Video of “Big Picture” forum: Merv making sense! But will he stand his ground or open the door for Markell’s district merger ?

 (ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE from Kelly Bachman)

So makig Red Clay the guardian angels is going to change a culture created by oppression rooted in Red Clay?

Published on Aug 29, 2013; This Hearts and Minds Film chronicles the lives and work of the Twin Poets, Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills. Artists and social workers, these identical twin brothers recoiled from a high profile life in the entertainment industry, opting instead to devote their lives to saving children. Most often, they work with young people living in the Riverside housing projects, where gun violence, drug culture, and an overriding sense of failure result in the arrested development, disproportionate incarceration and even death of a high number of young residents.

Red Clay school district lacks the capacity to effectively serve Wilmington’s at-risk children. The proof is, Red Clay school district has failing city schools that needed federal and state intervention aka Priority Schools! Add more failing high-need schools to a district that struggles with it’s own sets the stage social disaster! The charter school movement was seeded by former Red Clay leaders working with those in the community that set the stage for specific interest charter schools. Those specific interest were set to lock-out at-risk minorities. Red Clay developed magnets schools that have inherit specific interest student admission process. Red Clay developed Choice schools that provides no preferential transportation for poor Wilmington student who are forced into feeder school in certain suburban schools whereas white suburban students are accommodated with new schools.

I am sorry to say, some of those Wilmington leaders proclaiming to be civil rights leaders supporting a Red Clay takeover  of Wilmington schools  may need a Civil Right refresher course.


Education and The Welfare State

Originally posted on education follies:

After listening to and reading many comments about the U.S. being an out of control welfare state, I realized I did not have a reasoned, empirical point of view on the matter and decided to begin examining the matter in light of public education.

According to Wikipedia, “a welfare state is a concept of government in which the state plays a key role in the protection and promotion of the economic and social well-being of its citizens. It is based on the principles of equality of opportunity, equitable distribution of wealth, and public responsibility for those unable to avail themselves of the minimal provisions for a good life.”

The above description would appear to encompass the role of public education in the Twentieth Century, and for the children who live in affluent districts, public education may still be fulfilling the expectations of the welfare state. For millions of disadvantaged students—not so much.

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Is Red Clay Board poised to approve salary increases without knowing financial impact of adding more schools?

I don’t get it ! Red Clay school board may be voting at September’s board meeting on giving all administrators raises at a time Red Clay may be forces to take on more at-risk schools. Shouldn’t the board put a two-year freeze on administrative raises until the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission finishes their job and see what action the state legislators take?  

Special replay request re: Arne Duncan’s backdoor deal

Pay attention class! Red Clay is going to take one you know were!

Our work will be built on transparency, candor, debate, and deliberate action, and—most importantly—with students, parents, and families at the center of everything we do. The time to act is now.

We look forward to you joining us and welcome your input and feedback. You can learn more about the work of the Commission, the schedule of meetings (all of which are public), and how you can help, at our website that will be launched by September 1:

Delaware Governor Markell puts rapist rights before patient right

Markell vetoes doctor-patient sexual contact bill

Gov. Jack Markell has vetoed legislation that would have created a felony level offense for health professionals who intentionally have sexual contact with patients.

Markell said he vetoed the bill because of concerns that the legislation does not differentiate between penalties for consensual and non-consensual sexual contact. He said that current Delaware law deals with such instances.  

Thanks Jack for you love Jack!

Rep. Kim Williams, D-Newport, the bill’s prime sponsor, said she was stunned by Markell’s veto and had no idea it was coming. There was no communication from the governor’s office about any issues with the bill until Monday, when Williams said she received a call that he would be vetoing it, she said.

Kim it was all paybacks for you not supporting his wrongheaded education reform agenda. But indeed the 
House and Senate approved and passed this legislation Markell vetoed! Shows who how arrogant and egotistic Markell is.  

News Journal pitching donkey dirt re: Wilmington Education Improvement Commission

Wilmington school redistricting group picked Matthew Albright, The News Journal

The new Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, whose membership was announced Tuesday, starts with broad support for its mandate to find a way to remove the Christina and Colonial school districts from the city and give their urban schools and students to Red Clay school district.

News Journal’s spin “starts with broad support for its mandate” is a crock of donkey dirt. It implies that all members of the WEIC supports the mandate.  

Hear me well as this is my prediction, Christina Wilmington Schools will be folded into Red Clay without solid funding stream. Folks without needs-base funding supported by additional state funding Red Clay will implode and future referendums will be squashed. The time has come to end the referendum process and fund traditional and charter schools the same way votechs are funded, by THE LEGISLATORS.   As a far any merger, Wilmington schools will be more segregated than ever! After-all there is the Neighborhood Schools Act. Any notions city kids could attend Red Clay popular suburban schools is a fantasy.  

The road to a more equitable education for Wilmington’s children is eliminating the barriers within Choice school. Governor Markell brags how Delaware students can chose their schools! He is a lair ! The transportation barriers prevents poor city children to attend a choice school in the suburbs. Title 1 city children should have preferential choice-transportation but wait ! Stop ! Don’t get this confused with Delaware’s Choice school laws, What is a Title I Choice School? “The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires that schools that receive federal Title I funds must meet “Adequate Yearly Progress” (AYP) goals. This same federal law requires that any school that does not make AYP in the same subject two years in a row must be identified as a Title I School Improvement School and requires that CMS offer you the opportunity to send your child to another CMS school that is not in Title I School Improvement.” “Why do I have Title I Choice Options? NCLB requires that students assigned to Title I Choice schools have options for schools that are not Title I Choice. Students with Title I Choice home schools may not have any other Title I Choice schools listed on their applications. ”

Folks Pinocchio in Red Clay says, Title 1 students eligible for “Title Choice” must Choice into a Red Clay Title 1 school and because no Red Clay Title 1 school meets AYP Title 1 student’s can’t utilize “Title 1 Choice”. But here is the kicker, this provision was waived under the NCLB Waive as was Title 1 Section 1118 which Nnamdi Chukwuocha aka the son of William Hicks Anderson is well aware Title 1 parents have unique federal rights that was washed away by the NCLB Wavier. The law required Title 1 parents to part of design and planning of programs impacting Title 1 students. They had no say in Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment. They were indoctrinated after Governor Markell signed onto those programs. 

The group must find a way to give Red Clay the funding and other help it needs to serve an influx of new at-risk students. That would mean either finding new money in a time of looming budget shortfalls or redistributing money schools already get.  

Red Clay will be stuck with Chirstina’s debt. Markell clones within this committee will support rushing the merger with seed money with shallow promises of  public school financial reform. Those property owners living in Wilmington will be faced with in creased local “Red Clay” school tax. Same goes for all the commercial building currently within Christina.

I am not a naysayer but Red Clay has failed Title 1 students over and over and over. What makes Markell and his lapdogs think Red Clay can do better by adding more Title 1 students? The problem is lack of needs-based funding and leaders who spend more time kissing Jack Markell ass than focusing on the needs of students within their district! And why isn’t Jea Street part of this committee? If the NAACP supports these radical changes why aren’t they at the table? If “education is the most important civil rights issue of this generation” where are the civil right leaders on the this committee.     

Sec of Ed Murphy was a puppet and the puppet master Markell still protected by the News Journal

New education secretary has reputation for teamwork  Matthew Albright, The News Journal

Tensions between Delaware’s Department of Education and local educators grew during Mark Murphy’s three years as secretary. It is a divide, colleagues say, that veteran educator Steven Godowsky, who is set to replace Murphy this fall, can begin to repair

Murphy did his job according to the Markell / Rodel script. Murphy did what he was told and go the job done advancing the political agenda!  

Murphy’s tenure has seen Delaware implement a rush of reforms, but he has faced outrage from teachers and parents in battles over issues like the state’s controversial Priority Schools plan for Wilmington schools and the debate over whether parents should be able to pull their kids out of the state’s standardized test

Murphy didn’t rush reform! Murphy ran with Markell’s reform ball and the NJ said by cheering the change agent Markell. 

Murphy was the subject of a no-confidence vote by the Delaware State Education Association, and the Delaware Association of School Administrators found 9 out of 10 administrators didn’t have confidence in the department.

And Markell was rewarded with a second-term by the same groups. So when will Jack Markell get his spanking! 

Many educators hope Godowsky’s tenure will see less combat and more collaboration.

Gadowsky serves at the pleasure of Governor Markell and the radical changes is needed in the governor’s office.

State Rep. John Kowalko, one of Murphy and Markell’s fiercest critics, hopes that Godowski’s extensive experience could be beneficial.

“[Markell] needs somebody with some experience who can challenge him,” Kowalko said. “I have optimism that [Godowsky] is that person.”

Kowalko says it’s not likely Godowsky will be able to push through any transformative changes with a little more than a year left in Markell’s term, but he could help to rebuild trust in state leadership.

The damage is done and now we all suffer until Markell’s out of office. 

The issue of experience was a sore point among some educators with Murphy.

Last legislative session, state Sen. Bryan Townsend proposed a bill that would tighten the job requirements for secretary of education to require at least 10 years in a school system, including at least five as a classroom teacher. Townsend argued the state’s top education leader should have a better idea of what it’s like to be a teacher.

Though Townsend said the bill wasn’t aimed directly at Murphy, the secretary had only three years in the classroom and thus wouldn’t have met the bill’s requirements.

Murphy was a PE teacher and Godowsky is very seasoned and is the right person based on experience. However, will he be another Markell pool boy ? 

Isn’t It Past Time To Sue Jack Markell And The Delaware DOE……

Fast forward Red Clay; The year 2115

Date , January 01 2115. The Hugh Broomall Virtual High school enrollment website has opened for online enrollment.  Students and parents are presented with prerequisites and elective classes for the school year starting January 20, 2015 and ending December 20, 2015 (yep year-round school). Students will be assigned quarterly standardized test date where they will be required to meet at

the Red Clay Kenny Rivera Education Center. (district testing security policy requires students to take standardized test  in secure setting where parents and google can’t help with answers).    

Yep folks this is what the future will look like. Online K-12 learning. High tech security with create a data base logging students online activities to ensure they are staying on task and meeting the daily minimum “active” login time. 

OK sounds far-fetched! Or does it? What about extracurricular activity such as sports? Sports have become a community responsibility and with the help advance sporting software developed by Markell Next Generation Software Inc. Community leagues can schedule events to take place at the mega sports complex funded by Mike Matthews Foundation.  The Mike Matthews Foundation also funds the Smellavision Online Culinary School.   

OK all sounds like a joke! But for real, where do you see virtual learning in the mix of public education 100 years from now? I see a statewide basic wifi service free for all and expanded wifi services for additional cost.

DOE Contract Soliciting Bids To Mix Rodel’s Personalized Learning & Markell’s World Immersion Program

Originally posted on Exceptional Delaware:

The Delaware Department of Education has a Request For Proposal (RFP) for middle-school students to have “blended” learning in the World Immersion Program.  I called this last October!  Rodel has been pimping the whole personalized learning thing for the past year, and I am sure it will be a highlight of their latest Vision fest in September.  Blended learning and personalized learning are essentially the same thing.  The RFP states they want students in 6th to 8th grade to be able to take their time learning another language.

World Immersion, on the surface, looks great.  But it is having the undesired effect in some schools of causing special needs students and low-performing students to not be able to participate in this program.  It is already making it’s mark in Capital and Caesar Rodney.  Students from one school in a district are moving to other ones because this program is offered…

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When Christina School District fall into financial recopy aka bankruptcy then what ?

The referendum failed and some services are being slashed. But the writing on the wall is clear, Christina School District may be $$ broke by the end of this school year or middle of next year.  Then what?

Attempt at another referendum referendum early 2016? It will fail because there are those community Markell lapdogs bent on handing-over’s CSD Wilmington schools to Red Clay. So its down to a state takeover! Purely from a financial perspective charter takeovers of some CSD might happen. Not saying city schools but CSD schools. But how much will that reduce CSD’s $$$$ overhead? Will the state farm-out CSD’s building maintenance and custodial service to a 3rd party? What about HR ?? Doesn’t it makes sense for all school district to farm-out HR? Don’t get me wrong, I am not for $$$$ dismantling Christina or any other school district. But it is what it is!

Who remembers when the former superintendent drove Red Clay into bankruptcy? Red Clay $$$ recovered a year head of schedule BECAUSE a bright CFO was hired and that CFO TOOK CONTOL! The super was on $$$$$$ lock-down! The public rose up ;) and demanded a Community Financial Review Committee before DE DOE FRT was assigned! And Red Clay’s CFRC covered DE DOE FRT’s demands and plus more, a longterm CFRC that set the stage for the CBOC state law! Though data is boring to some but it only takes a few in the community to become effective watchdogs. My point, Red Clay was righted by board pressures and community to put a finance person in charge and that person having the NO YOU $$$ DON’T power aka keeping the super’s hand out of the $$$ cookie jar.! Should CSD bring in a 6 Sigma Black-belt to oversee district finance??

Sorry to say folks when DE DOE and their FRT comes marching with their corrupted Markell mentality, Christina will be churning  in the mud! CSD’s only option may be OUTSOURCING and charter schools. Handing-over Wilmington schools to Red Clay will only put an elephant on the back of Red Clay that will halt any sense of academic forward progress for Red Clay and alienate Red Clay local taxpayers. The school voucher movement will advance $$$ undermining all of Delaware traditional school districts. We had the “White-flight” with force busing, the “Bright-Flight” with charter school movement and now we’ll have the “Right-Flight” with school vouchers. Sad to say, using Meece’s bucket of crabs analogy, we’ll have a public school system with dying crabs at the bottom who don’t have the support or strength to climb out. A student can only escape public school (if you want to use that term) if their parents take action. Achievement goes down in public schools not necessarily because of teachers or school leaders (but they do have an impact), the achievement is impacted due to the brightest students  and student with parents who actively advocates for their own child taking advantage of other choice options. Naturally many students left behind are students whose parents don’t give a rat’s ass. 

One thing Christina School District doesn’t need is the, “I am in control here” Al Haig  mentality. CSD should advance the most senior principal to the district to hold down the fort until Dr. Williams returns or until he changes status. HOWEVER, CSD biggest problem is fiances!      

Jeb Bush is a common lair re: Common Core Standards @jebbush @Chiefs4Change

Jeb Bush Calls Common Core ‘Poisonous,’ Forgets He Actually Supports It  AUG 15, 2015 2:25PM / Think Progress 

Former Florida governor and GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush had an awkward conversation about Common Core education standards this week, calling the initiative’s name “poisonous” while attempting to appeal to conservatives who oppose the program — even though he supports it.

While speaking at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Friday, former Florida governor Bush tried to talk his way around a question about the Common Core Standards Initiative, an education policy initiated by the National Governors Association that tries to bring education standards into alignment nationwide.

“The term ‘Common Core’ is so darn poisonous, I don’t even know what it means,” Bush said. “[But] I’m for higher standards — state-created, locally implemented — where the federal government has no role in the creation of standards, content or curriculum.”

Can you believe this ass!!!!!!!!!!!!


Potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush has made it clear that he will continue his support for the controversial Common Core standards initiative, despite the fact that the conservative base of the GOP is overwhelmingly opposed to it.

Bush’s education foundation, in fact, is offering online courses for policy-makers focusing on how to promote the idea that the standards are necessary for national security, why data collection is essential, and how to win over parents, teachers, and citizens in the education reform conversation.

The Foundation for Excellence in Education was founded by Bush, and he served as its chair up until a couple of months ago, when he turned the reins of the foundation’s board over to Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.

Certified liar !!!!!!!!!!!!