Lawsuit: Delaware schools are leaving children in poverty behind
GIVING STUDENTS AND TEACHERS THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TAKES MONEY, AND A LAWSUIT FILED BY TWO CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS DEMANDS THE STATE CHANGE HOW IT FUNDS EDUCATION. Jessica Bies
Clearly, Christina School District doesn’t have enough resources to support students struggling with mental or behavioral problems, Antwi said. She thinks the school does the best with what it has, but there just isn’t enough money.
And what services is DSCYF providing? Delaware pubic schools have become nursemaids for failed state services. Mental health issues among children children are often associated with dysfunctional. Public school teachers are trained and certified education not mental health. Giving public schools more money isn’t the answer. Monies taking out of school budgets to address mental-health needs is wrong and misguided. The are a level of behavioral issues school can deal with but when it extends identifiable mental-health diagnoses such as Conduct Disorder or Opposition Defiant Disorder school don’t have the capacity to provide “treatment”. School guidance counselors though not trained mental-health providers have been hijacked by building administration to perform other duties. School guidance counselor shouldn’t be acting as career counselors.
Jeffers Brown, her son’s principal, pointed to several workshops that teach staff how to cope with students’ emotional and behavioral issues.
Wasted workshops ! Training teachers how to “cope” isn’t providing treatment for students.
The lawsuit, similar to ones filed in 45 states, seeks to have more money given to schools with large numbers of low-income students, special education students and English language learners.
That funding would allow school districts like Christina to invest in tools that could help those students succeed, as districts in New Jersey now do. And it could keep experienced teachers from fleeing jobs in those schools that can be overwhelmingly stressful.
Now we come to Title 1 funding. Federal Title 1 funding meant for supplementing reading programs has also been hijacked. With FlexEd and the rewrite of ESEA aka NCLB school superintendents can “creatively” dip into the Title 1 $$$ pot.
According to the lawsuit, funding inequities harm students from low-income families, students with disabilities and students who are learning English. Schools struggle to hire specialists who can help them, and test scores for disadvantaged students are far below state standards set by the Delaware Department of Education in its new Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, plan.
The test scores are skewed and invalid. Last year’s Delaware high school graduates was a generation of students who endure radical standardizing testing and curriculum standard changes from DSTP, DCAS and no the Smarter Balance Assessment with pilot test in-between.
“There’s this perception that these kids come from a poor community and that their parents don’t care,” she said, making it clear that she would do anything possible to help her son succeed. “But where you live doesn’t define who you are.”
Sadly , low-income parents often lack the education skills to effectively help their children with their homework. Also, low-income parents have little voice in being part of the decision-making team in their child’s school. Way back, William “Hicks” Anderson knocked-down doors that let the way to the National Coalition of Title 1 / Chapter 1 Parents all having state level chapters. Many of the Title 1 parents were members in the now defunct Delaware State Parent Advisory Committee. Governor Markell defunded DSPAC to pave the way Race to The Top. Under federal law aka Title 1 Section 1118 Title 1 parents were required to be parent of decision-making of academic programming and services as it related to Title 1 programs. The rewrite of ESEA aka NCLB is now Every Student Succeeds Act,( ESSA) eliminated Section 1118 giving Title 1 that unique “power”. In fact Race to The Top was illegal because it didn’t comply with Section 1118 that was still federal law. But Governor Markell was successful in getting waivers to this provision
In comes DSEA! This in not a pot-shot at classroom teachers! Its a pot-shot at DSEA leadership who jumped in the Race to The Top bed with Governor Markell and Skipper of Vision 2015 Rodel nut-jobs. No one engaged Title 1 parents for their weigh-in! I won’t go into the “limo deal”.
DSEA current leadership has shifted to an ultra-political organization taking in part of undermining President Trump way beyond his position on education. Sadly paid positions paid by many classroom teachers via dues aren’t focused on the micro fibers of whats really going on with the needs children of poverty.
At the end of the day, wonderful public school classroom teachers endure the burden of being labeled failures for failed administrators who have their heads up the political asses, ill-equipped union leaders who gravitate towards the call of their mother-ship. Classroom teachers and parents of at-risk students are in the same forgotten boat. If classroom teachers and parents of at-risk parents are able to sit-down with a non-union , political or administration script we might see a pathway to addressing the real needs.
The Education Department had no comment on the case. Gov. John Carney’s office pointed to new investments outlined in his proposed 2018 budget and said they will give students more support.
And yep the Rodel sucking members of the education department will get their Carney pay raises. And back again to pouring more money on misguided plans without parents of at-risk students input.
More to follow……………..
All I can say is shame on you and choke on your ego ! When leaders have no integrity their followers have no leader!
After demolition of the near 3-million-square-foot facility, the Boxwood Road plant will be home to a business, fulfillment and distribution campus spread across four buildings with a smaller footprint than the previous structure.
Meantime back in the ranch Cowboy Merv is keeping the $$ card close to his chest. No one is talking about the property reassessment that lowers the value of this property whereas it would low school taxes to be paid, Who know what the property value will be after the demolition. But in the interim Red Clay will see less property taxes being paid from this property.
For Fiscal Year 07/01/2017 – 06/30/2018 TOTAL SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES DUE 2,015,608.27
RED CLAY 38913100 2.31400 / 100 $900,449.13
NCC VOCATIONAL 38913100 0.16030 /100 $62,377.70
Total Current Tax $962,826.83
Prior Balance $907,570.23
TOTAL SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES DUE $ 2,015,608.27
7/25/17 tax bill appears to be based on assessment value of 38913100 and this appears to be current assessment value:
At 9,800.200.00 x last year’s 2.314 per 100.00 assessment this would equal $227,235.00 for Red Clay in contrast to $900,449.13 = 673,214.13 LESS in Red Clay School Tax. And this will be less once plant is demolished.
Now I am no CPA but this what I see. But at the end of the day, there is an impact in Red Clay school taxes that will have to be made up through another referendum shifting the burden on others. The sad part of all this is, Merv is hiding in the corner like a scared mouse. Red Clay taxpayers need clarity on this issue and its impact.
I understands extracurricular school activities help shape students as individuals beyond classroom academics. However, with teachers being underpaid and deficiencies in material needs of the classroom the time has come to question what $$ is the priority of needs?
Spit is out! Should we need to consider cutting after school extracurricular ?
I understand the issues behind the teacher strikes around the country. However, its having a negative impact on students currently in school. What right do teachers in these states have making current students sacrificial lambs for the better of the future of education in their state?
To the question of teacher compensation. I don’t see anywhere where people were rounded up and forced to work in public education. Obviously the choice was made by educated adults. Don’t get me wrong boy who can’t see his reflection in the mirror. But teachers public and non-public are valued members of society and I support traditional public education. But honestly, if there is money to be found and raised we need to use it to support and increase the needs of our law enforcement. Then there is this question, should teachers be paid more than social-workers?
As far as looking at increasing public school funding in Delaware the time has come to fund all traditional public school like how Delaware votech schools are, The state legislators set the local tax-rates for votech schools. This is ground zero for the making positive changes in Public school funding. We need teachers in the classrooms teaching and legislators that have their backs. When we have legislators like Rep Paul Baumbach burning so much energy trashing President Trump while at the same time defending his support for former Governor Jack Markell who single handily upended Delaware public education sits around with his thumb up is ass on Delaware school funding we’ll never be able to address the problem.
Delaware needs to improve on the issues we’re seeing around the country is being held hostage by education labor leaders who spend more time on broad political rather than investing himself in a job that he is being “PAID” to do. I have the theory that to reform a nation we must do it state by state with common goals. Children who are undeserved is all areas of needs is a result of failed adults.