Education nightmare heading Delaware’s way !

Wilmington school redistricting gains momentum Matthew Albright, The News Journal

It appears likely that legislators will pass a law this session that would start the process of redistricting Wilmington schools.

That means Red Clay School District would take responsibility for the city schools and students served by the Christina and Colonial districts.

Going to be some big shifts in feeder-patterns! Word has it Conrad will only be a magnet program for grades 9-12. 6-8 will revert back to a traditional programs resetting the old middle school feeder pattern. Also, I am hearing Charter School of Wilmington will be ask to find another place as the “surplus” space they are leasing is needed! Wilmington does “need” a traditional high school! 

Handing Christina’s priority schools over to Red  Clay at the same time Red Clay slips in transparency of their charter schools and when Baby Hoffa slips-out Warner’s backdoor demonstrates lack of grit to do what’s right. Maybe it might be a good idea to add vouchers in school choice options or at least to Wilmington kids who have been under-served and forced to ride buses outbound to suburban middle and high schools! 

The Committee was created by Gov. Jack Markell to find ways to improve Wilmington’s troubled inner-city schools. One of its primary recommendations was to reduce the number of districts serving city kids.

You can bet with Markell’s Rodel butt buddies in the mix it will be the same old same old for city kids. Markell is the worst governor on public education in the state’s history.

This legislative session has seen plenty of heated battles over education, but redistricting has had the support of both Markell’s administration and some of its fiercest education critics, like Red Clay Education Association union president Mike Matthews.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of opposition, and there probably shouldn’t be a lot of opposition, to be honest,” Matthews said.

Yea still union jobs! LOL :). Who knows with a mega school district you might have to step and been a union boss as full-time job :). 

Matthews supports the broad idea of redistricting, but he is one of several school advocates – especially in Red Clay – who are anxious to see the details.

Shit! Red Clay union as did DSEA signed onto Race to The Top and help set the Common Core and Smarter Balanced movement. I’d be very cautious about what the unions say now.  

Transferring the schools is not a simple prospect. Districts do not get as much property tax revenue from the city as they do from the suburbs, and students in urban schools often face challenges that require more resources.  

Might have to cut back on some extracurricular ERP programs .

I am all for address the needs of city kids but what success has Red Clay had addressing high poverty at-risk students? Folks the answer is needs-based funding ensuring smaller class sized and more intervention specialist.  Moving the chairs around on the deck of the Titanic isn’t serving children of delivering the promise!  

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5 responses to “Education nightmare heading Delaware’s way !

  1. lastDEconservative

    “Red Clay union as did DSEA signed onto Race to The Top and help set the Common Core and Smarter Balanced movement. I’d be very cautious about what the unions say now.”

    Cautious. HA! What do you think the union is going to do but support Beldar, no matter the course or course changes? Not only is the capital S State the hand that feeds it, said State is the enabling hand that protects incompetence, asks for no results, removes any competitive threat, provides a ‘seat at the table,’ lets it self promote with falsehood (“the DSEA is all about the chil’ren; make sure you read to them and ask them questions like ‘how was your day’ “), and provides dental coverage for their relatives to third cousins twice removed.

    Hey, Pmom, you out there?

    ” … students in urban schools often face challenges that require more resources.” Often. Do students in suburban schools rarely face challenges? Okay, how many challenges must one face to be -watch this- entitled to “more resources”? Does the relative rarity in the suburbs (allegedly) demand that those chil’ren make do with less, individual challenges notwithstanding, than those chil’ren in the ‘hood, individual success stories notwithstanding? A resounding YES, my dear, because we must mind the collective. And perpetuate the collective. And make everyone grey.

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  2. Kilroy- “Folks the answer is needs-based funding ensuring smaller class sized and more intervention specialist. ”

    Ummm, what about the “needs” of the rest of the district or county students?? I keep mentioning the in-congruency and keep hearing the deafening roar of the politically correct crickets. Who should be advocated for? The students that are socially disadvantaged? The socio economically depressed? The behaviorally dysfunctional? The academically disengaged? The behaviorally disrupted? All of the above? Are these the majority of students? Or should ALL our students be advocated for with fairness and equivalent levels of support? If it costs 33k for the education of a high needs child and 13k for a gifted child, what would happen if 33k was allocated to a gifted child who potentially may cure autism? Which 33k would have been more wisely spent?

    “Maybe it might be a good idea to add vouchers in school choice options or at least to Wilmington kids who have been under-served and forced to ride buses outbound to suburban middle and high schools! ”

    Kilroy- You do know busing was not demanded by the suburban residents you routinely lambast, right? You do know it was the social justice people that demanded it, right? You do know the vouchers you postulate using for inner Wilmington kids would be redistribution of confiscated resources from those mean old suburbanites, right? You do know that they’ve been reallocating the resources of the suburbanites to try and serve these so-called “under-served” Wilmington kids for 30-40 years based on a social engineering experiment, right? Now that all the money has been spent, has it been a success? No it hasn’t says Kilroy- “Moving the chairs around on the deck of the Titanic isn’t serving children of delivering the promise! ”
    Who’s money has been spent on this experiment, the inner Wilmington under-served students or all the bad old suburbanites’ children who didn’t request the experiment AND to who’s benefit?

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    • lastDEconservative

      “If it costs 33k for the education of a high needs child and 13k for a gifted child, what would happen if 33k was allocated to a gifted child who potentially may cure autism? Which 33k would have been more wisely spent?”

      Oww, wow, oww!!! M, when they burn through your asbestos undies, you can have my unworn stash!! You’ll need them. Great example of turnabout tactics. Huzzah.

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  3. Red Clay has historically dealt with its low income population by segregation, and then as soon as the courts turned their backs Red Clay resegregated. What do you think will happen with a new influx of low income students?

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    • lastDEconservative

      “What do you think will happen with a new influx of low income students?”

      Workhouses, of course.

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