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Delaware State Senator David Sokola Faces Competition From Republican Meredith Chapman In 2016 Election

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For over a year now, many people in Delaware have felt State Senator David Sokola has served for far too long in the Delaware Senate.  Today, a Republican named Meredith Chapman publicly announced she is running for State Senate in District 8.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Chapman’s resume includes the following summary of her credentials:

Award-winning, nationally-recognized digital strategist, educator, communicator and former journalist, known as @MediaMeredith. Highly motivated and polished public relations manager with expertise in higher education, public affairs, government and politics, community outreach, crisis management, multimedia and strategy development as well as relationship cultivation. Innate leader with successful track record in management, organizational development, and strategy creation and execution. More than 10 years experience with and in the Delaware…

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Howard High School (Delaware) Your thoughts?

Police ID student reportedly beaten to death inside Wilmington high school

Witness tells me fight was one on one then others jumped victim. Victim hit head on sink then lost consciousness. pic.twitter.com/cKEOB8OvJp — Chad Pradelli (@chadpradelli) April 21, 2016

Obvious the girls weren’t out to kill her but though she hit her head on sink as a results being jumped by others we should be talking manslaughter charges. This crime can’t go unpunished! Sorry doesn’t cut it!

So where do we point the finger? The morals and ethics of our society degrades with each new generation. We’ve spent millions upon millions on Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment. None of these programs have made schools safer! 

Long ago back when Baby Kilroy was attending Conrad Middle School they had the conflict resolution program. We had Peter Naylor and his wonder dog at Richey Schools teacher elementary students about personal boundaries.

Hopefully all the details of events of the Howard High incident will be made public. All schools need conflict resolution programs were students and address their differences and bitch it out if need be! Peer pressure from the circle that forms around two individuals often sets the path to negative outcomes. If one crew real caries about one of their own they shouldn’t egg them on to fight! Yea yea I know, dog eat dog world and only the strong survives! Howard will be scarred for many years and this graduation year will be the saddest!

Little brothers and sisters of Howard! Chill the fuck out and come together and demand a conflict resolution program. Do it for Amy Francis-Joyner. As for those who were just witnesses, you’ll carry the sights and sounds the rest of your lives. As for those who will be charged with crimes, the ignorance that led you down the hateful path is sad and pitiful. Sure it wasn’t suppose to end like that but it did! To others within, there is no need for street justice aka an eye for an eye! The world you live in sucks and if you don’t help break the cycle your community will never be free.   

     

Delaware legislators lack courage in overhauling school taxes

The time is now for legislation to overhaul Delaware public school tax process.

We need to move away from referendums and move towards the same funding method as Delaware’s votech school districts. Is there any Delaware legislator with any backbone in Dover?

For sure there are many legislator with their heads up their ass and others with heads buried in the sand.

School Board Bill Reducing Terms from 5 Years to 3 Years

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Below is a copy of the bill which would reduce the number of years someone can serve on a school board from five to three years. Every three years a school board member would have to run for office. I am not sure how I feel about this bill. I served on the Red Clay School Board and it really takes a full year or more to really understand what is going on in a district, especially a larger district. Five years is really a long time for someone to commit to serving on a school board.

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School board election and referendums on the same day re: SB#165

148th General Assembly

Senate Bill 165

Primary Sponsor(s):

Peterson

Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Hudson & Rep. Ramone


Co-Sponsors:

Sens. Bushweller, Henry; Rep. Bolden


Introduced On:

07/15/2015


Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOL ELECTIONS.


Synopsis of Original Bill:

(without Amendments)

The purpose of this Act is to eliminate the potential for improper electioneering in schools being used as polling placed and to increase voter participation. To accomplish this purpose, this Act directs the Department of Elections to conduct all public school elections by United States mail and requires that all voters participating in such an election be registered voters.

This Act also provides that all public school elections will be held on the same day, the second Tuesday of May. This includes referendum elections under Chapters 19, 20, and 21 of Title 14 of the Delaware Code and, therefore, a school board may hold only 1 referendum election in any calendar year, on the second Tuesday of May.

Lastly, this Act makes several amendments to Chapters 19, 20, and 21 of Title 14 of the Delaware Code to reflect the change in method of voting in public school elections to mail ballots.


Current Status:

Senate Education Committee   On  07/15/2015



What do you think about this legislation? A no vote for sitting board member at the same time  voting no for referendum? 

This legislation is loaded with radical changes  and might need to be scaled back! One thing needs to be done is, no school activities after 3 p.m. on school board and referendum election days. Conrad’s parking lot was a fucking nightmare! And it would put a damper on Red Clay’s perfected intentional activities on referendum nights! 

Voting by mail could bring more problems! Where’s the verification? Registered voter? I think the time has come to explore that idea! Register voters for voting on referendums might be better if only property owners vote.

As far as referendums, I think we should move to traditional public schools the way we do votechs!

School board elections!! Move them to the general election whereas only registered voters can vote.  What school board elections will become political?? Right LOL !! 

Response from DOJ regarding DE Charter Schools Network Lobbying Efforts

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On February 4, 2016 a letter was sent to the Department of Justice expressing concerns with regards to Delaware Charter Schools Network and their lobbying efforts in Dover.

On March 30, 2016, we received a response from the Department of Justice with respect to our concerns.

On page 3 of the letter it states that Ms. Massett accounts for the time she spends lobbying and estimates she spends 3% of her time as Executive Director on the direct lobbying. The records from 2015 showed that Ms. Massett signed in at Legislative Hall 17 times in 2015. The state goes on to say assuming for the sake of rough calculation Ms. Massett spent half of the work day – or 4 hours – at Legislative Hall each time she signed in, that would account for approximately 3% of Ms. Massett’s work hours for all of 2015.

My response back to the DOJ is in 2015 when…

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Why I Want Your Vote For The Capital School Board

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For those who haven’t heard, I am jumping into the fire!  Anyone reading this blog knows my stances on education.  Is it enough though?  We need change and we need it now.

These are the reasons I am running.  I will tackle each reason below.

  1. Far too many Dover residents don’t want to send their child to Capital School District.
  2. Every student needs to be treated as an individual and not a test score.
  3. Our middle schools need a lot of help.
  4. We need more fiscal transparency and accountability.
  5. Low-Income Students.
  6. The Every Student Succeeds Act.
  7. Student Data.
  8. More participation from parents in the district.
  9. Special Education.
  10. More participation in state legislative matters.
  11. Charter schools within our district.
  12. Kindergarten.
  13. Support for our teachers.
  14. Ensuring opt out of standardized testing is honored as a parental right.
  15. More focus on the arts.
  16. Perception of the district.
  17. Perception of Dover as a result of…

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Breaking News: Paul Herdman Selected As Acting Delaware Secretary of Education As Godowsky Resigns!!!!

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Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Steven Godowsky, less than six months after being confirmed by the Delaware Senate, announced his retirement.  Delaware Governor Jack Markell is going to have Dr. Paul Herdman, the CEO of the Rodel Foundation, serve as the Acting Secretary of Education.

This news came as a shock to not only employees of the DOE, but also Governor Markell himself.  He stated:

“Dr. Godowsky came at a crucial time for the Department, and his mark will not be forgotten.  He guided us through a very difficult transition period.”

Dr. Godowsky gave no reason to the media why he was retiring, but I heard from an ultra, top-secret source that he was very upset about something.  When pressed for details, the sordid truth came out.

Apparently Dr. Godowsky was upset the Townsend Building, which houses the DOE, the State Auditor’s office, and the Division of Corporations, didn’t have…

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Trump was right about Obama’s trip to Cuba! Here’s proof

Perhaps this is China’s secret to their public education success

Why are so many people worried Trump will get elected?

Honestly what are the chances Donald Trump will get elected ? And how would America be better with Hillary Clinton as president?

Folks the only sane choice Bernie Sanders!  

Donald Trump will end Common Core

Hillary Clinton rolls charter schools under the bus

 

A Message From Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn About IEPs And DOE Surveys

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Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn wants all parents of students with disabilities with an IEP to read this message!  As part of the IEP Task Force recommendations back in 2014 which became part of Senate Bill 33 last year, the Delaware DOE is required to send surveys out to a representative number of families where a child has an IEP.  The goal of the survey is to see how our schools are doing with the IEP process and implementation.  I strongly urge all parents in Delaware who  have a child with an IEP to take this survey.  Thank you.

“Dear Friends,

I am writing to ask for your assistance in ensuring that our schools are complying with their legal responsibilities to provide appropriate services to students with disabilities. One of the recommendations of the IEP Improvement Task Force that I chaired was to survey families specifically about their experience with…

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