Daily Archives: January 10, 2015

Delaware State Legislator Mike Ramone is a founding member of LEAN charter school

What the hell is the matter with this damn state of Delaware?? Why would a sitting state legislator become a found member of a charter school? Come on Publius please tell me? Also, State Representative Mike Ramone is a member of the Delaware House Education Committee! Mike get off that committee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Update!!!

What at crackhead !! Rep Ramone supports his $$$ buddy Hocker on starting school after Labor Day at the same time supporting LEAN’s proposed start of school on August 8th! See page 1. Make up your mind Mike! 

OMG it get’s better! LEAN plans on having teacher /parent conferences on November 23rd the day before Thanksgiving and there is no school for students that day! Do you honestly think parents with children home and being the day before Thanksgiving  will want to engage in teacher / parent conferences in person or even by phone? See page 2. Hey Penny, is your Cali charter school set up on this schedule?

OMG !!! New Delaware charter school applications in the pipeline !!!!!!!

LEAN Tech Academy

Section 1.2 – Founding Group and School Leadership

Mission
LEAN Tech Academy (LTA) is an innovative educational system committed to providing a culture of Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Achievement and Nutrition for students in grades 9 – 12. LTA’S mission is to cultivate the mind, strengthen the body and nurture the spirit of every child. Through the use of rigorous academic instruction, LTA’S goal is to ensure that students are career and college ready as well as academically prepared to meet the challenges of a global economy. LEAN Tech Academy is committed to providing a safe and caring environment that focuses on the Whole School, Whole Community, and Whole Child.

LTA will serve students in grades 9 – 12; who are interested in pursuing the sciences, technology, engineering and math — STEM. These students will come from New Castle County school districts: Brandywine, Christina, Colonial, Red Clay, Appoquinimink and possibly Smyrna School Districts.

Michael Ramone Community Leadership Advisory Board Member  

UPDATE SEE PAGE 73 ! Yep Delaware State Representative Mike Ramone! WTF !!!

Could this be State Representative Mike Ramone? Or perhaps a relative? ( I hope Steve Newton is proud of me for not assuming) I also see names that appears to be associated with  DDOE! Is that Delaware Department of Education? I am currently digesting the in formation so more blog posts to follow

Vine’s Preparatory Charter School

Vine’s Preparatory Charter School is a proposed charter school in Sussex County for students in grades six through eight (6-8). At Vine’s Preparatory Charter School the overall focus is affording students the opportunity of learning their rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being a United States citizen. Additionally, the school will teach cultural diversity, and incorporate specific areas of interest in Engineering and Business fields. The vision for Vine’s Preparatory Charter School is grounded in exposing students to educational choices early and preparing them for secondary and post-secondary education.

Kilroy is still digesting all this information so more blog post on the way!

Friday’s priority school negotiation update.

Matt Denn’s IEP Improvement Task Force wraps-up re: Final Meeting December 11, 2014

IEP Improvement Task Force

December 11, 2014 – Final Meeting

  •  – Agenda (pdf)

  •  – Remarks from Autism Delaware (pdf)

  •  – Ruth Lavelle Comments (pdf)

  •  – Marissa L. Band Comments on IEP Task Force Report Draft 3 (pdf)

  •  – Employment First Oversight Commission Letter (pdf)

  •  – IEP Task Force Report Draft 4 (pdf)

  •  – Audio of the meeting December 11, 2014 – Final Meeting

Members of the IEP Improvement Task Force


The Hon. Matthew Denn – Chair
Brian Touchette – Governor’s designee
Dr. Pam Atchison – Delaware Association of School Administrators
Marissa L. Band, Esq . – Delaware State Bar Association
Tracy Bombara – School service provider
Dafne Carnright – Governor’s Advisory Council on Exceptional Citizens
Tricia Dallas – Special education teacher
Bill Doolittle – Governor’s Advisory Council on Exceptional Citizens
Diane Eastburn – Kent County parent representative
Rep. Debra Heffernan – House Majority Caucus
Mike Hoffmann – Delaware State Education Association
Seth Kopp – Special education teacher
Ruth Lavelle – New Castle County parent representative
Sen. Dave Lawson – Senate Minority Caucus
Laura Manges – Delaware Association of School Administrators
Maryann Mieczkowski – Department of Education
Rep. Joe Miro – House Minority Caucus
Sen. Nicole Poore – Senate Majority Caucus
Shawn Rowe – Developmental Disabilities Council
Howard Shiber – Governor’s Advisory Council on Exceptional Citizens
Meedra Surratte – Parent advocate
Jossette Threats – School service provider
Liz Toney – Delaware PTA
Karen Wagamon – Sussex County parent representative

H.B. #14 requires school classroom doors locks that can be locked from both sides

148th General Assembly
House Bill # 14

Primary Sponsor:

Jaques

Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. K. Williams & Sen. Sokola

CoSponsors:

Reps. Bolden, Lynn, Mitchell

Introduced on :

01/07/2015

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SCHOOL PROPERTY AND HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS.

Synopsis of Orginal Bill:

(without Amendments)

As a public school safety measure, this bill requires that any door to a classroom will be equipped with a lock that can be locked from either side of the door. Many doors are currently not capable of locking from the inside. Locking the door(s) to a classroom from inside the classroom would enable precluding a school intruder from entering that classroom.

Current Status:

House Education Committee   On   01/07/2015

Full text of Legislation:

(in HTML format)

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New Armor-up legislation H.B.#13 might pose financial burden to new charter schools

148th General Assembly
House Bill # 13

Primary Sponsor:

Jaques

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Poore

CoSponsors:

Reps. Bolden, B. Short

Introduced on :

01/07/2015

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SCHOOL SAFETY.

Synopsis of Orginal Bill:

(without Amendments)

This bill requires all new school construction or major renovation to include the following features: an intruder alarm, bulletproof glass in entrance areas and interior doors and windows, and doors lockable with keys on both sides. Further, the bill would require all new school construction plans to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget’s Facilities Management Section for compliance with these requirements as well as with Crime Prevention through Environmental Design principles.

Whenever a new school building is constructed or a major renovation undertaken (a major renovation is one undertaken pursuant to a Major Capital Improvement Program), the construction or renovation must include at a minimum the following:

(1) Bulletproof glass in all vestibules, lobby, and office areas, as well as any windows or doors opening from a classroom into the interior of the building;

(2) Classroom doors which can be locked from both sides with a key; and

(3) Installation of an intruder alert system compatible with the fire alarm system and capable of being activated from the office. 

So when a new charter school application is approved that school will be required to armor-up  leased buildings and /  or purchases of existing buildings?

just can’t wait until I see the fiscal note! 

Will H.B. #12 meet Publius approval ?

148th General Assembly
House Bill # 12

Primary Sponsor:

Jaques

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Hall-Long

CoSponsors:

Sen. Sokola

Introduced on :

01/07/2015

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SCHOOL NURSES.

Synopsis of Orginal Bill:

(without Amendments)

This bill seeks to ensure that every public school in the State of Delaware has a nurse. This bill provides a mechanism to allow public schools that currently do not have a school nurse to receive state funds. The bill also allows for a match tax to assist those school districts that acquire a nurse as a result of this bill to pay for the local share of that nurse.

Current Status:

House Education Committee   On   01/07/2015

Full text of Legislation:

(in HTML format)

Legis.html

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Full text of Legislation:

(in MS Word format)

Legis.Docx   (Microsoft Word is required to view this document.)

Fiscal Notes/Fee Impact:

F/N (InComplete)

Actions History:

Jan 07, 2015 – Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House

Section 1.  Amend § 1310, Title 14 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:

(c) To the extent that the funding formula outlined in subsection (b) does not provide for 1 school nurse per facility, any school district or charter school may receive state funds for a nurse to be employed for 10 months to meet the requirement of 1 school nurse per facility.  An application process shall be established by the Department for school districts and charter schools to receive such funding. The provisions of this subsection shall be subject to the availability of funds in any fiscal year. If funding is not available for all school districts or charter schools that have applied and meet the requirements of this subsection, the Secretary of the Department of Education upon the approval of the Office of Management and Budget and the Controller General shall make a determination as to which school districts and charter schools shall receive available state funds.  Any school district that receives state funds for a school nurse pursuant to this subsection may use a match tax in accordance with §1902(b) of this title to provide for the local portion of funding needed to pay for any school nurse. All school nurses hired pursuant to this subsection shall meet the licensure and certification requirements of chapter 12 of this title. 

Delaware State Representative Kowalko paints Gov. Markell’s education legacy destructive

The following Rep Kowalko comment was hijacked from What Will Obama’s Education Legacy Be? / Exceptional Delaware 

By State Represetnative John Kowalko

More importantly, in Delaware, what will Jack Markell’s education legacy be. What he pronounced in the tight 2008 primary race or what he is obviously intending to do and has done now. Demean existing public education, denigrate qualified, experienced and caring educators and administrators and ultimately replace them with hand-picked, uncaring non-educator theorists who shill for the corporate agenda. Ignore the realities of the poverty entrapped inner-city poor and their needs and instead make available every public taxpayer dollar, intended to help these children, to the RODELS, INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS, BOAs, VISION (whatever millennium) unqualified and untrained TFA (replacements for real teachers). Harangue and threaten honestly elected (not appointed) citizen volunteer school-boards (who actually have children in our public schools) to deliberately and unconstitutionally usurp their authority granted them by law and the ballot box. What legacy Jack, what legacy are you willing to be left with and through what prism do you wish to be viewed.

Like I said, Governor Jack Markell is the worst governor on public education in Delaware’s history! He hijacked the department of education to fulfill a personal / political agenda that uses the backs on minority children as stepping stones towards his goals and future beyond the office of governor. He has turned every department at the Delaware Department of Education into noting more that a puppet show full of ant brains! It’s going to be a long haul until 2016 when Delaware finally breaks free of the Markell nightmare and the purging of the Delaware Department of Education. But we’ll endure and rebuild after the Markell house of cards implodes! The sun will come up and even the democrats who fear Markell will come crawling out of their holes and pull their heads out of their asses. Jenny will have another three years of employment stamped on her resume and continue here revolving door career.

Go Rep Kowalko! History will be on your side!  

Don’t be fooled by DE DOE request for pubic input Re: NCLB /ESEA Wavier

The Delaware Department of Education is seeking public input on its ESEA Flexibility waiver renewal application.
The U.S. Department of Education has offered states the opportunity to apply for
 renewed flexibility from specific requirements of the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (ESEA Flexibility). To receive renewal states must describe their
plans to meet core principles in four major areas:
1. College- and career-ready expectations for all students
2. Differentiated recognition, accountability and support systems for schools and districts
3. Supporting effective instruction and leadership
4. Reducing duplication and unnecessary burden. For more Information about the approved waiver and extension.
The town halls are scheduled for:
* Wednesday, Jan. 14: 6 to 7 p.m. at the Carvel Building 2nd Floor auditorium, 820 N. French St. in Wilmington
* Thursday, Jan. 15: 6 to 7 p.m. at the William Henry Middle School auditorium,
65 Carver Road in Dover
* Wednesday, Jan. 21: 6 to 7 p.m. online
* Thursday, Jan. 22: 6 to 7 p.m. at the Woodbridge High School auditorium, 14712
 Woodbridge Road in Greenwood

Folks this is all bullshit ! Markell and Murphy already have their plan and the request for public input is just going through the motions. The waiver suspends SES rules and Title 1 Section 1118 parental involvement. Title 1 parents were never a part of Race to The Top, Common Core Standards, Smarter Balanced Assessment and Priority Schools decisions! They like the rest of the public were indoctrinated with Kool-Aid laced with Markell piss after the fact!  Where is # 5 add more teachers in Title 1 schools to “effectively” lower class sizes? Moyer and Reach parents, this would be a good time to blast the governor and DE DOE for their lack of effective “technical support” for your child’s schools!

Sure don’t listen to Kilroy, go follow the pied-piper Steve Newton after all, Steve is a PhD college professor and Kilroy only has a GED and pocketful of college credit. Also a Title 1 student, former Red Clay District Title I Parent Advisory Committee chairperson, school level Title 1 Chair person, former member of the Delaware State Parent Advisory Council (way before Markell clipper their wings rendering them useless) , proud supporter of the National Coalition of Title 1 / Chapter 1 Parents and someone who can look the system in the eye and say NO! Yea even a former school level PTA vice-president and president. Steve Newton has a new blog (yea another one) called Steve Newton Whiskey  http://stevenewtonwhiskey.blogspot.com/ I’ll miss those of you who relocates to the blog of truth. Hey Publius, don’t forget to say goodbye to old Kilroy when you take your act to over to Steve’s pub!     

Why is Wilmington Delaware’s leaders refusing ownership of charter schools?

The time has come to amend the Delaware Charter School Law to allow the City of Wilmington to authorize charter schools.  Moyer and Reach Academy ordered closed by the state could both move under Wilmington’s charter authority. So why hasn’t there been a move by Wilmington leaders to make this happen?   

Who Shot The Blogger? Down To The Sweet 16! Who advanced and who was eliminated?

Exceptional Delaware

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We are down to the Sweet 16!  Many hard-core eliminations in Round 1.  Here are those who have been cleared as suspects: Danielle Blount, Audrey Erschen, Senator Gregory Lavelle, Dale Brown, Pete Kramer, Brian Touchette, lastDEconservative, Arne Duncan, Pat Heffernan, Donna Johnson, Janet Miller, Vincent Winterling, Ryan Fennerty, Mary-Ann Mieczkowski, and Matthew Albright.

Now we go down to the next round, which will only run for 3 days!

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