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As Red Clay and Christina’s School Boards spin their wheels in the mud re: merger of Wilmington’s Christina schools into Red Clay. We are forgetting the big picture. We’re not talking just Christina schools, we’re talking all K-12 Red Clay and Christina students living in the city of Wilmington. We’re talking 800 high school age students Red Clay would have to absorb! It won’t happen overnight. Christina students still in “Christina” high schools can elect to stay. However, 8th grade students heading to high school “will” be assigned a Red Clay high school. Yes, those student can Choice into Christina. But forget about transportation. More poor parents without reliable transportation will be locked out of choice. And do make note, the rule will apply to siblings!
Red Clay does not have the space to absorbs 800 high school student and any notion to disperse 800 students into McKean, Dickinson and A.I. high schools causing Wilmington students to be “bused” might provoke concerns question Red Clay’s DE DOE Neighborhood Schools Plan. And for sure the will be the need for legal review of Red Clay’s Neighborhood School Plan.
In comes Charter School of Wilmington! Per the laws governing Delaware public schools under charter schools, traditional schools district “must” lease unused space to charter schools. Currently CSW is leasing unused space at “Red Clay’s Wilmington Campus aka the old Wilmington High School. If the merger goes through that space will be “needed” to avoid excess busing of Red Clay’s new high school students obtained via the merger with Christina. Technically the space would no be surplus as it “will” be needed.
There is another dilemma many aren’t seeing! With added Christina’s “Wilmington” K-12 students Red Clay in-district choice school student pool will be bigger. Its my opinion Red Clay will be forced to hold more students to their Red Clay feeder-pattern to make room for the influx of Wilmington middle and high school students. And also, even new acquired elementary students may want to take advantage of school choice to get out Wilmington school setting. Tempers WILL flare!
I foresee federal court intervention based on concerns of civil rights infringements. Surely there will be a community push to keep minorities in their city school settings and when the Red Clay school choice process gets strangled, guess who is going to yell foul? Suburban parents!
I hope the powers to be at CSW are watching Red Clay and Christina navigate through this social crisis. The “surplus” space the current CSW leases will no longer be “surplus”.
Folks call me all the names you want even nut job! But remember who warned you about Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balance Assessment. I know the Red Clay community and I am telling you, the ugly will come out! The there is Red Clay’s lack of capacity to serve Christina’s most neediest student when Red ClaY struggles to serve their own.
I am going to charge up the hill with another attempt to avoid another major Delaware education train-wreck. With the train-wreck being the merger of Christina School District’s Wilmington school into Red Clay School District authority.
The proposed merge Christina’s school into Red Clay’s authority needs to STOP! We all know the root cause of many failing high poverty schools are a results of lack of “effective” meaningful engagement of parents, political seeded agenda that fragments community voice and local decision-making at the school and district level. But more importantly lack of need based funding! The proposed merger without tangible resources will result in failure.
Here is my Wilmington Education Improvement Zone Plan: A creation of a Wilmington School District funded by the same means as voctech schools. Yes funding on a county-wide tax revenue collection with Wilmington property owners including commercial owners paying current Christina school tax rate. The new Christina School District which excludes the improvement zone will operate as usually re: same local school tax process. YES sure those living in all of New Castle County will have an added burden to supplement the Wilmington Education Improvement Zone. However, the current situation via a Red Clay / CSD merger will impact Red Clay taxpayers at a greater $$$$ strain! Not I am not crazy.
Folks what goes on in Wilmington effects all of us including the state’s economy, crime and the explosive growing drug trade and “addiction”. Wilmington has become not a “Place to Be Somebody” but rather a Place to Die and a place where business don’t want to relocate to. A creation of a Wilmington Education Improvement Zone with a school board of “citizens” and one appointed city council member focused on rebuilding community control of local schools free from outside politically seeded agenda, free of over-burdensome Delaware Department of Education with the exclusion of required state testing could set the path towards real local control. Teacher assessments weighed on the complete picture that include level of parental involvement and a evaluation system set by collaboration of those education, community leader and local government. And to my labor leader friends, yes union representation.
In a nutshell Wilmington needs to stand on it’s own two feet and handing-over community local control to the rightful owners, parents.
Joe, if you believe in what you say than make this one of your missions! Re-write NCLB and set the path for more teachers and paraprofessional.
Joe, our education system is a mess because it was high jacked by Wall Street and the like of Rodel ! Return control to parents! Read Title 1 Section 1118. Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment is illegal as it did not meet the provisions of Section 1118.
But Joe! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON’T LET JACK MARKELL IN FEDERAL EDUCATION POLICY-MAKING. MARKELL IS A CLUSTER-FUCK WHEN IT COMES TO PUBLIC EDUCATION.
Don’t shoot the test-score messenger, Delaware Michael J. Petrilli & Robert Pondiscio Michael J. Petrilli and Robert Pondiscio are president and vice president, respectively, of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and fathers of school-aged children.
First it’s important to remember why so many states started down this path in the first place. Under federal law, every state must test children every year in grades three through eight and once in high school to ensure they are making progress. That’s a good idea. Parents deserve to know if their kids are learning, and taxpayers are entitled to know if the money we spend on schools is being used wisely.
Petrilli and Pondiscio are stretching the facts. “Federal law” in this case only applies to states who accept federal grants particularly Title 1. There is no federal law arbitrarily requiring such testing.
Political lapdogs Petrilli and Pondiscio says nothing about how Arne Duncan blew in Obama’s ear to allow him to deface NCLB and Title 1 section 1118 via NCLB Waivers. The rights of Title 1 parents have been high-jacked to point they are not partners in decision-making. Parents are indoctrinated in education agendas after the fact such as in the case of Race to The Top, Commons Core Standards and The Smarter Balanced Assessment.
All this talk about college ready is a smoke screen! If we can’t get those below the achievement-gap particularity minority student “high school ready.” There is now way we’ll see them going to college.
Federally grant money via NCLB Waivers allows states and schools to that money for all students beyond the intended target group, high poverty students. We went from targeted assistance, to school wide and now for come on, come all.
The Common Core should help to boost college readiness – and college completion – by significantly raising expectations, starting in kindergarten. But we shouldn’t be surprised that Delaware found that less than half of its students are “on track” for college. In fact, that’s what we should expect. Parents, in other words, are finally learning the truth.
The truth is , there is profit in poverty when it comes to K-12 education. All the money pissed away of new political laced public education agendas via testing and purchasing new education material from the test makers could be better served adding more teachers and paraprofessionals in high poverty schools. Why fix the problem at the root cause when it harms profiteers?
State Board of Education – Regular Monthly Meeting9/17/2015 – 1:00 PM
Cabinet Room Townsend Building
401 Federal Street Dover, DE
VII. A. Personnel
Mark Murphy, Secretary of Education, resignation effective September 30, 2015.
Never in the history of the State of Delaware has there ever been such a failure in a key education position. I call what he did social rape!
Delaware School Success Framework Is Regulation 103: * Opt-Out Penalty * Action Schools * Focus Schools * Priority Schools *
It appears Delaware PTA retreated back sitting on the fence. Governor Markell poked his finger in the eyes of every parent in Delaware and the Delaware PTA re: vetoing the testing opt-out legislation. So I am wondering, is this Delaware PTA statement saying, it is what it is and we’ll have to make due but voice our opinion? Sounds that way to me! I understand Delaware PTA needs to maintain a professional image but, what Markell did warrants a major protest by Delaware PTA. Yea it is what it is but thank God we have people in the social media exposing Markell’s sins against the people.
Good see this;
Damn John Young, just spit it out! Go F yourself JACK!
Andrzejewski served as superintendent of the Red Clay Consolidated School District from 1997-2009
The Christina Board of Education voted on September 3 to extend an offer to serve as Acting Superintendent to Dr. Robert J. Andrzejewski.
Dr. Andrzejewski has served since 2009 as the president and chief executive officer of Innovative Educational Associates, and has worked with the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce to redesign its Superstars in Education Program. He served from 2010-2014 as the executive director of the Delaware Mentoring Council. His experience as a public school superintendent includes serving as superintendent of the Red Clay Consolidated School District from 1997-2009. He also served in the Red Clay Consolidated School District as assistant superintendent for administrative services, as principal of Conrad Middle School and principal of Shortlidge Elementary School, and as an assistant principal at Dickinson High School and Conrad Middle School.
He holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership, a master’s degree in special education, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, all from the University of Delaware.
Odd as it may sound, Bob A may be a good choice! As much as some of us can question Red Clay’s past agenda that includes charter schools and magnet schools, those are the things parents wanted. HOWEVER, at what price did charters and magnet schools cost other district schools and what impact has had on minority students?
Bob A may have alienated some of his long time colleagues and perhaps screwed over a few! Bob A and I used to go eyeball to eyeball on issues in Red Clay. But I’ll give him credit for putting it on the table. When I was Chairperson of Red Clay’s Title 1 Parent Advisory Board Bob A did delivery on expanding some middle school Title 1 programs and under Bob A each school level Title 1 PAB was given $1,000 each to use to help promote parental involvement as parent saw fit. We had a Title 1 Parent Center, Title 1 information centers in each office that consisted of a rack full of Title 1 information and other help community information. We had “real” Title 1 Annual meetings and various Title 1 events at each of the Title 1 schools.
One thing that really pissed me off was when Bob A signed a $300,000.00 no bid contract with Teach for America. He claim sole source vendor which was full of shit because their was TNTP. Bob A to this day blames me for some personal trash talking by others on my blog. But little does he know, I deleted them and fast as I could and actual switched blog host sites to WordPress which has more controls.
So I said my peace, and I “Think” I can take comfort in trusting Bob A will focus on the needs Christina’s children and with many being Title 1 students I hope Bob a can deliver Title 1 back to parents by honoring the intent of Title 1 Section 1118. I personally feel, merging CSD city schools into Red Clay is a big mistake! HOWEVER, Bob A is the Acting Superintendent and doubt one is such a position can make radical changes. But CSD needs a leader at the helm until a decision can be made on a permanent super. BUT remember Freeman Williams current superintendent is out on “leave”. I think he would have to resign before the board can appoint a new super.
One thing many people don’t know about Bob A is his personal success beyond being a professional educator. This is not confidential information as Bob A shared it with many including a group of community leader at my house during a meeting. Bob grew up in Woodcrest near Conrad the next neighborhood over was Bestfeild where I grew up. Bob A was barely out of high school when he loss both his parents. He put himself and sister through college. The man can identify with personal struggles! And I am telling you, Bob and I could go head to head. However he included me on a few big things going on in Red Clay and openly asked for my opinion. Our phones rang both ways. So I owe him kudos for that.
One thing for-sure about Bob, he wasn’t loved by the unions.
So for the sake of Christina School District, I’ll give Bob pace to help the CSD district right itself and I hope the CSD school board does the same. I also, hope with Bob A’s departure from Red Clay for a few good years I hope he has done some soul searching as to who he is and what new tools he can bring to the table. But I honestly think it politically too late to stop the CSD city school merger with Red Clay. Bob A has a few good miles (years) left on him. However at best, I hope he can set a path to transitioning a new community-focused non-ultra-political individual to take the helm. We need to get Dover and Washington out of CSD and engage the community / parents to take ownership of their child’s school and their child’s education. Folks it all starts at home and God help those CSD children ending up in Red Clay’s hands. Red Clay lack the capacity to effectively serve their most neediest students in their own district, and adding CSD’s would break the camel’s back!
So Welcome back Bob A and always remember, sharks never sleep!
From the News Journal
“We had 10 applicants and had several, in my opinion, worthy resumes,” said board member John Young, who voted not to approve him. “I thought we were going to narrow those ten or so to a shortlist. That’s a much more deliberative and transparent process.”