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What happens to a local school board member who doesn’t play ball with Governor John Carney!

 

 

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Delaware State Rep Kowalko puts Gov Mar-Carney in the corner re: Gov’s over-reaching Christina School District Plan

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Here is my statement made at the CSD board meeting last night and followed by my challenges to the Carney/DOE plan presented, in person, to Governor Carney at a meeting he called about a week ago.
Rep. Kowalko

I and 9 other legislators attended a meeting called by Governor Carney less than a week ago purportedly to discuss the proposed Wilmington school reform plan and MOU proposal. Since we weren’t given copies of the MOU and it doesn’t seem to be available any longer at the link the Administration provided I cannot offer or challenge some of the specifics. At this meeting the Governor suggested that the MOU draft submitted by DOE would be changed and this board is not bound by it and should draft its own MOU proposal. The deadlines for Board action that the Governor and DOE appear to be imposing are substantively unrealistic and impractical for such a complex consideration with so many unanswerable questions.

Having examined some of the initial proposal and the details and expectations it held has led me to conclude that this is not a well thought out plan, that raises more questions and challenges then it has answers for.

I distributed some of my points of concern to the Governor and DOE and have copies for you that I will distribute. Due to time constraints I will try to focus on only a few of my concerns that I hope you will consider at this time.

I find it particularly harmful and hurtful to the “Southbridge” community, families and children to propose closing Elbert Palmer, one of the true neighborhood schools in walking distance and accessible to this Wilmington community. I hope that this Board’s counter-proposal would support closing that tired old monolith known as Bancroft and refurbish Palmer, Pulaski and Bayard to use for the suggested K-8 reconfiguration.

I also implore this Board to pay heed to the massive costs (which the Governor personally refused to speculate on) in refurbishing or renovating in order to make these consolidations. You should be acutely aware that any promise of funding cannot be guaranteed. In fact I would urge you to recall this Administration’s recently passed budget with concurrence of this current General Assembly cut traditional public school revenues by more than $36 million. Restoring that $36 million in cuts and adding even a small percentage of the proposed renovation costs would be much more beneficial and effective for Wilmington students if allocated to create smaller classroom ratios and hire reading and math specialists.

As I’ve looked at this reform proposal and its details and drawing upon my 11 years of experience as a legislator I am forced to conclude that this is a no-win situation for Christina, this Board and the children of Wilmington. Its predisposition to fail will be used to scapegoat the district and further stifle opportunities for Wilmington students and their families.

Finally I would suggest that this Board consider that traditional public school funding has received reduced funding since 2009 now totaling over $65 million per year. Ask the DOE and Governor:
Who is going to pay for the renovations?
Who is paying for longer school days and school years?
Who is paying for vacation academies?
Who is paying for after-school programs?

And why aren’t Reading Specialists and funding for them part of this plan?
Points of disagreement to Carney:
1) If CSD does not approve MOU, more money will be taken from the District further harming prospects of Wilmington students and families. (“If it rejects the plan and fails to come up with an acceptable alternative, the agreement would be terminated immediately, resulting in the loss of any additional financial support for the district”).
2) Bayard/Bancroft are not appropriate buildings for little children even if renovated. Bancroft too old to make usable with renovations.
3) Trauma Training not necessarily (research?) effective but investing/funding 1 to 15 class size ratios would effectively improve the learning environment and outcomes.
4) Palmer became the first equity lawsuit in Delaware when Christina District (at Lowery’s behest) tried to close it 10 years ago.
5) Leaves no “Neighborhood Schools” for city children and in fact may violate the “Neighborhood Schools Legislation”.
6) Bancroft is far away from Palmer and Southbridge children who now walk would be unable to continue that practice.
7) Distinguish more specifically between renovate, refurbish and reconfiguration.
8) Why don’t we do things like “successful” districts? The most successful programs such as in New York and Massachusetts fund “reading specialists” and lower class ratios.
9) When the plan refers to “potentially” establishing “early childhood education” and “centers for students and families learning English” at a vacated Palmer are the planners aware that there are no ESL students at Palmer?
10) Have you considered neighborhood “gangs” being integrated from across Wilmington into the same building?
11) The suggested “Co-leadership” model re principals and assistant principals belies the reality that these two jobs have never had the same duties and have always had designated responsibilities and functions.
12) “Loan forgiveness stipend” to young and “inexperienced” teachers does not reflect any benefit to already established teachers who have devoted their careers to inner-city education and “Who” is paying for these loans?
13) “Who” is paying for “longer school days/year”?
14) “Who is paying for “vacation academies”?
15) “Who is paying for “after-school programing”?
16) Why aren’t reading specialists part of this plan and therefore WHO IS PAYING FOR “READING SPECIALISTS” SO THAT CHILDREN ACTUALLY LEARN TO READ?

Gov Carney’s swipe at teachers go unanswered by DSEA.

Christina to Carney: Give us until 2019 to consolidate Wilmington schools , The News Journal

Last week, parents at a public meeting said they didn’t understand why the state would want to crowd some of the Delaware’s most troubled students into two buildings. At Tuesday’s night meeting, state Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, also expressed doubts, calling Carney’s plan for Christina a no-win situation for the school district, school board and Wilmington’s children.

The sums of the entire conversation! PARENTS HAVE SPOKEN !! F U John Carney !  

Carney has made it clear he is not in favor of needs-based funding like that outlined in the last bullet point, in part because it gives extra money to school districts serving at-risk kids without holding them accountable for how they use it. 

And by consolidating  at-risk student population compounds the difficult task of teachers. Data supports school with poverty levels 30% or more have a greater chance of failing.  Carney wants to hold teachers accountable but does nothing to hold parents accountable. Children fail because adults fails starting with parents. If there is to be a comprehensive accountability plan it should include parent accountability. 

I am surprise DSEA sits in the dark and no step-up  and call out Governor Carney’s Trojan Horse plan to unjustly hold teachers accountable for student achievement when the baseline funding of at-risk school is inadequate from day one.

Governor Carney tipped his cards! This plan is about finding ways to hold teachers accountable with consequences. At-risk schools k-12 needs more teachers and lower class-sizes across  the board! If Carney want to  re-engineer  Christina School District and not offer the same for all at-risk student across the state he is defacing civil rights for all students. Why is an at-risk student in Christina more important than at-risk students in Red Clay or Brandywine? Delaware has a problem serving at-risk student statewide and it needs to be addressed statewide! Fund all public schools and charter schools the same way votechs are funded! That’s a start!

Gov John Carney goes Trump on Christina School District! Parents are stupid I know what’s best for their children!

Parents weigh in on Wilmington schools plan, potential consolidation , The News Journal

At a Wednesday public meeting to discuss a partnership between Gov. John Carney’s office and the Christina School District, parents said they didn’t understand why the state would want to crowd some of the Delaware’s most troubled students into two buildings.

Governor Carney doesn’t give a rat’s ass about what “parents” think is best for their children! 

Teachers and parents weren’t sure consolidating schools would really fix the problems that plague Christina, however, and were afraid it would lead to larger class sizes

Larger class sizes in high poverty schools only equals larger failures !

Debro Abdul-Akbar worried if the school nearest to him closed he would no longer be able to walk over and pick his grandchildren up. 

Earth to John Carney ! By changing feeder-patterns counterproductive to Christina’s DEDOE approved “required by law” Neighborhood School Plan is ILLEGALLY! YOU CANNOT PROCEED WITH YOUR PLAN! Christina’s Neighborhood School Plan has to be reviewed and a new one has to be approved! That process required the same process of approving the original plan!    

Governor Carney pulls a Jack Markell on Christina School District ! Publius come out of self imposed exile !

Confidential plan calls for consolidating Wilmington schools down to two , The News Journal Published 1:51 p.m. ET Nov. 28, 2017 |

A confidential draft of a memorandum of understanding between the Christina School District and Gov. John Carney’s office calls for consolidating five Wilmington schools into just two by fall 2018. 

The schools would be called New Bayard and New Bancroft, and both would serve kindergarten through eighth grade, according to a document obtained by The News Journal and dated Nov. 22.

The other three – Pulaski Elementary, Stubbs Elementary and Elbert-Palmer Elementary – would no longer serve as schools but could house resource centers. The document is not final and is subject to change. 

So much for neighborhood schools for Wilmington’s children! Folks without needs based funding this plan will fail! He we go again another F’es up I’ll make you an MOU deal you can’t refuse!  

Bank on U.S. Senate not passing tax bill! Stock market to tumble !

Kilroy’s prediction! Senate tax bill fails! Stock market reacts ! 1000 points free fall! Government shutdown to follow! Stock market tumbles another 1000 points. 

President Trump puts his tail between his leg as North Korea extends it’s nuclear threat! Yep another North Korea missile launch @realDonaldTrump

What are we waiting for ? Another Pearl Harbor? Going to be hard to sleep at night with a weak president!

 

General Hyten behavior unprofessional

General John Hyten should be relieved of command!

“The top U.S. nuclear commander said Saturday he would push back against President Trump if he ordered a nuclear launch the general believed to be “illegal,” saying he would look to find another solution.” He didn’t exactly say that..

He said this. ” “I provide advice to the president, he will tell me what to do,” Hyten added. “And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I’m going to say, ‘Mr. President, that’s illegal.’ And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, ‘What would be legal?’ And we’ll come up with options, with a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.”

These comments were associated with, what if “Trump” order a nuclear strike? The general was not obligate to answer the question and the tone of his voice sends a message to the enemy the President of The United States can be undermined at the moment he orders a nuclear strike. The general surely wasn’t being defiant. However, he was baited in on the media’s attack on the president. He took the bait and his words are being twisted! Surely he may have been referring to First Use Policy. Rather than respond with a power trip tone,he could of explain what he meant by illegal. Very unprofessional !

Is Delaware’s proposed Education Regulation 225 overreaching ?

Regulations would take away parental rights (The News Journal-Letters to the Editor

By a directive from Gov. Carney, the Delaware Department of Education has amended Regulation 225 and wants to take away your parental rights.

Under the guise of discrimination, this regulation for all school districts and charter schools would allow your child to choose their gender or race. Even with the ramifications of that alone, if the school believes the parents won’t approve the child’s choice, they can bypass the parents.

Yes, you as a parent will not have a say because the school’s opinion will be considered higher than your decision as a parent.  

Parents who uphold their child’s biological sex or race will be accused of discrimination. Regulation 225 will remove biological differences for sports, locker rooms, showers, restrooms, overnight trips, etc.

There is no federal law or legal authority by the General Assembly for school children to be given access to opposite-sex facilities. Consideration for those who struggle should be made while also protecting the safety of others. 

Supporters claim bullying is the issue, but schools already have an extensive state-mandated bullying policy that should be enforced. Parents’ rights as well as the privacy and safety of our children is at risk.

Judy Domanski

Townsend

 

Carney and County officials don’t have the authority to cut school taxes for Amazon re: secret deal

Key parts of Delaware’s Amazon pitch remain a secret , The News Journal

New Castle County promised Amazon it would not collect an extra dime in property taxes if the company builds its second corporate headquarters in Delaware.

The county also said it would be willing to help expand New Castle Airport, where some runways would be reserved exclusively for Amazon’s use.

Those are a few of the revelations in Delaware’s full pitch for Amazon’s massive HQ2 – a project that promises to bring 50,000 jobs and $5 billion worth of real estate investment to the state that lands the tech giant.

The most surprising details might be what the document does not reveal.

Gov. John Carney refused to release the full bid during an October press conference where three suitable Delaware locations were unveiled. But The News Journal was able to obtain a heavily redacted version of the 103-page pitch through the Freedom of Information Act. [Scroll down to read this document.

Could this be Governor Carney’s Fisker / Bloom Markell deal? I am amaze our Delaware Democrat elected officials support Carney’s secrecy  Amazon deal! If  they don’t speak out , they support it.

As for school districts, the state and county does not have legal authority to reduce or eliminate for Amazon or any property own. School board set local school tax rates and are required to approve all referendums to raise school taxes.  If your super comes to you with information or support about reducing school taxes or forgoing them for a potential new Amazon site you must fire the super! OMG ! How does Kilroy know there is suck a plan? I don’t ! But until Governor Carney comes out of the dark with his Amazon giveaway I’ll assume nothing is out of the question.

Will the United States Air Force face class-action lawsuit for their blunder that cost so many lives in Texas?

Air Force Error Allowed Texas Gunman to Buy Weapons  The New York Times By DAVID MONTGOMERY, RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and JOSE A. DELREAL 

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Tex. — A day after a gunman massacred parishioners in a small Texas church, the Air Force admitted on Monday that it had failed to enter the man’s domestic violence court-martial into a federal database that could have blocked him from buying the rifle he used to kill 26 people.

Texas church gunman escaped mental health facility in 2012 after threatening military superiors   The Washington Post

NEW BRAUNFELS, Tex. — The gunman who killed more than two dozen people in a small church outside San Antonio on Sunday had a string of troubling episodes in recent years, including an escape from a mental health facility in 2012 after he was caught sneaking guns onto an Air Force base “attempting to carry out death threats” against military superiors, according to a police report.

Those calling for gun control needs to take a hard look! The was a gun control law pertaining to the case and the Air Force fucked up ! Blood on their hands ! 

Trojan Horse TFA infiltrates Delaware’s school principal training program

Free alternative program trains principals to serve in high-needs schools , The News Journal

Organizers say an innovative program that trains its participants to serve as principals in high-needs schools could help Delaware educators deal with the effects of poverty and trauma.

The program, called Lead for Delaware, works with educators who are well-suited to serving at-risk students. Launched in fall 2015, its first cohort graduated in September. 

Though run by Teach for America, Lead for Delaware takes candidates from all backgrounds and requires only that they have a master’s degree and three years of full-time, highly effective teaching experience. 

“Our ideal candidate has deep ties to Delaware in some way,” said Angela Harvey-Bowen, senior managing director for school leadership at Teach for America Delaware. “We really want our leaders to see their role as part community organizer and part instructional leader.” 

Drink the Kool-aid suckers ! Pretty much TFA is saying Delaware education leadership program is sub-par! Program requirements, ” three years of full-time, highly effective teaching experience’?   BASED ON WHAT ? TEST SCORES? Three years experience !!!! Hello!!!!!! Our former Delaware Secretary of Education only had three years teaching experience and look at that disaster! In my opinion, no one should be consider for principal unless they have 10 years of continuous teaching experience and a minimum three years assistant principal experience.       

Folks TFA’s little deal for TFA teachers with Delaware allowed them to not share with the public their TFA teacher meltdowns! 

Rep Melanie George Smith needs to step-down!

State Rep. Melanie George Smith addresses residency questions , The News Journal

Smith on Thursday confirmed that her family resides in the Newark-area home. But she insisted that she does not live there – at least most of the time.

“I live in a home in my district,” she said.

So she abandon her kids ???

Four days before selling her house in Bear, the 44-year-old officially changed her address to a townhouse on South Tribbit Avenue, according to the Delaware Department of Elections.

That three-bedroom home in the Stone Mill neighborhood is located less than a half mile from her old home in Bear. The property is owned by Anthony F. Pennella, Smith’s campaign treasurer since at least 2013.

The townhouse is not licensed as a rental property, according to New Castle County officials. Pennella, a registered Republican, also lists the townhouse as his permanent address on state voter rolls.

Pennella on Thursday insisted Smith lives in the townhouse but declined to comment further.

“I don’t need to get into all that with you,” he said. “It’s none of your business.

Holy SHIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes it sound like some kind of an affair !!

Contacted later, Smith produced a rental agreement for a room at Pennella’s  townhouse. The agreement requires Smith to pay $500 per month and runs through Sept. 6, 2018

$500,00 a month ????????? Sounds like some kind of sweetheart deal ! Is she renting under section 8? 

Collusion with Republicans ????

Battlefield deserter Bergdahl walks free! Should be put in front of firing squad

Bowe Bergdahl to get no prison time for desertion, judge rules / Los Angeles Times 

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the controversial soldier who abandoned his combat outpost in Afghanistan eight years ago and was swiftly captured by the Taliban, was punished Friday with a demotion and a dishonorable discharge. He received no prison time

UNBELIEVABLE !!!!!!!!!!! There is no such thing as AWOL in the battlefield ! It’s called desertion!!!!!!!!!

Eddie takes it like a man for far less! He didn’t run during battle! He refused to go to battle!