Teacher claims she can reduce crime if elected to Delaware House of Representatives but says nothing about ending social promotion

Adding reading specialists could help fight youth violence: Delaware Voices Rachel Blumenfeld teaches special education English in Delaware’s public schools. She is running for state representative in the 12th district. / News Journal 

Delaware schools have statutorily-determined units with which to hire teachers, specialists, and administrators. Each time the state budget makes cuts to education funding, schools struggle more and more when deciding how to assign these units

Aren’t forgetting something call federally funded Title 1 ? Red Clay alone received nearly 6 million dollars last year. What about all those mentors coming into schools. 

Unfortunately, one of the last units to be prioritized is arguably one of the most important positions – the reading specialist.

So what you are saying is, after securing extra funding for teacher and admission raises there is much left to head students falling behind in reading!

However, schools in Delaware are not required to have reading specialists, and many do not. In fact, if districts do have specialists, they are often only in the elementary schools — and when schools face budget cuts, this is one of the first roles to go.

Long live EPER for extracurricular activities !

It is not news that students in Delaware are not performing well on state tests, and that Delaware students have low proficiency rates in English. But knowing that “fewer than three quarters of Delaware students in the third grade are meeting reading proficiency levels” doesn’t tell the full story.

Why are we spending millions on testing? One would think a classroom teacher can identify students not reading at grade-level!

Knowing that 92 percent of the students at Bayard Middle School in Wilmington are not proficient in English isn’t enough information. It doesn’t tell you how many of those students are not just below proficiency, but like my student, are actually illiterate.

So what you are saying is the democrats rolled out Race to The Top and it did not work! DSEA and all the local teacher associations aka union supported it. The president of DSEA was on the RTTT D.C. Dream-team to make sure children you speak of get services they need. DESA ends up working for DE DOE. 

As Mayor Mike Purzycki noted on Sept. 9 at an event to discuss how to combat crime in Wilmington, violence is often the result of hopelessness. How can we expect Wilmington’s teenagers to feel anything but hopeless when they can’t read, when they know that they cannot fill out a job application, never mind bringing valuable skills to a workplace?

And what is Mayor Purzycki doing about after school and summer reading programs?

How can we expect our youth to get well-paying jobs, to grow into contributing adults, when they do not possess the most foundational skill, even on a functional level? 

We continue to lie to children and parents through social promotion and teachers and their unions who do not call for an end to this programs are enablers.  

If we want to help make Delaware a safer place, a state with a better economy, a state that serves its citizens, then we need to require at least one reading specialist in each school.

And one reading specialist will meet the needs of all students in need? Also, lets not forget the Title 1 teachers serving many schools. 

If we want to help make Delaware a safer place, a state with a better economy, a state that serves its citizens, then we need to require at least one reading specialist in each school.

And how does getting you elected to the Delaware House of Representatives ensure we’ll get the funding for at least one reading specialist in each school? How are you going to pay for it? Spit it out! You support property reassessment and have no interest in school district consolidation or requiring teachers to pay a little more for their healthcare.    

 

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One response to “Teacher claims she can reduce crime if elected to Delaware House of Representatives but says nothing about ending social promotion

  1. You want 16 year old kids in elementary school because they can’t read? That’s why social promotion exists, and educators are smart enough to know from the trenches that the kids who aren’t passing on their own need more supports than you and other taxpayers are willing to support financially. Stop bashing a really amazing educator – and potential public servant – and look for answers. While you’re at it, drop the Diane Donahue drivel and allow for changes to have happened. Diane would never have supported Red Clay and Christina in taking a vote of no confidence in the entire DOE system. Then again, she took advantage of gullible local members to steal playbook secrets from locals and feed them to Governor Markell. Find a new horse to beat, Kilroy.

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