Daily Archives: January 8, 2015

How many Red Clay Board Members does it take to make a quorum ?

If four Red Clay board members showed up at Brandywine Springs Elementary School PTO meeting to engage in conversation regarding the feeder-pattern for the new Cooke Elementary School would that constitute a quorum? 

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#KeepKowalko delivers the truth on WDEL with John Flaherty #netDE

Where is the Delaware GOP response to Governor Markell’s intrusive education agenda?

As many may notice there has been very little push-back from the Delaware GOP on Governor Markell’s intrusive education agenda that’s fueled by federal intervention in local control.  Even a leading DE GOP party member Senator Greg Lavelle jumped on the Markell education reform plan with his support of Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment. Not even a peep from State Representative Mike Ramone! Then there is State Representative Debbie Hudson that talks a good transparency game but went belly-up and abandoned her own legislation that would require recording of school board meetings.

Perhaps with the DE GOP state committee chairman being an owner of a charter school he stays in the corner like a scared mouse fearing any Markell criticism would unneeded bring attention to his charter school. 

Folks it’s pretty bad in Delaware when a governor owns the Delaware Democrat Party and state legislators all but a few and nearly all republican legislators. Hats off to State Representative John Kowalko who dare to poke Markell in the eye!

I don’t foresee any GOP advancements in 2016 and can only hope we see at least one Libertarian breakthrough and more democrats in-tuned to education issues and the negative impact Markell has had on public education. I just hope when Matt Denn returns to Dover as governor in 2016 he not follow the destructive path Markell has taken. At least with Denn we might see advancement in transparency. One thing I do know, the Delaware Republican Party won’t see many victories in 2016 and for-sure won’t see a republican governor!          

Delaware Governor Markell refuses to allow Title 1 parents a voice in school reform

Christina moves to delay Priority Schools decision Matthew Albright, The News Journal

With two days remaining before a threatened state takeover of its three inner-city schools, the Christina board delayed action on the state’s priority schools plan – but it gave Superintendent Freeman Williams permission to work with education officials on a compromise.

Department spokeswoman Alison May said officials there were willing to extend the deadline for negotiations – at least for the moment. Gov. Jack Markell has said he will close those schools down or hand them over to charters or other outside operators if the district and state can’t agree.

The board’s move comes after the Department of Education rejected draft plans the district had crafted after months of meetings with parents, teachers and others in the schools’ communities.

So much for COLLABORATION! I’d say let Markell have his way with a takeover of these schools! Look at the fine job Markell did with Moyer by handing it over to his old K-12.inc bud via a no-bid contract.

What about Title 1 Section 1118? Yike I forget, Markell including elimination of section 1118 as part of his NCLB Wavier. Where are the Hick’s twins? 

Red Clay school board elections May 12, 2015 for board seats B and G

Red Clay School District / Board Election

Election Information

  • Filing Deadline: 4:30 p.m. March 6, 2015
  • Information about filing
  • Date of Election: May 12, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Candidates 

Nominating District “B” – Term expires June 30, 2020
None at this time

Nominating District “G” – Term expires June 30, 2020
None at this time

District B board seat is currently being held by Martin A. Wilson, Sr.
District G board seat is currently being held by Catherine H. Thompson