DE Sec of ED Murphy said “Academy of Dover misappropriated funds” but no arrest! Why!

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING AUDIO – PART 4

Hear for yourself, Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said, “school or it’s representative misappropriated  funds”. Un-F’ing believable, DE DOE by law is required to have a DE DOE representative on the charter schools Citizen Budget Oversight Committee.  When will the idiots working at DE DOE in the Charter School Office be put on probation?

Jenny said, the matter was referred to state audit and AG office! WTF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DE DOE has representatives on the CBOC!

Check out this:

DE DOE Job Posting: 

Part-Time Casusal Seasonal Summer Work – Charter School Office (Open Until Filled) 

The Department of Education is seeking a part-time seasonal/casual worker to monitor charter schools in Kent and New Castle counties Citizen Budget Oversight Committee meetings. Most of these meetings will take place on weekday evenings, so they should have the availability during that block of time. Currently, the position is for summer with the potential opportunity to extend into the fall.

The primary responsibilities will include:
– Observing charter school board meetings
– Acting as the DOE representative at Citizen Budget Oversight Committee meetings
– Monitoring charter school websites and reporting on compliance issues
– Visiting schools
– Submitting reports on meeting & school visit operations
– Conducting research on national best practices for charter school oversight
– Contributing to DOE Charter School Office projects
– Participating in DOE Charter School Office meetings via phone or videoconference.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of one year of work experience.
Applicants must demonstrate good verbal and written communication skills during the interview process. The successful candidate must complete a criminal background check and be available for employment starting in June.

Contract Period: June to December 2015; ten (10) to twenty (20) hours per week

Rate of Pay: $30.00 per hour 

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree and a minimum of one year of work experience.

A Bachelor’s Degree in what ? Minimum of one year of work experience in what? (For you Kvips) working at 84 Lumber putting rubbers on termites so they don’t fuck up the wood? 

Casual Seasonal Summer work $30.00 an hour with no practical related work experience??  I wonder which state legislator’s kid will get that ant-brain job?

And so much for our Republican watchdogs Rep Debbie Hudson and Sen Greg Lavelle!   

Delaware’s new marijuana decriminalization law expands the drug trade and street violence

Police seek to cut through haze on Delaware cannabis lawKarl Baker, The News Journal 9:38 p.m. EDT June 19, 2015

A new law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana has opened a new set of questions for Delaware law enforcement.

“We have to talk with the attorney general,” said New Castle County Police Chief Elmer Setting on Friday, the day after Gov. Jack Markell signed the measure.

The legislation, which takes effect in six months, eliminates criminal penalties for possession by an adult of 1 ounce of cannabis or less for personal use. A violation will be considered a civil offense punishable by a $100 fine and would not become part of a person’s criminal record.

“It’s going to be similar to having an open can of alcohol” in public, Setting said.

A violation currently is categorized as a misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of up to $1,150 and six months in jail.

The legislation will not change any rules regarding medical marijuana or penalties for operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs. Selling pot also will remain banned. Smoking marijuana in a moving vehicle, in public areas, or outdoors on private property within 10 feet of a street, sidewalk or other area generally accessible to the public will be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $200 and imprisonment of up to five days.

“People should do this in their own homes …,” said state Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, D-Democrat, who sponsored the legislation, House Bill 39. “It should not be done in cars. It should be done in the privacy of your own home.”

I don’t oppose legalization of  marijuana. However, Markell’s new decriminalization law will add to the out of control murder rate in Wilmington.

With his pen, Markell sign a law that created new opportunities for street corner drug pushers by expanding the demand and giving many a false-sense that possessing and smoking marijuana is legal in a sense that it will be treated like alcohol.

At the end of the day, someone is going to profit from a non regulated commodity and the notion that decriminalization of marijuana is going to allow our police to focus on more serious crimes saving taxpayers money by not policing what was considered petty crime have another thing coming. 

Selling and distribution of marijuana is sill illegal and allow people possession of marijuana drives the drug market. This law will increase the demand and sadly to say, many users who aren’t reading the devil in the details re: law are going to play dumb.

Our police will pursue drug pushers and you can bet those “recreational users” busted for little in fraction within the scope of this law will roll on their suppliers. Snitches will always get stitches and the naive ” recreational users” are clueless to street justice.

The new laws says, a person can’t be busted for using a dope-pipe while smoking pot but can be busted for possessing a dope pipe not currently being use.  (a) It is unlawful for any person to use, or possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia as defined in § 4701(17) of this title.  Except that any person charged under § 4764 (a), (b), or (d), or assessed a civil penalty under § 4764(c), shall not also be charged with this offense. SYNOPSIS “A person charged or assessed a civil violation in connection with a personal use quantity of marijuana cannot also be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. A person who is not charged with personal use quantity of marijuana possession can still be charged or assessed a civil violation of possession of drug paraphernalia”

H.B.# 30 is nothing more than a legislative steppingstone to full decriminalization of marijuana. However, that won’t happen until marijuana is regulated  and taxed.  But in the meantime, there are those law-abiding citizens who see decriminalization as legalization being caught in the gray areas of the law. And as for our police, there jobs just got harder. Keep in mind folks, just because less than an ounce of pot is legal to posses, it doesn’t prohibit the police from asking ” were did you get it.”  Nervous “recreational users” may just tell! 

Sadly, I see an expanding drug trade in the city of Wilmington and more suburban folks heading into Wilmington to score! I also see, troubles plaguing Wilmington expanding into the county! And you can bet our beach resort areas will be impacted.

At the end of the day rich / middle class people can buy their way out (lawyers) of allowing themselves to cross the gray line of this law and poor folks still same old same old!  

The right thing to do is legalize marijuana, regulate and tax it. Mirror the alcohol laws for marijuana.

Dear mothers of a children murdered in drug related drug activities he or she was involved in; your child danced with the devil and loss. However, laws that promote selling of drugs in open markets is the true enemy.     

State Rep Debbie Hudson sticks to parents, students, community and taxpayers! AGAIN!

148th General Assembly

House Bill 61

Primary Sponsor(s):

Hudson

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Peterson


Co-Sponsors:

Reps. Briggs King, Dukes, Hensley, Yearick, Baumbach, Bolden, Jaques, Lynn, Matthews, Osienski, Paradee, K. Williams; Sens. Bonini, Lavelle


Introduced On:

03/24/2015


Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS.


Synopsis of Bill:

This bill requires that all public meetings of the boards of education of public school districts, vo-tech school districts, and public meetings of charter schools’ boards of directors be digitally recorded and made available to the public on the districts’ and charter schools’ websites within seven business days. The recordings will not be considered the official board minutes.
Currently the Red Clay Consolidated School District, Christina School District, and the Capital School District on a voluntary basis approved by their boards of education have been providing the public digital recordings of their board public session meetings via the district’s websites.
The Delaware State Board of Education is required by the State Board of Education to make available within one business day digital recordings of its board meetings on the Delaware Department of Education’s website.


Current Status:

Out of Committee   On  05/06/15

House Bill 61 dies as it’s predecessor  House Bill 23  of a desk draw veto in 2014 and 2013. 

A leading supporter of good government/open government legislation, Rep. Hudson has backed initiatives to give the public more access to the budgetary process and to stream audio of the House of Representatives’ proceedings on the Internet.

Yep House of Representatives proceedings are stream on the internet! Problems is, the live streams are recorded but aren’t archives whereas the public can go back an listen. Most people are working during these live audio streams.

Hudson is hooked up with the ass-hats at CSR and High-Pockets Pete. Hudson is the CSR Mule pushing school vouchers via H.B. 161.  

Hudson sponsored H.B. 23 and H.B. 61 and just let it sit there to fade! H.B. 23 made it through House Education Committee and House Appropriations Committee. Hudson did stand-up and fight for either bill. Other legislators were suckered into support both bills.

So life goes on! And Debbie Hudson unemployed lives off the $$$$ backs of the taxpayers at the same time keeping the taxpayers in the dark about local school issues.

We’ll do our best to throw this trash out of public office! 

Education nightmare heading Delaware’s way !

Wilmington school redistricting gains momentum Matthew Albright, The News Journal

It appears likely that legislators will pass a law this session that would start the process of redistricting Wilmington schools.

That means Red Clay School District would take responsibility for the city schools and students served by the Christina and Colonial districts.

Going to be some big shifts in feeder-patterns! Word has it Conrad will only be a magnet program for grades 9-12. 6-8 will revert back to a traditional programs resetting the old middle school feeder pattern. Also, I am hearing Charter School of Wilmington will be ask to find another place as the “surplus” space they are leasing is needed! Wilmington does “need” a traditional high school! 

Handing Christina’s priority schools over to Red  Clay at the same time Red Clay slips in transparency of their charter schools and when Baby Hoffa slips-out Warner’s backdoor demonstrates lack of grit to do what’s right. Maybe it might be a good idea to add vouchers in school choice options or at least to Wilmington kids who have been under-served and forced to ride buses outbound to suburban middle and high schools! 

The Committee was created by Gov. Jack Markell to find ways to improve Wilmington’s troubled inner-city schools. One of its primary recommendations was to reduce the number of districts serving city kids.

You can bet with Markell’s Rodel butt buddies in the mix it will be the same old same old for city kids. Markell is the worst governor on public education in the state’s history.

This legislative session has seen plenty of heated battles over education, but redistricting has had the support of both Markell’s administration and some of its fiercest education critics, like Red Clay Education Association union president Mike Matthews.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of opposition, and there probably shouldn’t be a lot of opposition, to be honest,” Matthews said.

Yea still union jobs! LOL :). Who knows with a mega school district you might have to step and been a union boss as full-time job :)

Matthews supports the broad idea of redistricting, but he is one of several school advocates – especially in Red Clay – who are anxious to see the details.

Shit! Red Clay union as did DSEA signed onto Race to The Top and help set the Common Core and Smarter Balanced movement. I’d be very cautious about what the unions say now.  

Transferring the schools is not a simple prospect. Districts do not get as much property tax revenue from the city as they do from the suburbs, and students in urban schools often face challenges that require more resources.  

Might have to cut back on some extracurricular ERP programs .

I am all for address the needs of city kids but what success has Red Clay had addressing high poverty at-risk students? Folks the answer is needs-based funding ensuring smaller class sized and more intervention specialist.  Moving the chairs around on the deck of the Titanic isn’t serving children of delivering the promise!  

Delaware: Will school vouchers provide better school Choice options?

Dear Supporters of School Choice,

Do you believe every parent in Delaware should have the ability to choose the type of education their child receives? Currently, parents do not have this ability. Our goal is to expand the choices parents have and to help them make the best education decision for their child.  You have the opportunity to help make education choice a reality in Delaware.  Continue reading for information, good news and how to take action.

School choice is a term you will hear used a lot. Let’s define this term before we go any further. School choice gives parents the freedom to choose their child’s education, while encouraging healthy competition among schools to better serve families’ needs. School choice lets parents use the public funds set aside for their child’s education to choose the schools—public or private, near or far, religious or secular—that work best for them.

School choice is provided in a variety of ways. One way is through educational savings accounts, which are becoming a hot topic in many states around our nation. What exactly are they and how do they work? Education savings accounts allow parents to withdraw their children from public district or charter schools and receive a deposit of public funds into government-authorized savings accounts with restricted, but multiple, uses. Those funds can cover private school tuition and fees, online learning programs, private tutoring, community college costs, and other higher education expenses. Educational savings accounts already exist is some form in five states: Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Nevada. In fact, Nevada just became the first state to pass nearly universal education savings accounts. Read more about thathere.

There is a bill, HB 161, that was just filed this month in the Delaware legislature that would allow families of special needs children access to educational savings accounts. View this video to see first hand how Delaware families with special needs children feel about this bill. The legislation is waiting to be debated in the House Education Committee. This is where we need your help! The House Education Committee Chair, Rep. Earl Jaques, has the soul responsibility of adding this bill to the committee agenda. Here are some ways that you can help ensure that this bill is brought to the committee for debate:

  1. Email and call Rep. Earl Jaques directly at:
    302-744-4279
    earl.jaques@state.de.us

  2. Email and call your own Representative and Senator.  Tell them you support the bill and that you would like them to speak with Rep. Jaques about adding this bill to the committee agenda.

Find your legislator by simply typing in your address and a map will appear with the name of your Representative or Senator.

Email info@dechoiceed.org if you are interested in attending the committee hearing tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 24.

Your support will go a long way in bringing this bill to committee and ultimately to the House floor for a vote. Please take 5-10 minutes now to make some calls and send some emails. Parents all over the state need you.

Thank you in advance for your support,

Kristen Sherman

Parent Coordinator and Champion for Education Choice

Rodel’s poster child Arne Duncan has some explaining to do

Arne Duncan’s Patently False Promise to Forgive Student Debts at For-Profit Schools Published on Friday, June 12, 2015 by Black Agenda Report

The U.S. government has funneled hundreds of billions of dollars into corporate accounts by bankrolling for-profit schools that systematically fleece their mostly low income and minority students. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan promises to forgive the student loans of those who have been defrauded. Unfortunately, Duncan is lying through his teeth byGlen Ford

And here is Arne Duncan back in his Chicago schools day cutting backroom deals at Helen’s.

Breaking News! Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy’s Executive Assistant calls it quits

State Board of Education – Regular Monthly Meeting 6/18/2015 – 1:00 PM

Cabinet Room Townsend Building

401 Federal Street Dover, DE

VII. A. Personnel

Resignation/Retirements

Ryan Fennerty, Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Education, resignation effective June 15, 2015.

And what do you see ? re: Senate Bill 137

148th General Assembly

Senate Bill 137

Primary Sponsor(s):

McDowell

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Sokola & Rep. Mulrooney & Rep. Osienski


Co-Sponsors:

Sens. Blevins, Hall-Long, Henry, Marshall, McBride, Townsend; Reps. Baumbach, Bolden, Brady, Carson, Keeley, Lynn, Ramone, B. Short


Introduced On:

06/11/2015


Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 AND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMUNITY COLLEGE INFRASTRUCTURE FUND.


Synopsis of Bill:

Delaware’s Community College System plays a critical role in the State’s economy by providing workforce development and transfer education that connects Delawareans with good paying jobs within the State and region. This Act gives the College’s Board of Trustees the authority to issue bonds to finance the cost of major and minor capital improvements, deferred maintenance, and the acquisition of related equipment and educational technology associated therewith and establishes the Community College Infrastructure Fund to pay the principal and interest on such bonds. This Act adopts the county vo-tech structure to finance the Fund by authorizing the College’s Board of Trustees to collect a local property tax subject to a cap.


Current Status:

Senate Finance Committee   On  06/11/2015

Delaware PTA Queen Johnson hits a home run

OPT-OUT BILL IGNITES FIRESTORM Matthew Albright, The News Journal

The simmering debate over standardized testing in Delaware exploded Wednesday in a charged hearing that saw lawmakers and parent advocates shouting over each other.

At issue was a bill to allow parents to pull their children out of the statewide Smarter Balanced Assessment, a tough new test students took for the first time this year.

The smarter balance is not a state assessment test to address academic intervention and is nothing more than an end of the year test. DCAS was a growth model test that offer snaps shots of student achievement three times a year. More define intervention was offered. 

“In all the time I’ve been in PTA, I’ve never had so much reaction, so much participation. I have never spent this much time on an issue. This is what parents want,” said Yvonne Johnson, vice president of advocacy for the Delaware PTA. “What we’re afraid of with the resolution is that we’re not going to address the real issue, which is that Smarter Balanced is not the answer for our children.

Bullseye !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Opt-out does nothing to stop an assessment test that leads doesn’t to academic  intervention. It’s not an assessment test that benefits children! Right on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It SUCKS!

“Virtually every civil rights group in the country has come together to oppose opt out,” said Paul Herdman, CEO of the Rodel Foundation, a non-profit Delaware education think-tank. “They’ve been working for a long time to make sure their kids are counted. There have been dark days when disadvantaged students were encouraged to opt-out, and they don’t want to return to those days.”

Yo Paul isn’t your office 100 West 10th Street, Suite 704, Wilmington down the hall for the Wilmington Metropolitan Urban Leagues: 100 W 10th St #710 Wilmington and upstairs from the Delaware Charter School Network 100 W. 10th St.  Suite 308   
Wilmington, DE 19801 and the same building the Longwood Foundation is located in? Hey Paul ! How much $$$$ did Billy-Boy give Jack Markell doing all Markell political campaigns?? 

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The committee did not immediately vote on the opt-out bill but was circulating it to members for signatures. The results were not posted by Wednesday evening

And we’ll make a list of all who oppose and make damn sure we’ll do everything we can to VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE! 

Red Clay School board continues to slide in “Red Clay” charter school transparency

Here we go again! Another Red Clay chartered school failing to post board of directors meeting minutes. Its obvious Red Clay school board members coward in the corner as “their” chartered schools calls the shots as to which laws they’ll follow. How hard is it for the idiot in Red Clay responsible for overseeing “Red Clay’s” charter schools to visit the school’s websites?  And look very close! No posted board agendas!  

BOARD AGENDA & MTG MINUTES

SY 2014 – 2015

Oct 2014

Nov 2014

Dec 2014

Jan 2015

Feb 2015

Red Clay and State needs to end the “step-pay” and replace it with better pay! And OMG WTF

FY 2015 RED CLAY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHER SALARY SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2015

Click the above link and review Red Clay’s and State step-pay structure. Step-pay increases are on top of  labor pay contract agreements. 

My position is, end the step-pay as we know it and replace it with a pay structure that pays starting teacher more $$$ but with a yearly step-pay ending the $$$ for degree + credits. Meaning, keep the yearly step-pay but eliminate for Bachelor 15, Bachelor 30, Master 15 and Master 30. Once a teacher “earns” next degree level then advance them in pay-grade. What I am getting at is, we need to start rookie teachers with bachelor degree at  $50,000.00 per year not 39, 695.00.

I’ve also been down this road before, we don’t need master-degree teachers teaching elementary school students. However, sure for a grade level team leader position. And OMG PhD for even middle school?? But yes indeed we need PhD level for AP classes!

In a nutshell, we need to start teachers at better pay but still have the incentive to advance their degree level. However, added performance base incentives is much preferable than step-pay.

As for out most neediest schools, we need to end the VT process as we know to filter out those choosing VT because their current school performance review would require them to leave! I am all for due process but we can’t allow the VT process dump poor performing teachers in high-needs schools. We all know high-needs schools tend to have the most teaching vacancies but honestly, some of those who VT may not be any better than a Teach for America clone!

Folks, radical changes “are” coming with the next president and governor! And we know Markell’s house of ed cards will be exposed and fall! Even at the federal level calls for changes are being debated!

As for our local education labor leaders, they can’t be trusted! They supported Race to The Top and now the truth be told, they fucked up! They want just call it “move on water under the bridge”. Governor Markell is a complete failure when it comes to education reform. However, our labor leaders were enablers and now want to blame “they system” as in the system not tied to faces like Markell. They supported the Opt-Out movement then moved to Cop-out after gaining labor leverage over proposed teacher evaluation proposal. Like I said, students and parents really gain nothing on the Opt-Out whereas, labor gained the most. Peel the Opt-Out movement onion back and you’ll see a familiar face at it’s core!     

We need radical changes is public education which includes better pay for rookie teachers. Due process for all teachers and employees is a necessity. However, representation of all teachers and employees must be done with all cards on the table.  Those who are awestruck in the presence of political leaders aren’t fit to lead! And those who dance on picket fences deserve a picket up the ass when they are exposed!

Support for Race to The Top was a blunder for labor leaders who signed onto noting more than a blank contract!  And bullshit to those who say move on its all water under the bridge ! You bastards helped open the gate that flooded our children and our new teachers of tomorrow with unjust federal intrusion! And to that fuck you!    

What does it take for the Red Clay School board to get their thumbs out of their butts?

Hello !!! Kenny “McFly” Rivera !!! How many times have we been down this road where Charter School of Wilmington delays releasing school board minutes? Red Clay taxpayers expends funds to provide a district administrators to oversee “Red Clay’s” charter schools and can’t even get them to be consistent on releasing board meeting minutes. Remember Kenny, it was you and other board members asleep at the wheel when CSW board voted on changing admission preference putting Red Clay students LAST! And yes, that was addressed when a member of the public pointed-out the illegal CSW vote! Red Clay’s board was CLUELESS! Kenny there needs to be some leadership changes re: oversight of “Red Clay’s” charter schools or perhaps its time for some board changes! 

Board Agenda & Minutes 

Date Agenda Minutes
8/26/14 August 26 Agenda August 26 Minutes
9/23/14 September 23 Agenda September 23 Minutes – Draft
10/7/14 October 7 Agenda October 7 Minutes
10/28/14 October 28 Agenda October 28 Minutes
11/25/14 November 25 Agenda November 25 Minutes
12/8/14 December 8 Agenda   No Public Session  
1/27/15 January 27 Agenda January 27 Minutes
3/3/15 Meeting Cancelled  
3/24/15 March 24 Agenda  
4/28/15 April 28 Agenda  
5/26/15 May 26 Agenda

DDOE asks for SBAC feedback, and only gives choices that are positive towards the test. Folks, these people are in charge of teaching and learning and allegedly providing direction to schools on how to best yield critical thinkers for our society. #facepalm

Priority Schools-The Truth Revealed Part 39 **”But Wait, Didn’t Red Clay Come Up With….”**

Originally posted on Exceptional Delaware:

We have reached the end of the Delaware Priority Schools FOIA Saga. This picture actually harkens back to the bygone days of the Summer of 2014, but it was always my intention to save this one for last.

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At this point in time you are probably thinking “Uh, okay, what’s the big deal about this? Just another education reform Turnaround School document. I’m sure these are a dime a dozen around the DOE offices.” You are right. But if you look at the bottom right corner, there is an emblem for the University of Virginia. The very same university that Red Clay put in their priority schools plan to use as a vendor to help out with their priority schools. But if the DOE used WestEd earlier in the summer to get help with the Memorandum of Understanding and the methodology for the calculation of the priority schools, and Red…

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