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Is The Delaware Department of Education playing a game of Where’s Waldo re: past student testing results
It appears the Delaware Department of Education buried web-links to previous years of student testing results for DCAS and DSTP. WHY ?
Odds are folks the data is so skewed going from DSTP to DCAS pilot to DCAS full roll-out, to DCAS cut-score adjustments to Smart Balanced pilot to full Smarter Balance roll-out last year 2014-2015. DE DOE is holding back Smarter Balanced data for 2014-2015 to massage it. I urge our state representatives to call for a hearing and put DE DOE official under oath and ask one question, “did you or do you have knowledge of any DE DOE officials or testing company officials changing the raw data from Smarter Balanced Assessment 2014-2015.” There is no reason for DE DOE to hold back testing results this long, unless they want to review and make adjustments. But back to the concern, why did DE DOE remove DOE webpage “public” links to previous years testing data?
——————– (05) (06) (07) (08) (09) (10)—–(11)—–(12)—-(13)–(14)–(15)
Amer Indian 0.0 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0.% 0.0%—0.01%- -0.0%–0.1%–0.1%–0.1%
African-Amer 30.4% 30.3% 27.7% 24.6% 19.6% 15.1%-13.2%–11.6%–10.4%-11.2%–12.4%
Asian Amer 1.1% 0.3% 0.0% 0.9% 1.1% 2.5% –2.6%–2.5%—-2.7%-3.9%–4.9%
Hispanic 36.3% 39.9% 46.2% 36.9% 34.1% 28.9%–24%– 22%—20.3%-18.9%–18.4%
White 32.2% 29.4% 26.1% 37.5% 45.1% 53.5%–59.7%–63.5%–66%-65.1%–63.5%
I started this tracking February 16, 2011 Careful how you yell success in school turnaround and the purging of African-American student continues. Conrad is an all choice “magnet” school. The questions are, is there something about Conrad that doesn’t appeal to African-American students? Do they not feel welcome? Has any African-American student choice applications been denied? Don’t get me wrong! Conrad is a great school ! But I want scream MF’er every time I hear Red Clay administrators boast how they turned Conrad around. Read the link!
Video by George Fox
“Redskin” is a slang term referring to Native Americans in the United States. In modern dictionaries of American English it is defined with the additional meanings “usually offensive”, “disparaging”, “insulting”,and “taboo“.
The origin of the term is debated, in particular whether the use of “red” referred to skin color or the use of pigments by certain tribes, and also whether the term was applied to natives by Europeans or came from language natives used to refer to themselves. Whatever its origins in the colonial period, many argue that “redskin” underwent a process of pejoration due to the increasingly disparaging use of the term though the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including an association with the practice of paying bounties for killing Native Americans.
Although the term has almost disappeared from common use, it remains as the name of many sports teams, most prominently the Washington Redskins, and the term’s meaning has been a significant point of controversy.
Origin and meaning
It is argued by sociologist Irving Lewis Allen that slang identifiers for ethnic groups based upon physical characteristics, including “redskin”, are by nature derogatory, emphasizing the difference between the speaker and the target. However, Professor Luvell Anderson of the University of Memphis, in his paper “Slurring Words”, argues that for a word to be a slur, the word must communicate ideas beyond identifying a target group, and that, slurs are offensive because the additional data contained in those words differentiates those individuals from otherwise accepted groups. However, in the same sense that nigger originated as meaning nothing more than “black-skinned”, redskin also took on an increasingly negative meaning.
The origin of the term “redskin” in English is debated. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) had cited its earliest use in a 1699 letter from an English colonialist, Samuel Smith, living in Hadley, Massachusetts, which supposedly contains the following passage: “Ye firste Meetinge House was solid mayde to withstande ye wicked onsaults of ye Red Skins.” Based on this source, the OED suggests the term was specifically applied to the Delaware Indians, and “referred not to the natural skin color of the Delaware, but to their use of vermilion face paint and body paint.” Smithsonian liguistics scholar Ives Goddard concluded the letter was a “work of fiction”, saying that the “language was Hollywood…It didn’t look like the way people really wrote.” The OED agreed with Goddard’s findings, stating that the quotation was “subsequently found to be misattributed; the actual text was written in 1900 by an author claiming, for purposes of historical fiction, to be quoting an earlier letter.”
Goddard proposes as an alternative the emergence of the term from the speech of Native Americans themselves and that the origin and use of the term in the late 18th and early 19th century was benign: “When it first appeared as an English expression in the early 1800s, it came in the most respectful context and at the highest level. … These are white people and Indians talking together, with the white people trying to ingratiate themselves”. The word later underwent a process of pejoration, by which it gained a negative connotation. Goddard suggests that “redskin” emerged from French translations of Native American speech in Illinois and Missouri territories in the 18th and 19th centuries. He cites as the earliest example a 1769 set of “talks” or letters from three chiefs of the Piankeshaw to an English officer at Fort de Chartres. The letter from Chief “Mosquito” (French: Maringouin) had the following passage in French: “I shall be pleased to have you come to speak to me yourself if you pity our women and our children; and, if any redskins do you harm, I shall be able to look out for you even at the peril of my life.” (“je serai flatté que tu Vienne parler toimeme pour avoir pitie De nos femmes et De nos enfans, et si quelques peaux Rouges te font Du mal je Scaurai soutenir tes Interests au peril De ma Vie”) Another letter in the set, this from a “Chief Hannanas,” contained the following passage: “… You think that I am an orphan; but all the people of these rivers and all the redskins will learn of my death.” (“…tu Crois que je suis Orphelin, mes tous les Gens De ces rivieres et tout les peaux rouges apprenderot ma mort”).
However in an interview Goddard admits that it is impossible to verify if the native words were accurately translated. Johnathan Buffalo, historic preservation director of the Meskwaki Nation, also known as the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, said tribal members in the 1800s used “redskins” as a simple term of identifying themselves — just as they identified others as “whiteskins” or “blackskins” — without any derogatory intent.
One of the many linguistic discrepancies is that initial explorers and later Anglo-Americans termed Native Americans light-skinned, brown, tawny, or russet, according to historian Alden T. Vaughan, “Not until the middle of the eighteenth century did most Anglo-Americans view Indians as significantly different in color from themselves, and not until the nineteenth century did red become the universally accepted color label for American Indians.”
The term appeared in an August 22, 1812, meeting between President James Madison and a delegation of chiefs from western tribes. There, the response of Osage chief “No Ears” (Osage: Tetobasi) to Madison’s speech included the statement “I know the manners of the whites and the red skins,” while the principal chief of the Wahpekute band of Santee Sioux—French Crow—is recorded to have said “I am a red-skin, but what I say is the truth, and notwithstanding I came a long way I am content, but wish to return from here.”
The earliest known appearance of the term in print occurred on October 9, 1813 in an article quoting a letter dated August 27, 1813 from a “gentleman at St. Louis” concerning an expedition being formed and to be led by Gen. Benjamin Howard to “route the savages from the Illinois and Mississippi territories[.]” “The expedition will be 40 days out, and there is no doubt but we shall have to contend with powerful hordes of red skins, as our frontiers have been lined with them last summer, and have had frequent skirmishes with our regulars and rangers.”
However, while these usages may have been earlier, they may not have been disseminated widely. (For instance, while the 1812 meeting with President Madison was contemporaneously recorded, it was not published until 2004. Goddard suggests that a key usage was in a 20 July 1815 speech by Meskwaki chief Black Thunder at the treaty council at Portage des Sioux, in which he is recorded as stating, “My Father—Restrain your feelings, and hear ca[l]mly what I shall say. I shall tell it to you plainly, I shall not speak with fear and trembling. I feel no fear. I have no cause to fear. I have never injured you, and innocence can feel no fear. I turn to all, red skins and white skins, and challenge an accusation against me.” This speech was published widely, and Goddard speculates that it reached James Fenimore Cooper. In Cooper’s novels The Pioneers (published in 1823) and Last of the Mohicans (1826) both Native American and white characters use the term. These novels were widely distributed, and can be credited with bringing the term to “universal notice” and notes that the first time the term appears in Bartlett’s “Dictionary of Americanisms” (in 1858) the illustrative reference is to Last of the Mohicans.
In a lecture on the origins and meaning of “redskin”, Dr. Darren R. Reid of Coventry University presents a number of reasons why he argues the term is racist.
To begin with, it is difficult for historians to document anything with certainty since Native Americans, as a non-literate society, did not produce the written sources upon which historians rely. What is cited as Native American usage was generally attributed to them by European writers.
The division of human beings into different races with essentially different, immutable characteristics was evolving during the period of European colonization; thus there were some that did not think of “Indians” as a race at all, but people who could become members of colonial society though re-education. The marker of racial difference became skin color, but many colonials thought of Indians as essentially the same color as Europeans who became “red” through the use of pigments. The use of “Redskin” rather than “Indian” thus marked the speaker as believing that Native Americans are a different race than Europeans in the same way that African people are “black”.
The use of “red” in its various forms, including redskin, by Native Americans to refer to themselves was not original, but reflected their need to use the language of the times in order to be understood by Europeans.
The team logo works together with the name to reinforce an unrealistic stereotype: “It is not up to non-Indians to define an idealized image of what it is to a Native American.”
The “positive” stereotypes allow fans and supporters to honestly state that they are honoring Native Americans, but this is “…forcing your idea of what it is to honour those people onto them and that, fundamentally, is disrespectful.”
A third controversial etymological claim is that the term emerged from the practice of paying a bounty for Indians, and that “redskin” refers to the bloody, red scalp of a Native American. During the entire history of America until the turn of the twentieth century, Indigenous Americans were hunted, killed, and forcibly removed from their lands by European settlers. This includes the paying of bounties beginning in the colonial period with, for example, a proclamation against the Penobscot Indians in 1755 issued by King George II of Great Britain, known commonly as the Phips Proclamation. The proclamation orders, “His Majesty’s subjects to Embrace all opportunities of pursuing, captivating, killing and Destroying all and every of the aforesaid Indians.” The colonial government paid 50 pounds for scalps of males over 12 years, 25 pounds for scalps of women over 12, and 20 pounds for scalps of boys and girls under 12. Twenty-five British pounds sterling in 1755, worth around $9,000 today —a small fortune in those days when an English teacher earned 60 pounds a year. Though the proclamation itself does not use the word, at least one historical association between the use of “redskin” and the paying of bounties can be made. In 1863, a Winona, MNnewspaper, the Daily Republican, printed an announcement: “The state reward for dead Indians has been increased to $200 for every red-skin sent to Purgatory. This sum is more than the dead bodies of all the Indians east of the Red River are worth.” In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, ‘redskin’ is said not to refer to scalps, but to the bloody bodies left behind by scalp-hunters. This association can evoke strongly negative sentiments. In a 2014 interview after the Trademark decision, Amanda Blackhorse the lead petitioner expressed her opinion: “The name itself actually dates back [to] the time when the Native American population was being exterminated, and bounty hunters were hired to kill Native American people… So, in order to show that they made their kill, they had to bring back a scalp or their skin
At the end of the day the term Red Skin is offensive and shouldn’t be used! However, Conrad’s Indian Headdress logo doesn’t represent Red Skin! As a life long resident of the Conrad community going back to 1954 I am here to tell NEVER in all these years students of Conrad have revered their mascot and even Red Skin as something honorable. The ignorance of the situation of no knowing the true meaning of Red Skin falls on the adults of yesterday as in school leaders during the adoption of Conrad Red Skins! Call it pure unintended ignorance of students back then. However, they were not malicious! Conrad students and alumni take pride in their logo and mascot. Well that was up until now! The logo as it is should stay as is “or” at best as I suggested to district leaders be add to Conrad’s school crest and make the crest the new logo.
Like many in this community I know the district administration runs agendas behind the school board’s back! The administration has lying down to an art. Example being the board was told DCPA website was up to date, when in FACT is is not! Folks all has been predetermined by the district administration! My call is the board will vote to scrub all signs of the Indian connection to Conrad. But always remember, when you drive and walk throughout what is Red Clay the odds are you’ll be stepping on unknown graves of the rightful owners of this community, American Indians. Kenny, when you pray prior to your Thanksgiving feast just remember, the first Thanksgiving when settlers and native American sat-down and broke-bread. Then go on to think about how the settlers went on to massacring of native Americans, men, women and even children. Perhaps we should scrub the term Thanksgiving of the school calendar and forbid students from posting pictures and displays of the first Thanksgiving. TRUE THANKSGIVING A Day of Mourning: Roy Cook, Editor
To understand an American Indian perspective on Thanksgiving, you need some information and some new viewpoints. Perhaps it might be best to remove all signs of American Natives from Red Clay! Perhaps it will clear Red Clay’s conscious. But the dirty soul will still exist. The history and heritage of Red Clay and the surrounding community is anchored is the past and if Red Clay wants to honor that perhaps we should require a course in local history!
Video by George Fox
Just beautiful! Conrad students steps-up and tells the board they are proud of the current Conrad logo
By George Fox
Thank you Conrad students who stood-up for Conrad High School heritage which is honorable!
Looks like the school principal went ahead and started removing current logo without board approval. Once again, Red Clay board show weakness by allowing the district to work behind closed doors to undermine board authority.
video taken by George Fox
Apparently Red Clay’s teacher union Prez didn’t listen to speakers before him. Conrad does not have an Indian Mascot. Do you see anyone at Conrad or during sporting events dressed anywhere dressed as an American Indian? Do Conrad Cheerleaders dress in American Indian outfits ? NO NO NO NO NO NO ! Conrad has a logo of an American Indian headdress !
Yes indeed Mr. Matthews was reporting on his trip to NEA Conference and NEA’s position. However, its obvious he personally supports that position. Yes each and everyone of us even union presidents and board members are allow their own personal opinions. However, though Mr. Matthews didn’t state RCEA supports those in favor of removing the mascot (which there is none) or logo, his presence speaks loud! Mr. Matthews also ask the board to vote in favor of RECA’s labor contract. Folks, Conrad alumni are very strong in Red Clay and in my opinion the suggestion alumni who support keeping the logo are disrespectful of American Indian is very sad! If anything over the years Conrad students drew pride and strengthen from their connection to an American Indian logo and former mascot. May I remind all of you, the land Conrad sits on was stolen or swindled from American Indians. Sorry to say, burying Conrad’s logo is more disrespectful. What next?? Demanding the removal of Minquas Fire Company logo?
Mr Matthews is a good young man and means well. However, I wonder why RCEA union president doesn’t stand up for those be oppressed by Red Clay’s specific interest admission policy? Conrad and Cab are Red Clay “all Choice” magnet schools. Children living directly across the street from Conrad must apply and be accepted into the program. Conrad isn’t a feeder school. Same goes with CAB! Also, Red Clay’s charter school such as Wilmington High has a specific interest admission based on aptitude. But RECA wouldn’t dare take a public position against Red Clay discriminatory specific interest admission policy! Same goes for the Red Clay school board! Board members when you vote to remove the Conrad logo look deep into you hearts and ask, which form of discrimination has a direct impact on people, a faceless Indian Conrad Logo or denial of equal access to all Red Clay schools, traditional, magnet and charters? “ACLU: Delaware charter schools causing resegregation” Come on Red Clay school board members, Red Clay seeded the Delaware’s charter school and magnet schools. Innovators or racist?
Maryland State Superintendent Lillian Lowery, who shepherded the state through three years of upheaval in school curriculum and testing, abruptly announced Friday she’s leaving the job.
Lowery’s resignation — which shocked even those who worked closely with her — comes just months before the state faces important policy decisions on many of the initiatives she helped to shepherd, including the controversial Common Core standards as well as new tests and new teacher evaluations.
“It is a big loss for the state,” Baltimore County Superintendent Dallas Dance said. “We were dealing with some tough transitions, and she led us through that.”
Lowery, 60, plans to leave Sept. 11 to take a job leading an educational nonprofit in Columbus, Ohio. She declined to comment through a spokesman
20 members of the Wilmington Education Improvement Committee were a no-show at Monday’s town hall meeting.
Below are the 23 members of the new Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, which will work out the plan to redistrict the city’s schools:
•Chair: Tony Allen, Bank of America executive
•Co-chairs: Kenny Rivera, Red Clay school board president; Elizabeth Lockman, Red Clay parent
• Eve Buckley, Christina School District parent
• Nnamdi Chukwuocha, chair of the Wilmington City Council’s Education, Youth and Families Committee
• Rosa Colon-Kolacko, chief diversity officer, Christiana Care
• Karen Eller, Christina School District teacher
• Meredith Griffin, education chair of the Interdenominational Ministers Action Council
• Frederika Jenner, Delaware State Education Association teachers union president
• Yvonne Johnson, Delaware Parent Teacher Association vice president for advocacy
• Joseph T. Laws, Colonial school board president
• Margie Lopez-Waite, L’Aspira Academy Charter School president
• Aretha Miller, Community Education Building executive director
• Harrie Ellen Minnehan, Christina school board president
• Joe Pika, former State Board of Education president
• Chandra Pitts, parent and president of One Village Alliance
• State Rep. Charles Potter
• Vicki Seifred, Red Clay school district teacher
• John Skrobot, Brandywine school board president
• State Sen. David Sokola, chair of the Senate Education Committee
• Michelle Taylor, United Way of Delaware president
• One student each from Red Clay and Colonial, yet-to-be-named
Only 3 member of this commission (highlighted in blue) took the time to attend last Monday’s town-hall meeting and Dan Rich, a University of Delaware professor who is advising the commission.
“Three more town hall meetings are scheduled: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Cab Calloway School of the Arts; 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Sarah Pyle Academy; and 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Eden Support Services Center.”
I find it pathetic those who raised their hands to be part of this committee turned their backs on the public during the town halls meetings. Real sad :(
Some Red Clay Consolidated School District residents are worried plans to redistrict Wilmington schools will end up leading to a tax increase.
That’s the message members of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission got in a town hall Monday night that drew more than 50 people.
Damn right taxes will go up! But the real concern should be the impact the merger will have on student services and achievement! Red Clay doesn’t have the capacity to fix Wilmington’s problems.
The question that looms largest: How can Red Clay get the resources it needs to take over inner-city schools? City schools require more funding to care for the extra needs its students have, but the city’s tax base isn’t as fruitful as the suburbs.
Some in Monday’s audience fear the state will place the burden on Red Clay taxpayers.
Exactly ! The state will provide seed money but once gone all defaults on local taxpayers! Just like with Race to The Top. Also, the state failed to make good on Priority school funding as promised. Markell’s Dover clones are telling the district to use federal Title 1 funding.
“If this is implemented and we do redistricting, what do you perceive the impact is going to be on taxes spread across the district?” asked resident Dick Saunders, pointing out that voters in Red Clay just this year approved raising taxes for schools.
The commission members said they didn’t have definite answers yet because the planning process had just started. But Kenny Rivera, one of the commission’s vice chairs and the Red Clay school board president, said he’s keenly aware of those concerns.
“We’re up here as taxpayers and residents, too,” Rivera said. “My hope is that Red Clay taxpayers will not be responsible for this.”
Red Clay shouldn’t agree to anything until the funding question is answered!
Dan Rich, a University of Delaware professor who is advising the commission, said he didn’t expect to have every single question answered by that deadline.
Then the plan should not go forward !
“If we decide that we need more time, we will be sure to tell you how to contact state leaders to help us ask for that,” said Elizabeth Lockman, the committee’s other vice-chair.
Why wouldn’t the committee tell state leaders we need more time?
Three more town hall meetings are scheduled: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Cab Calloway School of the Arts; 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Sarah Pyle Academy; and 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Eden Support Services Center.
It doesn’t matter the merger is going to happen and there is nothing anyone can do! Markell owns the Delaware Republican legislators. There is no political opposition to his wrongheaded agenda.
NJ letter writer provokes more questions and concerns about a Red Clay takeover of Wilmington schools
As a taxpayer in the Red Clay Consolidated School District, a former teacher, and an advocate for children in foster care and community volunteer, I am disappointed by the recent signing of two bills by Gov. Markell regarding the redistricting of Wilmington schools.
I thought I was the only one on this island.
I feel that this project will lead to the demise of the Red Clay School District and, as a result, to the property values of our homes.
Yep Red Clay will implode from the added weight of serving more at-risk student with no real reform in funding such as weight-base funding. But the silver-lining is, Pete DuPont and his Cesar Rodney Institute puppet show will have more fuel to push their school voucher agenda.
As I see it, the suburban taxpayer, who has no say in this decision, will be stuck with very high property bills for the acquisition and spending on these schools “acquired” from Colonial and Christiana.
But for sure, property taxes will also go up in Christina and Colonial. But keep in mind they’ll go up for commercial property whereas, those $$ overhead cost will be passed on the the consumer. Also, there will be the impact on jobs and wages. The question will be, can Wilmington leaders fire-up non property owners to come out and vote yes to trump those actually paying property taxes voting no?
I have worked with children who have gone to these “priority” schools and others being acquired as a part of this deal. Many of their parents are unable to pay their bills, rent, food, etc., and they’ve expressed their inabilities to purchase these items for their kids in recent articles on school-supply giveaways. How are they going to pay school taxes to ensure that these schools are on par as some other schools in Red Clay? Who and what is going to suddenly convince them that they should now take part in their kids’ education, when we’ve not seen that happening in the past?
It’s for the kids battle cry ! Same goes for Red Clay’s board supporting $$$$ raises for district administration positions.
The governor stated that “We all want the same things for our children – fair chance to make use of their abilities and fulfill their potential.” How is this move going to change things?
Markell is a lair.
A big issue here has to do with money and equal resources. There is already a vast difference in our current Red Clay schools; who’s going to ensure that the city schools are equal to those in the suburbs? The kids in my neighborhood attend Linden Hill and North Star and many will now be going to Cooke. These schools are full of resources that are sorely lacking in the city. The children I mentor attended Highlands. These children have had excellent and caring administrators, teachers and staff; the problem is that there weren’t enough paraprofessionals, counselors and resource specialists in a school that definitely needed them!
The big difference is parental engagement whereas more affluent suburban parents are engaged at the school level. But more importantly suburban parents know how to organize and raise hell at board meetings. When has Wilmington parents and community come to a Red Clay board meeting and demanded traditional middle and high school services in Wilmington? The voice of Wilmington parents has been high-jacked by the like of Rodel. Even the Twins look the other way as Title 1 Section 1118 is defaced.
I did receive some communication from Kenneth J. Rivera, chair of Red Clay’s Board of Education. He noted that Red Clay will be having town hall meetings for district residents to “help them determine their position.” He also said that “no planning will proceed without a fair funding proposal” and that “funding needs to be fair and no additional burden be placed on Red Clay residents.” So, who’s going to pay for the “new” Red Clay schools?
However at the end of the day politics will rule and the merger will happen. Look around, you have Rep Mike Ramone, Rep Hudson and Rep Miro standing in the shadows giving Markell the thumbs-up. They want Red Clay to implode so that the school vouchers movement has a better chance. Kenny is fighting a losing battle. But keep an eye on Kenny, he’ll ask provoking question and stir the debate pot.
I also find it interesting that, except for Baynard (6-8), there are no middle or high schools in the city and there was no mention in any of this discussion about middle and high school education for city residents. So the children go to elementary schools in the city and then what?
Word has it Red Clay’s Wilmington Campus will be converted back into a traditional high school and Bancroft will be come K-8. CAB will be relocating and Charter School of Wilmington will be ask to find another home. Red Clay will be forced to follow the Neighborhood School Act (law) as they reshape Wilmington schools to better meet the intent of the law. Building Cooke and North Star was required as the district had to “follow the law”. But keep in mind the needs and requirement of city schools will have a $$$$ on Red Clay suburban schools. Red Clay will assume some of Christina’s $$$ debt ! Next year the state will be stepping in and here comes Frank and the FRT. The State loan payment requirements will end up Red Clay’s burden on % proportionate bases.
Finally, I (as an educator and parent) and my fellow educators, neighbors and family, lived through the disastrous desegregation and its aftermath on both city and suburban communities. This new program is going to re-segregate schools and communities in the city and suburbs, and the costs will be absorbed mostly by suburban taxpayers.
Wilmington schools are already re-segregated but via De facto segregation due to lack of preferential Choice transportation and the effects of charter, magnet and votech specific interest student admission rules approved by law.
Red Clay will not bus white students into Wilmington to address the racial imbalance and can’t set new feeder-pattern requiring Wilmington students to be bused to Red Clay’s suburban schools. Red Clay will have more city schools and latitude to reshape them into Neighborhood Schools. The fallout being being less Wilmington children being bus to Red Clay suburban schools. The intent of the redrawing the district lines is about “academics” not concerns with re-segregation. HOWEVER, the federal courts will be back in about three years after the merger. Red Clay’s building of new white suburban schools will be used as evidence whereas at the same time building new schools for predominately white communities Red Clay did nothing to address the traditional middle and high school needs of Wilmington’s black-children. Red Clay claims their school suburban expansion was required based on the NSA. Yet, no such concerns we’re raised about Red Clay lacking middle and high schools in Wilmington. No space they say! CAB and CSW all choice specific interest schools where blacks particularly black at-risk needs are under-represented. The reality is, civil rights for white trumps that of blacks. Red Clay can move CAB to either Dickinson or McKean and merge McKean and Dickinson that are only a few mile a part! Both location have ground space for expansion to accommodate.
Additionally, it has come to my attention (I was unable to attend this meeting due to a work meeting out of state) that the Board held a vote in executive session to prevent a board member from making and audio recording of the meeting (not sure that practice is permitted/not permitted). I believe that all votes must occur in public and not in an executive session. I am seeking to determine if this was a FOIA violation with the expectation that a determination as such would likely not yield a remediation beyond a response indicating the BOE will not hold any votes in executive session.
I am starting the see the public’s frustration with the CSD board and concerns in their capacity to serve Wilmington’s children. I am shock to hear voting took place during an executive session and “if true and in violation of open meeting law” I feel each and every board member in attendance should step-down.
I am starting to think the call to handover Christina’s Wilmington schools to Red Clay is more about failed board leadership than failed district administration ability to serve Wilmington’s at-risk students. But I know the Markell agenda goes deeper than that. However, the board’s actions appears to set their own rules is of concerning and may warrant an AG’s review .
Surely board member Young will be painted as a villain by exposing something possibly illegal or counter-productive. There will be board members pointing the finger at Young before asking themselves did we do something improper.
Originally posted on Transparent Christina:
Office of the Attorney General,
This e-mail is intended to serve as a complaint designed to determine the legality of actions at a meeting held by the Christina School District Board of Education on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015.
Attached is the agenda which was posted in compliance with the 7 day rule for an executive session of the board.
Specifically, the agenda cites that the purpose of the meeting is:
B. PERSONNEL MATTERS
1. Personnel Matters Include a Discussion of the Superintendent’s Competencies and Abilities [See 29 Del C 10004 (b)(9)]
I have two concerns regarding this agenda item:
1) A recent FOIA opinion, posted online here: http://opinions.attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/2015/06/12/15-ib01-061215-foia-opinion-letter-to-mr-weller-re-foia-complaint-concerning-the-appoquinimink-school-board/
contains specific guidance to the school board in Appoquinimink that in the context of a contract discussion that must be public, a discussion that reached into the area of competencies and abilities should…
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