Daily Archives: January 16, 2015

The Governor Markell FOIA Release: Rodel, Herdman, RTTT, Common Core, and guess who’s coming to town…

Exceptional Delaware

For those who may not be aware, I requested a Freedom of Information Act request from Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s office on December 3rd, 2014.  I received it today, January 12th, 2015.  My request was for all emails between Markell and the following individuals: US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, Joel Klein (of Amplify) and Paul Herdman of The Rodel Foundation of Delaware.

Some things are obvious from this FOIA release.  Governor Jack Markell does not communicate big education matters via email.  At least not his official state email.  For a Governor that pushes education so much, you would think there would be more communication with his partner on the Education Blueprint.  Some questions that are answered in this:

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Wilmington Delaware City Council 9-3 says, time to put a hold on new charter schools in Wilmington

Wilmington City Council: No more charter schools Matthew Albright, The News Journal

The Wilmington City Council sent a request to state leaders Thursday night: Don’t allow any more charter schools to open in the city for the time being, and give the city more say over which schools get approved.

Council approved 9-3, with President Theo Gregory absent, a resolution urging the Department of Education not to consider any new charter applications in the city to “allow elected officials and community representatives time to assess the impact of charter schools in Wilmington and throughout the State.”

Well about TIME! 

Nnamdi Chukwuocha, the councilman who sponsored the resolution, said it is part of the city’s larger effort to get a bigger say in what happens to the city schools.

“Many people are saying this is anti-charter. It’s not anti-charter, it’s pro-Wilmington,” Chukwuocha said.

Like I said, the charter school law needs to be changed to allow the City of Wilmington to be authorized to charter schools.

Some council members thought the language in the resolution was “too harsh,” while others said a moratorium wasn’t necessary.

“I don’t believe it’s the fault of the charter schools what’s happening in the city of Wilmington,” said councilwoman Sherry Dorsey Walker. “Our districts need to be doing a better job keeping our children and we wouldn’t need these schools in the first place.”

You don’t need charter schools! You need to get your head out of your ass and create an education committee with representation from all charter schools, all traditional school districts and votechs serving Wilmington. Gee councilwoman, why are your throwing stones at traditional school district when you are doing a sorry ass job supporting your police department who need more boots on the ground, just like teachers who need more teachers helping in high poverty city schools.

Councilwoman Maria Cabrera said she signed her son up for a charter school next year, but supported the measure.

“A lot of schools come into these cities, they’ve given students false hopes,” she said, referencing Maurice J. Moyer Academy and Reach Academy for Girls, two city charters set to close at the end of the year because of sagging test scores. “I think we are getting an excessive amount of charters in Wilmington, and there has to be better control.

Some people think getting a seat in any charter school is like hitting the lottery! 

Last year, a group of lawmakers wrote a letter to state officials questioning the necessity of some of the charters that were then up for approval, saying charters are drawing millions of dollars from traditional school districts.

Last year a bunch of asshole legislators supported H.B. 334 that opened the gates of federal hell re: the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Then there is Debbie Hudson who abandoned  H.B.# 23 that would require all school district, votech and charter boards to record their meetings. Then there is Greg apparently cutting a backdoor vote deal in exchange for a family member being seat on the IEP Task-force Committee.