Distrust blocks school redistricting Matthew Albright and Saranac Hale Spencer, 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
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.