Daily Archives: January 22, 2015

Is Governor Markell looking to manipulate local school taxes to fund his reckless education agenda?

Markell focuses on crime, infrastructure, education in State of State By Amy Cherry WDEL

The proposal will call for a raise in starting salaries for teachers and will allow educators to earn more by taking on leadership responsibilities while remaining in the classroom.

The new pay scale has long been needed in Delaware, which loses some of its best teachers to neighboring states, which all pay their teachers more money.

At the same time, Markell called for a change in the way education is funded. He’s proposed a school funding task force to make recommendations that spur innovation on schools and address inequities for the state’s neediest students.

“We can’t prepare our students to seize the opportunities of a new economy with a funding system that was developed three-quarters of a century ago,” said Markell.

In deed we need radical changes in how we fund Delaware’s public schools! However, it needs to be the same way as we fund our votech schools, via legislative action. Put the burden on the legislators and “maybe” they’ll put an end to open charter school meal tickets meal tickets via commercial credit-cards! And just maybe they’ll pull the plug on Markell like political self-serving education agenda that feed the Rodel clones and Teach for America scammers ! But for sure, local taxpayers better put their guard up!

WEAG to give presentation to Delaware House Education Committee!

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Committee Meeting Notice

Chamber:

House

Committee:

Education

Chairman:

Jaques

Room:

House Chamber

Date/Time:

01/28/2015 03:00:00 PM

Agenda

Presentation from the Wilmington Education Advisory Group on their interim recommendations

So who wants to call it re: what the recommendations will be???

H.B.#28 to put an end to charter school money grab! re: student transfer mid-year

Sponsor: Rep K. Williams

Additional Sponsor: Sen Blevins

CoSponsors:

Reps. Baumbach, Bennett, Bolden, Brady, J. Johnson, Keeley, Kowalko, Matthews, Osienski, Potter; Sen. Townsend

Introduced on :

01/22/2015

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS.

Synopsis of Orginal Bill:(without Amendments)

Absent of an agreement with the school district, charter schools are currently able to retain any funding received for the fiscal year for a student who transfers mid-year from the charter school to a school district. This bill mandates that, if a student transfers from a charter school to a school district after September 30th, such funds will be prorated between the charter school and the school district where the student is then enrolled.

Current Status:

House Education Committee   On   01/22/15

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Actions History:

Jan 22, 2015 – Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House

Markell’s answer to Wilmington’s crime is another task force commission! What a dill-weed!

Del. commission would study Wilmington crime Jonathan Starkey, The News Journal

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell would hand-pick the majority of members on a new commission to study policies to reduce violent crime in Wilmington, according to a draft of a joint resolution in Dover that would create the “Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission.”

The resolution, sponsored by nine Democratic members of the Wilmington delegation in the General Assembly, is expected to be introduced Thursday in the Delaware House of Representatives. It would impose an ambitious deadline, requiring panel recommendations to Markell and the General Assembly by March 31.

Nothing but a lame-duck shuffle! At the end of the day, Wilmington needs more police and jobs! Yea I know, crime chases jobs away! I say, Markell needs to get out of the way and let Governor AG Matt Denn carry the ball! And you can be Markell will try to capitalize on any Denn successes! 

DE DOE revokes choice school law for Reach students

Reach Academy for Girls sues again to stay open Matthew Albright, The News Journal

The Reach Academy for Girls charter school has again sued, this time in a different court, in a last-ditch attempt to stay open after a previous lawsuit failed.

Reach is slated to close at the end of the year after Secretary of Education Mark Murphy decided not to renew its charter, citing test scores that were among the worst in the state and not improving.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Chancery Court, argues the Department of Education decided not to renew the school’s charter solely because of low performance on test scores and did not sufficiently consider other evidence parents and others submitted that the school was the right fit for their kids.

The lawsuit says department officials did not include in an electronic docket comments from a public meeting in which members of the school community pleaded with the state to keep Reach open. That means Murphy didn’t have a complete record when he made his decision, they argue.

It all goes back to SCHOOL CHOICE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DE DOE closes Reach for not meeting AYP but allows parents to Choice their children in schools that don’t meet AYP. The real lawsuit for parents should be is, DE DOE is assigning Reach students to traditional feeder schools not meeting AYP and not requiring other charter schools to push Reach students ahead of the enrollment line.

At the end of the day it’s not for the kids! It’s for Jack Markell’s ego!