The illustrations are of a stoplight (I guess green is good, yellow is warning and red is bad), Letter grades (A, B, C, D, F), Symbols (Green Star, yellow check, red X – like the stoplight) and Performance ratings (Distinguished, Meets Expectations, On Watch, On Probation).
Talk about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. I guess if we only changed letter grades to a stoplight we’d see improvement.
Kline, Alexander Respond to Administration’s College Ratings Proposal WASHINGTON, D.C. | December 19, 2014 –
House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN) issued the following statements after the Department of Education released the framework for an unprecedented college ratings system:
“The same administration that created the HealthCare.gov debacle, now wants to arbitrarily grade and rank our nation’s diverse system of colleges and universities,” said Chairman Kline. “After working for more than a year on this unprecedented scheme, the department clearly hasn’t begun to figure it out. We should be looking for opportunities to empower students and families with information that allows them to make informed decisions. This should be done through commonsense reforms of the law, and there is already strong bipartisan support for such an effort. This so-called college ratings system is a fool’s errand and the secretary needs to stop it immediately.”
As more states move to assign letter grades, stars, and other ratings to schools through their federal No Child Left Behind Act waiver applications, the diversity of the plans shows that getting an A or an F would mean different things in different states.
There could be unintended consequences. With easy-to-grasp A-F letter grades in Arizona, for example, parents could end up flocking in droves to A schools, since the state has an open enrollment policy, said Arizona PTA President Rochelle Wells. Since districts generally do not pay transportation costs for students from outside a school’s neighborhood, children from wealthier backgrounds could have a leg up on attempts to get into A schools, she said.
But Ms. Wells said that, for the most part, she thought the new A-F system would help parents.
“The actual letter, I think, makes a parent understand it better,” she said.
Now for the Kilroy’s analogy; It’s obvious there is a deep-seeded agenda to push a common core like school rating system to compliment Common Core Standards and gee wouldn’t it be nice if parents were able to use the same measurement tools in selecting colleges.
DE DOE promotes their agenda as collaborating with parents and the community and a good thing. However, DE DOE is part of laying a smoke-screen to cover the Arne Duncan and Wall Street Trojan Horse agenda. Folks it’s all part of the master plan! If Duncan can work in the shadows and push lapdogs like Governor Markell into changing state school rating systems they can jump out and say great idea! See there is no federal agenda, the states pushed a plan.
Sadly the clueless fucks in legislative hall will buy into this plan and for sure Delaware PTA will be ask via funding to help educate parents. Delaware PTA now is the time to engage! Any changes in the state school rating system must be approved by our state legislators.
Folks DE DOE didn’t think of this themselves and we all know Governor Jack Markell writes the script.
All this shit comes at a good time as it will create a diversion within social media groups that will shift some of the focus off of Priority Schools and the civil rights charge up the hill against DE DOE and Red Clay. Yea Yea Yea I know Mr. Matthews the district and labor will be boxed it the corner like Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment. There is that we have no choice escape hatch! Or Markell will fuck us on state funding if we don’t drop to our knees!
Mark my words there is an agenda brewing and you can be attempts to reauthorize NCLB will have this new rating system embed within.
Posted onJanuary 1, 2015|Comments Off on Is Family Foundation keeping their CBOC in the $$$$$$$$$ dark including the DE DOE Rep?
Family Foundations Academy Charter School Citizens Budget Oversight Committee January 12, 2015 1 Fallon Avenue Wilmington, DE 19804 7:00 p.m. Agenda • Welcome/Call-To-Order • Adoption of Agenda • 2nd Quarter Financial Report (October 2014, November 2014, December 2014) • Facilities/Expansion Update • Adjourn Public Meeting
This is a joke !!! Nothing about reviewing credit-card expenditures!
Per state law that Lt. Governor Matt Denn championed:
4.0 Committee Members for Charter Schools
4.1 Each Charter School shall be required to establish its Citizen Budget Oversight Committee (Committee) no later than June 1, 10. The Committee shall have access either electronically or in hard copy format to financial documents and financial information the Charter School has in its possession and that are relevant to the financial position of the district, with redactions permitted only to protect confidential personal information regarding students or employees.
4.2 The Committee shall have at least five (5) members with representation from educators and parents of students in the school and representation from the Department of Education. In addition, where possible, the Committee shall have at least two members with formal educational or vocational backgrounds amenable to oversight of school district financial statements. Further provided, Committee members shall not be compensated, except for allowable mileage for training or similar activities, for participation on such Committee.
4.3 Each Charter School may establish its own policy for its Citizen Oversight Budget Committee. The Charter School, if it chooses to establish its own policy, shall submit the policy to the Department within ninety (90) calendar days of the effective day of this regulation. The Associate Secretary for Finance and Services shall review the proposed policy and make a decision within fifteen (15) work days to approve or request revisions. The decision to approve or request revisions shall be based on whether the policy meets the provisions in 4.4.
Folks the assumption that DE DOE is just an oversight body on the charter’s CBOC is bullshit! The designates the DE DOE “member” as a “representative”. So one must question how a DE DOE representative of the charter school division on this committee wasn’t aware of credit-card expenditures?
5.0 Citizen Budget Oversight Committee Training
5.1 The Citizen Budget Oversight Committee Training (Training) means the educational programs developed by the Department of Education for the local school district and charter school Citizen Budget Oversight Committee members. This Training shall, at a minimum, consist of two (2) hours and cover the following topics:
5.1.1 Overview of education budget process and timeliness
5.1.2 Instruction in the basic rules of budgeting, including State of Delaware funds, local funds, and federal funds;
5.1.3 State Financial Management System; and
5.1.4 Reporting requirements.
Well obviously two hours of training isn’t enough. But forget that and look who is responsible for training of the CBOC! DE DOE!
6.1 Each member of a Citizen Budget Oversight Committee shall attend and receive a Certificate of Completion for the Citizen Budget Oversight Committee training within three ((3) months of subsequent appointment to a Citizen Budget Oversight Committee. Provided further, additional training may be required from time to time as determined by the Department.
At the end of the day, all the concerning financialinappropriateness that is going on at Family Foundations under DE DOE’s nose erodes the intent of this legislation! When our State Auditor Thomas Wagner releases his report I hope is recommendations as far as remedies include retraining DE DOE superiors or upping the bar on senior job qualifications that requires comprehension of legislation / laws governing public education. There needs to be a clear firewall between the governor and his puppets making clear that promoting the governor self-center agenda is secondary to legal requirements governing public education.
To the parents of Family Foundation: now is the time to demand full transparency of your child’s school including recordings of board meetings posted within seven days of the last meeting. Your trust in school officials and the Delaware Department of Education is blind-trust whereas, at the end of the day your child’s school will be force closed because of “your” blind trust. DE DOE is fractured and too fixated on circling the wagons protecting the lies within.