Daily Archives: August 18, 2015

News Journal pitching donkey dirt re: Wilmington Education Improvement Commission

Wilmington school redistricting group picked Matthew Albright, The News Journal

The new Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, whose membership was announced Tuesday, starts with broad support for its mandate to find a way to remove the Christina and Colonial school districts from the city and give their urban schools and students to Red Clay school district.

News Journal’s spin “starts with broad support for its mandate” is a crock of donkey dirt. It implies that all members of the WEIC supports the mandate.  

Hear me well as this is my prediction, Christina Wilmington Schools will be folded into Red Clay without solid funding stream. Folks without needs-base funding supported by additional state funding Red Clay will implode and future referendums will be squashed. The time has come to end the referendum process and fund traditional and charter schools the same way votechs are funded, by THE LEGISLATORS.   As a far any merger, Wilmington schools will be more segregated than ever! After-all there is the Neighborhood Schools Act. Any notions city kids could attend Red Clay popular suburban schools is a fantasy.  

The road to a more equitable education for Wilmington’s children is eliminating the barriers within Choice school. Governor Markell brags how Delaware students can chose their schools! He is a lair ! The transportation barriers prevents poor city children to attend a choice school in the suburbs. Title 1 city children should have preferential choice-transportation but wait ! Stop ! Don’t get this confused with Delaware’s Choice school laws, What is a Title I Choice School? “The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires that schools that receive federal Title I funds must meet “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) goals. This same federal law requires that any school that does not make AYP in the same subject two years in a row must be identified as a Title I School Improvement School and requires that CMS offer you the opportunity to send your child to another CMS school that is not in Title I School Improvement.” “Why do I have Title I Choice Options? NCLB requires that students assigned to Title I Choice schools have options for schools that are not Title I Choice. Students with Title I Choice home schools may not have any other Title I Choice schools listed on their applications. ”

Folks Pinocchio in Red Clay says, Title 1 students eligible for “Title Choice” must Choice into a Red Clay Title 1 school and because no Red Clay Title 1 school meets AYP Title 1 student’s can’t utilize “Title 1 Choice”. But here is the kicker, this provision was waived under the NCLB Waive as was Title 1 Section 1118 which Nnamdi Chukwuocha aka the son of William Hicks Anderson is well aware Title 1 parents have unique federal rights that was washed away by the NCLB Wavier. The law required Title 1 parents to part of design and planning of programs impacting Title 1 students. They had no say in Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment. They were indoctrinated after Governor Markell signed onto those programs. 

The group must find a way to give Red Clay the funding and other help it needs to serve an influx of new at-risk students. That would mean either finding new money in a time of looming budget shortfalls or redistributing money schools already get.  

Red Clay will be stuck with Chirstina’s debt. Markell clones within this committee will support rushing the merger with seed money with shallow promises of  public school financial reform. Those property owners living in Wilmington will be faced with in creased local “Red Clay” school tax. Same goes for all the commercial building currently within Christina.

I am not a naysayer but Red Clay has failed Title 1 students over and over and over. What makes Markell and his lapdogs think Red Clay can do better by adding more Title 1 students? The problem is lack of needs-based funding and leaders who spend more time kissing Jack Markell ass than focusing on the needs of students within their district! And why isn’t Jea Street part of this committee? If the NAACP supports these radical changes why aren’t they at the table? If “education is the most important civil rights issue of this generation” where are the civil right leaders on the this committee.     

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Sec of Ed Murphy was a puppet and the puppet master Markell still protected by the News Journal

New education secretary has reputation for teamwork  Matthew Albright, The News Journal

Tensions between Delaware’s Department of Education and local educators grew during Mark Murphy’s three years as secretary. It is a divide, colleagues say, that veteran educator Steven Godowsky, who is set to replace Murphy this fall, can begin to repair

Murphy did his job according to the Markell / Rodel script. Murphy did what he was told and go the job done advancing the political agenda!  

Murphy’s tenure has seen Delaware implement a rush of reforms, but he has faced outrage from teachers and parents in battles over issues like the state’s controversial Priority Schools plan for Wilmington schools and the debate over whether parents should be able to pull their kids out of the state’s standardized test

Murphy didn’t rush reform! Murphy ran with Markell’s reform ball and the NJ said by cheering the change agent Markell. 

Murphy was the subject of a no-confidence vote by the Delaware State Education Association, and the Delaware Association of School Administrators found 9 out of 10 administrators didn’t have confidence in the department.

And Markell was rewarded with a second-term by the same groups. So when will Jack Markell get his spanking! 

Many educators hope Godowsky’s tenure will see less combat and more collaboration.

Gadowsky serves at the pleasure of Governor Markell and the radical changes is needed in the governor’s office.

State Rep. John Kowalko, one of Murphy and Markell’s fiercest critics, hopes that Godowski’s extensive experience could be beneficial.

“[Markell] needs somebody with some experience who can challenge him,” Kowalko said. “I have optimism that [Godowsky] is that person.”

Kowalko says it’s not likely Godowsky will be able to push through any transformative changes with a little more than a year left in Markell’s term, but he could help to rebuild trust in state leadership.

The damage is done and now we all suffer until Markell’s out of office. 

The issue of experience was a sore point among some educators with Murphy.

Last legislative session, state Sen. Bryan Townsend proposed a bill that would tighten the job requirements for secretary of education to require at least 10 years in a school system, including at least five as a classroom teacher. Townsend argued the state’s top education leader should have a better idea of what it’s like to be a teacher.

Though Townsend said the bill wasn’t aimed directly at Murphy, the secretary had only three years in the classroom and thus wouldn’t have met the bill’s requirements.

Murphy was a PE teacher and Godowsky is very seasoned and is the right person based on experience. However, will he be another Markell pool boy ?