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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37 responses to “How can you trust DEDOE & State Board of Education puppets of the Governor ?

  1. By stating that Red Clay refuses to build a MS or HS in the city…is this something you have concrete evidence of? Has it been requested, and has the board refused to put it to referendum? Has there been a push from the city residents for a city MS or HS? There is the rub, Kilroy. I honestly don’t think city residents want a MS or HS. My impression, although it is just as scientific as yours, is that a city HS is not what the residents of the city want. Has there ever been a referendum for a city MS or HS that has been struck down by the voters? Has there ever even been a request for one? I’m sure you attend board meetings. Has anyone ever stood up and asked for this? Was it even discussed by the WEIC? One would think that it would be at the forefront of its discussion, if it were even on the table, or if anyone would want it. The NSA is not a Red Clay law. It is State law. It is not only followed by Red Clay, but by Brandywine, Christina, Colonial, and every other district in the state.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Evidence ??????? Name Red Clay’s traditional city of Wilmington middle and high schools

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    • kilroysdelaware

      “My impression, although it is just as scientific as yours, is that a city HS is not what the residents of the city want.” Then why the emphasis on Neighborhood School Act aka the intent. Red Clay adds new suburban school citing NAS requires them to do so! But when ask ( I did) why no traditional city middle or high school? It would create segregation! But white segregation in the suburbs is apparently no segregation! So segregation must be in Red Clay’s view something associated with “black”

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  2. One thing with which I will agree with you – a change of boundary lines is meaningless, and hopeless. Simply doing something is just doing anything. And that is what I believe WEIC is doing – anything/something. Or should I say, trying to do. Or may do. Or shall do. I keep losing track.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “And that is what I believe WEIC is doing – anything/something.”

      Grant you, I’ve only been watching and subject to politics here in the Republic of for 30 couple years, but it seems like that’s the ONLY driving force behind political change — do something, period. Well, except for the “preen, take credit, pound chest, get reelected” part. And except for the “watch it fail, do something (again)” part.

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  3. Red Clay already has a city high school; it’s just that it is filled with white suburban kids.

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  4. That is a good deflection, but it doesn’t answer the question.

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  5. Your logic is dizzying, Kilroy. I asked you to provide me evidence that there is a demand for a MS or HS in the city, by its residents, and your answer is, “There is no MS or HS in the city.”

    Dizzying.

    And a MS or HS in the city would create segregated schools. You know it, I know it. We all know it. Dickinson, MHS, AI…are all desegrated. If you opened up a Wilmington HS, it would be segregated. If you opened up another Bayard MS in the city, it would be as segregated as Bayard is.

    If you have a beef with the NSA, take it up with the legislature.

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    • We already have segregated HS and MS in the city. What’s your point?

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    • kilroysdelaware

      So is it OK for Red Clay to build school in the suburbs that creates white segregation but not fine if it is segregated by blacks in Wilmington? So it is a civil rights crime if Red Clay offers middle and high school feeder schools in the city but not for charter schools? Are you saying city parents and civil rights activists don’t want Red Clay traditional middle and high schools in the city? Wait, are you suggesting that because there hasn’t been a request therefore indicates city parents don’t want them? Kind of odd that they’ll send their kids to city charters ? “If you have a beef with the NSA, take it up with the legislature” Wouldn’t do a thing because the suburban white status quo is happy. Yep racial balance at Dickinson! yep racial balance at the others. But tell me this, why is it city black kids have to be bused further to their middle and high than whites. Why can’t there be city middle and high schools where whites are bused in to create racial balance? I know where you a re coming from and you me! However, there are great burdens on black than whites.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Mike O where are these Red Clay “traditional” HS and MS in Wilmington

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  6. Publius e decere

    City high school building: P. S. Dupont High School.

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  7. Publius e decere

    Let’s not forget that after “firebrand” came “gadfly”. The News Journal was using the whole thesaurus. All “101” words.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Saranac Hale Spencer had to bring -something- to the keyboard confab, I suppose. S/he brought some new words. Methinks Kilroy needs to name h/er/im.

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  8. Publius e decere

    Kilroy, since you keep saying “needs based funding” can you make a brief statement of which needs need funding, and by contrast which needs do not need funding?

    Then for those needs that do need funding, in your view:
    — What exactly will the funding provide?
    — Has it ever worked anywhere else?
    — How should we measure the success (and by contrast, the failure) of needs based funding?

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    • lastDEconservative

      Cue the Jeopardy theme music, the LP version.

      Truth is, what the libs, the progressives, the race pimps, the Tide lobby, the professionally dependent, and the perpetually aggrieved all agree on -IS- what has been “funded” for lo, these many years, nay, decades, nay, generations, with nary a sliver of success to be found, and with the concomitant forests of failure blamed on … wait for it … lack of funding.

      Except, of course, for (we now know) WiFi, which clearly could be the missing link between the downtrodden and success.

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    • Inquiring minds truly want to know, specifically, what will address the academic / social / cultural rift between those that go to school for education and those that go for some other social reason.

      Please (Kilroy, Mike, or any other enlightened soul) offer some keen insight and honest to goodness examples of how; laundering, taxpayer supplied school uniforms, taxpayer provided crisis counselors, taxpayer provided food, taxpayer provided daycare/ after school activities, taxpayer provided special paraprofessionals, will improve academic and behavioral performance equal to non “needs” kids. And subsequently, at a societal level, is it reasonable for the parents of these “needs” children to be held NOT (financial or otherwise) responsible for the children they have brought into the world? Is it reasonable that everyone else who are already paying for their own children’s services SHOULD ALSO BE responsible for the “needs” children?
      I offer yet again, the Kansas City school experiments of doing exactly what Kilroy (and other more “enlightened”) seems to think would counterbalance our neediest children with opportunities galore but do not, in the end, provide the desired results.

      http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/roddreher/2010/03/why-did-kansas-citys-public-schools-fail.html
      http://www.npr.org/2012/02/18/147067123/kansas-citys-failed-schools-leave-students-behind
      http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/americas-most-costly-educational-failure
      http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=10128

      In all seriousness, is the argument simply a case of “we” must do “something” without any reasonable sense or expectation of success? If that is the justification then it is completely and utterly intellectually dishonest. An effort to “fix” something with no expectation or fact based results is heinous and totally irresponsible.

      From a parent in Kansas City FOUR YEARS AGO:

      “sara bethany • 4 years ago

      I live in Kansas City and get flyers each year about the public school. They advertise free breakfast, free lunch, free snacks, free before and after school care (6AM to 6PM), free bussing, free field trips, free school supplies, etc. This is the kind of parents they are catering to. What they don’t advertise is the district is not accredited, the diplomas are worthless, and test scores are abysmal. Those of us who want our kids to get a decent education, rather than babysitting, put our kids in a private school, or move out of the district. If it was your kid what would you do? They can’t even call it ‘white flight’ anymore because the upper- and middle-class blacks have left too. It is really about poverty, low/no parent involvement, and the ghetto culture that has taken hold in the inner city that glorifies gangs and crime, and views getting an education as “selling out”…”

      Sound familiar??

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    • Publius e decere

      C’mon Kilroy or “Gadfly 101”. How do we know these things will work and how to we measure success (or its close cousin, failure)?

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  9. Inquiring minds truly want to know, specifically, what will address the academic / social / cultural rift between those that go to school for education and those that go for some other social reason.

    Please (Kilroy, Mike, or any other enlightened soul) offer some keen insight and honest to goodness examples of how; laundering, taxpayer supplied school uniforms, taxpayer provided crisis counselors, taxpayer provided food, taxpayer provided daycare/ after school activities, taxpayer provided special paraprofessionals, will improve academic and behavioral performance equal to non “needs” kids. And subsequently, at a societal level, is it reasonable for the parents of these “needs” children to be held NOT (financial or otherwise) responsible for the children they have brought into the world? Is it reasonable that everyone else who are already paying for their own children’s services SHOULD ALSO BE responsible for the “needs” children?
    I offer yet again, the Kansas City school experiments of doing exactly what Kilroy (and other more “enlightened”) seems to think would counterbalance our neediest children with opportunities galore but do not, in the end, provide the desired results.

    http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/roddreher/2010/03/why-did-kansas-citys-public-schools-fail.html
    http://www.npr.org/2012/02/18/147067123/kansas-citys-failed-schools-leave-students-behind
    http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/americas-most-costly-educational-failure
    http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=10128

    In all seriousness, is the argument simply a case of “we” must do “something” without any reasonable sense or expectation of success? If that is the justification then it is completely and utterly intellectually dishonest. An effort to “fix” something with no expectation or fact based results is heinous and totally irresponsible.

    From a parent in Kansas City FOUR YEARS AGO:

    “sara bethany • 4 years ago

    I live in Kansas City and get flyers each year about the public school. They advertise free breakfast, free lunch, free snacks, free before and after school care (6AM to 6PM), free bussing, free field trips, free school supplies, etc. This is the kind of parents they are catering to. What they don’t advertise is the district is not accredited, the diplomas are worthless, and test scores are abysmal. Those of us who want our kids to get a decent education, rather than babysitting, put our kids in a private school, or move out of the district. If it was your kid what would you do? They can’t even call it ‘white flight’ anymore because the upper- and middle-class blacks have left too. It is really about poverty, low/no parent involvement, and the ghetto culture that has taken hold in the inner city that glorifies gangs and crime, and views getting an education as “selling out”…”

    Sound familiar??

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  10. Inquiring minds truly want to know, specifically, what will address the academic / social / cultural rift between those that go to school for education and those that go for some other social reason.

    Please (Kilroy, Mike, or any other enlightened soul) offer some keen insight and honest to goodness examples of how; laundering, taxpayer supplied school uniforms, taxpayer provided crisis counselors, taxpayer provided food, taxpayer provided daycare/ after school activities, taxpayer provided special paraprofessionals, will improve academic and behavioral performance equal to non “needs” kids. And subsequently, at a societal level, is it reasonable for the parents of these “needs” children to be held NOT (financial or otherwise) responsible for the children they have brought into the world? Is it reasonable that everyone else who are already paying for their own children’s services SHOULD ALSO BE responsible for the “needs” children?

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    • lastDEconservative

      My fellow stupid fellow, M, queried, ” Is it reasonable that everyone else who are already paying for their own children’s services SHOULD ALSO BE responsible for the “needs” children?”

      The real killer is, if the workhouses were restored, we’d have to pay for those, too. Although, considering how much less they’d cost, and how separation of the unwilling and/or unable out of the way would naturally occur, I’d trade my current burden for a share of the workhouse cost in a blink.

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  11. I offer yet again, the Kansas City school experiments of doing exactly what Kilroy (and other more “enlightened”) seems to think would counterbalance our neediest children with opportunities galore but do not, in the end, provide the desired results.
    http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/roddreher/2010/03/why-did-kansas-citys-public-schools-fail.html
    http://www.npr.org/2012/02/18/147067123/kansas-citys-failed-schools-leave-students-behind
    http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/americas-most-costly-educational-failure
    http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=10128

    In all seriousness, is the argument simply a case of “we” must do “something” without any reasonable sense or expectation of success? If that is the justification then it is completely and utterly intellectually dishonest. An effort to “fix” something with no expectation or fact based results is heinous and totally irresponsible.

    From a parent in Kansas City FOUR YEARS AGO:

    “sara bethany • 4 years ago
    I live in Kansas City and get flyers each year about the public school. They advertise free breakfast, free lunch, free snacks, free before and after school care (6AM to 6PM), free bussing, free field trips, free school supplies, etc. This is the kind of parents they are catering to. What they don’t advertise is the district is not accredited, the diplomas are worthless, and test scores are abysmal. Those of us who want our kids to get a decent education, rather than babysitting, put our kids in a private school, or move out of the district. If it was your kid what would you do? They can’t even call it ‘white flight’ anymore because the upper- and middle-class blacks have left too. It is really about poverty, low/no parent involvement, and the ghetto culture that has taken hold in the inner city that glorifies gangs and crime, and views getting an education as “selling out”…”

    Sound familiar??

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  12. I offer yet again, the Kansas City school experiments of doing exactly what Kilroy (and other more “enlightened”) seems to think would counterbalance our neediest children with opportunities galore but do not, in the end, provide the desired results.
    ***www.beliefnet.com/columnists/roddreher/2010/03/why-did-kansas-citys-public-schools-fail.html***
    ***www.npr.org/2012/02/18/147067123/kansas-citys-failed-schools-leave-students-behind***
    ***www.cato.org/publications/commentary/americas-most-costly-educational-failure***
    ***www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=10128***
    In all seriousness, is the argument simply a case of “we” must do “something” without any reasonable sense or expectation of success? If that is the justification then it is completely and utterly intellectually dishonest. An effort to “fix” something with no expectation or fact based results is heinous and totally irresponsible.

    From a parent in Kansas City FOUR YEARS AGO:
    “sara bethany • 4 years ago
    I live in Kansas City and get flyers each year about the public school. They advertise free breakfast, free lunch, free snacks, free before and after school care (6AM to 6PM), free bussing, free field trips, free school supplies, etc. This is the kind of parents they are catering to. What they don’t advertise is the district is not accredited, the diplomas are worthless, and test scores are abysmal. Those of us who want our kids to get a decent education, rather than babysitting, put our kids in a private school, or move out of the district. If it was your kid what would you do? They can’t even call it ‘white flight’ anymore because the upper- and middle-class blacks have left too. It is really about poverty, low/no parent involvement, and the ghetto culture that has taken hold in the inner city that glorifies gangs and crime, and views getting an education as “selling out”…”

    Sound familiar??

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  13. Apologies for the duplicated posts. Serious I D 10 T computer issues.

    I really don’t want to hear them but the crickets are deafening. Mo money, mo money, mo money—- no results. I can’t possibly be that (stupidly) right, can I? I just want proof of the tax and spend policy? If there is no proof then why argue so vehemently for the expenditures?

    Just to let “anyone” know, there’s a Christina referendum in 23 days. Did everyone see all the advertising and general information helping to inform residents of the 3rd referendum attempt in a year? The district held all its meetings but I haven’t seen kilroy or any other informed resident posting the “transparent” meeting minutes and discussions. Any chance those “in the know” would care to disclose the full extent of those meetings? Disclose the auditing of the district’s finances? Disclose the rebidding and consolidation of any contracts to save money? Or is just me, that information coming from these meetings has been purposely kept quiet so as to not raise awareness? AGAIN.
    I’m sure JY, Ms. Minnehan and Eve have full details. Wouldn’t they be worthy discussion points? Wouldn’t it be beneficial to discuss all the efforts to streamline and economize the district to gain support of the residents who’ll be asked for additional funds? Or am I too stupid and selfish to be entitled to know how my district will be increasing my taxes for someone else’s children’s benefit? I guess working two jobs and supporting a family doesn’t count vs attending the referendum meetings that were “heavily” advertised to get residential buy in.

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    • lastDEconservative

      “Or am I too stupid and selfish to be entitled to know how my district will be increasing my taxes for someone else’s children’s benefit?”

      NOW the crickets will be drowned out by the clamor to reply in the affirmative. And you’ll prolly also be reminded that you wouldn’t understand any of it if it was told to you.

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    • I know we don’t always agree, but I want to know where all the money is going too. Jack Wells sent me some figures on Red Clay’s General Support salaries which I posted last night. How the hell do you have more money going out in these salaries in one district than the entirety of either Kent or Sussex County districts COMBINED???? It shouldn’t take an advanced degree in economics to understand financial transparency. But apparently that is what it takes to understand this Rubik’s cube of district finances. It is easy to say “we need this” and tell an audience why you need it, but another thing when you need to cough up the justification for it.

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    • Kevin,
      Step away from the dark side of the TPS funding scheme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QplWOLlFtTA
      The empire uses your money for what THEY feel is important rather than what most residents need. They promote referendums, then don’t deliver, not unlike the D’s and R’s. After 2 failed referendums and only lightly advertised meetings(to CSD children only) CSD is holding a third referendum. Neither Kilroy, Eve, JY or Ms Minnehan have promoted the referendum? Why? Wouldn’t they want public input?

      “It is easy to say “we need this” and tell an audience why you need it, but another thing when you need to cough up the justification for it.”

      EXACTLY, but that is what has been done repeatedly, and while charters may not be the answer for some students, for others they provide more of a reality than “we promise to do better next time, just vote yes on the tax increase”

      No change.
      Look at what CSD is promising/ promoting: (Don’t know why I have to provide the links or discussionary points when CSD people could.)
      http://www.christinak12.org/ourpages/auto/2016/1/12/47609796/8–Referendum-Fact-Sheet–School-Climate-Discipline.pdf
      http://www.christinak12.org/ourpages/auto/2016/1/12/47609796/6–Referendum-Fact-Sheet–General-English.pdf
      Discipline and Academic opportunities are two of the biggies. What are the issues I’ve raised repeatedly? It’s great they’ve acknowledged it but what “exactly” is going to be done to rude, disorderly, disengaged students? They should lay it out with performance benchmarks. I doubt that will be provided and 5 years later- SAT scores flat, behavior still a problem, kids still being socially promoted, yay. Money well spent. I do not wish CSD ill will. We live here and want good things for the district but there is no proof the current administration has the capability to quickly and directly address the resident interests. Jea and others like him will see to it that the Pink haired girls will shoot down well intended efforts to curb inexcusable behavior and lackadaisical academic engagement.

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  14. Bump!
    Come on JY, Ms. Minnehan, Eve: Sell it. Tell us exactly what will be guaranteed to happen rather than the bumper sticker “New Christina”. I am not letting this go. You all owe proof you will do what you say will do.

    KO, maybe if you whisper sweet nothings in JY’s and kilroys ear they’ll scrutinize CSD’s referendum to the same degree as charter online posted minutes.

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    • Publius e decere

      A bromance we should NOT be subjected to. Gross!

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    • Given the lack of ANY constructive response, the only safe assumption is that CSD and its representatives/ supporters are unwilling to “rock the boat” with the real details of the referendum. Refer to CSD’s webpage if you want the normal nebulous “we promise to do better, now give us the money. Oh by the way it’s the charter’s fault.” Let’s get a vote in before the snow birds return.

      The “New Christina” propaganda literature being sent to all the CSD parents will turn into the “same as it ever was” song if the referendum passes. Except for the new Super, all the players are the same, all the dysfunctions are the same and if the WEIC plan doesn’t go through, all the schools will be the same.

      I am still just scratching my head wondering why KO and Kavips applaud charter school financial scrutiny but when the time comes to apply that same scrutiny to TPS districts, there is none. For the record: it’s called BIAS. No one finds that the least bit hypocritical and intellectually dishonest? Our districts spend 2x-3x what a charter would have to pay for a building and that’s OK? Our TPS’s cut teachers and para’s because that will hurt the residents (trying to get them to pass referendums) but they won’t rebid fluffy vendor contracts and eliminate superfluous programs no one uses. “Are you not entertained” by all the School district machinations to confiscate more money without identifiable deliverables? I am not. Bad charters should be shut down. Bad TPS’s should be overhauled and their administration held accountable for all financial (mis)handlings. District administration is not staffed with low paid peons but by all means keep claiming it is the charters’ fault.

      As far as DOE is concerned, YOU (not me and the other stupid, UNenlightened residents) the people of Blue State DE voted for Markell which means you voted for the DOE. If you don’t like it, stop voting for your blue (socially oversensitive, fiscally incompetent, union beholden) representatives.

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  15. Shut up youre stupid and Im not going to go into it all cause you wouldnt understand. go back to the hole you crawled out of.

    Now that i gave you the only response you would have received the question i asked (and didnt get a response) was why push this through now in a year when there will be a new superintendent, a new governor and maybe a completely new re-alignment with schools?

    wouldnt you want to person who is supposed to lead your district to assess the areas and have him/her put their stamp of approval?

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    • Publius e decere

      Why push it through now? Well, I think it is because the well has run dry. They are spending faster than the money comes in and they seem to have run out of ideas for cost reductions whether direct or indirect through efficiency improvements. For some curious reason they hold onto that EMPTY INDUSTRIAL FACTORY BUILDING rather than sell it to fund the bridge which would carry them to a new Super, Gov, and boundaries. So instead they are going back to the taxpayers to say “Please let us raise your taxes, we have run out of ideas on how to improve the system within the limits you have set. If you would just raise our allowance a lot of good things will happen.”

      I’ll go back to an earlier suggestion, in the event of a failed referendum to raise taxes. A suggestion which was roundly denied by the labor organizers in the district last year and led to an unnecessary loss of classroom teachers and support staff.. An across the board pay cut of something like 5% could have balanced the books, keep everyone employed, and tide(d) the district over for the new leaders and boundaries. But when this sensible proposal was rejected by labor leadership, it took a 8-10% headcount reduction to get the same cost out of the system — a cut which was blind to any consideration of teacher effectiveness due to the ossified combination of pay-for-longevity and seniority rules. Labor leadership chose the latter, very old school, which I’m sure makes the laid-off employees wonder why they paid dues in the first place.

      Christina is now in a tough spot.

      The bright and hopeful ray of sunshine is the sensible hire of Bob A and his abundant capabilities and record of effectiveness in Red Clay which he is trying to bring to Christina in the face of organizational molasses. The toxic albatross hanging on the district’s neck is the dystopian form of “leadership” among some board members who rant and cuss and insult at the drop of a hat: Young, Saffer, and now it seems Paige. I suggest that a quid pro quo be reached: those three board members agree and legally commit themselves to promptly resign if the tax increase passes. Now THAT is an incentive to vote “yes”. I’ll bet it would be a roaring success. Are they willing to take one for the team?

      Publius

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    • Why push through? To alleviate the pressure of actually producing substantive change. Provide the new super a balanced checkbook. And push off the the public’s twice repeated call for concrete academic and behavioral reform.

      Sign the petition for firststateliberty.org and tell the district to make changes FIRST then ask for supplemental financial support. Don’t blame charters for the lack of reform CSD. Look in the mirror and kick Jea to the Wilmington curb. He doesn’t have the district in mind so why genuflect at his alter.

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    • Bump:
      Mar 16, meeting for CSD referendum community review.
      Please go and get the answers for yourself, I am “positive”~ they’ll have concrete answers there~

      Why is minimum of $16 million needed now when (by most accounts) the WEIC plan will alleviate a large number of students from its population? Could it be the district has to pay the healthcare premiums that Obamacare instituted and the governor shielded state employees from for 2 – 4 years???hmmm
      Why haven’t any highly paid CSD district office administrative personnel been removed?
      Why must the volunteer public steering committee organize, prioritize and direct the efforts of a district when the district employs highly paid PROFESSIONAL educational administrative personnel to manage its operation? Are unpaid volunteers more qualified to manage their finances?
      Why not address some key priorities FIRST (like behavior and academic performance) then come to the public in two years with clear examples of improvement as proof of the need for increased revenue? Will 16 million guarantee behavior and academic performance will improve? What proof will be provided? When?
      Why not disclose that this first referendum will be followed by two more referendums in less than 2 years?
      Anybody interested in wagering concrete verifiable answers will be available? Keep your BS antennae up and your tall boots on because it’s gonna get deep.

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  16. teachers and paras were cut yet high cost sports were kept. EPER money all around! its a sad state when high school sports is more important than keeping teachers and support staff in the classroom. parents seem to be more concerned about the free babysitting then actual learning.

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    • Publius e decere

      Despite your rhetoric, I’m sure you understand the purposes and values which high school athletics have for dropout prevention and citizenship development.. Not to mention the positive motivators of academic qualifications to participate.

      Your real gripe seems to be layoffs in the one area where workloads can be adjusted. But the blame lies squarely with labor leadership. They rejected a modest reduction in pay for all which meant that a more than modest reduction of staff among the youngest members took place. It was a self-interest case of Survivor in real time. I just wonder why they continue to pay dues into a clan which failed to protect them when crunch time arrived.

      Publius

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