Monthly Archives: April 2015

DE DOE turns a blind-eye to Moyer’s half-day professional development scam days

Half Day – Professional Development

Date: Today

Half Day – Professional Development

Date: May 6

Half Day – Professional Development

Date: May 13

Half Day – Professional Development

Date: May 20

School Closed: Memorial Day

Date: May 25

Half Day – Professional Development

Date: May 27

They did the same for the month of April and check out the scam for June

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See which Delaware state rep voted to raise school taxes without a public referendum re: HB# 100

HB 100 w/HA 1 Schwartzkopf Passed

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE TAX RATE AND ENROLLMENT FOR THE SUSSEX COUNTY VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT.

Date: 04/23/2015 04:32 PM Passed

Vote Type:SM Yes: 36 No: 1 Not Voting: 3 Absent: 1

Barbieri

Y

J. Johnson

Y

Peterman

Y

Baumbach

Y

Q. Johnson

Y

Potter

Y

Bennett

X

Keeley

A

Ramone

Y

Bolden

Y

Kenton

Y

B. Short

Y

Brady

Y

Kowalko

Y

D. Short

Y

Briggs King

Y

Longhurst

Y

M. Smith

Y

Carson

Y

Lynn

Y

Smyk

Y

Collins

X

Matthews

X

Spiegelman

Y

Dukes

Y

Miro

Y

Viola

Y

Gray

Y

Mitchell

Y

K. Williams

N

Heffernan

Y

Mulrooney

Y

Wilson

Y

Hensley

Y

Osienski

Y

Yearick

Y

Hudson

Y

Outten

Y

Schwartzkopf

Y

Jaques

Y

Paradee

Y

Kilroy says ; why not use the same process in setting traditional school local tax rates? I don’t oppose this method of funding public schools.  However, to me I see an equity issues whereas we must beg local taxpayers to fund the diverse needs within traditional schools. No disrespect to votech students, parent and teachers but the time has come to readdress funding public schools.

Delaware’s current secretary of education’s lack of experience forces state legislators to up the position qualifications

148th General Assembly

Senate Bill 72

Primary Sponsor(s):

Townsend

Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. K. Williams & Rep. Miro & Rep. Lynn


Co-Sponsors:

Sens. Henry, Peterson; Reps. Baumbach, Bennett, Bolden, Briggs King, Hudson, Kenton, Kowalko, Mitchell, Osienski, Outten, Spiegelman, Viola, Wilson


Introduced On:

04/28/2015


Synopsis of Bill:

This bill increases the teaching and administrative experience qualifications for the Secretary of Education from 5 years to 10 years. The Bill also clarifies that at least 6 years must be of teaching experience and at least 2 years must be of administrative experience.

Current Status:

Senate Education Committee   On  04/28/2015


State legislators freezes school choice re: moratorium on new charter schools

Delaware Senate passes Wilmington charter moratorium

Lawmakers in the Delaware Senate gave final legislative approval on Tuesday to a bill that will halt the authorization of new charter schools in Wilmington through June 2018, or until the state develops a strategic education plan statewide.

Delaware Rep. Charles Potter Jr., a Wilmington Democrat, sponsored the measure. It cleared the House on April 2 and Senate lawmakers sent it to Delaware Gov. Jack Markell’s desk with a 12-8 vote on Tuesday. Markell plans to sign the legislation, a spokesman said. 

Delaware PTA school board races Q&A are in! Take a look !

DELAWARE PTA

2015 School Board Candidates Q&A Responses

Below is a listing of all the 2015 School Board Candidates in the state of Delaware. In an attempt to keep our membership informed about the school board candidates and their position on various issues, Delaware PTA invited each candidate to participate in a voluntary Q&A.  As of today, we have received responses from the candidates highlighted below. We will continue to update this page with responses as we receive them.

Remember, school board elections are MAY 12, 2015. Please check your individual school district website for voting locations and times.

See Response here ……….

Did Delaware College Prep ( a Red Clay School) refer to Special Ed parents lawsuits as frivolous?

Executive Director reported updates on Advance Transportation legal matter and the supporting evidence/documentation provided to our attorney’s. Other legal matters regarding DCPA’s building were also underway – DCPA has spent upwards of 800K on continuous repairs to a building that sits over a water spring. The water spring rises when it rains but sup pumps assist with preventing water damage to the building. New Boiler was replaced last month. However, if DCPA (building) or if the local area loses power during a storm – there is significant risk that the water may cause damage if the mechanics of the sup pumps fail for any reason. Other lawsuits were being resolved and fortunately DCPA’s procedures with handling and Special Ed’s procedures were well documented and executed which hopefully will continue to discourage “ambulance chaser” firms from seeking or conducting frivolous lawsuits. ED commented that overall DE appears to be a target. President commented that recent Board Due Process training held 2/24/15) touched on this subject quite a bit and there was healthy discussion/training on how to prepare and measures required to ensure compliance for handling Special Education cases and students that may require additional services

Hello Red Clay School Board ! I think it is time for a new admin to oversee Red Clay charter schools! These remarks by DCPA are very unprofessional. Hey Special Ed parents you need to document everything.   

Looks like DE DOE is going to look the other way when computers at Reach and Moyer goes Elvis

Will DE DOE take possession of all computers at Reach and Moyer to ensure no student and staff personal data ends up in private hands?

Reach is kicking around some sort of garage sale with proceeds going to teachers and some items going to other schools. “There was discussion about particular plans and obligations associated with liquidating items in the building. Some items could be sold with the proceeds going to teachers; other items could be given away to schools.” 

Odds are the ant-brains down at DE DOE haven’t a clue things are already starting to walk away! 

Colonial Board seat “District D” will remain vacant! No one file to run for this seat

Colonial School District

Nominating District “B” – Term expires June 30, 2020

Nominating District “D” – Term expires June 30, 2020

I am not sure if the Colonial board appointed someone to serve in seat D. However if they did that person must step-down. The district webpage does not notate with seat each board member is serving on so I don’t know if the seat is vacant or someone has been appointed.

Hey big John Young tells how this will play out! If no one ran for the seat can the board appoint someone for a 5 year term? Can the state board step in and appoint someone?

Did you know teaching cursive writing in Delaware is not required by law

148th General Assembly

House Bill 52

Under current educational standards, cursive writing is no longer required to be taught to our students, and many schools have abandoned teaching it to their students. As cursive writing is still an imperative skill in many professions, this bill will make the teaching of cursive writing a requirement for all public schools in Delaware.

Primary Sponsor(s): Hudson Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Peterson

Is U.S. Sec of Ed Duncan saying Feds might step in if Delaware Legislators Vote yes re: H.B.#50

As opt-out numbers grow, Arne Duncan says feds may have to step in by Patrick Wall on April 21, 2015 6:38 pm Chalkbeat New York

Those estimates suggesting that more than 15 percent of students refused to take the tests have raised questions about the consequences for districts. Federal law requires all students in grades three to eight to take annual tests, and officials have said districts could face sanctions if fewer than 95 percent of students participate. On Tuesday, when asked whether states with many test boycotters would face consequences, Duncan said he expected states to make sure districts get enough students take the tests.

“We think most states will do that,” Duncan said during a discussion at the Education Writers Association conference in Chicago. “If states don’t do that, then we have an obligation to step in.”

(hat tip to Nancy Willing)

DL’s Delaware Dem calls for Markell’s impeachment! OUCH !!! Re: backdoor R deal on HB# 50

The Governor is so scared…. Filed in National by on April 25, 201 Delaware Liberal

about Opt Out passing that he’s offering Republicans his support for Right-to-Work legislation if they vote “No” on HB 50. If that deal happens, the Governor should at the very least be expelled from the Democratic Party by Chairman John Daniello and then attempts should be made by the General Assembly to remove him from office. I am looking up the impeachment procedure under the Delaware Constitution as we speak 

Join DL’s Comment conversation here …………………..

Delaware House Bill #108 questions DE DOE’s go-it-along NCLB Wavier agenda

148th General Assembly

Primary Sponsor(s):

K. Williams

Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Kowalko & Sen. Townsend


Co-Sponsors:

Reps. Baumbach, Bennett, Keeley, Lynn, Matthews, B. Short


Introduced On:

04/23/2015


Long Title:

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


Synopsis of Bill:

This bill requires that the General Assembly approve any ESEA Flexibility waiver prior to its submission to the U.S. Department of Education.


Current Status:

House Education Committee   On  04/23/15

Delaware House Bill #107 smacks the hands of overreaching DE DOE & USDOE

8th General Assembly

House Bill 107

Primary Sponsor(s):

K. Williams

Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Kowalko & Rep. Lynn & Sen. Townsend


Co-Sponsors:

Reps. Baumbach, Bennett, Bolden, Keeley, Matthews, Osienski, Paradee, Spiegelman; Sen. Pettyjohn


Introduced On:

04/23/2015


Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO AUTHORITY OF SCHOOL BOARDS.


Synopsis of Bill:

This bill articulates the principle that local school districts and school boards should have the authority to select their own leaders and staff from a pool of qualified applicants. These are decisions best left at the local level rather than imposed by a central authority.


Current Status:

House Education Committee   On  04/23/15

House Bill 50 WILL Be Voted On By Delaware State Reps Either Next Week or Week After

Exceptional Delaware 2017

House Bill 50, which would allow parent opt-out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, will be on the floor of the Delaware House of Representatives either next week or the week after.  And this is coming from the Delaware Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf.  I will certainly let you know once it is on any agenda.  But I need your help!

Please email your Delaware State Representative, not once, but twice, or even a third time.  Call them as well.  They need to know you support this bill, because at the end of the day, it is the people of Delaware they serve, not the Governor, not the DOE, and not the many corporate business entities in our state that opposed the bill yesterday.  Let your legislator know that WE ARE DELAWARE!  Let them know you want your email to be a part of the public record.  Let them know…

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