Daily Archives: October 29, 2015

Earl Jaques Tries To Silence And Censor John Kowalko On Email Chain

Exceptional Delaware

Earlier this evening, Delaware State Rep. John Kowalko sent an email to over a hundred people about his thoughts on the latest round of NAEP scores, which are showing a downward trend.  Several folks responded, including State Rep. Earl Jaques.  What Jaques did is symptomatic of what is wrong in Delaware politics.  Follow the email chain, and let me know if you agree or disagree with Jaques.

From: Kowalko, John (LegHall)
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 6:06 PM
To: Bennett, Andria (LegHall); acherry@wdel.com; aloudell@dbcmedia.com; al@wdel.com; Bohm, Adriana L (K12); albydm@aol.com; “alan@greendel.org”; Alyssa Van Stan; amywroe@gmail.com; Volturo, Andrew (LegHall); Bradley, Juanita V (K12); Short, Bryon (LegHall); Baumbach, Paul (LegHall); Townsend, Bryan (LegHall); Hall-Long, Bethany (LegHall); Mike Begatto; Bentz, David (LegHall); Torbert, Betty (K12); “Graves, Bianca”; Bolden, StephanieT (LegHall); Bush, William (LegHall); Potter, Jr, Charles (LegHall); cciferni1972@gmail.com; Thompson, Cathy (K12); Carson, William (LegHall); Collins, Richard G (LegHall); Yvonne; downwithabsolutes@gmail.com; Rufo, Donato (K12)…

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Delaware legislators scapegoating on Delaware’s failed education agenda! WTF they voted for all of Markell’s education reform laws

Senate approves new education secretary , The News Journal

The Delaware Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve Gov. Jack Markell’s nomination of Steven Godowsky for Secretary of Education on Wednesday, but only after its members made clear they expect him to be more approachable than his predecessor, Mark Murphy.

The biggest part of the problem is the senate voted in laws supporting Markell’s wrongheaded education agenda.

“You are definitely a ray of light,” said Sen. Nicole Poore, D-New Castle. “We’ve been eager for better leadership in education, and I think you’re the right person.”

Then clean house at DE DOE!

Only two senators, Colin Bonini, R-Dover, and Greg Lavelle, R-Sharpley, voted against approving Godowsky.

Lavelle lack of support for parents re: his flip-flop vote leaves him with no credibility when it comes to education issues.  

Several lawmakers said Murphy and his Department of Education did not communicate clearly and did not listen to the concerns of teachers and local school leaders.

Many Delaware lawmakers (most) supported Jack Markell’s little man education agenda!

Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes, said the department had been “rudderless” and asked Godowsky how he would mend fences with school leaders and teachers.

What about parents Ernie ?

Godowsky said one of his main priorities was improving the department’s communication and strengthening relationships with educators and others involved in schools.

Then dump the DE DOE PIO! Obviously many of the so-called naysayer were right about Murphy and Markell.  

With Governor Markell the Race to The Top Quarterback and DSEA his cheerleader; students of Delaware spanked by NAEP

Delaware’s scores drop in nation’s report card By Amy Cherry 2:31pm, October 28, 2015 – Updated 5:01pm, October 28, 2015

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results showed Delaware is one of just eight states where fourth and eighth grade students scored lower in mathematics in 2015 compared to 2013. In 19 other states, NAEP reported students’ scores saw no change.

In mathematics in Delaware, fourth graders achieved a 37 percent proficiency rate compared to the national average of 39 percent. Among eighth graders, the proficiency rate in the First State was just 30 percent compared to 32 percent nationwide.

In reading, students in eighth grade in Delaware saw a drop in their scores in 2015, a poor proficiency ranking shared by just four other states. NAEP showed Delaware students in eighth grade with a 31 percent proficiency rating compared to a 33 percent ranking nationally.

More proof Delaware legislators supporting Governor Markell’s education agenda have proven children come last in Delaware.

“As leaders across the country are saying, we never want to see scores go down, but it’s hard to know what to make of it yet,” said Markell. “Also, unlike Smarter Balanced, NAEP is not aligned to Common Core, so students may have been asked about topics they hadn’t learned yet.”

Failure has no excuse Jack and you failed the children of Delaware and sadly DSEA was right beside you with their support of  Race to The Top. 

And here we go again, The Smarter Balanced Assessment will fix all the problems.