News Journal’s Perry White has a few loose screws

Forum and expo can help prompt change David Ledford, Executive Editor of The News Journal 8:28 p.m. EST March 7, 2015

Momentum is building for change in Delaware schools – particularly those in Wilmington.

As we close in on Monday’s Imagine Delaware exposition and forum on education at the Chase Center, there are possibilities percolating for new funding formulas at struggling city schools, new district boundaries for schools within city borders and serious talk about a new city high school.

For city schools, a call for reinforcements Matthew Albright, The News Journal 3:23 p.m. EDT March 8, 2015

“We think the best solution is to come up with a new system,” said Tony Allen, chairman of the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee. “But we realize that’s a pretty big challenge politically. So at the very least, we’re asking the state to come up with some way to acknowledge the challenges these schools face.”

If the state can manage to create a system that funnels more money to high-poverty schools, it would not just impact Wilmington. Urban Dover schools and rural schools downstate would all see help dealing with their own needs.

But unless the new system takes money from more affluent suburban schools so city schools can afford the extra resources – a politically risky move – poverty-weighted funding would require a significant infusion of new money into the system.

That could be a tough sell to state leaders who have complained for years of tight budgets that don’t allow much new spending.

“I hate to say that it’s dead on arrival, but I would acknowledge it’s a tough sell,” said Sen. David Sokola, long-time chair of the Senate Education Committee.

On March 7, Ledford blowing the horn $$$$$ help is on the way and on March 8, the Chairperson for the Delaware Senate Education Committee Senator Dave Sokola says, ” I hate to say that it’s dead on arrival”.

Folks, the News Journal has been part of the problem for years by manipulating their reporters to push Markell, Rodel and Skipper’s bias reporting. So now the News Journal’s imagine tour bring all the can kicking down the road to the wall! This is it folks years upon years of kicking the can down the road and preaching to the choir will yield tangible results! DREAM ON ! Perhaps Perry White is sucking up to Markell in hopes to be Markell’s presidential press secretary when Markell is elected president :).

Kilroy won’t attend this controlled event that screens questions and pre-selects those who will ask the question.

Folks Wilmington’s minority leaders will all lineup spouting their degrees and accomplishment before getting on topic. The time has come to stop looking for answers and demand action.  The Neighborhood Schools Act has failed Wilmington’s children. For years after the lifting of the desegregation order force-busing continues and its outbound Wilmington with buses full of minority children. No traditional high school in Wilmington and not enough traditional middle schools. Charter schools with specific interest locking out the most at-risk students. Calls for transferring Christina’s priority school to Red Clay when Red Clay has their own priority schools failures to deal with!

Wilmington needs it’s own school district with power to create charter and magnet schools that don’t discriminate based on intelligence, a school district with a blend of “choices” lead by real men that are subservient to the white status quo. 


18 responses to “News Journal’s Perry White has a few loose screws

  1. Publius e decere

    Kilroy is opting-out of this event?


    • kilroysdelaware

      Honestly , how much more can we kick the can down the road? YES charters can be part of the options! However, Wilmington’s public education and it’s voice is fragmented. Even to the extend of parental involvement! Many parents don’t have the means to get to assigned suburban schools. But yes if they love their children an truly care the’ll find a way.

      I attended Markell last town hall meeting with Perry White was moderator! I attended one of Rodel’s first public forums and questions were cherry picked in advance. I know spontaneous town hall meetings get out of hand and get know where.

      The fact remains, we keep kicking the can down the road and surely by now we should have “direction” to effectively address the issues. However $$$$$$$$$$$$$ is at the heart of the concerns.

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    • Publius e decere

      Money is certainly a key factor. One “other” way to look at it is that we should reduce the allocation of current tax dollars to systems of low demand and start allocating more of current tax dollars to systems of high demand. Operating funds and capital funds. This would not raise total taxes at all, it would just shift the existing tax funds to better meet and satisfy the public will. Once you line up a rational match between demand and funds, then the public will be more receptive to an aggregate increase in funding.


    • lastDEconservative

      Our own secretive friend Pub said, ” … shift the existing tax funds to better meet and satisfy the public will.”

      We’re talking Joan of Arc territory here should s/he be exposed. Let us hope the cloak remains in place, and pause for a moment of reflection on the loss of Joan, fighting the good fight, lo, these many years ago.


  2. “Wilmington needs it’s own school district with power to create charter and magnet schools that don’t discriminate based on intelligence, a school district with a blend of “choices” lead by real men that are subservient to the white status quo.”
    What Do you Mean? Charter Schools Selectively Discriminate-especially against children w/ disabilities even taking ‘race’ out of the equation. Delaware-not just Wilmington need High Quality Public Schools for ALL children.
    How & Who are you defining as Intelligence? How are you measuring Intelligence? Hopefully not w/ the Smarter Balanced Tests. This editorial is extremely well crafted & biased towards Charter Schools once again & Charter take over of the entire Public School System-starting w/the most vulnerable Wilmington children. Local Control … Local Control. Wake Up Parents. Keep the Business Community, Foundations & Wall Street out of the Business of Educating our Precious Children! Read through the Bull $7x&!

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  3. Here’s the plan to push – DuPont moves out. City takes the building over. Bottom 6 floors used for schools. The remaining floors are used as housing. Every child born in the city automatically becomes a ward of the state till they finish high school and lives in the building.


  4. lastDEconservative

    Without apology, Kilroy, you are just wrong here: “I know spontaneous town hall meetings get out of hand and get know where.” The only way for that to be true, is for Ledford,, to let it happen — which they would, to further their agenda, and “prove” that this job is only for the elites — “see, regular folks can’t handle this stuff.”

    If Ledford had even a scintilla of morality about himself and his job, he would put the panelists, and a hundred more just like them in the audience seats, and set up a pair of microphones on the stage and invite the attendees (real people only, no educrats or hangers on or rent seekers) to line up and alternate speaking for one to two minutes, and/or asking questions of the assembled lot of destroyers, who would be given one minute to answer. The only moderation Evil Ledford would do would be to call on the left or right side mic line and stop the elites from obfuscation or distraction, i.e., make them address the question. If no-one asked a question, great, more time for the greater public to hear themselves reflected from the stage and more real “data” for the elites to be swamped in — not that it would matter much, but at least they would have heard from some real people, something that is NOT going on now.

    The self aggrandizing show that he will instead put on will let him trumpet yet again that the nj “did something”. In reality, all that will be done tonight is what the progressive and liberal destroyers always do — talk – to – themselves, wring their hands, and sadly for us all, set about creating more destruction in the wake of what’s already in place.

    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.


  5. lastDEconservative

    If any of the DF Kilroy denizens are going tonight, and want to at least amuse themselves and us tomorrow, write your questions on your own note card — a different color, or an odd size or shape than the most likely 3×5 white index cards that will be handed out. At least you can track the editing process from your hand to the collector’s to the intermediaries and to Ledford to see where along the line you hit the cutting room floor.

    Applies only to non sycophantic questions, disruptive or distasteful items to the elites, that sort of thing.


  6. No dog in this fight

    Public schools are constantly called on to be social service organizations, without social service funding. The mission of schools should be to educate; social services’ mission should be to deliver social and family services. Keep the funding and the budgets separate, and manage each for effectiveness.


    • THIS!!!! And all ideas of “weighted” funding need to be addressed at the STATE LEVEL of contribution NOT the district level. Thoughts of weighted funding are divisive and discriminatory because they prioritize the resources of the districts based on social issues rather than educational issues.


    • lastDEconservative

      Ha! Put that on a Ledford issued white question card tonight, dog.

      Inhale … and … hold … hold … your answer is coming … coming …


    • Publius e decere

      Want more money is a particular school? Transfer “the most experienced” teachers there. 80% of all expenses are for compensation and benefits, and salary “steps” seem to grant automatic increases to employees based on time served — so it stands to reason that we could put all kinds of “priority money” on “Priority schools” if the districts would just transfer all of the long-service teachers in to the low performing schools and transfer all of the short-service teachers out to the high performing schools. Assuming that long-service e teachers are worth their extra pay, everyone wins. Other than those students in high performing schools but their interests seem to be discarded regularly by the more-money crowd.


  7. No dog in this fight

    M Ryder — You are correct. Weighting educational funding based on social issues rather than educational issues is unfair. If children need more social support, then the state legislatures should debate bills that address that issue, separately from educational needs.


  8. I’m still trying to figure out how the neighborhood schools act prevents students from completing homework…