Markell’s puppet Rep. Jaques takes stupidity center stage re: changing school district boundaries

State leaders: Urgency needed in school redistricting Matthew Albeight The News Journal March 23, 2105

Key state leaders say there is more energy now than there has been in decades to simplify the school system that splits the city of Wilmington among four different districts.

Gov. Jack Markell and many lawmakers want to capitalize on momentum and are pressing for quick action on redistricting.

Hasn’t Governor Markell screwed up public education enough? We need to wait until the next governor is seated! 

Others warn that the state can’t rush into such a complicated issue without answering a lot of hard questions.

“I get that there’s energy around this and I agree with that,” said Rep. Kim Williams, vice chairman of the House Education Committee. “But this is not something that can be figured out over a cup of coffee. We’ve been operating this system for years and years and years, and it’s not going to just take a couple of months to figure out how to change it.”

Spot on Rep Williams! But we’re talking Governor Jack Markell who has been come so reckless with public education and cares more about his change agent egotistic image than what’s right for children and parents. 

Redistricting was thrust to the front of the state’s educational agenda when the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee recommended it in its interim report in January. The group, established by Markell to find ways to improve education, proposed removing the Christina and Colonial school districts from the city and giving those schools and students to the Red Clay School District.

The Wilmington committee refuses to look in the mirror and realize Wilmington needs it’s own school district but I am sure they know it. The city leaders and so-called civil rights leaders won’t support a stand-alone Wilmington school district because if they fail they won’t have the white caretakers to blame. The solution is a stand-alone Wilmington school district with a school board that has the authority to be approval and oversight authority for all charter schools in Wilmington meaning current charter schools would move under that authority. The time is now for the men of Wilmington to man-up and be the guardian of their children. 

In his speech at the Imagine Delaware forum, Markell called for the Legislature to sign a bill this year to remove Christina from the city. Though he acknowledged many details needed to be worked out, Markell said it was important to capitalize on current momentum around redistricting.   

The News Journal needs to do some homework as this change just can’t be legislated. The current boundaries were set through federal ruling and in fact, it was the state board of education who oversaw the formation of the Neighborhood Schools Plans where they where given charge via the Neighborhood Schools Act approved by the state legislators. The legislators knew they would be stepping over legal boundaries if they themselves legislated the plans.

“I do think there’s a need for a sense of urgency,” said Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark. “There are tough logistics, there’s no doubt, but the adults have really got to be courageous and committed to finding solutions, even if they’re tough, that are in the best interest of our schoolkids.”

Let me guess, Glasgow Class of 99? The Beavis and Butt-Head generation. Slowdown rookie, left not pull the alarm so fast! And there you go saying it’s for the kids if we don’t act fast! Stop kissing Jack Markell ass! You have bright future ahead of you but please walk upright! 

But Rep. Earl Jaques, chairman of the House Education Committee, says he wants to see a bill passed before this legislative session wraps up in June that would direct the State Board of Education to redraw district lines. That would get the ball rolling but still give the state enough time to answer the many questions that come with such a change, he said.

“I can’t see it happening much before June, to tell you the truth, but I have a feeling that we’re going to get it done,” Jaques said. “I think there is a lot of energy and a lot of momentum around this, and I think we can make it happen.”  

Rep Jaques is clueless and the only reason he is chair of the House Education Committee is because Governor Markell pulled the strings!  

Jaques acknowledges the issues are formidable.

First, the complexities of school funding need to be worked out. High-poverty schools like those in the inner city require more resources to serve students’ challenges, but districts usually receive less property tax money from the city than they do from the suburbs.

What fuck are you talking about? Red Clay extends into the city and those living in Red Clay’s portions of the city pay the same taxes as those in the suburbs. In any event, we’re back to needs based funding to address the poverty equity equation in Delaware schools.

What will happen is, the poverty shift will create financial stress on Red Clay it will need to go to referendum every four-years and during that time, the backlash on all Red Clay schools would have an negative effect on meeting academic needs.

Let’s fund traditional public school like we do votechs. The state legislators sets the local tax rates 

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19 responses to “Markell’s puppet Rep. Jaques takes stupidity center stage re: changing school district boundaries

  1. Coolspringer

    I agree on being methodical and making sure suburban schools don’t suffer – but no one wants a city school district because it’s an idea whose time has passed, fondly remembered or not. Like forced busing, perhaps. You can’t move forward by returning to the past. The ship has sailed, why not let it go? A county school district is far more worth exploring than creating yet another top-heavy district.

    Oh, but it’s, “The city leaders and so-called civil rights leaders won’t support a stand-alone Wilmington school district because if they fail they won’t have the white caretakers to blame.”? What a disgusting and revealing statement. Your credibility on this is dwindling.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “What a disgusting and revealing statement.”

      True enough on its face, but more importantly, this is one of those times when the infinite number of monkeys in Kilroy’s head are pecking on an infinite number of keyboards that a truth for the ages, let’s call it, emerges.

      That being said, our friend and host is a little afield of the proper allocation of conspiracy theory with this tempest in a teapot. Against the media and state drumbeat of “Redistricting was thrust to the front of the state’s educational agenda when the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee recommended it in its interim report in January,” I propose the possibility that Tony and Co. simply brought Marxell’s latest, uh, plan, from the dark recesses to a seemingly credible light. The only part I haven’t figured out is whose back Beldar’s other hand was up.

      But I could be wrong.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “You can’t move forward by returning to the past.”

      Yes, you can. You just have to go back “past” the progressive era. In fact, once “past” that point, the further you go, the better, as far as establishing a “new” starting point. Daniel Webster’s thoughts, books, morality, and proven techniques would be as good as any.

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  2. The theory on splitting the city among suburban districts was that the suburban taxpayers would carry the city schools. That, plus forced busing (which turned into outbound feeders) would assure that the city schools would ride along in the torrent of suburban tax money.

    The theory rested on the assumption that suburban parents would never abandon their excellent public schools. But we did. The theory was wrong.

    What started as white flignt is now written into law and celebrated as “choice.”

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    • If there is to be a city district, it will have to be a ward of the state, funded by general treasury funds. And that won’t happen without a major lawsuit ensuring that the city district doesn’t just become a dumping ground for charters. Nothing good happens in Delaware education without a lawsuit.

      Perhaps weighted funding is the answer. Weignt high-needs students at a greater funding rate, but weight high perfoming/low needs students at a lower rate than they are currently receiving. Make the CSWs and the NCSs work for their hign performance, and if they want extra funding let them increase their high needs enrollment.

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … weight high perfoming/low needs students at a lower rate than they are currently receiving.”

      WHATEVER else gets done, leave us never forget to diminish the prospects of those whose stars a little bit brighter on any given day. If Punish The Able and Willing isn’t item one on the next next big thing’s agenda, at least make it number two. With an asterisk for attention. Sigh.

      Oh, wait, never mind. Brain fart. I momentarily lost myself, forgetting that the Mike Os and pandoras and Eves and Angoses would handle the determinations of top getters and big losers. Sorry. Carry on.

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    • “Make the CSWs and the NCSs work for their hign performance, ” – What an insult. I wouldn’t dare read your comments to my kid, who worked his ass off for 4 years at NCS, doing homework and studying until 11 pm many nights, staying inside on a nice day when the neighborhood was buzzing with people, crying and struggling, all to get B’s and C’s and a handful of D’s. I won’t let him know how you belittle his and his classmates efforts and hard work, but just chalk it all up to a school full of spoiled little gifted white kids.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Actually, mom, with a little trepidation given your state of mind, I suggest you do share Mike O’s (and all his ilk, dwelling here and all around the country) with your little privileged white son. You’ve taught him every other right from wrong; you must let him in on the dirty little secret of how the takers take the moment you let down your guard, and guide him through the reality of the wonderful country he was born in, the opportunity society he has available for exploitation … and … and … about all those who would thwart him at every turn, denigrate his conduct, demand he be re-educated at the altar of political correctness, set his every path if he let’s them, and on and on.

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    • If your name on here didn’t include DE, I would sometimes think it was my dad on the keyboard. 🙂

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    • lastDEconservative

      I get that a lot. Happily.

      By the way, did you see the note I posted a couple days or weeks ago aimed at you as something you would prolly enjoy? 12forlife.com

      Don’t let the denizens learn of it. It’s trade and merit based, blatantly profit driven … and wildly successful for kids, at or not at risk, and their benefactor evil corporation sponsor.

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    • “Weight high-needs students at a greater funding rate, but weight high perfoming/low needs students at a lower rate than they are currently receiving.”

      We (students/ parents) are all equal, some of us are just more equal than others ehh?

      From each according to his ability, to each according to his need ???

      Where have I heard these before??? hmmm.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need ???”

      CODE BREAKER ALERT. CODE BREAKER ALERT. DANGER, WILL ROBINSON.

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    • Publius e decere

      LDC: Marx my words, this is NOT news. Collectivism is the refuge of the insesecure and the unwilling. Those so afflicted need a page from Lou Gehrig: Get a mitt and get on the field.

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  3. I support funding schools based on the needs of the children, I do not support taking current funding from any school. I support the state funding all cost above the school level, and prohibiting the used of local and federal funds above the school level.

    I also support funding earned by the children going directly to our schools and the use of this funding be recommended by our schools using Shared Decision Making that includes school employees, parents and community.

    Finally I support reporting all expenditures at the operating unit level and summarized at the district and state level, with report showing at least the account code, area of expense and funding used

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  4. This is a diversion… The heat is on Jacques for forcing the Smarter Balanced test on kids. The focus needs by us to stay on opting out until that test is done… Everything else is puffs of smoke….

    We can deal with this later. Right now, no parent should put their child in harm’s way and let them take the test…..

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