Shocking Find: Delaware DOE Reorganization Memo

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After their first budget hearing with the Joint Finance Committee, the Delaware Department of Education knew it had to make some changes.  To that effect, Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Steven Godowsky crafted a memo to the Department employees.  I was able to get my hands on this over two-month old memo that has been shrouded in secrecy until today!  This isn’t something you can just find on the DOE website.  It doesn’t exist there.  It doesn’t exist anywhere on the internet.  Until now…

Since this memo came out, more DOE employees have left the organization.  Just this month, three major employees left the Department.  Atnre Alleyne, formerly with the Teacher/Leader Effectiveness Unit left. Michelle Whelan from the Charter School Office got a job over at the Attorney General’s Office.  And Brian Curtis, once with the Accountability area and most recently with the TLEU, attained a position as the Principal…

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7 responses to “Shocking Find: Delaware DOE Reorganization Memo

  1. lastDEconservative

    OK, KO, you wanna be Woodward or Bernstein?

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    • Publius e decere

      I was thinking more like the Clarence Beeks character in “Trading Places”. An angry toad whose fate ends badly, in a gorilla suit. Being taunted by (future Senator) Al Franken who plays a baggage handler.


  2. Hijack alert: Kilroy this needs a discussion.

    Shocking memo: On average- “42 percent of public school students have to take remedial classes before they start earning credits,”
    80% of DSU students require remediation.
    70% of DelTech & Wilm. U. students
    27% of Wesley students
    18% of UofD students

    Let’s see, does that mean;
    -the H/S’s aren’t preparing them?
    (*that couldn’t be the case because the TPS H/S’s are doing a bang up job, the union labor precludes any teacher ineffectiveness*)
    -the students don’t care to take advantage of the pre-college education? (*no, all college applicants are highly motivated, conscientious students*)
    -or does that mean the colleges are accepting or being forced to accept students who are incapable of college level work?
    (*no, all students should be given “equal access” [especially on taxpayer insured federal loans] regardless of aptitude or capability*)

    3-5% of those who met SAT benchmarks needed remediation.
    45-50% of those who did NOT meet SAT benchmarks needed remediation.
    So, would that indicate the SAT is identifying who is adequately prepared for college? Or, would H/S GPA (variable based on which H/S they attend) be sufficient? Be honest now.

    This applies to choice schools as well, given that some like CSW demand more academic capability than just being able to breathe air. Is it appropriate to grant unqualified entrance to a limited resource optional school that will require more than just breathing? Is it fair to the student who hasn’t mastered the prerequisites to expect them to succeed in the higher demand environment (*throwing them in the deep end without knowing how to swim is perfectly fine*)? How might you determine who is adequately prepared? Say it with me now: Standardized tests. *Nahhh, they’re irrelevant and don’t show anything we don’t already know right?*


    • lastDEconservative

      “3-5% of those who met SAT benchmarks needed remediation.
      45-50% of those who did NOT meet SAT benchmarks needed remediation.”

      And UD’s dropping the SAT entry requirement. Sweet.

      Just wait a little, M, pretty soon, UD’s standards will drop to the level of the DE TPS’s product. Problem solved. After the DC school (not education) system develops the Cuban model (below), and the rest of the edstablishment adopts it, and college is “free” like K-12 is “free,”, well, what difference will it make at that point anyway?


  3. lastDEconservative

    And when we’re done with M’s excellent suggestion, and you think it can’t get any worse, maybe we could spend a day or two on this one, out today in the Washington Times:

    ***D.C. looks to communist Cuba for lessons to improve literacy***


    By Ryan M. McDermott – The Washington Times – Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    The D.C. Public Schools System is looking to Cuba for lessons to improve literacy in the nation’s capital.

    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson have toured several schools in Havana during a five-day visit to the communist-run island nation, which boasts a 99.8 percent literacy rate.

    “Given Cuba’s emphasis on a strong education, I know there’s a lot we can learn from each other,” Ms. Bowser said Tuesday from Havana in a conference call with reporters. “There’s a focus on teaching here and making sure all citizens have access to high-quality teaching.” (((SO THE CUBANS WILL LEARN FROM DC SCHOOLS … WHAT EXACTLY?))) (((THIS LOT SHOULD VISIT US HERE IN DELAWARE. WEREN’T 99.9% OF OUR TEACHERS INTERGALACTIC CLASS PROFICIENT?)))

    Both Ms. Bowser and Ms. Henderson toured the University of Havana, the oldest university in Cuba, as well as a middle school and a trade school to get a better understanding of how “the country’s literacy, graduation rates and university and college retention rates remain consistently high,” the Democratic mayor said. (((JUST NOT BEING AMERICA IS NOT ENOUGH?)))

    U.S. businesses, governments and tourists have been eyeing the Caribbean nation for various opportunities since President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced the resumption of diplomatic ties in December 2014. Having ended a 50-year-old trade and travel embargo against Cuba, Mr. Obama plans to travel to Havana this year.

    Cuba has long reported a near-perfect literacy rate unverified by any international agency or standardized measurement. Likewise, Russia and China enjoy literacy rates of 99.7 percent and 96.8 percent, respectively, according to the CIA World Factbook. North Korea boasts 100 percent literacy.

    Literacy rates for Western nations like the U.S., Great Britain, Germany and France are not reported on the CIA World Factbook website.

    But according to a report by the State Education Agency, about 64 percent of D.C. residents over the age of 15 are functionally literate — a statistic that falls significantly in Wards 5, 7 and 8, which register about a 50 percent literacy rate. (((HERE IT IS, THANKS, REPUBLICANS)))

    Ms. Bowser didn’t offer details about how an education system based on Marxist ideology could be applied to the District’s often-troubled school system, which has about 48,000 students and spends about $16,000 per pupil, according to a 2014 report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. (((DOLLARS TO DONUTS THE DC SCHOOL SYSTEM MORE RESEMBLES MARXISM THAN DOES CUBA’S)))

    Modeling the D.C. school system on Cuba’s would require some noticeable changes.

    School days in Cuba are 12 hours long — from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the school year begins in September and ends in early July, offering only two months of summer break. Breakfast and lunch are provided free of charge, and all students wear uniforms that also are provided without charge. Education from primary school through the university level is free of charge. (((YEAH, BUT WHO LAUNDERS THOSE FREE UNIFORMS? YAY, AMERICA!!)))

    According to the U.N.’s cultural and educational agency, UNESCO, Cuba invests about 10 percent of its annual budget in education, while the United States spends about 2 percent of the federal budget on education. However, education in the U.S. is a local and state matter, not a federal one.

    And Cuba didn’t follow a traditional path to its vaunted 99.8 percent literacy rate — at least not one that District schools could easily follow.

    Following the 1959 Communist revolution led by Fidel Castro, Cuban officials nationalized the schools and promised to eradicate illiteracy, which affected nearly 75 percent of the population. (((AS DID JIMMAH CARTER HERE, CIRCA 1976)))

    By 1961 the Castro administration had sent hundreds of thousands of young educators into the countryside to erect schools and instruct poor, rural residents. (((SOUNDS MORE LIKE HOME ALL THE TIME)))

    According to UNESCO, more than 800 literacy centers were opened, and about 268,000 Cubans worked on the campaign. By 1970 Cuba reported about 88 percent of its residents were literate, and that number reached 99 percent in 1986. It has remained there ever since.

    In Washington, D.C. Council member David Grosso, the at-large independent who heads the Education Committee, declined to comment on the education portion of the mayor’s trip to Cuba.

    Ms. Bowser and Ms. Henderson are touring Cuba with a delegation from the D.C. region, including Democratic council members Jack Evans (Ward 2) and Vincent Orange (at-large Democrat); Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett; Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones; and members of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

    Ms. Bowser participated in the first Washington DC-Cuba Business Forum, which she says could open trade between the District and Cuba. She said D.C. businesses might soon reap the benefits of construction contracts in Cuba as U.S. trade relations emerge.

    “The Cubans are pretty focused on the projects they need to do,” Ms. Bowser said. “And they’re concentrating on the time when relations between Cuba and the United States become normalized.”

    No contracts have been signed yet, however. Brian Kenner, D.C. deputy mayor for planning and economic development, said it’s too soon to hash out any details on possible construction projects.

    “Everyone is going down talking about these opportunities,” Mr. Kenner said. “Didn’t think we’re going walk away after two days with a transaction.”

    Ms. Bowser said she has talked for more than a year about how the D.C. region could market itself to an international audience and that Cuba is rife with opportunity.

    Mr. Kenner said the aim of regional leaders’ visit is to build relationships in Cuba for when construction contracts begin to be awarded.

    “[The trip has been] very productive, and it will be helpful once markets open up,” he said.

    © Copyright 2016 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.


  4. When you lower entrance standards, you lower graduation rates.


    • lastDEconservative

      Not if graduation standards are likewise (and logically they will be) lowered.

      Remember, socialism and big government in all its forms and at all its cooperating levels (UD teaches the teachers who can’t, which produces the K-12 students who can’t, etc.) can only equally distribute misery, which is why the spiral down has been occurring in all our institutions since the killing of the founding concepts of self reliance and personal responsibility (among others). The leviathan will never set itself up for criticism recognizable by the great unwashed, as would be the case of a link twixt lower entrance standards and reasonable graduation standards. That criticism must continue to be sounded by We the Few of discernment.