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20 members of the Wilmington Education Improvement Committee were a no-show at Monday’s town hall meeting.

COMMISSION MEMBERS

Below are the 23 members of the new Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, which will work out the plan to redistrict the city’s schools:

•Chair: Tony Allen, Bank of America executive

Co-chairs: Kenny Rivera, Red Clay school board president; Elizabeth Lockman, Red Clay parent

• Eve Buckley, Christina School District parent

• Nnamdi Chukwuocha, chair of the Wilmington City Council’s Education, Youth and Families Committee

• Rosa Colon-Kolacko, chief diversity officer, Christiana Care

• Karen Eller, Christina School District teacher

• Meredith Griffin, education chair of the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council

• Frederika Jenner, Delaware State Education Association teachers union president

Yvonne Johnson, Delaware Parent Teacher Association vice president for advocacy

• Joseph T. Laws, Colonial school board president

• Margie Lopez-Waite, L’Aspira Academy Charter School president

• Aretha Miller, Community Education Building executive director

• Harrie Ellen Minnehan, Christina school board president

• Joe Pika, former State Board of Education president

• Chandra Pitts, parent and president of One Village Alliance

• State Rep. Charles Potter

• Vicki Seifred, Red Clay school district teacher

• John Skrobot, Brandywine school board president

• State Sen. David Sokola, chair of the Senate Education Committee

• Michelle Taylor, United Way of Delaware president

• One student each from Red Clay and Colonial, yet-to-be-named

Only 3 member of this commission (highlighted in blue) took the time to attend last Monday’s town-hall meeting and Dan Rich, a University of Delaware professor who is advising the commission. 

Three more town hall meetings are scheduled: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Cab Calloway School of the Arts; 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Sarah Pyle Academy; and 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Eden Support Services Center.” 

I find it pathetic those who raised their hands to be part of this committee turned their backs on the public during  the town halls meetings. Real sad 😦

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Go back to bed Red Clay taxpayers the Christina and Red Clay merger will happen! Like it or not !

Wilmington school redistricting group hears tax worries Matthew Albright, The News Journal

Some Red Clay Consolidated School District residents are worried plans to redistrict Wilmington schools will end up leading to a tax increase.

That’s the message members of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission got in a town hall Monday night that drew more than 50 people.

Damn right taxes will go up! But the real concern should be the impact the merger will have on student services and achievement! Red Clay doesn’t have the capacity to fix Wilmington’s problems.

The question that looms largest: How can Red Clay get the resources it needs to take over inner-city schools? City schools require more funding to care for the extra needs its students have, but the city’s tax base isn’t as fruitful as the suburbs.

Some in Monday’s audience fear the state will place the burden on Red Clay taxpayers.

Exactly ! The state will provide seed money but once gone all defaults on local taxpayers! Just like with Race to The Top. Also, the state failed to make good on Priority school funding as promised. Markell’s Dover clones are telling the district to use federal Title 1 funding.

“If this is implemented and we do redistricting, what do you perceive the impact is going to be on taxes spread across the district?” asked resident Dick Saunders, pointing out that voters in Red Clay just this year approved raising taxes for schools.

The commission members said they didn’t have definite answers yet because the planning process had just started. But Kenny Rivera, one of the commission’s vice chairs and the Red Clay school board president, said he’s keenly aware of those concerns.

“We’re up here as taxpayers and residents, too,” Rivera said. “My hope is that Red Clay taxpayers will not be responsible for this.”

Red Clay shouldn’t agree to anything until the funding question is answered!

 Dan Rich, a University of Delaware professor who is advising the commission, said he didn’t expect to have every single question answered by that deadline.

Then the plan should not go forward !

“If we decide that we need more time, we will be sure to tell you how to contact state leaders to help us ask for that,” said Elizabeth Lockman, the committee’s other vice-chair.

Why wouldn’t the committee tell state leaders we need more time?

Three more town hall meetings are scheduled: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Cab Calloway School of the Arts; 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Sarah Pyle Academy; and 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Eden Support Services Center.

It doesn’t matter the merger is going to happen and there is nothing anyone can do! Markell owns the Delaware Republican legislators. There is no political opposition to his wrongheaded agenda.