Carney avoids hot button issues in education plan; Matthew Albright, The News Journal
Candidate wants to turn the state Department of Education into a support agency instead of a regulator
Hey professor Newton ! Sounds like Carney may be listening to voice of reason ?
IF WERE GOING TO REFORM PUBLIC EDUCATION WE NEED TO BE IN IT TOGETHER AND THAT INCLUDES EVEN THE CRITICS. JUST THINK IF THE FOLKS IN DOVER TOOK TIME TO “HEAR” THE CRITICS OF DSTP WE WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT FROM UNDER IT BEFORE IS WRECK PUBLIC EDUCATION TO THE EXTENT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS TO STEP IN. OUR LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD ARE FRACTURE AT THEIR CORE LOSING LOCAL VOICE AND CONTROL.
I SEE A BIG DISCONNECT WITH THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THAT SHOULD BE A PARTNER IN WORKING PROGRESS AND OFFER ASSISTANCE TO OUR SCHOOLS NOT MARCHING AROUND LIKE AN AUTHORITARIAN BEAST. PARENTS NEED TO SEE THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE DELAWARE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION AS PARTNER , FRIEND AND A CENTER OF RESOURCES.
THE DELAWARE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS BEEN PUT IN A BUBBLE ISOLATED FROM PEOPLE WHOSE OPINIONS AND VIEWS GOOD OR BAD MATTERS. THERE FUNCTION MAY BE MORE ON AN ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY BUT THEIR ACTIONS HAS A MAJOR IMPACT ON STUDENTS AND THOSE WHO SERVICE STUDENTS.
“The attitude I would like us to see is that we’re all in this together and everybody is rowing in the same direction,” Carney said. “What I hear from teachers is that they are constantly being told to change direction, so I think we need to settle down, find a framework that works, and stick with it.”
Sorry Governor Carney ! DSEA and their satellite pawns once said , give us a growth model test and we’ll be accountable for “growth”. When it was time to pay the piper their song changed! We need a solid framework! However, we must end the VT process when it comes to teachers internal district evaluation! Way too many VTs end up in the most neediest schools! We need the strongest teachers in those schools not the weak ones!
State Sen. Colin Bonini, R-Dover South, Carney’s Republican opponent in November, said he agrees with Carney that the state needs to be more consistent in education policy. Overall, Bonini said, there isn’t much in the Carney plan that he opposes, other than that the plan doesn’t propose drastic enough change.
Carney sounds like he plans to decentralize Delaware Department of Education and what you can do Senator Bonini is introduce legislation requiring Delaware State Board of Education members be elected no appointed! And yes paid! We need to disconnect the governor from the board!
Carney also wants to give local education officials more flexibility in how they use their state funding.
“We’re not an underfunded education system, but the funding mechanisms aren’t always as flexible as they need to be so you can get resources into classrooms where they need it the most,” he said.
You got that shit right Johnny ! At the end of the day its results! Charter schools cry foul when it comes to capital funding but have greater flexibility with local and state funding than traditional schools!
Another big theme: continuing to beef up pre-kindergarten education, particularly for low-income families. Carney wants to create a cabinet-level council on early childhood education, strengthen the connections between the K-12 system and pre-K, and maintain financial investments made during Gov. Jack Markell’s tenure despite tight budgets.
Real nice Carney! Jack Markell fucked you during 2008 primaries and here you want to drop t your knees on Markell’s so-called investment! Bullshit!! You don’t need anymore cabinet level councils! That council should be a committee consisting of a teacher from each district, charter teacher from each county and a state legislator from each county!
“We know we need to get to them early, particularly kids who are growing up in low-income households or those that might have disadvantages,” Carney said. “In my conversations with educators, I hear over and over again how important this is.”
Why is it “them” when we refer to low-income and disadvantage children! What we need is, stop allowing high-needs schools to become dumping grounds for VTs and add more paraprofessional in high-needs schools complimented by seasoned successful teacher.
Carney’s platform does not specifically address some of the more hotly debated issues. In an interview, Carney said he thinks charter schools are an important part of the educational system but the state needs to do more to make sure charters fit in the larger educational system, and he said he supports removing the Christina School District from Wilmington.
Pot-shots at Christina OMG! Christina needs to be more diverse with traditional, magnet and Christina approved charter schools that serves Christina students!
Bonini said problems in many schools are severe enough that more drastic action is necessary, and those changes might upset some people. He called for making it easier for parents to “choice” their kids between schools, for a new funding system where every dollar “follows” the child and an accountability system that gives individual schools more freedom but also tougher consequences for poor results.
“Delaware doesn’t need a couple of aspirin, Delaware needs real medicine,” Bonini said.