Monthly Archives: December 2016

Gov Markell’s own reports proves he’s a racist!

Governor Jack Markell’s office on Friday published a consultant’s 151-page diversity study of state government workplaces – the latest in a string of inquiries to be done after allegations of systemic racism in state government arose in 2015.

The study, which was based upon surveys of thousands of employees, was conducted by Bethesda, Maryland-based Ivy Planning Group after it won a $468,000 contract from the governor in September.

Authors of the report said the state must employ a top-down approach to solve issues of discrimination. The next governor should create a cabinet level position to direct diversity rules to each department, said Janet Crenshaw Smith, president of Ivy Planning Group.

Do let the door hit you in the ass Jack ! 

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John Kerry is a disgrace to America

Isn’t it time to take state pensions from those employees who steal $$$ from our schools?

Feds indict Dover charter principal for theft  , The News Journal

The former principal of The Academy of Dover Charter School could face decades in prison after being charged with embezzling $5,000 of federal money from the institution, the U.S. attorney for Delaware announced Thursday.

Come on now ! He is not going to prison !

Noel Rodriguez, 55, was indicted on four counts of federal program theft, accused of taking money or property from 2011 to 2014, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

The years to steal $5000.00???????? Come on ! Plea bargain ! 3 years probation and pay back the $5K.

According to a report by State Auditor Tom Wagner’s office issued last year, Rodriguez, who left the school in 2014, used school cash to make $127,866 in personal purchases, reimbursed employees for buying alcohol and other barred items, paid legal fees for a sexual harassment lawsuit and gave arbitrary bonuses to teachers.

OK we’re a bit beyond the fed’s 5K! So are we talking state charges ? NOPE !!!!!!!!

His case is being investigated by the FBI, the U.S. Department of Education – Office of the Inspector General and the Delaware Attorney General’s Office, with assistance from the Delaware Officer of Auditor of Accounts.

What does that mean? More charges possible ?

There have been other cases involving embezzlement at Delaware charter schools.

Just last month, former charter school administrator Sean Moore pleaded guilty to embezzling $161,871 from the Family Foundations Academy in New Castle, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Delaware.

What is it going to take out state legislators to engage! Perhaps we need laws the would take state pensions away for those who steal from our schools! We need a deterrent with a hard message!

Why has Buffy Sainte-Marie been overlooked for Nobel Peace Prize? And then there is Neil Young @neilyoung @buffystemarie

Talk about a blast from the past !!!!!!!!! This girl was in the trenches of the soical awakening movement! When looking back after all these years I think we forgot to help advance the real owners of America! The American Indian! We have no problems fight to remove images of the American Indian down to our local high school Conrad’s Red Skins!  Perhaps when those images are no more our American Indian brothers and sister will fade further in the background of America!  And then there is Neil Young! The whisper and howl in the win! 

Neil was with us all the way like the Pied-Piper pointing the way with his music! 

Wouldn’t it be amazing if these two universes came together in song ? 

How dare Trump wanting to upgrade our nukes

Will Rodel allow Governor Carney to restructure the Delaware Department of Education?

REFOCUS THE ROLE OF DOE FROM A REGULATORY AGENCY TO A SUPPORT AGENCY. Change has to start at the top. The Delaware Department of Education should be a support system for teachers and administrators. Too often, it acts as an enforcement agency focused on implementing reforms. Teachers and principals are in the best position to understand what their students need. DOE should be a resource that helps educators implement their ideas and move students along the path to success. John will reorient the Department of Education from a focus on monitoring and mandates to a focus on collaboration and support for districts. He’ll create resource centers at DOE to ensure that teachers and curriculum directors have access to experts with deep knowledge in critical areas who can provide advice and guidance and help share best practices across district lines. John Carney 

Indeed Governor Carney! Its time to clip the Delaware Department of Education’s wing! The infestation of Rodel and its control of Delaware’s public education needs to end! However, the big question is, will you follow the egotistic path Jack Markell took! Are you going to praise him for all the so-called positive education reforms he put in place ? I hope not!

As for the next Delaware Secretary of Education! Why are you holding back in the announcement? Are you waiting for him to clear Christina and become a free agent? 

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Joe Biden lands multi-million dollar contract with major pharmaceutical company ! @jimmykimmel

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George Bunting wants to make former IRSC CFO pay !

Indian River Finance Director Patrick Miller under investigation Former Sen. George Bunting wants misspent funds paid back: Cape Gazette by Melissa Steele December 19, 2016

A former state senator says taxpayers of Indian River School District should recoup thousands of dollars that the state auditor says were improperly spent by the district finance officer.

“What he has done has hurt future referendums,” said George Bunting, a former state senator who served both Cape Henlopen and Indian River school districts.

Already, the Indian River school board has approved another operating expense referendum for March 2, 2017. The referendum, approved Dec. 14 by the board, is similar to a $7.35 million one that failed Nov. 22 by 20 votes. Voters are again asked to approve a 49 cent tax increase to help pay for salaries, technology and school expenses.

Patrick Miller, former chief financial officer for Indian River, made more than $162,000 a year when he was suspended with pay from his job in April. He officially retired in June.

Sure making him pay ! What about the deadbeats that don’t pay their school taxes! You can beat you ass future referendum will be negatively impacted by local school district’s inability to collect delinquent school taxes! How about those school employees stealing from school lose their pensions if convicted or taking a plea deal? That might end some of the thefts!

Wanxiang feeling the Kilroy heat! Sale bids to be announced! School taxes up in the air!

Bids in for former Fisker plant , The News Journal 3:30 p.m. EST December 19, 2016

Offers for the former Fisker Automotive plant were due Friday, according to the brokerage firm marketing the 142-acre property

“We are expecting offers in as of [Friday],” said John Kaczowka, senior vice president of CBRE Inc’s Wilmington office. “Over the next few weeks will be analyzing the offers.”

A couple of scenarios here why Wanxiang isn’t paying their $980,175.84 school tax bill! One, they are holding out until sale time to pay with proceeds from the sale as not to disrupt current cashflow. Or two, the pass the debt on to new buyer ! But I’ll go with one!  

Meantime back on the Red Clay Ranch Sheriff Merv must dole out local share of school taxes to charter schools within Red Clay and not hold back prorated shares of all delinquent school taxes.

I’ve been doing some digging and it appears the property value is $38,913,100.00 which Fisker stated as value prior to the auction where Wanxiang maybe trying to understate the value to be $18,000,000 to drive-down assessment value to sweeten the pie. Awhile back New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon was kicking around offering 9 million dollars for the site!

Though Wanxinag has a few billion dollars in holdings they’re in business to make money not friends! So Why not screw Red Clay and hold back on paying their obligated school taxes until after the sale as not to disrupt cash-flow. Word has there is a $13.5 million dollar offer.

What cracks me up is, Markell has this love affair with China and he and Wanxiang kissed ass and Wanxiang kicked in over $400,000.00 for a student exchange program where something like 48 students over two-year period went to visit and learn in China. I think that was last year!  So they hug our kids and say come visit we’ll cover the cost and then jam one in the kids back by failing to pay this years school taxes!  I guess that’s how Lu Guanqiu built his communist empire call Wanxiang and Pin Ni carries on the tradition!

So its a game of wait and see like with all the school tax deadbeats in Red Clay! In my opinion Red Clay and other school districts owed back taxes be able to hire a collection agency who get paid part of what they collect! No money out of the district’s pocket! Yea yea I know another one of those let it go Kilroy because its water under the bridge!

Exploring Betsy DeVos and Newton’s Law

Elisabeth “Betsy” DeVos (née Prince; born January 8, 1958) is an American businesswoman, philanthropist, and education activist from Michigan. DeVos is a prominent member of the Republican Party known for her advocacy of school choice, voucher programs, and ties to the Reformed Christian community.[1][2][3] She was Republican National Committeewoman for Michigan from 1992 to 1997 and served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1996 to 2000, with reelection to the post in 2003. DeVos was one of the architects of the Detroit charter school system and she is a member of the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education. She has served as chairwoman of the board of Alliance for School Choice and heads the All Children Matter PAC. DeVos is married to Dick DeVos and is the daughter-in-law of Richard DeVos, the founder of Amway with an estimated net worth of $5.1 billion.[4] Her brother, Erik Prince, is the founder of Blackwater Worldwide.[5][6] DeVos is the daughter of Edgar Prince founder of the Prince Corporation.[7][8]

On November 23, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would nominate DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education in his incoming administration.[9

The Foundation for Excellence in Education is a think tank on education reform based in Tallahassee, Florida.

The foundation was established by Jeb Bush, shortly after his tenure as Governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007.[1][2] It has received donations from Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg and Eli Broad, as well as Connections Education, a subsidiary of Pearson PLC, and Amplify, a subsidiary of NewsCorp.[1][2]

The education reform policies suggested by the foundation have influenced Mitch Daniels, the Republican Governor of Indiana.[2] Nicky Morgan, the British Secretary of State for Education, spoke at the 2014 Foundation for Excellence in Education Summit on November 20, 2014.[3]

Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has served as its Chairman since January 2015.[4][5]

I invite Professor Steve Newton to engage in this conversation in a way of not bashing those who voted for Trump or going off in a Trump rant unrelated to education. Steve’s views, opinion and commitment to the betterment of public education is valued. 

For me , I never heard of this lady prior until Trump nominating her as the next U. S . Secretary of Education. Hopefully we can try to discuss her position on public education without outright attacks on her but on her positions.

I’ll start and welcome all to particulate. For those of you who are new and hesitant to engage in blog discussions I don’t out people coming in with bogus names. If you are still uncomfortable I suggest this, create a yahoo E-mail address and name. I value all opinions and protect visitor’s ID’s . If you engage in name calling towards others that is on you and you’ll get whats coming to you in the way of response. Your opinion is your’s and I find in debate comes truth in the middle. I’ve learn from myself and others. 

As far as Betsy DeVos you can see she is aligned with many so-called education reformers such as Jeb Bush, Bill Gate , Eli Broad and other radical non-traditional education supporters. Me, I am convinced many democrats are aligned with this group of people! Under President Obama’s Secretary of Education Arne Duncan we had Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment and great support for choice schools and charters. Vouchers and online virtual schools schools didn’t make much traction under the Obama administration. But it looks clear they will be added during the Trump administration.  

Betsy DeVos seems to claim she wants to improve public education for the sake of at-risk students whom many are minority. But in my opinion what is being created goes beyond the needs of at-risk students and sever the more affluent.

Lets look at Delaware public school landscape:

Charter Schools one choice: One big issues for some is the Specific Interest student admission preference protected by state law and then the admission tests. Does this help at-risk students? My opinion again, Creating charter schools to specifically serve at-risk students creates a de facto segregated school and with current public school funding sets students and teachers up for continue failure. Yes there are exceptions to the rule! But few! Charter schools do pose an negative backlash on traditional  public schools. Charter school attract many bright well academic achieving students who obviously have parents advocating this change for them, BUT same goes for parent of at-risk charter school students. Many parent of at-risk charters know their child don’t fair much better in a charter school. But why do they make this choice? Some think charter schools have better approaches to student discipline and many parents want their children safe. However, we know charter schools’ answers to addressing disrupting student is kick them out and send them back to district traditional schools. On the flip-side, traditional public schools  can’t kick their disruptive students out and send them to charter schools. They are required to provide alternative placements. Charter schools seem to have a lower number (%) of special ed students. I think we all agree the $$$ resources to support special needs student is greater. In Delaware we have seen some charter school forced closed by the state due financial instability and poor academic performance. We don’t see traditional public schools force closed but we have seen forced turnaround with shifting of administrator. Now we’re seeing charter school cry fowl for more funding! To  an extent they sued Christina School District! Remember charters original sell? “Charters can do it better for less” !   

Magnet schools operated by traditional school district: Pretty much a charter school structure without its own school board of director. They are excluded from being feeder-schools. Many of the same argument as with charter schools. Red Clay has Cab and Conrad both not geared to meet the needs of at-risk or special ed. Red Clay made Conrad a feeder-school an all choice magnet school! The did so citing NCLB forced them But remember Conrad’s failure was poor academic performance among At-risk African-American students! Red Clay’s answer was to shift neighborhood students to other middle school such as A.I. , Stanton and Skyline. The move creating an all choice magnet school attracted white distinct student flip-flopping the student diversity of Conrad! It did nothing to help the most neediest students.

Choice school options beyond charter and magnet schools: Sounds good on paper and politician claim Delaware students can pick their schools! But not so! First there needs to be open seats beyond feeder students and then there is the transportation barriers. Choice students must find their own way to and from the Choice school or to a bus-stop with in the Choice school feeder-pattern. Many parents of at-risk students don’t have adequate personal transportation.

Home Schools: Delaware allows parents to home school their children: From the Delaware Department of Education: The DDOE does not endorse, accredit, approve or monitor curriculum for any nonpublic school (private or homeschool), or validate any type of credential provided by those schools.  Students and parents/guardians must investigate the school themselves and ask if they are accredited.  Students and parents/guardians may wish to contact a college, university, training program, licensing entities, or employer to determine if they will accept the diploma from the nonpublic school under consideration.” and “Homeschool ;There are two types of homeschool options in Delaware: Single Family Homeschool – The education of one’s own child(ren) primarily by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of such child(ren) mainly in their own residence. Multi-Family Homeschool – The education of children, primarily by the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of such children mainly in one or several residences, or other facilities, when such children are not all related to each other as brother or sister. A person shall act as a liaison to the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) for reporting enrollment and attendance information for all families involved.” Read more here see: DE DOE Homeschools

Delaware does not have School Vouchers where parents get perhaps equal funding to apply those funds to a private school. There is legislation kicking around in Delaware to create education savings accounts!  Pretty much school vouchers. The seed approach is for at-risk students. But my guess it will lead to all students or charter and traditional schools not meeting academic standards. So these kids will go to private schools whereas private schools’ academic performance isn’t measured and for the most part aren’t accustom in serving at-risk or special needs schools. Will new private schools popup to fill the needs? Will some charter schools close and reopen as private schools to get out from state regulations? My fear is traditional public schools will become melting pots with higher concentration of at-risk student whose parent don’t step up and get them out and of course parents who believe in the traditional school system.

Online aka virtual charter schools: I believe Pennsylvania has online charter schools where student stay home and logon! Might be good for parents who want to home-school  but don’t have the ability to teach their child in a traditional home-school setting. I do believe we are seeing some online classes offered to traditional and charter schools.

Will Betsy DeVos pull all stops out and push for online schools and school vouchers? I’d say yes! However, I do believe state laws must be adapted to allow other choice options! We know there are state legislators on the Republican side foaming at the mouth to get school savings accounts aka vouchers. Once again like Race to The Top the Washington carrot on the stick will be $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and surely if we don’t and surrounding state do, we’ll here this BS Delaware can’t compete in the global economy! At the end of the day, Governor John  Carney will control the ball! Online schools ?? I see it like this! If Delaware bought into it, the odds are the central base for these online schools will be in Delaware and all online instructors must be Delaware licensed and certified! Will the instructor be required to living in Delaware and work from home? Be able  to take part of being in a union like DSEA ? Again the ball will be in Delaware Governor John Carney’s hand.

Will Betsy DeVos eliminate Common Core Standards and federally mandates standardized testing? Most likely but not until after she lays the foundation for vouchers and online charter schools and perhaps more federal funding for charter schools

Yes professor it would rip the seams of traditional public education wide-open and that’s a bad thing! At the end of the day our at-risk children will still be at-risk!

I am still convinced the entire radical public school reform movement is all about breaking the backs of the largest and most organized union in America ! The teacher unions! And its not about providing better education for all! Its about taking out the strongest union to take out the trade unions nest to eliminate prevailing wages! After that it will be state and federal workers unions. My opinion folks !!! Just that!!!

Like I said, its up to the states to buy into any of these possible changes and the new quarterback will be Governor John Carney. And for local school boards! Please get your superintendents out of politics! Nothing personal but Merv should have never been part of Markell’s Race to The Top D.C. Dream Team! And how in the hell did we allow Skipper at the table?? If we are to want local control at the school and district level we must TAKE IT!   

Yes professor your crystal ball may be accurate! But there are many parents out there who will want these choices !! Do we publicly chastise parents who take advantage of any of these schools? Do we fault them for putting their child first without giving a rat’s ass of any fallout on traditional schools?  Not me! If we give a mother the right to abort her unborn child is giving parents many choice options for public funded education a crime or reason to chastise them? Nope!

Steve you are a good man, educator and have far greater insight on political issues than I. We all see the world from our on eyes from our own experiences. I am sorry if I offended you as I felt offended! You don’t see sorry coming from this blog too often! Your friendship is valued but so is free speech right or perceived wrong. It may be your time to shine and enlighten everyone in how to defend off unwelcome changes! I think we as a group failed to do that with RTTT, Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Assessment and back to the days of DSTP and those damn 3-tiered diplomas grading our children like cattle.  Sorry for the blog title ! Just one of those tricks to make you look!        

New Castle County should be require to deny or hold decision on Wanxiang’s permit request until delinquent school taxes are paid

see: WANXIANG SMOKING GUN! UNPAID DELAWARE SCHOOL TAXES! MARKELL LOOKS THE OTHER WAY

Our state legislators did pass legislation giving school districts added power to collect delinquent school taxes and I think the county the party that collects school taxes kick in and deny or suspend any permit request until taxes are paid! 

I am waiting for a response from Red Clay where I am seeking board policy in response to HB 85. 

SPONSOR:   
Rep. D. Short & Rep. Baumbach & Rep. Viola & Sen. Pettyjohn;
Reps. Hudson, Briggs King, Dukes, Gray, Hensley, Kenton, Miro, Outten, Spiegelman, Wilson, Yearick, Schwartzkopf, Osienski, K. Williams; Sens. Peterson, Richardson, Simpson
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
148th GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HOUSE BILL NO. 85
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 30 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO STATE TAXES.

WHEREAS, currently millions of dollars of property taxes are owed to school districts and local governments; andWHEREAS, current law specifically prohibits school taxes from being collected by tax intercept; and
WHEREAS, such taxes are difficult to collect; and
WHEREAS, tax intercept programs have been successful in collecting child support and other obligations owed the State and will help collections for education and other taxes; and
WHEREAS, the five year school tax arrears for all three counties totaling $32,366,986.44 are as follows:
New Castle County             Appoquinimink                    $1,887,436.12
                                                Brandywine                          $2,800,880.49
                                                Christina                                $5,512,378.04
                                                Colonial                                 $3,714,979.20
                                                Red Clay                               $4,356,238.61
                                                Smyrna                                  $  173,278.24
                                                VoTech (Polytech)              $   19,607.10
                                                VoTech (New Castle)       $1,682,942.79         Total for NCC $20,147,740.59
Kent County                         Caesar Rodney                    $  726,348.29
                                                Capital                                   $1,953,670.62
                                                Lake Forest                           $   685,631.99
                                                Milford                                  $  221,652.72
                                                Polytech                                                $  417,886.15
                                                Smyrna                                  $  666,805.06
                                                Woodbridge                          $   48,445.77        Total for Kent $4,720,440.60
Sussex County                     Cape Henlopen                    $1,385,644.76
                                                Delmar                                   $  306,423.90
                                                Indian River                         $2,437,659.84
                                                Laurel                                    $  728,236.64
                                                Milford                                  $  452,149.21
                                                Seaford                                  $  837,276.17
                                                Sussex Tech                          $  638,004.32
                                                Woodbridge                          $  713,410.41       Total for Sussex $7,498,805.25.
NOW, THEREFORE:
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1.  Amend § 545(b)(1), Title 30 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:
(b) Definitions. — For purposes of this section:
(1) “Claimant agency” means:
  1. Any department or agency of the State, including the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical and Community College, but not school districts of this state, with respect to any debt owed to it and any political subdivision or school district of this State, with respect to property taxes owed to it; and
SYNOPSIS
This bill allows school taxes and property taxes to be collected by tax intercept.

Does Delaware Governor John Carney know something about the entombed toxins at the Wanxiang Boxwood Plant ?

In others, it may mean expanding or encouraging the use of the Brownfields program to incentivize the purchase and clean-up of these sites. The former General Motors plant on Boxwood Road outside of Wilmington and the old Claymont Steel facility are examples of the type of sites I believe we should clean up and turn into new centers of employment.

http://johncarney.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Economic-Development-Policy-1.pdf

Is Wanxiang-Karma about to implode the Boxwood Plant? Is Red Clay really in the dark ;)

Wanxiang America has 2 billion dollars in sales and can’t pay their Delaware school taxes! Pin Ni is a crook !!!!!!