Tony Allen and Dan Rich are looking down the wrong end of the telescope

It’s now or never for fixing Wilmington schools Education series; Tony Allen and Dan Rich

Today thousands of Wilmington children, most of them poor, black, or Latino, still do not have access to high-quality public education. Judged on most outcomes—test scores, truancy, graduation rates, college attendance, socio-emotional well-being, drug use, homelessness, arrests, and unemployment—these children have become data points for a system of failure.

Burned the remainder of this article and address the question of over-use of data and ignoring what “teachers” have been say for the last 20 years. The money, millions up millions being pissed away on unneeded federally driven state assessment and data collecting could have been better spend providing tangible tools in the classroom.  I am Mike Mattews could add merit to teacher classroom observations on which student is in need of intervention academically and socially, such as support from parents.  But the end of third grade its too late for many kids and by the end of middle school its way beyond too late. Sure we have wonderful dropout prevention programs but many of those student barely meet the standards. The drive to lower the dropout rate seems more about ending the embarrassment aka egg on the face of the superintendent.

As far as access to high-quality public education Mr. Allen and Mr. Rich! Where is your call to end discriminatory barriers in charter school admission. Why are we allowed to have charter schools that “cherry-pick?” Even Red Clay magnet schools have admission requirements.

The school reforms driven by No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top, for the most part, also have not worked.

Here is the part where I tell everybody to go FUCK THEMSELVES! I sat in on Red Clay’s board’s Race to The Top MOU meeting vote.

Where you Mr. Rich and Mr. Allen? Also, Governor Markell and Red Clay did not follow the law re: Title 1 Section 1118. Title 1 parents didn’t have any engagement in the planning of RTTT, Common Core Standards or the Smarter Balance Assessment. Even before attending the Red Clay RTTT MOU meeting myself and other who refused to drink the Kool-aid  were sounding off and opposing RTTT. Mr. Allen you love affair with Rodel is shameful! How dare you back-peddle on Race to The Top!

Last week, the U.S. Congress essentially repealed No Child Left Behind, returning to the states the responsibility for initiatives to improve public education.

And what good does it after Markell jams his wrongheaded education agenda seeded in federal intervention through Delaware’s House of Representation and Senate? The there are those state reg modification where the law permits the state board free hand to manipulate. The damage is done!!!!

Over the last 16 months, a community group of parents, students, teachers, district and charter representatives, and community leaders has worked passionately to chart a viable path for strengthening Wilmington education.

And the answer is, farm-over Wilmington’s black children to the Red Clay Plantation. Red Clay takes pride in creating Charter School of Wilmington and yet is shielded from the blame on the Specific Interest admission preference on the law. Funny thing about that is , the hands of certain Red Clay folks held the hand of Governor Carper when he signed the Delaware Charter School Law. Red Clay when as far as applied the “Specific Interest” preference to Conrad a district magnet school. How do your serve Wilmington’s black children by allow a district with racist dirty hands sever them?

And the answer is, farm-over Wilmington’s black children to the Red Clay Plantation. Red Clay takes pride in creating Charter School of Wilmington and yet is shielded from the blame on the Specific Interest admission preference on the law. Funny thing about that is , the hands of certain Red Clay folks held the hand of Governor Carper when he signed the Delaware Charter School Law. Red Clay when as far as applied the “Specific Interest” preference to Conrad a district magnet school. How do your serve Wilmington’s black children by allow a district with racist dirty hands sever them?

Tony Allen is the Chairman of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission (WEIC), a senior executive with Bank of America, and a Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awardee for Advancing Racial Equality, the National Urban League’s highest honor. Dan Rich is the Policy Director for WEIC, and University Professor of Public Policy and former Provost at the University of Delaware. He is the architect of the University’s Commitment to Delawareans, a program that prepares Delaware high school students for admission to UD and supports them financially.  

Kilroy is the town idiot, a former Title 1 Student with a GED and a pocketful of college credits. What does Kilroy know about the struggles of failing students who are all alone and lacks family support networks? What does Kilroy know about the loneliness of walking the halls of his school feeling like an outcast? I ask, with all the amazing PhD’s setting the path for public education for the last 100 years why is public education so fucked up?   

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5 responses to “Tony Allen and Dan Rich are looking down the wrong end of the telescope

  1. 3rd grade. Read on grade level in 3rd grade and your odds for graduation are high (as are a host of other problems). Read below grade level in 3rd grade, and statistics show overwhelmingly that your odds of graduation are severely diminished. This is where our focus should be. Reading Reading Reading. (and it helps if parents read to kids from…well, birth).

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  2. Tony Allen is a brilliant writer and an equally good presenter. His critique of the education system is incisive and dead-on in articulating the gaps and injustices. And then, once he gets you pumping your fist and shouting “Right on!!” And you are supposed to be so carried away by the strength of his critique, that you just keep shouting “Right on” as he proposes the solution.

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  3. The ACCESS is there. The ability to RECEIVE what we have to offer is limited due to inequitable circumstances that have nothing to do with school.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Inequitable circumstances.

      Of course, contrary to our very founding documents, which promise …

      Life, liberty, and the -guarantee- of happiness to be supplied and distributed equitably according to the wisdom of the elected and the elite.

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  4. Bingo, Jennifer.

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