Delaware PTA President Terri Hodges leads the way by opting-out her child re: Smarter Balanced Assessment! @ed_in_de @destateboarded #edude @dedeptofed @washingtonpost @huffingtonpost #neatoday @NSBAComm @NatlGovsAssoc @Fox26Philly @DoverPost

Exclusive: Explosive Events At Delaware PTA Parent Opt Out Town Hall Last Night **UPDATED** BY Exceptional Delaware February 20, 2015 

The Delaware PTA felt the Delaware DOE will not concede on this point.  Hodges stated the Delaware PTA talked with Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn on this matter and he doesn’t feel it is illegal for a parent to opt their child out of the state assessment.  The PTA is going to ask for a formal legal opinion on this matter.

There is nothing in state law mandating students “must” take the state test! Therefore the question of legality for parents opting-out of state assessment cannot be answered by the AG. The AG’s opinion must be supported by written law. There is no law relevant to the question to be interpreted.

Hodges announced at the meeting she would be opting her own child out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

And that’s how you measure a leader! Thank you Ms. Hodges! 

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21 responses to “Delaware PTA President Terri Hodges leads the way by opting-out her child re: Smarter Balanced Assessment! @ed_in_de @destateboarded #edude @dedeptofed @washingtonpost @huffingtonpost #neatoday @NSBAComm @NatlGovsAssoc @Fox26Philly @DoverPost

  1. Yes, it is the right thing for any parent to do. Ms. Hodge is no exception.

    What needs to be the topic of the hour, is how to get this message out to all students, in all schools. I think teachers are the answer. …. School boards should vote for supporting opting out to make the two headlines in this state, but really, it will be up to teachers to communicate to parents that this test is dangerous, and their child should stay home and not take it…

    No Delaware child should take this test. That will be hard to achieve I grant, but it should be the ideal of everyone who loves children… Those who hate children, will of course, support rigor and watching children get sacrificed for their sport….

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    • Joanne Christian

      http://delawarepta.org/common-core/assessments/

      Oh, save the headline. kevin, kilroy, and kavips–the Delaware PTA is so complicit in this havoc that has been unleashed on our children–how dare you hold ANY of them up as leadership???? I demand you expose them for the LACK of leadership they showed when it WAS NECESSARY and NEEDED in Dover. Sure, when this cause was an orphan, we were the leper parents not to be acknowledged. Success has many fathers (mothers), and if the Delaware PTA leadership had acted more like lions in children and teachers’ behalf from the getgo on this issue–we wouldn’t have had to be out here as private citizens (without paychecks too mind you!!!) herding who we could to safety. Fine, if as private citizens they choose to decide as we do now–but thanks for nothing in helping us get to YOUR decision. Don’t test your child—but don’t test my patience in your uncommitted, fence-sitting, misrepresentation of what a PTA ought and should have been doing. Take down this crepe kevin, kavips, and kilroy! They would have let us eat cake.

      P-T-Adios!!!!!!!

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    • lastDEconservative

      “And that’s how you measure a leader! Thank you Ms. Hodges!”

      Good grief. And now we must give up any honest definition of another word, leader? You measure a leader by many metrics as I’ve come to know, none of which involve taking the cash or reacting to a mob. Call her anything, enjoy her stand, whatever. Don’t say “leader.”

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  2. Joanne, I could not agree more with your analysis and I have been pitted against the policy direction of the PTA here in DE for at least 5 good years running.

    That said, maybe they are trying to shake some of these ill-informed policies off. The CCSS stance has begotten the SBAC test (100% FEDERALLY FUNDED TEST DEVELOPMENT FOR SBAC) after the RTTT grant was used to gain our (state of DE) complicity in CCSS approval.

    A steaming mess. Opt out is the rigt position to take, though, so I want to give late-breaking credit where it is due, but be ever mindful of the complete story and truth you haved shared/reminded us about.

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    • DOE used the weak and basically non-existent DE PTA to their advantage for years. Calling it “parent input”. It was kind of genius on their part, really. And former PTA president totally took their bait. Now, Bill Doolittle is leading PTA in a better direction. Doolittle has integrity and won’t be bought by DOE like the previous leaders. The idea though of DE PTA taking money to promote CCSS and then supporting opt-out is amusing. But for the first time in my 13 years with the public schools, I actually have a shred of respect for DE PTA.

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    • Joanne Christian

      Why LDC–I do declare, I like and totally agree with your comment at 0953! Perhaps we should get together sometime and take a stroll thru a million dollar greenhouse….:)

      And John @1040–you are so kind with only 5 years…it’s pushing almost 15 for me. The capstone event was ALL the legislation initiatives codified in law…what 3-4 years ago now? But time flies. It’s so unfortunate, when a Good Housekeeping Seal gets bastardized, such as the PTA. Same thing happened with the AMA, and Arthur Andersen :). But hey, if they want to save face because they now will see bucks going a different way—and a portrait side–oh well. Fine, and I’m glad if this goes the kids’ way….but it sure won’t be leadership…it will be sheepership. LOTS of repair work needs to be done, and darn if they are going invisible on this!!!!! Remember John, they were PAID! And you and I HAVE PAID many times over. They lost their way–and unfortunately had the branding power to carry an endorsement. One mistake OK. Protracted deference to an ill-seeded plan for over 10 years now?? That’s a corrupted compass in childrens’ interests.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Why LDC–I do declare, I like and totally agree with your comment at 0953! Perhaps we should get together sometime and take a stroll thru a million dollar greenhouse….:) ”

      We should. And I’ll be there at your call … right after the indoctrination curriculum associated with it is amended to include film of a steel mill operation whence the roof framing, a class on Rudolf Diesel’s marvelous invention which enables delivery of said steel (and the block and brick and lumber and glass, etc.), a quick primer on the production of the plastic chair seat covers, another film showing iron ore and gypsum mining and the equipment accomplishing same, and *gasp* trees being harvested to make note taking and testing paper … and an honest chart advising just how long their refrigerated milk would last if that appliance was plugged into the average solar panel.

      I’ll draft and present the lecture. Just give me two days head start. 🙂

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    • John, I know the PTA endorsed the CCSS but things have changed drastically since then. Everyone can see the endgame with these things, and they are not liking the view in their rearview mirror. I’m not going to judge the PTA for what they may or may not have endorsed in the past. What matters is right here, right now, and if they are endorsing parent opt out, as well as making a stand against the DOE’s priority schools initiative a couple months ago, then things are changing in their viewpoints and they are becoming more of a parent-teacher group.

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    • Kevin,I need to remain balanced here. Spring opt out is great.have they reversed their position on ccss? It’s important to know.

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    • Did they officially come out against priority schools DOE effort, or ask for it to be modified?

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    • If I’m not mistaken (too lazy to look right now), they asked for more time.

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    • Caveat emptor

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    • Joanne Christian

      C’mon now John, This is Joanne you’re commenting with now to the public window. I fully understand sometimes we are not able to comment due to back story, history, families etc..Please though, do NOT let this one private step of a private individual, announced in public format— gloss the YEARS of travesty in childrens’ education we have crossed swords with as a supposed advocacy group–our Delaware State PTA. Now, c’mon, it’s OK, just recuse yourself from this conversation.

      Besides, part of “learning Kevin” is we have to school him to history of events. So Kevin–trust me when I say–it’s a heckuva lot of history since about 2007 or so the PTA has torpedoed legislation, initiatives, and endorsements, endearing themselves to legislators, bureaucrats, and initiatives under the aegis of the State PTA, when districts, teachers, and parents are left holding the bag. If new leadership prevails that’s fine–with documented, substantiated, evidence of sustained decision-making beholden to children, not a Centaur.

      For the most part, many state PTA jobs are vacant or held by the same 3-4 people. And have been. Most folks don’t know that. So if a rising person in their leadership is going to “change it up”–I welcome that. Until then, we still have the same 3-4 switching positions around as needed–and acting as “our State PTA”.

      Well, SHOW me YOUR ACTIONS repeatedly. Even a broken clock is correct twice a day. Until then, they just keep tickin’.

      Understood?

      So kevin–please raise the bar for leadership. It’s a credibility issue for me :). Thanks.

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    • Joanne, Kevin doesn’t need a “learning”. I’m well aware of events from the past with them. People and organizations change, and sometimes for the better. I would hope we all learn from mistakes at some point. If we all want to accept complicity in this, what about all the school boards and superintendents that signed off on the CCSS? Aren’t they too just as guilty? Here’s the catch though: what’s done is done. I could waste my time throwing stones or celebrate a major endorsement of a cause I believe in because individuals have changed their stance for what I believe to be right. I see more people joining the side of opt out than I see those who oppose it speaking out. What I don’t see you commenting on at all is the position Appo took with opting out.

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  3. Kilroy, regarding Leadership and the role that seniors play in inculcating a culture, I just received an announcement that
    Al DuPont, former asst. superintendent of Seaford S.D. is
    now leading the leadership development for a TX S.D.

    The message to be learned is that Talent, like Money goes where
    it’s treated best.

    Texas is one of a growing list of states that deploy CPI – continuous
    process improvement – which is the reason both Al DuPont and Superintendent Shaun Joseph were recruited from the Montgomery Cty. Schools. Sadly, the lessons of quality education are not being taught in Delaware and I’m grateful for Vicki’s comment that this was deployed at Stanton in 2005-2008 with remarkable results.

    Our work in Milford and other schools dating back to 2000 has been
    unsustainable, in part, because of the unclear agenda of Delaware’s education leaders regarding quality education.

    For school districts investing and planning for new leaders, please
    become aware of trends in leadership development and that too few
    superintendent candidates are unaware of the developments of the past 15 years. This growing knowledge gap can be mitigated with collaborations by: UD, WilmU, Wesley, DTCC, and others.

    Makes you wonder about SecED Duncan’s comment that Delaware
    is a model for education.

    Red Clay and Christina referendum voters; Take note.

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    • lastDEconservative

      If Don Q’s and/or DE’s alleged quality achievements were cars, they would have been scrapped during cash for clunkers.

      “Makes you wonder about SecED Duncan’s comment that Delaware
      is a model for education.”

      Really, sir? Arne’s comment is egg zactly right on. The destruction in DE is right on track. Do you believe he sought otherwise?
      ____Yes _____No

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    • Joanne Christian

      LDC–WHAT? You need 2 days notice? Does it really take that long to get your PRIUS over the bridge?

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  4. Where is the leadership of DSEA–have they represented the teachers or sided with the power brokers.

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  5. Jack, the DSEA, under the leadership of Ron Pierce, invested in our work in Milford and Beverly Johnson, from NEA was their agent for change person. Indeed their support was critical as well as that from DOE, DSBA, DASA, and the Chiefs.

    We deployed this work from 2000 to 2002 and it was picked up at Red Clay from 2005 to 2008 with multiple recognitions state-wide and all for nearly $100K.

    Now Frederica Jenner has asked my not to contact her and yet DSEA
    needs the capabilities of the state quality program. PTA’s Bill Doolittle
    has not responded to my invitation to assist the PTA. DDOE responded that they don’t need any assistance at this time.

    Without this collaboration, organizations seeking to improve can and will not go farther as the DE state quality program is the “on-ramp”
    to sustainable performance excellence.

    Again, I pose the question that this work was done for $100K and showed results. Who would want to stop this?

    Perhaps the legislators will help hold these collaborators to a higher standard of accountability and prevent Delaware from being the first state NOT to have a state quality program.

    I’m awaiting a response from Red Clay leadership as to their level of interest, since they realized remarkable results from 2005-2008.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “We’ve said ‘no, we don’t want to do this’ a thousand times. Go away.”
      -The Leviathan

      “Yeah, but do you want to do it?”
      -Greg Quixote

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