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Last one out of Kilroy’s please turn off the light!

I started blogging in 2006 with a mission to drive transparency within our public school system. In 2006 Blogging was the centerpiece of social media. Facebook was about two years old and the Twitter bird was just coming out of its egg. Today all forms of social media drives the issues and spits out news quicker than mainstream media. By time we read the News Journal their news is old and in many case bias to the likes of Rodel and Markell. In my opinion the News Journal helped pour the tainted Kool-aid served to parents and the community in regards to the Wall Street education Trojan Horse. But in the end social media keeps the light on the truth.  
Looking back I don’t regret any of my obscenities used as I blogged. Shock and awl even in blogging has it’s place. I see blogs as virtual kitchen tables where people can just spit it out. Everyone has an equal voice no matter what even Publius!  
Kilroy was on a mission! And that mission was to see that every traditional, votech and charter school board digitally record the public sessions on their board meetings and post online. Also , the Delaware Department of Education. It was a long battle ! and with the help of my friends it was accomplished. Thank you John Young for staying by my side from day one. Rep Kim Williams, thank you for keeping my dream alive in legislative hall. Rep Hudson! Thank you for taking my rough drafts of the legislation and getting to committee and vote. I am not going to say I am sorry for pushing you hard when Longhurst and the Speaker of the House held the bill hostage. If I were to say nothing or do nothing the bill would have died. Whether or not if the public listens to those recordings is not a concern, The fact is, our legislators supported enhancing transparency which even gave themselves greater access to whats going on in public education. Also, I take pride in pushing Red Clay to establish their Community Financial Review Committee which was a result of  Red Clay’s board’s failure to properly keep track of Red Clay’s finances. That action of the board to establish this committee planted the seed for all public school districts and charter schools to have such a committee by law. Someday when the Delaware Department of Education is competent we might see action taken to require more conformity of so of those committees. However, my job is done!  
I am not leaving blogging because I give up! I am leaving because I’ll be relocating downstate and will be working from home. I have a very intense career that has mushroomed in the major responsibilities. I plan on working hard during the day and fishing, crabbing and relaxing after hours.      
Saving the world is an impossible feat! However, not trying is a tragedy! I may have only moved transparency and inch! But if was forward!
Farewell         

Not for war! But it’s time spank Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has been taunting the world with its nuclear and rocket test and threats. The time may be upon us to put an end to his ambitions!     

U.S. May Launch Strike If North Korea Reaches For Nuclear Trigger by , , and

The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

North Korea has warned that a “big event” is near, and U.S. officials say signs point to a nuclear test that could come as early as this weekend

Crickets !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

OMG! Wilmington’s new super cop has data in his gun not bullets!

Wilmington names Chicago crime strategist as police chief , The News Journal

Tracy was recently the chief of crime control strategies for the city of Chicago, a position he held for five years. While there, he implemented crime reduction techniques that resulted in the lowest murder rate the city had seen in 50 years, according to a news release from the city of Wilmington. Tracy’s strategies, policies, and restructuring resulted in a 30 percent reduction in overall crime during a four-year period and the lowest overall crime rate since 1972, according to Wilmington’s announcement.

WFT !!!!!!!!!!!!! Check the data  2016 / 762 murders the highest since 2002! And in 1971 there were 711! There was a downward trend until 5 years ago 2012 when that trend started to reverse! 

Chicago’s 762 homicides in 2016 is highest in 19 years By Azadeh Ansari and Rosa Flores , CNN Updated 5:20 PM ET, Mon January 2, 2017  ” The city saw a surge in gun violence in 2016: 762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents, and 4,331 shooting victims, according to a statement released by the department on Sunday.There were 480 murders in 2015, the most in the city since 1997.”

HOWEVER!!!!!!! Hats off to him for 23 years with NYPD! I think this where he’ll build some trust! 

On Wednesday, Tracy promised Wilmington police officers the “best training, equipment and supervision to do your job.”

“I will foster an environment that is supportive, inclusive and meaningful,” he said.

 OK troops lets give super cop an opportunity ! 

 

DE PTA and DSEA bitch-slaps former DE Sec of Ed

Delaware’s ex-education secretary says union blocked progress ,

Delaware’s former education secretary, Mark Murphy, has come out against the state’s education union this week, accusing it of focusing primarily on securing better health benefits and salaries rather than acting as a “gatekeeper for quality teaching.”

What an F’ing delbert!!!!!!!!! Clueless!! Teacher unions like any struggle to “maintain” the level of healthcare they have let alone, “securing better healthcare”! Salaries for teachers have been stagnate! And may new young teachers struggle with piss-poor starting pay!  

“Imagine if the teachers’ union was a gatekeeper for quality teaching,” he was quoted as saying. “‘We, the union, care deeply about high-quality teachers and we are going to do everything we can to ensure we have high-quality teachers,’ instead of, ‘We’re going to spend our time defending teachers who do bad things, and negotiating for better health benefits and salary.'”  

What would Murphy know about teaching? His degree is in physical education and not to put gym teachers down. However, The level of teaching skill and experience Murphy was sub-par. He had about 5 years experience with 3 being a gym teacher. Murphy is a Rodel Vision clone who walks on his knees better than his feet! 

“As president of the Red Clay Education Association during his tenure as Secretary of Education, I feel his comments lack an abundant amount of necessary context needed to draw the conclusions he has, particularly in relation to his retelling of what happened in Wilmington with Priority Schools,” he said. “As President-elect of DSEA, I’m genuinely interested in working with all stakeholders — in particular, the Department of Education — but there will be lines in the sand drawn when it comes to school turnaround ideologies lacking in common sense, evidence and empathy.”

The Delaware Department of Education is a big stakeholder as in holding the stake in the backs of teachers so that the like of Murphy and Markell can hammer it in! You my friend will be the most challenged DSEA President of all times! Markell left a $400 million dollar budget hole and its going to hurt education. Odds are they’ll come after ERP programs and make parent pay to play re: extra curricular activities. 

“I tried to change the funding system. I couldn’t get that done. I tried to change how teachers were paid. Couldn’t get that done. Tried to change how we dealt with the lowest-performing schools. Couldn’t get that done. Each time you try to turn around a school, or you open or close a charter school, or disagree with the union, you punch another hole in the bucket and you start to drain out. You lose some political capital. Eventually, you’re out of water.”

Because you lacked GRIT and was nothing more than a Markell yes man! Damn Kilroy left more tangibles on the table than you! Kilroy’s one man army with the help of my friend was able to get laws enacted to require the Delaware Department of Education, all traditional, charter and votech board to record the public sessions of their board meeting and post on-line! You left nothing but a pile of political shit in your wake! 

The Delaware PTA also expressed frustration with Murphy, which President Terri Hodges found herself reliving as she read the former administrator’s blog post on Wednesday. 

“We had a contentious relationship with Mark,” she said. “It was on again and off again, and primarily, a lot of that was Mark did not take us seriously.”

Hodges said the PTA, which has a membership base of about 7,000 people, was frequently asked to help research new initiatives or provide feedback on new policy, but very rarely were they credited for their work or included in final drafts.

“Nine times out of 10, he would just discard it,” she said.

Murphy was wired by the likes of Rodel and didn’t really have the capacity for developing sincere relationship! He was stuck in Markell’s fart bubble! He was an obstructionist to real partnership with meaningful parental involvment.

Murphy was a politcal puppet with a head full of sawdust! 

Public castration for the sick bastard in New Castle County Delaware! Re: kidnap and rape of a 4 year-old

Police search for ‘monster’ who abducted, assaulted girl , The News Journal

Lt. Col Vaughn Bond, New Castle County Police, and County Executive Matt Meyer spoke Friday about the abduction and sexual assault of a little girl the day before.

Witnesses in the area observed a 4-year-old girl playing outside when she was approached by a white man with dark hair driving a dark-colored sedan with tinted windows, said Officer First Class JP Piser, a county police spokesman.

Bond said the victim was with friends “doing what kids do, playing and having a good time” when a man drove up in the sedan and “engaged the 4-year-old in small conversation.” He was able to lure her near enough his car to capture her and drive off.

The victim’s friends chased after the car but gave up their pursuit quickly, turning then to find an adult who would call the police.

Around 8:45 p.m., a 911 call was received from an adult who saw the child walking in Banning Park. Bond said the girl’s abductor had released her.

Honestly !!!!!!!!! This sick bastard when caught should have his dick and balls cutoff in full view of the public!  

Go figure !!! Governor Carney wants to pull a Trump to protect Delaware wealthiest !!!

Carney and his top lieutenants fear that Kowalko’s plan pushing top wage earners into a rate of 7.8 percent would cause wealthy Delawareans to leave the state –– particularly with Pennsylvania’s 3.07 percent flat income tax rate looming right over the border.

Folks !!!!!!!!!!! We need to keep an eye on those state legislators who supports Carney’s plan! A vote for Carney’s plan will be a vote out of office for those legislators voting yes!

“We have been squandering opportunity after opportunity to have a sustainable economy that can weather the storm,” said Kowalko, who has sponsored several bills proposing two new, higher brackets. “The only way to do that is with a proper progressive personal income tax structure that doesn’t demand an arm and a leg from the wealthy but does ask the wealthier to pay a little bit more.

Support for Kowalko’s plan is  the way to go!

It sucks we have to raise taxes to cover Jack Markell’s $$$ blunders !

I know Markell stuck it $$$$$$$$ up Carney ass going out the door! However, Carney protecting the wealthiest is an insult to the middle-class! We’ll watch the vote and pacybacks will be a  bitch at the 2018 polls.

More Delaware lobs leaving! Will it have an impact on state finances?

Barclays to close Ogletown site; relocate 300 employees , The News Journal

About 100 workers will be transferred to the bank’s U.S. headquarters in Wilmington, while the remaining 200 will be split between Henderson, Nevada, and Hamilton, Ohio. The moves are expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

 

Delaware DOE report might support school voucher! 41% of Delaware public school students entering college ill-prepared!

Report: 41% of Delaware graduates not ready for college , The News Journal

Even as Delaware expands access to college-level courses such as dual enrollment and Advanced Placement classes, 41 percent of public high school graduates are entering in-state colleges and universities unprepared, according to a report released Wednesday.

Just the tip of the iceberg! One can image how many high school graduates no going to college are ill-prepared for the workforce! Then there are those student pushed through via social promotions! I remember the days when they said, “you need that piece of paper (high school diploma) if you want to get a good job! And now that piece of paper is nothing more that a worthless piece of paper! 

In Delaware – as is the case across the country – many students are graduating high school unprepared for the level of rigor necessary in a college course, the new data shows. Acceptance to college does not guarantee readiness for college, DOE stressed. 

It’s so ironic that the Delaware Department of Education steps up and announce this news and fails to take any blame for their Jack Markell kiss-ass deeds! 

Currently, 36 percent of students are not ready for college-level math, the report said. That’s despite the fact a majority of students take not only Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 but geometry before their senior year.

A student is only as good as his teacher and perhaps 36 percent of math teachers suck! 

Its goal is, by 2025, for 65 percent of Delaware’s workforce to earn a college degree or professional certificate and for every student to graduate from high school prepared for continuing education and a career.

Such ambiguous goals ! Some how I think Rodel is behind this by 2025 pipe-dream! Vision 2015 was a flop and as was their change agent Jack Markell!

Of course our leading educators will blame the lack of weighed-funding and somehow this will be all President Trump’s fault.

The sad part of all this is, same old same old for minority students! At the end of the day many at-risk minority students pushed through the system via social promotion and artificial grades will face another generation of poverty.

As for those STEM jobs! Don’t worry China has many grad-students coming to America to fill them! Perhaps Delaware’s dual language Chinese classes may come in handle! America students ending up as lab rats washing and cleaning lab equipment can better communicate with their superiors.  

What do we do? Those leading educators warn parents not to buy into President Trump’s school vouchers because their children will be cheated out of an education! Seems to me they are currently being cheated!

With Governor Carney’s pending education funding cuts he’ll be the scapegoat for failing schools! However, the real blame goes to Rodel and their Change Agent Jack Markell! Then there is the Delaware Department of Education’s skewed data re: Dropout rate and graduation rates ! State testing data is a complete wash! Jumping from DSTP to DCAS then to The Smarter Balanced Assessment with pilot years in-between set the stage for data driven by apples to oranges.

Our teachers are failing due to failed leadership including state legislators! Our state legislators loyal to former Governor Jack Markell need to take responsibility for their stupidity! Something for us to remember come 2018 state elections!  

Delaware charter school queen blowing kisses at state legislator with fingers crossed behind her back! Queen is blind to those being harmed

Delaware bill pushes changes to charter school rules , The News Journal

The first is a bill that would eliminate one of the enrollment preferences, which allows schools to prioritize kids who live within a 5-mile radius of the school.

Two schools currently have that preference in their charter: Newark Charter School and First State Montessori in Wilmington.

The 5-mile radius was included so schools could create a neighborhood atmosphere, said Kendall Massett, director of the Delaware Charter Schools Network.

“When kids are closer to school, it allows for our parents and our families to have more access to the school,” said Massett, whose group helped craft Williams’ bill.

Sounds like the Delaware Charter Schools Network are a group of segregationist via de facto segregation! Designing charter schools to serve at-risk students as a charter school preference is shameful and suggest a-risk children can’t thrive in a school with something for all students! Honors and at-risk! Warehousing minority students in a downtown office building with indoor playgrounds is reflective of what a public K-12 school should be!

Charter schools should be open to all students living within the traditional school district the charter school is located within.

 “It basically preserves our ability to fulfill the school’s mission, which includes focusing on the Greater Newark community,” said Greg Meece, head of school.

I thought charter schools were to be an incubator of educational innovations that could be replicated in traditional public schools! Though traditional public schools have feeder pattern and I’ll bet some have less than five-mile radius, the districts have Choice. 

Meece and Massett said the new enrollment rules could prove problematic if state leaders reduce the number of school districts in Delaware. Some officials have called for such a change to save costs, but charter advocates say that would also mean their schools would be required to serve much larger geographic areas.

“If redistricting happens, we may have to revisit this,” Massett said. “But we can’t deal with the what-ifs. We must deal with what’s in front of us right now.”

And there you have it ! The what if ? WEIC isn’t going to happen and if it did it would be a bonus to Newark Charter! Because Red Clay would takeover Christina’s Wilmington schools! Nothing more than a shallow argument! 

The bill does not change other enrollment preferences, many of which remain controversial.

Perhaps the biggest sticking point is a rule that allows charters to give preference to kids who “have a specific interest in the school’s teaching methods, philosophy or educational focus.” Williams and other advocates argue that allows some charters to “cherry pick” top students away from traditional schools.

Charters defend the practice as an important way to preserve their unique roles in Delaware’s education system.

Going after specific interest admissions would open Pandora’s Box! Red Clay does the same for their magnet schools, Conrad and Cab. Also, Votechs have a selective process! We really don’t need Cab! All public school should have enriched arts for all! Conrad theme is a bit of smoke and mirrors that really don’t justify it as a magnet school. At best, the high school component should be the magnet school and grades 6-8 should be traditional. Conrad’s requirement for Conrad’s graduating 8th graders reapply for high schools is proof in the pudding!

Massett said she thinks this kind of collaboration is better in the long run.

“Healthy compromise is what every American should want from good government,” Massett said. “If you’re always only looking to win, then somebody is going to lose, and that’s not what we are about.”

What an ant-brain analogy! Somebody has been losing for years due to discriminatory admission preferences.

Translation is, as long as it’s not charter schools losing then its healthy!  

  

 

Do you support “paying” college education majors for Student Teaching via paying them as substitutes ?

House Bill 88

Introduced on: 3/23/17

Primary Sponsor: Matthews

Additional Sponsor(s): Sen. Townsend

Co-Sponsor(s): Sen. Walsh

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SALARIES FOR SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS.

Original Synopsis:

This Act allows for juniors and seniors majoring in education at a Delaware college or university to be paid $83 per day as substitute teachers, the same rate paid to those who hold a bachelor’s degree but not a teaching license. This will encourage education students to gain some field experience, while also incentivizing a larger pool of potential substitute teachers to address a growing difficulty in finding qualified, reliable substitute teachers for our schools.

Volume Chapter:

N/A

Fiscal Note/Fee Impact:

Not Required

Effective Date:

Takes effect upon being signed into law

New DSEA President better bring a $$$$ flashing! Carney $$$ going to be hard to find! Also Wanxiang over 1 million in unpaid school taxes!

Damn ! President Matthews is being kicked in the $$$$$$ nuts before taking office! Not only will educators $$$$$$$$ suffer so will Prez moving up to upper tax-bracket! 

Wanxiang (Boxwood Plant) 

County Balance Due:

$82,214.49

School Balance Due:

$1,007,402.94

I think it time for DSEA to sound the tax deadbeat horn! 

Police called to Delaware charter school “Design-Lab” 10 times sine January 1! CLOSE IT !

Police respond to school fights often, official says , The News Journal

There have been ten calls for service to Design-Lab since Jan 1, a state police official said.

Markell leaves Delaware in a financial hell and seniors will be hurt the most!

Carney proposes tax hikes, spending cuts in Del. state budget , The News Journal

Most Delawareans would see their taxes increased and virtually every part of state government — including schools — would lose funding under Gov. John Carney’s plan to erase the state’s $385.6 million budget hole.

The eligibility age for personal credits and retirement income tax breaks would gradually rise from 60 to 65. 

Carney’s plan reduces by $100 a tax break that senior citizens get on their school property tax bills.

No doubt Governor Carney’s $$$ slash and $$$ trash budget pretty much shares the pain! But I think senior citizens on fix income are going to feel the pain more!

As far as public schools! You can bet MORE REFERENDUMS to cover state cuts! And again! Senior citizens will feel the $$$$$ pain!

Thank you former Governor Jack Markell for screwing us all! SHAME ON YOU !

Rep Williams calls it! Schools are not hotels re: star ratings

Delaware schools plan includes 5-star rating system , The News Journal

Rep. Kim Williams, vice chair of the House Education Committee, questioned the fairness of the system. Because Delaware has school choice and schools can have enrollment preferences, some perform better than others simply because they enroll high-performing students.

“We are not hotels,” she said. “Until we admit students fairly, based on a lottery, it is not fair to compare schools.”

Rep Williams is spot on ! The public school playing field isn’t even with charter and magnet schools enrollment preferences!

Open enrollment with not admission preferences must be applied to all Delaware’s public schools. Doors to all public schools must swing the same way for all students.