonalds: Kavips

      Most likely to give an accurate legal response to threatened schools: John Kowalko

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    • lastDEconservative

      Okay, Angostura, we are onto something here. If Kilroy won’t host the Killys, why don’t you do it on your site? We’ll just grant Kilroy Grand Poobah status and move on from there.

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    • I already have something special planned for “all of you”… bwaahahahaha!

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    • Thanks, Kevin! Can I have a certificate? 🙂
      Also: Most Likely to Tie All the Chilling Pieces of DE Ed. “Reform” together for Public Consumption: Kevin Ohlandt

      https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/the-delaware-battle-for-public-education-is-americas-war-dianeravitch/comment-page-1/#comment-6221

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  15. I was looking on the now defunct blog DE Conservative for some insight today. BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA. Sorry for your loss, LDC.
    http://deconservative.blogspot.com/2012/09/agenda-21-advocate-seeks-11th-district.html

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