What is your opinion about state legislators being associated with charter schools ?

Obvious I am totally ticked-off about Delaware State Representative Mike Ramone being associated with a charter school applicant! Delaware State Legislator Mike Ramone is a founding member of LEAN charter school Posted on by kilroysdelaware

Personally I oppose personal involvement in charter schools by state legislators with the exception of if their children attend the charter school. When Newark Charter School first open Senator Dave Sokola was a Newark Charter Board member. So was Rep Hudson on Pendcader’s first school board. I raised hell back then too! But WTF Ramone is on the House Education Committee as was Sokola on Senate Education Committee.  

At best Mike Ramone needs to step-down of the House Education Committee!  Somewhere between morals and ethics this is WRONG!

So what is your opinion?

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12 responses to “What is your opinion about state legislators being associated with charter schools ?

  1. I agree. I see it as much the same as removing yourself from the jury pool if you have a reason you might not be unbiased in the judgment. Conflicts of interest, especially when they have potential for financial benefit, are pretty good reasons to demonstrate moral integrity by removing yourself from the decision making process.

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  2. Should legislators be removed if they are affiliated with traditional public schools and private schools too? Why only make that statement about charters?

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Yes traditional! Private not so sure because they aren’t funded by taxpayers. And don’t think I doing all this because I oppose charter schools! I don’t! The thought of a year round school is interesting and worth trying. But of course if the charter meets all the legal requirements

      Many legislator support charter schools and opposes them and the legislative voting record reflect that. But legislators like Ramone need no to taint the issue further. Like I said, at best he should be removed from the House Education Committee. He vote they way he wants like all of them once it hit the floor. But, in the ed committee no way!

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  3. With that line of thinking if you are consistent then it would seem you should also be asking for the removal of new Representative Sean Matthews, who is a teacher, from the House education committee as well. I’m not suggesting either take place, just pointing out what that would mean if consistently applied

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    • Would Sean Matthews benefit financially from exerting influence as an education committee member to get legislation benefitting public schools passed? That’s where I see the problem, personally. I would feel the same about a private school owner or board member advocating vouchers from a seat on the ed com.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Yes he should resign as a teacher.

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  4. Actually there are zero opportunities for a charter board member to benefit financially from a charter school. It’s actually completely against the law for board members to have any financial dealings with a school with which they serve on the board. He’s not listed as an employee of the school, or a charter management firm operator, he’s listed as a board member – those are very very different roles.

    Yet conversely there are many scenarios in which Mr. Matthews could benefit financially from education legislation. Should he recuse himself from voting on the budget bill because it might involve step raises or percent increases for teachers? What about other bills that might result in some other form of teacher incentives or compensation items or what about a bill that paid districts expenses in other areas, where the local district currently doesn’t receive a high level of state funding, that then resulted in the district able to increase district employee compensation percentages? Should he not be able to vote on those bills?
    What I’m trying to point out is we wouldn’t expect him not to vote on these important issues or be involved with those bills, in fact I would have been utterly surprised if he wasn’t on the education committee and as a now former educator (retirement is going well 🙂 ) hope that he is able to bring the voice of the teacher back to the general assembly. My point is that one has to use consistent application of these standards when asking for one person’s removal but not another’s.

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    • I suppose I was under the impression that being on a committee gives one additional credibility and influence when it comes to policy-making for a given topic. If that is not the case, then I can see where it wouldn’t be a big deal.

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  5. This is certainly a sticky situation for Ramone, especially if any charter school legislation gets discussed. I understand if he is an activist for year round schooling, but you can’t be an activist and a legislator! Sorry, had to get that in there. But seriously, there is currently another house rep who has a far larger conflict of interest going on than Ramone! And I’m not talking about a newbie!

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  6. Better check your archives. The newly elected Kevin Hensley was THE MAN in finally getting MOT Charter operational. That was the lower school. Funny how clearance for a new charter high school needing to be built just cruises on by in record time. Land, clearance, surveys, permits, agency sign-offs, funding. All in Frontierland of Appoquinimink.

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  7. We need more of it not less. We need more of our legislative leaders to take an active role in bringing quality education choices to our communities. Charter schools are a superior option not an immoral activity.

    Do you want legislators who are paid employees of district schools to leave their employment? Why do you have a problem with volunteers doing something good for kids? You jumped the shark on this one.

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    • Uh repub Dave, sokola owns the building. All he is volunteering for is to garner guaranteed passive income from the state.

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