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Delaware Governor Carney Jerry-Rigging Delaware’s School Board Election

Presidential primary date moved to June 2, school board elections to June 16 ; Coastal Point March 24. 2020

Additionally, all elections for school board members in any Delaware school district scheduled for May 12 are delayed until June 16 under Carney’s updated order on Tuesday. The order also states that social distancing due to COVID-19 is a valid reason to vote by absentee ballot.

At first glance it looked reasonable. However, in the case of Christina School District there is a scheduled referendum on June 9, 2020. Logically why wouldn’t he combine Christina School Board Election with their June 9, 2020 tax referendum. He has the authority to cancel and reschedule school board election but not public school tax referendums where the call for the referendum and setting the date is at the authority of the school board. The governor could have set the new school board election date to the same date as the referendum which makes sense re: social distancing. So, on June 9th there will be a tax referendum and 7 days later the community meets again to vote yes or no on a tax referendum.  By putting the school board election after the referendum he is giving the school board incumbents the edge and creating a disadvantage to their challengers. The lower the turnout is for school board election the greater the chance incumbents win. The referendum will fail especially with these unpredictable economic times associated with the Coronavirus. Referendum fails and the people who opposed it see it as a referendum on the school board and made their point. However, Christina School District will still be stuck with a corrupt dysfunctional school board.

During last year’s Christina School Board Election Governor Carney’s political Bedfellow State Representative Paul Baumbach endorsed and supported a board candidate who publicly stated they wouldn’t serve if elected. That person won with forced out a board member who was a strong advocate for special needs students and their parents and at-risk students. And that person walked away as promised and didn’t take the oath of office. The incumbent board member opposed Former Governor Markell’s Race to The Top ambitions and the standardize test call the Smarter Balance Assessment which many parents opposed. Rep Baumbach used his political position to undermine the school board election.

Now the question is will Christian School Board cancel or reschedule their tax referendum to avoid forces a community at a time off social distancing together risking the health of the citizens 6 days after the board election.

If Governor Carney really cared about public safety he would have worked with Christina School District to combine the board election and the referendum to the same date. Pretty slick move Carney!    

Delaware Governor closes public school through May 15.

Governor Carney Closes Delaware Schools Through May 15

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Monday ordered all Delaware schools to remain closed through at least Friday, May 15 to fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Read a letter that Governor Carney sent Monday night to families, educators, and school leaders.

“On March 13, after significant discussion with superintendents and charter school leaders, I ordered public schools to close through this Friday, March 27,” said Governor Carney. “This two-week period was intended to help school leaders and educators plan for what came next.

“We have spent a significant portion of the last week discussing plans for remote instruction, the delivery of meals, and other social services. This is an unusual time – but children still deserve access to a quality education, and families rely on the social services we deliver in our schools every day. We’ll continue to work directly with school leaders on these important issues.”

Governor Carney also announced the following:

  • The State of Delaware intends to formally recommend that no school district or charter school extend its school calendar beyond the end of June. Dr. Susan Bunting, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education, will formally make that recommendation to the State Board of Education, upon submission by each district and charter.

  • The State of Delaware has submitted a waiver to the U.S. Department of Education requesting Delaware be exempt from state testing this year to focus our efforts on student instruction.

Click herefor a list of school meal sites.

Click herefor the Delaware Department of Education’s list of remote learning activities and other resources.

Delawareans with general questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899, or 711 for individuals who are hearing-impaired, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

 

Rethinking Delaware’s resistance to online K-12 charter schools or state run online K-12 options.

Delaware public K-12 schools were forced closed due the Coronavirus crisis gripping the nation. To everyone’s surprise, the Delaware Department of Education nor the local public school district had a uniform emergency contingency plan.  Each school district is scrambling on how to deliver education materials and services to their students. However, many of Delaware charter schools have employed online learning applications for their students.

Delaware’s public schools in northern New Castle County are in crisis mode long before the Conronavirus Pandemic.  Charter school though serving the “desires” of many parents has helped fuel de facto segregation via discriminatory admission preferences that allows charter school to have admission test and only permit high performing students in. Delaware allows charter school to specifically serve at-risk student creating a near 100% high poverty school. The Delaware charter school laws created a, charter school for you (whites) and charter school for you (black).

In comes Delaware’s Choice School Law that allows student to choose their schools. Sounds good on paper, however, only if the school has space and parents can get their children to and from the Choice school or to a school bus-stop within that Choice school. Obviously many poor parents don’t have reliable transportation that furthers the divide.

In comes Delaware’s Neighborhood Schools Act that requires to students to be assigned to the closest school to their neighborhood, Earth to McFly ! The city of Wilmington does not have a traditional high school forcing Wilmington students to be bused to suburban high schools. Also, because Wilmington is divided by four public school district an antiquated system as result of court ordered school desegregation going back to the 1970’s   

In comes Delaware’s public school funding system. The local public school districts are required by law to hold school tax property referendums which historically cause community divide forces district to keep coming back with referendums after adjustments to request to appease many in the public. Delaware’s public vo-tech local property taxes are set by the Delaware general assembly. Meaning, no referendums for Delaware public vo-techs.

Delaware public education is in crisis and now with this pandemic its be revealed how dysfunction the Delaware Department of Education is and how clueless state legislators are.

At the end of the day , the children of the greatest needs often high-poverty African-American get the short end of  the stick when it comes to fair and equitable public education. Many understand there is a digital divide in American impacting public education whereas once again it is the neediest children on the short end of the stick.

In comes digital online learning with or without a pandemic.  I can support online public school option but I am very skeptical of for profit online charter schools. When it comes to public K-12 public education there shouldn’t be an element of profit within the delivery of learning instructions. 

With the need for online k-12 learning in times of crisis I think the time has come to readdress an online option in Delaware. Many of Delaware’s old public schools are in need of complete replacement and the demand for more one on one teacher to student interaction is needed. Online K-12 public option may alleviate pressure on funding particularly buildings. Surely if enough students take advantage of online learning some schools would be closed and consolidated. HOWEVER, though the Delaware Department of Education key leaders lack the skills sets and vision to see the future needs of public education we need to explore options. There is no reason we can’t use union public school teachers whereas they can move back and forth for online to classroom. Online learning would also provide real-time achievement data and the ability to tailor individual  education plans based on achievement data. This could help break the cycle trying to keep all students on the same page so to speak. Furthermore, more advance student could advance in grade level when obtained back on achievement. Call me a dreamer but, we’re in the 21st Century when information and processing information is moving faster and faster. 

Is Facebook dancing with government allowing big brother censorship of Facebook content published by Americans?

Facebook AI making it’s rounds laying the ground work for government censorship.

Great News From Delaware’s Secretary of Labor re: unemployment associated with COVID-19 Pandemic

The Delaware Department of Labor Expands Unemployment Benefits to Workers Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic Department of Labor | Date Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

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In accordance with the Governor’s amended State of Emergency declaration, the Honorable Cerron Cade, Secretary of Labor for the State of Delaware has issued new guidelines to enhance the flexibility of Delaware’s unemployment insurance program to provide cash assistance to many Delaware workers whose employment has been impacted directly by coronavirus [COVID-19] and who would not typically qualify for benefits.

The new Unemployment Insurance guidelines to be issued by the Secretary of Labor are as follows:

  • Workers will be eligible to receive unemployment benefits if an employer needs to curtail or shut down operations temporarily because of the Governor’s State of Emergency declaration or the coronavirus outbreak.

  • A worker who has been ordered by a medical doctor to self-quarantine as a result, or due to risk of exposure to coronavirus COVID-19 will be eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

  • Parents or guardians who have been forced to quit or take unpaid leave from their jobs to care for children due to the Governor’s emergency closure of schools will be eligible for benefits.

  • Workers who have been forced to quit or take unpaid leave to care for a loved one who has contracted coronavirus COVID-19 will be eligible for benefits.

  • If a worker falls ill to COVID-19 and is unable to work, they may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

  • Part-time workers may be eligible for benefits.

  • The definition of weekly work search requirements will expand to include a wide variety of activities that meet the requirement, unemployment insurance deadlines may be modified for mandatory appointments, and applying for training programs or mandatory re-employment service appointments and workshops.

Although DOL offices will be closed to public access during this State of Emergency, the Delaware Department of Labor remains operational and offers the ability for Delawareans to file for unemployment benefits online at the following link: https://ui.delawareworks.com/ Questions can answered via email at uiclaims@delaware.gov or via at 302-761-8446.

A list of other agency services and contact information is available on our website at https://dol.delaware.gov. You may also download a copy of this resource guide here: https://laborfiles.delaware.gov/c19/dolresources.pdf

Delawareans with questions about coronavirus [COVID-19] or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 or 711 for people who are hearing impaired from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or email DPHCall@delaware.gov. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

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Delaware’s Governor Carney needs to fess up and tell us about school closings 2.0

Delaware Governor Carney ordered all public schools closed for two weeks due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Do you honestly believe schools will reopen in two weeks ? I say those two weeks will be extended. I don’t want to yell the sky is falling but WHAT IF ! 

Governor Carney nor the Delaware Department of Education are not  communicating honestly with teachers, school staff and parents of school children, WHAT IF Governor ? 

Surely, the public school districts will put outreach plans together to provide some level of education services to a lock-down community children and I have a hunch public school teachers within will be playing a major roll. Surely we’re talking online education services with e-mail exchanges between teachers and students.

Red Clay and other districts appears to be getting their heads out of the asses and are mobilizing idle school buses to bring food into areas where those students eligible for free and reduced lunches live.   

As far as teachers pay during this crisis while schools are closed, the money needed to pay them have been collected from the taxpayers and budgeted. It appears teacher and school support personnel are in the dark as to whats going on. I sat teachers should get paid but EPER funding meant for extracurricular programs and activity should be withheld and unitized during this crisis for resources needed for this outreach.

The children of greatest need , special needs and at-risk students will present challenges. The technological barriers need to be address and Wilmington where a great percentage of high needs students live should find a way to network with their internet providers to open up some free WiFi hot-spots and the business communities to kick in Chromebooks.  As far as special needs students, YES make house calls. Even if it is for an hour. Many of these kids have no clue as to whats going on other than something is wrong with their daily routine,

I don’t claim to have all the answers but the what if conversations need to take place. For sure Governor Carney doesn’t want to cause panic or stress but you can bet the farm he knows its going to get worst before it gets better. And sure it might not be the time to plan for the next crisis but, perhaps it is and the foundation can be laid.

As far as school boards, don’t be mushrooms in the dark. You are the people who governors your school district! YOU ARE THE BOSSES ! NO EXCUSE to not to start developing policies addressing such crisis and more. 

Pre-Debate message for Joe Biden !

Joe,

Please don’t take this the wrong way.  Take five minutes to think about if you had to work a life time at an average Joe job where when done you collect Social Security,

Joe, the Socialist Democrats are promising free everything! During the debate tonight can you promise to roll back the maximum Social Security full benefit age to 65 ? Can you take it one step further and promise to end  the tax penalty for those retiring at 62 and below maximum age while still working and that income be taxed as part of gross income?

Joe, the average Jo works their ass off and push through daily aches and pains many times with tears in their eye hoping to make it to Social Security. Washington has taken that carrot hanging on a stick and keep raising it like taunting a cat.

Joe. just think about it. Just think if your ass hand hang off the back of a garbage truck in pain. Or a waitress on her feet pretending her feet don’t hurt when handing you your coffee.

Joe, very noble of you wanting to bring back the soul of American. But can you bring the heart of Washington back for those who work hard to make America what it is?

Thank you

P.S. Champ. Listen to your wife and keep your foot out of your mouth. And man up and raffle that Corvette off for charity like the homeless. 

Kilroy       

 

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OMG !! Does Hillary know this fell out of Joe Biden’s back pocket today ???

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The State of Delaware slips into State of Emergency !!!!

State of Emergency declared in Delaware amid coronavirus pandemic Amy Cherry   WDEL Published Mar 12, 2020 at 3:41 pm

His declaration enacts the following changes and conditions: 

  • Requires the Delaware National Guard to take precautionary and responsive actions to assist with Delaware’s response to the coronavirus;

  • Advises event organizers in Delaware to cancel non-essential public gatherings of 100 people or more, to prevent community spread of coronavirus;

  • Allows the State of Delaware to conduct public meetings electronically to prevent unnecessary public gatherings;

  • Prohibits price gouging, or an excessive price increase of goods or services, during the coronavirus outbreak.

Women and children last! Delaware legislator focusing on Coronavirus contingency for themselves while parents of public school children see no contingency plans

Coronavirus contingency? Legislative leaders monitor virus concerns as session resumes soon Mark Fowser      Published Mar 12, 2020 at 7:45 am

As Delaware now has a confirmed case of Coronavirus, legislative leaders said Wednesday that the virus is being closely monitored and “very preliminary discussions” have begun on contingency options.

In a statement, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf (D- Rehoboth Beach) and Senate President Pro Tem David McBride (D- New Castle) said those discussions involving various state agencies have concerned how the virus spread could affect the session and possible steps moving forward.

Meantime back on the ranch , the Delaware Department of Education has revealed no contingency plans to the public nor has any of the schools districts. We hear some much about “collaboration” yet parents are in the dark to the what “if”. I am not yelling the sky is falling but “if” it does will parents need supplies for their school children if schools abruptly closed? 

 

Due to Corona-virus concerns a Delaware charter schools closes doors and goes online

Early College High School

  • Early College High School will also be moving to online instruction via the Blackboard and Schoology learning management platforms; students will not return to campus until April 5, or otherwise notified.

This public charter school is house on the property of Delaware State University and notice was part of DSU public notification  

Christina Board Members walk away from protecting vulnerable students. Policy walked back to a first read, likely dead. #eduDE #netDE

Transparent Christina 2.0

First look at the cowardice in action, as I predicted in my public comment. Make no mistake, with the exception of Dr. O’Neal and Mrs. Paige, this is what transphobia looks like.

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#eduDE #netDE Children with Autism placed on a block of ice sent into the ice flow to die. Those refusing to serve children: Dr. Griffin, Dr. Powell, Dr. O’Neal, Fred Polaski and George E. Evans, Esq.

Transparent Christina 2.0

As predicted in my public comment before the meeting, this board failed children. Again.

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#eduDE #netDE In an ironic manner, CSD BOE murders transparency in an open meeting. Read the item, see the vote (in the post). Those committing the murder? Dr. Griffin, Dr. Powell, George Evans, Mr. Polaksi, Dr. O’Neal. What do they want to hide and why?

Transparent Christina 2.0

Asked for comment, Transparency responds “Et tu, Brute” as it slumps to the floor, dying.

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