Delaware isn’t transparent in reporting bad teachers , The News Journal

The Delaware Department of Education won’t reveal what’s led to teacher discipline.

A nationwide survey that tracks how states handle teacher discipline – and how they share those records with other states – showed that while Delaware participates fully in a national indexing system, it does not make its records available for public scrutiny.

Delaware has suspended or revoked the licenses of dozens of educators over the last two decades and has given that information to an organization, the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, that records and shares it with districts across the country so that districts can check the background of a teacher before making hiring decisions.

Those records, however, are not open to the public in the First State.

“There should be a certain level of transparency,” Hodges said, arguing that the teachers’ records should be publicly accessible after the investigation is finished and parents should be notified. As it stands now, she said, the system is tilted toward protecting teachers.

School district and DE DOE hides behind the confidentiality of legal and personal matters!

Delaware has the online DEEDS feature where parents and the community cane check the credentials of teachers  and see in the case of those teachers featured in this articel re: revoke credentials. There NOTHING stopping DE DOE from adding to Revoke notations such as criminal convictions such as “felony” with notation of what they were convicted of. This would not break the law or infringe on confidentiality protection laws. The road block to such public information “enhancements” is people like Representative Debbie Hudson and Rep Valeria Longhurst. Folks the technology platform is in place.

We don’t need to go on a witch-hunt and demoralize all Delaware professional teachers. We just need to make sure we have the data base to identifies those teacher that have been convicted of crimes and what the convictions were. 

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  1. lastDEconservative

    AND they get free dental for life. Give me a break …

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  2. lastDEconservative

    Wait. Does the Fred not vet her members either? I guess not, it all spends the same, right?

    But in fairness, she should change those sanctimonious radio ads to “most” of our teachers are in it for the chil’ren.

    But send them all to us at birth, as the numbers of kids increase, likewise the number of duespayers, the odds will, uh, er, de-, no, in-crease of yours being exposed to a deviant. Uh, scratch that.

    Maybe this is preamble to the coming takeover of internationalism and the diminution of Americanism in government schooling (not education). Isn’t some of the (currently considered) deviant behavior at hand considered a-okay in certain more enlightened nations which we shall soon be forced to emulate?

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  3. I pay for my dental. But keep believing the myth.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Here we go again. As I splained to the estimable (and formidable, challenge-wise, but who was caught unawares this day) Mr. Carper, lo, these many years ago, the math goes like this.

      100% of your salary and benefits (oh, what a tragic use of an innocent group of 8 letters) comes from MY production in the private, free market. Let’s see, that leaves, uh, ZERO % to come from YOUR production of something in the private marketplace. Since government produces nothing, and only has what it takes, we have mathematical and logical congruence here. Kapiche?

      Now then, if your weekly paycheck is divided into several segments, each of those likewise is attributable to my effort, each being a subset of the greater whole taken from me. Still with me? Therefore, the minuscule, if any, reduction in your direct deposit amount on a given Friday attributable to pension contribution (oh, that hurt), political lobbying costs, the Fred’s new Ford, or, say, dental insurance, well, shazam! That came out of my pocket, too! Q.E.D.

      And, you’re welcome.

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    • Publius e decere

      “Are you tryin’ to say capisce? ‘Cause when you doo, it’s hurtsa my years!”

      — Vinne “Todd” Antonelli (Steve Martin)

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    • lastDEconservative

      Or capisci, depending on the source one uses. However …

      “Always write to the (level of the) audience.”
      … Name forgotten, Ph.D., my University, circa 1970

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    • Publius e decere

      The newspaper a week or two ago showed what was paid by the state and what was contributed by the employees. The employee portion was astoundingly low compared to the private sector. The Guv proposed moving this percentage from astoundingly low to just grossly low. And the band plays on —

      LDC keep nailing this one because that is what hammers do. “QED”

      Getting this benefit is a part of your compensation, and it is “better than most people get”. Best I can tell, LDC is hammering on your denial as much as anything.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Thanks for helping me in the attempt to raise the curtain. Carper and John are far from “denial” … they aren’t even up to “recognize.”

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  4. Publius e decere

    So there we have it. Tilt at small windmills over T-crossing, which we let the Group W bench from various districts quietly run amok:

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    • lastDEconservative

      OMG, Publius, you have raised the bar to a heretofore unimaginable level. The Group W bench! Running amok in the educracy.

      I shall keep my hat in a tipped position till and including Leap Day in honor of and respect for such a capital S Smart capital S Snark. Huzzah!

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  5. lastDEconservative

    “Delaware has the online DEEDS feature … ”

    I guess it should be called “SOME” DEEDS …

    ROTFLMA -again- looking at Arlo’s face above, recalling the Group W bench. Pub, thanks again!!!

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