Daily Archives: February 27, 2016

How can you trust DEDOE & State Board of Education puppets of the Governor ?

Distrust blocks school redistricting  and , The News Journal

School leaders want a guarantee that the state will provide funding for the transformative change, but state leaders don’t want their hands tied.

“We would be required to suspend the implementation plan without the ability to negotiate, collaborate or consult with any of the affected parties,” State Board President Teri Quinn Gray told the commission. “In our mind, this is an unnecessary kill switch.”

“Transformative change ” Code for crock-of-shit!!!!!!!!!! Its political change being pushed bu Governor Makell to get back at board members like John Young who tactfully told Markell to kiss my ass and fuck Rodel.  

We’re all in agreement that radical change is need in the sense of needs-based funding for our most at-risk student who have been isolated in city school via de facto segregation due to inappropriate charter school, Choice schools and Neighborhood Schools legislation that leans towards serving the more affluent whom many want to isolate their children form city black children! Give

Red Clay control of Christina’s Wilmington schools even with extra funding is near criminal! Red Clay refuses to provide Wilmington children with city “traditional” middle and high school services at the same time they cater to the suburban white affluent.

“Some State Board members say their biggest problem with the plan is a lack of concrete, specific commitments from school districts for changes to classroom-level teaching. But school leaders said it is impossible for them to provide concrete plans for institutions they don’t currently manage, or have a hard dollar figure for funding.”

Yea and OMG the capital improvement need for Christina’s city schools would make Red Clay referendums near impossible! The Markell administration block access for Red Clay to do building inspection in Christina’s schools about to be dumped in their laps. And if he did the financial burden on those inspection would be on the backs of Red Clay tax[payers.

Just days ago, DuPont leaders credited Delaware leaders’ ability to quickly put aside their differences to respond to the company’s needs as a big reason why they chose to locate two of their three new corporate headquarters here after the merger with Dow.

“It’s amazing how much everyone worked together and the speed in which it happened,” DuPont CEO Ed Breen said then. “It was really refreshing to see.”

DuPont’s credibility is a bit shaky! After all, their inability to secure profitability forced the takeover by Dow! Wait ! Excuse me, its a merger!  And don’t get me state on Bank of America:”Bank of America getting extra $20B in bailout funds.The U.S. government early Friday morning agreed to invest $20 billion in Bank of America, and to protect the bank against up to $118 billion in potential losses from bank assets related to risky mortgage loans.”By PALLAVI GOGOI,BARBARA HAGENBAUGH USA TODAY WASHINGTON 2008

District leaders only signed on to the commission’s plan because they felt comfortable that the word “shall” protected their schools and taxpayers.

“They changed the most important world in the whole document,” said Red Clay School Board President Kenny Rivera, the commission’s co-chair.

And now its “May” ! Kenny, I hope you make a recommendation to rescind that Red Clay vote based on breach of good faith! 

Race to the Top and the No Child Left Behind waivers gave the federal and state Departments of Education greater authority to dictate how schools work. And they used that authority – too much, in district-level educators’ minds.

“I think it comes from the Markell administration and the heavy hand with education,” said Harrie Ellen Minnehan, president of the Christina School Board.

Race to The Top was a federal “grant”and modification of state education laws and regulation to accommodate a “grant” was extreme and caused structural damage to Delaware’s public school system. As far as the wavier , with the rewrite in NCLB those wavier are invalid as NCLB no longer exist.

Today many teachers felt that state leaders, particularly the State Board, paid little heed when they voiced concerns about the direction the education system was going.

“The State Board completely ignored us and just went with whatever [former Secretary of Education] Mark Murphy was saying,” said Mike Matthews, the firebrand president of the Red Clay Education Association teachers union who has been one of the board’s fiercest critics. “I just get this sense that they’re going to do what they want to do because they can do what they want to do.”

 Damn!!!!!!!! Mike Matthews grew some big ball once he sprouted chest hairs! 

Discontent was steadily brewing, Matthews argues, in the later years of Race to the Top. But it exploded into outright anger in September of 2014 when Murphy and Gov. Jack Markell unveiled the now-infamous Priority Schools plan to improve six high-poverty, inner-city Wilmington schools.

“We went into complete war mode,” Matthews said. “I think we may have let up a little bit these days. But not much.”

DAMN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think Mr. Matthews is all grown-up and ready to drink a few shots of Wild Turkey 101 (not the cheap shit 86 proof Publius drinks)!

Furious parents and teachers swarmed school board meetings to blast the Department for being out of touch. They raged that state officials were blaming teachers for low test scores when the real problem was systemic poverty.

Yep and it doesn’t make sense to give Red Clay control of Christina city schools knowing the root cause is poverty and the lack of needs-based funding. 

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Kilroy saw a ray of sunshine! re: public education

Today I attended a family celebration of the enlistment and departure of a family member leaving for Army boot camp. Among the attendees were two teachers from his former high school, Delcastle. One, I was amazed they took the personal time out to attend and two, their passion and hope for students. I was like wow how these two were so in-tuned to core issues aka heart and soul that impedes at-risk student. The internet divide was part of the conversation. During that conversation, I commented about Wilmington’s lack of free wifi for all. This is where closing the internet divide must start! Giving student’s E-readers / I-Pads where they don’t have the luxury of connecting to the internet is counter productive. Free wifi  could also help poor parents who want to complete high school or online GED prep-classes or even college. Free wifi could help parents to become better engaged and “connected”. But back to the topic! I was very encourage to see young educators motivate to not “give up” despite the challenges they face. The support they showed for the young man preparing top ship-out tomorrow seems to be driven by love and high hopes for this young man whom he leaned on while in high school. They made him better and I think he made them better in knowing they make a difference in his life.      

Power is free for the taking! However,our community must retake the power re: public education

(a) Each school board member shall, before entering upon the duties of the office, take and subscribe to the following oath or affirmation:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and the laws of Delaware governing public education, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of school board member according to the best of my ability; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered or promised to pay, contributed, or offered to or promised to contribute, any money or other valuable thing as consideration or reward for the giving or withholding a vote at the election at which I was elected to said office, so help me God (or I so affirm).”

(b) The oath or affirmation shall be administered by the president or vice-president of the school board of the school district or in the case of a newly constituted board by a person appointed by the Secretary of Education to administer said oath.

14 Del. C. 1953, § 1053; 56 Del. Laws, c. 292, § 6; 73 Del. Laws, c. 65, § 14; 77 Del. Laws, c. 45, § 1.;

 

CHAPTER 45

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 76

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE OATH OF OFFICE OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :

Section 1. Amend § 1053(a), Title 14 of the Delaware Code by striking the phrase “America and the Constitution of the State of Delaware” and by substituting in lieu thereof the following:

“America, the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and the laws of Delaware governing public education,”.

Approved June 16, 2009

“and the laws of Delaware governing public education,” Though its not much however, these few words were added to the school board oath of office via my request for the can in which  I wrote the origin draft. Does it make a difference? Maybe not to some. However, it should add some sense of ethics to the oath. I was like WTF ? Affirming one’s self to the U.S and State Constitution has no value!

At the end of the day, the oath is shallow and once again, the power to install or uninstall board members is in the hands of the public.

Would it help to align school board elections with the general elections? Should school board members be limited to two four-year terms? And the bonus question of the day, should state board of education members be an elected position? 

Laurel School Board member Vanderslice must go!

Every traditional school district in New Castle County digitally records public session of monthly board meetings and places those recording files on the district’s webpage for all to hear! Capital and Delmar school districts does the same! These school districts “volunteered” to do so!

Delmar School District is only 8 miles from Laurel School District! So how can current Laurel School Board member Patrick Vanderslice not take notice of Delmar recording their board minutes?

OMG is this the same person

“Laurel school board member expelled from lawyers’ ranks”

Vanderslice carried out “intentional and surreptitious conduct,” made “repeated false statements,” and “breached virtually all of the ethical duties” lawyers are obliged to obey, a May 26 report of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel’s Board of Professional Responsibility said. “It is apparent to the Board that [Vanderslice] did not believe he would be caught or confronted with these four additional matters.” In all, Vanderslice admitted to diverting $3,180 in income away from the firm.

Vanderslice asked the board to recommend a two-year suspension, but the board advised the Supreme Court to disbar him, which the court did in a June 19 order.

Vanderslice said he has informed the Laurel School Board and its superintendent, Shawn Larrimore, of his disbarment. Asked if the outcome might lead him to resign from the school board, he said it would not.

“I’m no longer president of the board,” he said. “People are going to judge. I’m not going to get my whole story out there…. I practiced for 12 years, and because of an eight-month period, no longer. I still have time to do good for people in other ways. I believe the people who really know me know what the truth is.”

In all fairness to Mr. Vanderslice, he was not charged with a crime and in fact there is two sides to every story and his comments seems sincere!  “I believe the people who really know me know what the truth is”.

Mr Vanderslice, my one-man mission to see that every traditional school district, every votech district and every charter school boards record the public sessions of their board meeting is about the “truth”. I successfully pushed the legislation requiring the state board of education to record their meetings made it to law. I repeatedly requested my school district, Red Clay to record their meetings and after two years of dogging them, the did. Red Clay was the first to record board meetings by executive decision followed by Christina School District  who was the first to make it a board policy! So sir, if you’re not for such transparency, you’re not for the truth as it relates to public education. I sorry but you must go for that fact.  “I believe the people who really know me know what the truth is.” and I believe that applies to public education.

Folks, legislation has be before the legislative hall for three years. It once pasted the House Education Committee and the House Appropriation Committee to be desk-drawer vetoed by the Speaker of The House. And now a new attempted introduced last year by Rep Husdon who also introduce the first attempt, sits idle but her own hand!

The troubles within Delaware’s public education is rooted in lack of transparency as we’ve seen over and over! We see a new breed of mistrust through the clear financial crimes going unpunished is charter school operations. So, Sir your inaction allows the distrust and rape of public education funding go unchecked! So onto seeing what the other candidates positions are! Stay Tuned! 

Will Charlie Copland be forced to kiss the hand of Donald Trump?

Charlie Copeland adopted?

This is Charlie Copland sitting on the banks of the Sabine River down in Orange Texas back in the day when he was learning the family business.

So the big question of the day is, will Charlie Copland and band of lost Delaware GOP sheep be forced to kiss the hand of Donald Trump? I don’t suspect it will be too hard because its a matter of coming up off his two knees from kissing Jack Markell’s ass to one knee to kiss Donald Trump’s hand. Hey Publius! You think you can help the Prince up! After all, he is tighter than a bug’s ass with the charter school Godfather. Relax Don, just having a little fun! Go trim those brows!