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OMG! Watch this video re: school vouchers in Delaware! I told you Hudson and Lavelle are sowing school vouchers

Delaware stays the course with Smarter Balanced and Common Core as 9 states bailout, 4 thinking about bailing and 4 states weren’t dumb enough to join

What States Have Pulled Out of their Common Core Assessment Consortium? JANUARY 23, 2014 BY

States that have pulled out of their Assessment Consortium:

  1. Utah (Smarter Balanced) – 

  2. Oklahoma (PARCC) – 

  3. Georgia (PARCC) – 

  4. Alabama (Smarter Balanced & PARCC – they were an advisory state) 

  5. Indiana (PARCC) – 

  6. Kansas (Smarter Balanced) – 

  7. Pennsylvania (Smarter Balanced & PARCC) 

  8. Alaska (Smarter Balanced) – 

  9. Florida (PARCC) – 

States Actively Considering Withdrawing

  1. Michigan (Smarter Balanced) 

  2. Kentucky (PARCC) 

  3. North Carolina (Smarter Balanced) 

  4. Iowa (Smarter Balanced) – The Iowa Legislature actually has to approve its use 

States that never joined.

  • Virginia

  • Texas

  • Nebraska

  • Minnesota

Folks the Smarter Balanced is imploding and in 2 years Delaware will be back spending million $$$$$$$$ for a new assessment test.

When will our state legislators call for the termination of the Delaware Secretary of Education ? Or is there a plot to spin school vouchers using failures like this as a backdrop! And as for the Delaware State Board of Education, the time has come for those position to be paid elected positions. 

Civil Rights and Community Groups Demand End to High Stakes Testing and Moratorium on Charter Schools

Originally posted on Seattle Education:

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This letter was issued on July 7, 2015.

“We respectfully disagree that the proliferation of high stakes assessments and top-down interventions are needed in order to improve our schools.  We live in the communities where these schools exist.  What, from our vantage point, happens because of these tests is not improvement.  It’s destruction.”

Nearly 200 Civil Rights, Community Groups Send Letter to Senate Demanding Fair & Equitable Reforms to ESEA Reauthorization

This week, the Journey for Justice Alliance—a coalition of parents, students, teachers, and community and civil rights organizations—along with 175 other national and local grassroots, youth, and civil rights organizations, sent a letter to Senators Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid demanding that high stakes tested be removed from the civil rights provisions within the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill currently being debated in Congress. Instead, the groups are calling for an end to school closures and privatization and investment…

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Day 7

Originally posted on kavips:

It has been 7 days now that the Delaware Department has sat on the results of the Smarter Balanced Assessments. Day one was the release by other states of their preliminary data alerting all that the state now had the results…

One must ask why in the “most open and transparent administration in Delaware’s history” (Markell’s state of the state claim) we are still waiting for the preliminary data to be released.

As everyone knows, the DOE right now is in deep lockdown, All hands working feverishly… Yet it is the middle of summer?  Never has happened before.

Putting two and two together one can not help but wonder if the test results are being doctored to achieve a certain slant? Are data banks being scrubbed so no one can check the validity of the scores?  Are numbers being manipulated because the results were what we in the field…

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Publius brain fart of the day! ANYTHING Red Clay does is an improvement over Christina.

Publius e decere 

OK (no, not KO), seriously — if that is even possible here — ANYTHING Red Clay does is an improvement over Christina. No matter where the Wilmington formerly-Christina kids attend Red Clay schools, it will be a third of the Christina commute. A 30-minute gain in each direction. An hour a day. The World According To Garmin. A-Waze-ing. And being in Red Clay they will have new priority on choice into the in-demand Red Clay schools. A fringe benefit of joining the Red Clay Club.

Publius you’ve outdone yourself this time! You do know there won’t be a plan as to what Red Clay would look like as far as attendance zone and funding prior to a legislative supported order for Red Clay to be “required” to expand it’s boundaries taking Christina’s Wilmington schools!

I assure you the The Red Clay Wilmington Campus would transform back to a traditional public school to provide “Wilmington” neighborhood middle and high school.

If Red Clay is so great why did t he state pull a takeover via priority schools?

AYP report card time ******************* Red Clay

Delaware Accountability

Select SchoolType: 

School AYP
Baltz (Austin D.) Elementary School Not Met
Delaware College Preparatory Academy Not Met
Forest Oak Elementary School Met
Heritage Elementary School Met
Highlands Elementary School Not Met
Lewis (William C.) Dual Language Elementary School Met
Linden Hill Elementary School Met
Marbrook Elementary School Met
Mote (Anna P.) Elementary School Met
North Star Elementary School Met
Richardson Park Elementary School Not Met
Richey Elementary School Not Met
Shortlidge (Evan G.) Academy Not Met
Warner Elementary School Not Met
William F. Cooke Jr. Elementary Not Aplicable

AYP report card time ******************* Christina

Delaware Accountability

Select SchoolType

School AYP
Bancroft Elementary School Not Met
Brader (Henry M.) Elementary School Met
Brookside Elementary School Met
Downes (John R.) Elementary School Met
Elbert-Palmer Elementary School Met
Gallaher (Robert S.) Elementary School Met
Jones (Albert H.) Elementary School Met
Keene (William B.) Elementary School Met
Leasure (May B.) Elementary School Met
Maclary (R. Elisabeth) Elementary School Met
Marshall (Thurgood) Elementary School Met
McVey (Joseph M.) Elementary School Met
Montessori Academy Wilmington Not Aplicable
Oberle (William) Elementary School Not Met
Pulaski (Casimir) Elementary School Not Met
Smith (Jennie E.) Elementary School Met
Stubbs (Frederick Douglass) Elementary School Not Met
West Park Place Elementary School Met
Wilson (Etta J.) Elementary School Met

So Red Clay’s 50% meeting AYP at the elementary level is better than Christina’s 83% meeting AYP at the elementary level. Agreeable both failed elementary schools located in the city of Wilmington. 

So the bus ride for Wilmington’s minority students will be lessen under the care of Red Clay! So which Red Clay schools will all those city kids  attend? Red Clay will be forced to reset attendance zone to reduce the de facto segregation factor. The district may need to send some suburban children living is a comparable radius as those city kids being forced on the bus. What is Red Clay doing by building suburban elementary schools is circumventing the intent of desegregation. They hide behind the Neighborhood Schools Act but their lack of concern addressing traditional middle and high schools in Wilmington reveals pure disregards to civil rights. Red Clay board members keep their heads in the sand on this one! Publius the pot is boiling and Red Clay willing be force to take on more high needs schools with out approved attendance zones and reset in local taxes to ensure fair and equatable education for all .

Stop masturbating on a keg of gunpowder and come to your senses! You support a Red Clay takeover of Christina without a written plan or knowing the funding impact. Sounds to me is , you want Red Clay to implode to further disrupt traditional public schools. You know when the landlord is burden with runaway overhead expenses he’ll raise the rent on the tenants.     
  

What changes will be made once Christina’s Wilmington schools are handed over to Red Clay? I have some thoughts!

The stage is being set for Christina School District’s Wilmington schools to be handed over to Red Clay. The “law” will force this to happen. Once this happens Red Clay will be on the hot-seat to address de facto segregation and do some soul searching about their sins whereas they force middle and high school Wilmington students to ride buses to Red Clay suburban middle and high schools. Red Clay has systematically created a suburban schools system that leans towards serving white students. New Red Clay suburban schools are being built with district leaders claiming the Neighborhood Schools Act forces them to do so. However, no middle or high schools in Wilmington. Is there equity when in comes to building neighborhood schools? Was Red Clay counting on charter schools to cover their sins?

Red Clay will be forced to face it’s demons seeded in a long ago anti-desegregation movement.   Am I being too harsh or a nut-job with this analogy? But tell me, why aren’t there any Red Clay traditional middle or high schools in the city limits of Wilmington? Why was Red Cay allow to restructure Conrad  into a K-12 all Choice magnet school with a specific interest student enrollment process at the same time defacing their state board Neighborhood Schools plan which was required by law? Why wasn’t there DE DOE public hearings on Red Clay modifying it’s Neighborhood Schools Plan? Why is there still force busing outbound Wilmington?

So what do you see in your crystal ball re: changes and impact in Red Clay once they become the new caretakers of Christina’s Wilmington schools?

John Carney accepting Markell’s endorsement would be like taking ice cream from Satan

Markell hopes Carney enters 2016 governor race Jonathan Starkey, The News Journal

They were political rivals in 2008. Now Gov. Jack Markell is all but endorsing Congressman John Carney to succeed him as Delaware’s governor.

Over the weekend, Markell praised Carney’s qualifications and said through a spokesman on Monday that Carney would make a “terrific candidate should he decide to run” next year.

Dear John Carney the reason you lost the primary race for governor against Jack Markell was because you were Governor Minner’s pool-boy. You stayed in her shadow way too long!  You were the party’s choice and Markell took you to primary! Taking his endorsement would make you his lap-dog!  

John, I am here to tell you, Markell has caused severe damage to Delaware’s public school system and I am not taking about charter schools. Markell sold out to Wall Street and Washington! Markell has weakened local control to the extent PTA’s voice doesn’t matter re: the testing opt-out. Markell signs on to all the Wall Street laced education reform plan and then pour the Kool-Aid to parents and the community! 

“(The governor) believes Rep. Carney would be a terrific candidate should he decide to run,” said Markell spokesman Jonathon Dworkin. “But he respects the process that any potential candidate must go through to make that decision and he’s confident that Rep. Carney will make the right decision for him and his family when the time comes. For now, we don’t have anything else to add.”

John, you can bet if you vacate your seat in congress Markell wouldn’t waste anytime going for it! John. Delaware public education is on the verge of complete collapse and will take every bit of five years to restore public confidence and quality leadership.

Delaware Governor Markell puts Smarter Balanced test results on lock-down

Kilroy’s DE DOE mouse says, Governor Markell told Coach Murphy not to release the Smarter Balance Assessment test results.

Why is the governor calling the shots on releasing state student testing results ? 

Seattle NAACP supports Opt-Out! I Shame on Wilmington Delaware brothers and sisters!

Delaware Godfather of Delaware charter schools and Kilroy agree on one thing re: school choice transportation

The Red Clay school board voted unanimously to submit its choice-based Neighborhood Schools Act plan to the state Board of Education with the apparent expectation that it will require General Assembly support to implement. The earliest it could go into effect is September, 2003.

Another provison calls for “state-funded transportation” for ‘choice’ students. The state’s public school choice law presently requires that students not attending the school to which they are assigned using traditional attendance zones must provide their own transportation. Red Clay pays for some, but not all, such transportation with local funds.

Board president William Manning said a choice program is “meaningless” without a transportation component because, as a practical matter, poorer students are unable to take advantage of it.

By Delafourm

I’ll repeat my contention that to reduce de facto segregation in Red Clay our legislators must provide Choice transportation funding for Wilmington Red Clay students to level the equity field. Also, give Red Clay city middle and high school students first choice of suburban middle and high schools student over in-district suburban students and siblings with accommodating transportation. 

And the Don goes on to say;

 Manning said he finds it ironic that people are objecting to the district’s choice arrangement on the grounds that it will foster racial resegregation. Inability to attend schools where they wanted their children to go was the underlying motive for black parents to file the suits which led to both the desegregation of Delaware public schools and the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, he noted.

“What surprises me is criticism which now said giving people a choice is a bad thing,” he said.

So now we’re at a point where Christina’s city schools are being “forced” on Red Clay. No court yet but at the hands of Governor Markell and city leaders who are creating their own stoical justice. For the record, there is no re-segregation of public schools in Delaware because of school Choice law even and the Neighborhood Schools Act. What we have is “de facto” segregation due to the inequities in Choice transportation. One must ask, why do Red Clay’s two magnet schools receive transportation funding if both those schools are “all choice”. meaning no feeder-pattern? 

Fair warning to Red Clay school board, as you see our state legislators created Choice schools that left an equity divide and you can bet the farm Red Clay will be holding the $$$$$$$$$ bag on taking-over Christina city schools!    

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History lesson for Red Clay School Board and the Wilmington cowards

CHAPTER 287

FORMERLY

HOUSE SUBSTITUTE NO. 1

FOR

HOUSE BILL NO. 300

AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 9

§ 223. Wilmington Neighborhood Schools Committee.

(a) The Wilmington Neighborhood Schools Committee shall consist of seventeen (17) members as follows:

(1) Two members designated by the Mayor of the City of Wilmington;

(2) Three members designated by the President of City Council for the City of Wilmington;

(3) One member designated by the Governor with such member being a resident of the City of Wilmington;

(4) One member designated by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate with such member being a resident of the City of Wilmington;

(5) One member designated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives with such member being a resident of the City of Wilmington;

(6) Two members representing the Wilmington business community designated by the Mayor;

(7) One member from a community based organization designated by the Mayor;

(8) One member from a community based organization designated by the President of City Council;

(9) One member from each of the four school boards with such persons serving from a Wilmington nominating district; and

(10) One member residing in the City of Wilmington and representing the New Castle County Vo-Tech School District.

(b) Each member shall serve at the pleasure of the holder of the office or the entity having the authority to appoint the member to the Committee. The Chairperson of the Committee shall be designated by the Mayor from the seventeen members and serve as Chairperson at the pleasure of the Mayor. The majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum and no motion or resolution of the Committee may be adopted without the approval of a majority of its members.

(c) The Committee shall not be compensated but shall be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary travel expenses incurred in connection with the performance of its official duties. Funding for the research and analysis required by this section shall also be provided by the Department of Education.

(d) The Committee shall review and analyze current public school feeder patterns, current resource allocations among the districts, current populations of children residing in the City of Wilmington attending public schools and population projections for children residing in the City of Wilmington likely to attend public schools in the future.

(e) Based on the information and analysis, the Committee shall submit recommendations to the Mayor of the City of Wilmington and the City Council by January 3, 2001 concerning the creation of a Wilmington School District, neighborhood schools within the current district configurations or neighborhood schools under some alternative district configuration. The recommendations shall identify specific time-lines for implementation as well as specific actions, legislative or otherwise, required to implement the recommendations. The recommendations shall also estimate the costs or savings both in terms of capital expense and/or operational expense based on existing unit count allocations and the required local match. Prior to submitting the recommendations, the Committee shall hold at least five (5) public hearings to take testimony and questions from members of the public and other interested stakeholders.

(f) Upon review and consideration of the Committee’s recommendations, the City Council and the Mayor of the City of Wilmington shall forward their plan on behalf of the City of Wilmington to the General Assembly by March 15, 2001. The plan shall identify specific time-lines for implementation as well as specific actions, legislative or otherwise, required to implement the recommendations. The plan shall also estimate the costs or savings both in terms of capital expense and/or operational expense based on existing unit count allocations and the required local match. The General Assembly shall act on the plan by June 30, 2001.

And the action the legislators took was, defer final decision to the Delaware State Board of Education who let Red Clay manipulate process allowing them to deny Wilmington’s children traditional “neighborhood”  middle and high schools. However, Red Clay continues to add more suburban elementary schools that serve predominately white students. Red Clay continues to have seats open in Red Clay city elementary schools but won’t dare bus suburban students to those schools. At the end of the day it comes down to, the hell with fair and equitable education for city children. 

Red Clay School District takeover of Wilmington Christina schools does nothing to address de facto segregation

Call me what you want but, long before the public and many legislators grasp the political agenda buried deep in Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment John Young and I were firing the warning shots!  We had the foresight to see the Washington and Wall Street Trojan Horse coming. Our school union leaders and administration also knew these programs were tainted! They did so to go along to get along and yes indeed where held $$$ hostage by the likes of Governor Markell. But they knew! And indeed there was that “limo deal”.  

I am here to tell you, the plan to have Red Clay Consolidated  Schools District take ownership of struggling schools within Christina School District located in Wilmington Delaware is a major social train wreck in the making! 

Hear me out ! With the inception of charter schools, choice schools and expansion of magnet schools that are supported by laws such as the charter school legislation and Neighborhood Schools Act, the city of Wilmington schools including charter school located in the city have returned to minority population pre-court order desegregation aka to whites force busing levels!

I don’t oppose school student population racially reflective of surrounding neighborhoods. However what Delaware lawmakers created with the help of their white affluent supporters whom a few notables help craft the charter school law, neighborhoods school laws and Choice school laws seeded de facto segregation.   

Force busing has not ended! Minority middle and high school Red Clay students living in Wilmington Delaware are forced to ride the bus to suburban Red Clay middle and high schools. Why? Because Red Clay refuses to create traditional middle and high schools within the city of Wilmington. But yet even with empty seats in Red Clay city elementary schools, Red Clay continues to build new suburban elementary schools. They’ll  tell the public they are required to do so per the Neighborhood Schools Act. It seems the NSA benefits white suburban students more so than black Wilmington children.

Yea yea, Kilroy, don’t you know per Delaware’s Choice School Law students anywhere in the state can choose their school? Sound good on paper and when Governor Markell tells the world. However, without choice transportation there is an equity divide. If a parent doesn’t have adequate personal transportation needed as required by the School Choice law  to transport their child to and from feeder bus-stops within the Choice school, or directly to and from the Choice School, their child cannot participate.  Then there are the specific interest enrollment requirement for some charter and magnet schools that are based on intelligence and talent that must be proven during the application process. Folks our most neediest students many of high poverty minorities are locked out of  some of the most successful public funded schools.

I am here to tell you, the merger of Christina’s Wilmington Delaware  into Red Clay Consolidated School District will be a social train wreck! Will Red Clay create city “traditional”  middle and high schools?? HELL NO!  

Red Clay failed to meet federal achievement benchmarks in their city schools to a point a priority school plan was forced on them that give the Delaware Department of Education a direct say in day to day school operation. This the same DE DOE that had it’s charter schools unit implode causing a moratorium on new charter schools.

Folks Red Clay district leadership will cave to a blueprint re: takeover of Wilmington schools that will have no concrete plan and no defined sustainable funding streams. Red Clay will be knocking on local taxpayers’ door to fund another politically seeded agenda.

To Red Clay board members, I tell  you now is the time to put aside egos and personal differences and stand shoulder-to-shoulder and not agree to any MOU or plan that leads the way for a Red Clay takeover Christina schools unless a clear blueprint with funding is approved by the local taxpayers! What I am say, put the question to a referendum vote and if the public says no, let the local politicians take the heat! What is about to happen isn’t just a defining moment is of your board leadership but a defining moment for you as a person! And that position could haunt you the rest of your life! Please set the district leadership straight as to what is required! If there is push back then fire all the bastards! Always remember, the superintendent and district administrators  serve at the pleasure of  school board!    

Wilmington Delaware should be stripped of it’s charter ! Relax Publius not that charter !

Wilmington Delaware’s community leaders supporting handing over city schools to Red Clay School District should also consider demanding the surrender the charter that incorporates them as a city. 

The righteous brother and sisters who want to stripped Christina School District of their city schools because of the failures of state legislators and governors who crafted charter school laws undermining the foundation of Christina need to be held accountable for the deaths of those killed in street violence.

The murder rate in the City of Wilmington  should be a crime in itself whereas city leaders should be charged! Years and years of playing politics and not giving the Wilmington Police Department the tools to do their jobs is shameful. Just and schools need more teachers, Wilmington Police Department need more police men and women! City leaders fail to support the backs on those putting their lives on the line and fail to address the fair and equitable education needs of city children !

The evidence is clear, coward city leaders can’t even man-up and take control of “their” public schools. They rather outsource them to Red Clay Consolidated School, a district where many high needs schools are on the verge of state takeover!

At the end of the day, it comes down to this, Wilmington leaders don’t want the responsibility of overseeing public schools located in their charter and as far as street crime, the body bags tells that story.

Wilmington schools need more teachers and paraprofessional and Wilmington’s police need more boots on the ground! More task-force committees are nothing more then city leaders scapegoating their responsibility.      

To my brother John Young! Thank you !

Perseverance brother John! Thank you for the kind words!