Debbie Hudson gets the woody salute

“Charter school reform bill is now law”

“Rep. Hudson recently thanked Governor Markell for making charter school reform a priority of his administration. Reps. Hudson, Tim Dukes and Ron Gray participated in the bill signing ceremony of HB 165, ensuring greater accountability and flexibility for charter schools in Delaware. The bill also sets up a performance fund to reward those high-performing charters, especially those schools serving high-needs students.”

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16 responses to “Debbie Hudson gets the woody salute

  1. LOL… “performance fund” otherwise known as slush fund… “High performing charters” my ass. In reality, every charter under the sun has submitted a slush fund application, including charters that are on probation or haven’t even opened yet. Thanks to the indispensable Exceptional Delaware for dredging up those applications and laying it out in a series of posts. Parents will be watching who is awarded those slush fund bonuses and why – and at election time we wlll remember the sleazy tactics used to pass HB 165 and those who voted for it.

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … and at election time we wlll remember the sleazy tactics used to pass HB 165 and those who voted for it.”

      And what, keep them out? Unelect them? Put a candidate against them? HA! You (collective ‘you’) won’t even remember, much less do anything more.

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    • This is an amazing day. LstdeCON and I agree… The gross apathy of all America, including Delaware, and particularly towards our educational overseeing institutions, does verify what he spoke of…

      Why did the most evil Delawarean ever seen in history, (makes Molly Cannon eligible for sainthood consideration in comparison) run unopposed for the Eighth Senate? Why did the second most evil Delawarean ever run unopposed in the 27th Rep? Why did Judas Iscariot, the traitor who betrayed every single Delawarean child, have only token opposition in the Senate Fourth?

      Because….mass ignorance? Because …. better to face the evil we have than flee to what we do not know and most people don’t know anything of anyone who is not the four year presidential candidate? Because … I like the guy, no one else ever sends me a birthday card?…..

      Who knows… But the one thing I do know…. and mark my words carefully here…. is LastDEcon will be absolutely right… unless something is done to shake up the mix…

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    • lastDEconservative

      Okay, kvps, let’s have our kumbaya moment. We do agree on where we are (apathy, gross ignorance, utter disregard … in the face of evil (and in the spirit of the moment, let me appreciate that you used the “e” word, and correctly). Now, so as to move on for the benefit of all, where we disagree is how we got here. You can’t seem to see that it is 100 years of your progenitors that have brought us, intentionally and with malice aforethought, to this sorry state. I enjoyed the moment!

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    • Wait,
      Mike O decries “incentives” to higher performance charter schools as “slush funds” but in other posts demands the state incentivize businesses to open in the city, hire disadvantaged individuals, and funnel more state monies from the rest of the state( i.e.: penalize non violent areas) to subsidize violent areas. From those two examples we see a clear distinction that he believes government should not reward high performance and responsible behavior but embrace the redistribution of funds to things he believes (with no proof) will improve. I’m not stumping for charter school incentives, I just find it funny that “incentives” are fine as long as they support a specific self interested political agenda.

      And what would you call a referendum dripping with every conceivable wish list item, packaged in a way that the “needs” can only be obtained by passing it with the “creamy wants”? While it isn’t a slush fund, it most certainly isn’t a reasonable choice. Come on Mike, just like our Federal and State budgets, the educational departments throughout the state wring their hands together just trying to figure out how much they can wring out of constituents before they squawk (A new building we won’t use here, a program and resources we won’t use there, a computer system and peripherals we don’t need here, a parking garage and 21st century bus depot there). RCCSD passed their referendum before the decision on the Priority schools was finished. How do you think they’d vote now knowing they’re going to be redirecting massive amounts of their district money to schools their kids don’t attend. Think about it.

      “and at election time we will remember the sleazy tactics used to pass HB 165 and those who voted for it.”
      Just replace “HB 165” with any recent “Referendum” and you have the parallel and paradox of when “intelligent” vs. “ignorant” voters vote. How many sleazy referendums does it take for voters to stop funding the inefficient machine or how long does it take before the sleazy referendum propaganda machine wears down voters resolve?

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    • Publius e decere

      Mike O displays a parochial resentful bent in calling out The Man. M Ryder has called out Mike O, correctly I might add. The things Mike O proposes are in fact a “slush fund” for causes which he prefers, but which have doubtful public support.

      Publius

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  2. What Mike O. said!

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  3. Real reform should include audits exactly the same way public school districts submit to every year.

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    • Could you point to Christina’s audit from 13-14 or even 12-13 that was completed by the auditor’s office as required by law? Or any other district’s audit for that matter? I can’t seem to find them posted anywhere on the State Auditor’s website. I would like to compare those charter audits with those done by the contracted audit firms which are posted on the DOE Charter page.

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    • Publius e decere

      There are occasional narrow district post audits (in the correct meaning of the phrase) of things like capital expenditures versus capital budgets. The short answer to these ost audits: “Yes, the district spent the money”.

      As far as more comprehensive audit reviews of generai financial practices and probing for sound practices, they have never been true and full financial audits against government accounting standards to report on the true financial picture of a district. To the extent that there have been any at all, they have been in selected topic areas.

      The last one for Red Clay covered fiscal year 2007. A variety of poor practices by the (former) CFO. Former for good reason.

      The last one for Christina covered most — but not all — of fiscal 2006. The district took $3-million of special ed money and spent it on other things. http://www.wboc.com/story/5562746/auditor-christina-school-district-misspends-taxpayers-cash. An environment created by a the (former) Superintendent. Former for good reason.

      I guess if once every eight years is good enough for districts like Christina who misspent millions, then I guess once every eight years for charters would meet your proposed standard of “audits exactly the same way public school districts submit to every year”.

      In reality, charter schools submit to a true and full financial audit every year, by licensed CPAs and are audited for GAAP-compliant practices and GAGAS-compliant financial statements. Districts do not.

      Publius

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    • Wait I’m confused, the section of Delaware law that has been discussed among a few others in this topic said that the State Auditors office did annual audits of all districts. Is that not happening or do I have it confused?
      I looked in the code and found this section: Can someone set me straight here as to whether or not there are really annual audits or not?

      Delaware Code Title 14
      1504 Audit.

      (a) The Auditor of Accounts shall each year as soon as possible after July 1 audit the business and financial transactions, records, and accounts of the Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Delaware Center for Education Technology, the Delaware Advisory Council for Career and Vocational Education, and the boards of education of the school districts.

      (b) The Auditor of Accounts shall publish the results of such audit and shall also mention the name of any person who has made within the last year a gift to said funds, with the amount or value thereof.

      (c) In order to ensure that authorized position complements are not exceeded, the Auditor of Accounts is directed to incorporate an examination of the number of authorized positions versus the number of actual positions a district has employed as part of the regular, annual audit review for all public school district audits that commence on or after July 1, 1991. This position audit function shall include, in addition to formula salary positions, an examination of positions and associated “option units” authorized by the Secretary of Education under any appropriation.

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    • Publius e decere

      MHS,

      Yes, annual audits of districts are required. They are not being done.

      In addition to Title 14 Section 1509, look at Title 29 Section 2906(f). 1509 calls for an audit of records, transactions and accounts. 2906 calls for “postaudits” of “tax funds” budgets and expenditures. In both cases on an annual basis. In the 2906 case those reports are supposed to be published widely, even at local libraries.

      Of course none of this is happening. But since the state auditor is “an elected public official” maybe his inaction reflects the inherent will of the people on this issue. And also note that there are no penalties on districts for not conducting an audit anually in lieu of the state auditor’s inaction. The last time the state auditor looked at Christina, he found $3-million in restricted special ed funds being spent on things other than special ed, and this was going on in the midst of some serious deficit spending by the district.

      In the meantime, charter schools are engaging real Delaware licensed CPAs to audit thir schools on an annual basis and they are turning in their reports to DOE in the fall following each June-30 fiscal year end. Are there some charter schools with inappropriate expenses? Yes. They don’t quite match the hubris of taking $3-million from special ed kids, but they are bad practices nonetheless which must be fixed.

      Maybe we could audit districts sometime soon. Eight years ago is way too long to wait. Maybe the districts should set aside the same percent of revenues as the average of charter school audit expenses and then hire state-license auditors to do what the state auditor will not do despite the law which requires it.

      Publius

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  4. Actually, Kilroy…. ;your protection of the Charter Schools has come back to bite you in the ass… As long as you are giving protection and saying you support Charter schools when all of us know how corrupt and filthy they are, it makes perfect since why they should not report all their corruption and filth to the public, if they still have your support….

    But…..

    If you were to come out as all others have, and admit that charters are failures, that we need to eradicate them forever off the face of Delaware
    soil, that we should no longer have charter money leaving public schools to fester in the 1%’s pocket…. Then, and only then, would they even consider passing this open recording legislation, simply because the entire Charter Program would now be in jeopardy…”We have to pass this law in order to save Charters in Delaware!!!… ” Just switch over to blasting the charter concept out of the water, over to decrying how HORRIBLE< HORRIBLE< HORRIBLE every single charter is (in principle)… and then sit back and watch the huge majorities with which these open recording bills gets passed next year…..

    Remember what we really need is soap in our children's school bathrooms…. not profiteering education Think Tank head wannabe making $280,000 a year of money that should be going towards our children's education..

    Fight to eliminate all Charters forever… and your bill will get passed overwhelmingly!!!! because the Charters themselves will be pushing it as a last gasp attempt to stay alive…

    :)….

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  5. I agree audits are required that include ensuring funds are used for the purpose it is provided. {Are all state, local and federal funds for children with special needs being used as required?

    To my knowledge these audits are not being done. Who is responsible to make sure laws are being followed?

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    • Publius e decere

      I believe that would be the “elected official”, Tom Wagner. I suppose the outraged public can un-elect him next time around. Delaware legislators have been too self-interested to provide for a recall mechanism for this kind of elected official, since it might turn on them at some point. I suppose that Representatives don’t need a recall mechanism since they have to re-run every two years. So let’s start with … district school board members.

      Publius

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  6. So we have no audits of school districts as required by law and all remain silent, while complaining about audits of charter schools.

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