Will Red Clay Admins squeal like a pigs for WEIC?

School redistricting faces key meeting tonight , The News Journal

The campaign to redistrict Wilmington schools hangs by a thread, with the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission set to decide Wednesday night whether to accept controversial conditions the State Board of Education added in an explosive meeting last week.

The “emergency” meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. at the offices of law firm Bifferato, 800 N. King St. in Wilmington. Follow delawareonline.com for the latest news on the decision.

Emergency meeting !!!!!!! Cut me a brake!!!!!!!!!!! Fucking drama !!!!!!!!!!!

The commission’s plan, which would move Christina School District schools and students in the city limits to the Red Clay School District, squeaked by the State Board on Thursday by a 4-3 vote. They did so under the expectant eyes of an army of city leaders and activists who packed the meeting room far beyond capacity to shout, plead and demand that the board approve it.

“squeaked” LOL 🙂 The question is will Mervin and Kenny squeal 

The commission’s plan, which would move Christina School District schools and students in the city limits to the Red Clay School District, squeaked by the State Board on Thursday by a 4-3 vote. They did so under the expectant eyes of an army of city leaders and activists who packed the meeting room far beyond capacity to shout, plead and demand that the board approve it.

“Army of city leaders and activists”! Come on Jimmy Olsen WTF ? 

But the board added two conditions, one of which has infuriated leaders of the school districts that would have to implement redistricting.

Administrators and school board members, particularly those in Red Clay and Christina, have said redistricting can only happen if the state coughs up money to pay for things like moving between buildings, transitioning staffs and, most importantly, finding new ways to serve inner-city students who have long had their academic lives smothered by the effects of poverty and violence. The district’s property taxpayers cannot pick up the tab, they say.

Those leaders only signed off on the commission’s plan when an iron-clad guarantee was inserted: if the state doesn’t provide enough funds, the plan is canceled.

What do you think Sammy? You think Kenny will help bend Mervin over so he’ll squeal like pig for Jack Markell?

One of the State Board’s conditions changes a single word in the hundreds of pages in its report, but it’s a crucial one: instead of saying the board “shall” cancel redistricting if funding isn’t provided, the board has required the plan to say they “may” do so.

Looks like Jimmy Olsen is a fan of Exceptional Delaware 

State Board members said they did not want to tie the hands of future board members so they couldn’t act on new information, especially about academic progress in schools. But district leaders are furious with the change because they believe it gives the state an opening to force the districts to go through with redistricting without paying for the change.

And he comes Mervin’s famous lines, “we have to follow the law” and you need to contact your legislators.

Wednesday’s meeting will determine whether the commission moves forward with redistricting despite the conditions. Should it choose to do so, they would then gear up for a potentially fierce fight to pass the plan in the legislature. 

Yep! And Target is going to make a killing in profits selling white sheets ! Look for the ad sign on the back, “vote of Hudson”. Yea and I can hear Boy George Dave Sokola tell Markell, ” I’ll tumble for ya”.

Should they refuse, they could send it back again to the State Board for one last high-stakes test. Or they could choose to cancel the plan entirely and go back to the drawing board, which many commission members say would wreck the unprecedented momentum and support they’ve built over the past year.

One dinner at the Green Room with Markell and Hef would change his vote!

Folks the path to change is ending the preferential specific interest charter school admission clause! Provide preferential Choice busing to city kids who don’t have a city high school or middle school. Also, give city high school and middle kids who don’t have a city high schools and middle schools first choice in suburban high schools and middle schools over out of district kids and /or their siblings. 

Two key changes need to be made before moving district boundaries is defusing “De Facto Segregation” by address charter admission preferences and needs based funding in high poverty schools. Again, we need more teachers and more paraprofessionals to effectively lower class sizes in the most neediest schools and reduce the stress on teachers.     

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9 responses to “Will Red Clay Admins squeal like a pigs for WEIC?

  1. Kilroy, I’ve heard you talk about preferential choice for city students several times, and I just don’t understand what you mean exactly. In this case, you suggest that city middle school and high school students should receive preferential choice to suburban MS and HS. Are you aware of cases where city students are denied choice to, say, Stanton, or Dickinson because out of district kids are filling spaces? I happen to teach in a school with many in-district and out of district students. I may be blind to the facts, admittedly, but I have never heard of a student being denied choice in district due to an out of district student taking his place. What I typically see is students/parents who don’t respond to the overwhelming effort the district and schools do to advertise their schools, for choice, with open houses, flyers, notices, emails etc. In fact, when redistricting (internal) happened last year, students were given an opportunity to stay at their school (call it a choice to stay) and a great many kids/parents did not take that choice. For whatever reason, they opted to go where they were newly assigned. Choice is there for the taking, and so many do not exercise it. I think your issue is a red herring.

    Forget specific interest going away. That’s not happening, and you know it. CSW, DMA, Conrad…they aren’t going away.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Red Clay builds new suburban elementary schools citing the have no choice because of the Neighborhood Schools Act. Red Clay’s Wilmington elementary schools are not at capacity whereas suburban students can fill. However, one again here comes the Neighborhood School Act as the district defense as is they must make every effort to send students to their closest neighborhood school. As for Wilmington’s children this card can’r be played because it would cause resegregation. The real issues is de facto segregation caused by inadequate transportation accommodation for the poor. In Red Clay’s case there are no traditional Red Clay middle and high schools in Wilmington and children are assigned to suburban schools. And the fact remains, AIHS is the closest school for some students being assigned to Dickinson and McKean. The District added space to AIHS that only accommodates Choice students and the siblings. If you send all th AIHS school “Choice” students back to the home school that new space wouldn’t be needed “and” the old space would have surplus seat. The bottom-line is Red Clay is more subservient to the suburban affluent and has failed Wilmington children! At the end of the day, without transportation parents cannot have their children participate in Choice!

      Dickinson was raped by Red Clay’s charter school movement! We went from the white flight with deseg to the bright flight with “specific interest ” charter schools. Yea Red Clay did some redistricting within by making Conrad an all Choice magnet school eliminating feeder patterns and assigned Conrad neighborhood students to other middle schools like Stanton. It was part of the plan to move what some in Red Clay call trash students living in Alban Park and Robinson Lane off of Maryland Ave. What sucks is Red Clay didn’t put intervention programs in Stanton and Shyline to deal with at-risk students and negative behaviors that often follows. Sorry to say, having Red Clay taking on Christina’s at-risk schools is like put the clan guarding black babies in maternity wards of local hospital. Sounds very harsh! However, Red Clay hasn’t out performed any other district when it comes to serving high poverty children. So the answer is , hold off on redrawing the lines and address core issues such a needs-based funding and reducing barriers that fuel de facto sgergation.

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    • Kilroy
      You decry “de Facto” segregation by charter schools but instead of demanding preferential busing / transportation out of the city, why not just consolidate the schools in the city and allow the residents of the city to have the facilities, you say have been denied them? If a H/S is under capacity, that means it has smaller class size. If a M/S is under capacity, then that means smaller class size. You are describing an impasse while ignoring the solution. The consolidation of buildings would provide the facilities you say are needed.

      You just keep looking for an “engineered solution” to coerce diversity to some ideological determined parameter. Therein is the problem. NSA is directly in line with the first amendment.
      http://fee.org/articles/on-freedom-of-association/
      Demanding preferential transportation is both economically and socially in violation of that premise.
      You simply don’t won’t to uphold the constitutional rights of “suburban affluent” to have the freedom to choose where they want their kids to live and who they want their kids to associate with. Regardless of your bias to accuse of racism, the much bigger picture is that you want to violate someone else’s constitutional rights, to appease your moralistic view of who the state should allow to choose. It really is a conundrum of whose rights are more important. The answer is no-one’s rights are “more” important. Denying the right of association OF one group by forcing the perceived entitled rights of another group is not reasonable nor legal. It must be mutual to be legal. Governmental intervention to “force” association is unconstitutional.

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  2. I know the history of Delaware schools very well, both recent and very long term (I also know that voters, ultimately, control what happens on the board, not bloggers…sorry, had to go there). What I don’t understand, still, is your comment that out of district students are preventing in-district students from the city from attending a school of their choice. I understand that there are no MS or HS in the city. That isn’t the original point you made. What you said was, “…give city high school and middle kids who don’t have a city high schools and middle schools first choice in suburban high schools and middle schools over out of district kids and /or their siblings.”

    Where is that happening, that out of district students are receiving choice to suburban MS or HS over district kids?

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    • lastDEconservative

      C’mon, John, don’t disrupt our host with facts, or queries related to factual conditions outside his narrow interest. If he can imagine racism, then racism there must be! And one can never question our host’s immense power of imagination!

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  3. lastDEconservative

    ” … many commission members say would wreck the unprecedented momentum and support they’ve built over the past year.”

    Speaking of imagination …

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  4. Didn’t you get the note mercy sent out last night?

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  5. Publius e decere

    Anyone care to speculate on the next State Board reaction to the WEIC”s no-way?

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