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.  

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

  1. Publius e decere

    “The funding question”. What exactly is that? For many of us, all we are hearing so far is “OMG this will be difficult we need more money”. Teenagers tell their parents the same thing. I am expecting more substance from professionals.

    How about a detailed assessment in dollars of the current situation? How about a detailed description, in dollars, of the “gap” between the current situation and recommend situation? And then how about a detalied recommendation, including dollars, for how to close that gap INCLUDING a persuasive description of the public benefit delivered by such recommendation ? No WEICers (so far) appear to be asking for nor working toward such specificity and detail. I guess they are comfortable with the seats of their pants.

    And don’t forget the union rules, the pay scales, the Priority School statuses, the building debts and deferred maintenance, the proper transfer of tax authority, the disruption to Wilmington highschoolers now attending Christina high schools, the tax equalizations, the change in nominating districts, the district board compositions, the existing charter authorizations needing unilateral revision, and lest we forget — the VOTERS whose right to referendum control has been summarily PREEMPTED by the legislature. Shall I continue?

    Specifics. Entiende? No more 20th-century knee-jerk tax-and-tax-then-spend memes. And please spare us all a “for-the-kids” sop. This is difficult stuff affecting a wide variety of vested (for good reason) interests. Develop a real accountable and detailed plan for what “is now” and what “is recommended”. And let the public debates run in full.

    And git ‘er dun by December 31st? Really? Which realistically means a substantially complete plan before Thanksgiving. Which is 90 calendar days (approx 60 week days) from now. Tomorrow that will be 59 week days from now. And so on. Tick tick tick.

    This will not end well for anyone. Artificial deadlines and preemption of taxpayers’ referendum rights are the fatal Achilles Heel iwhich is steeping in this foul brew of misguided misfits.

    Publius

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    • How about a detailed assessment in dollars of the current situation? How about a detailed description, in dollars, of the “gap” between the current situation and recommend situation? And then how about a detalied recommendation, including dollars, for how to close that gap INCLUDING a persuasive description of the public benefit delivered by such recommendation ? No WEICers (so far) appear to be asking for nor working toward such specificity and detail.

      Publius is right on this. I was thinking the same thing myself. Priority schools are underfunded and suffering from a too-high concentration of poverty. Everybody including WEIC knows the plan will require more money. So let”s quantify the ask first, THEN redraw the districts only after the money is committed.

      I will be asking WEIC members this at upcoming meetings or town halls, or by direct email. I hope to see Publius there!

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  2. Publius e decere

    “It doesn’t matter the merger is going to happen and there is nothing anyone can do! …There is no political opposition …”

    So says Kilroy. He might be right. Legislators will avert their eyes as property taxes rise. But they can’t go-Ostrich when it comes to contituent outrage. If such outrage were to arise.

    20th century Sheep. Wishing for 20th century halcyon days. While the 21st century around the globe is consistently and persistently overtaking us as we dance on the heads of ideologic pins.

    Publius

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  3. “It doesn’t matter the merger is going to happen and there is nothing anyone can do!”

    May I ask why our elected representatives will not engage in an issue that is directly under their purview? Redistricting, to my limited intellect, is the responsibility of the legislature with cooperation of the DOE and gubernator. Please correct my stupidity if I am wrong. Why are they deferring the responsibility to address, head on, the issue that DE has too many school districts, too many administrators and needs full blown redrawing of the districts? Herein is the real cowardice of our representatives who admittedly don’t want to piss off voters. They are unwilling to fully oppose Markell as well as unwilling to offer a comprehensive EFFECTIVE plan of consolidating the districts for the betterment of residents/ students. They will not engage on the plain issue that affects the largest population of the state and instead are willing to let the exiting governor and the public districts, take it on the chin. In other arenas this survivalist instinct would be appreciated, in the arena of our public school system, pulled by the special interests of the Feds, unions, district administration and progressive social justice crowd, not so much.

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    “Specifics. Entiende? No more 20th-century knee-jerk tax-and-tax-then-spend memes. And please spare us all a “for-the-kids” sop. This is difficult stuff affecting a wide variety of vested (for good reason) interests. Develop a real accountable and detailed plan for what “is now” and what “is recommended”. And let the public debates run in full.”

    Why on earth would our esteemed highly qualified representative gov’t, elected by “well informed” (Oh my) population, choose to break tradition and potentially end up with a functional, rigorous, and efficient public school system? I cannot fathom any reason why this would be desired. My selfish blatant sarcasm exposed.

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  4. Linda Calder

    The number one thing that I want to say here is that Red Clay does not have the ability or will to fix the three Christina priority schools! Period! The Red Clay Superintendent recently stated that the three Red Clay priority schools had what they needed to be successful this year! WHAT A LIE!!! These schools need smaller (really much smaller) classes. They also need paraprofessionals who can work with students on a one on one basis or in very small groups to reinforce what the teacher has taught. I cannot continue to support the Red Clay Bureaucracy!

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  5. Franny Trincia

    Why are we being punished for the city of Wilmington . for not paying their taxes and now we have to pick up the bill . I pay enough taxes over the years in Hockessin. every year our Taxes have increase on school taxes this is bullshit .

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