If everybody uses I-Messages debating Trump perhaps both sides can better hear each other.

What Is an “I” Message? Introduced in the 1970s, “I” messages are commonly referred to and encouraged in marriage and family relationship education and marital therapy (Burr, 1990). “I” messages are most simply explained as a way of expressing our thoughts and emotions about a specific experience or interaction using a soft voice and a statement that often begins with, “I feel…” Other examples include: “I’m upset because…” “I get angry because…” “I am excited that…” This style of communication tells the listener that what is being said about the situation is based on personal experience and is not necessarily objective fact, leaving room for discussion. When used, “I” messages can be an effective tool in deescalating defensiveness and improving communication within relationships. In contrast, statements that begin with “you” tend to evoke defensiveness and an escalation of emotions rather than a desire to compromise and problem solve (Miller & Miller, 1997; The Phoenix Institute, 1982). By using “I” statements, we take responsibility for our thoughts and feelings rather than blaming them on our partner.

I’ll go first ! I feel President Trump’s concerns with certain immigration issue has merit. But I feel his abrupt actions addressing them is wrong. I feel we do need to secure our borders and do feel those who enter the United State illegally should be subjected to penalty of the law and be deported. However, I feel those who had visas in hand shouldn’t have the revoked!

I feel our Delaware educators should ask Governor John Carney his position on school vouchers and  if he doesn’t support them will he veto any state legislation requiring his signature. And that he reject and federal education competitive grant that includes school vouchers directly or indirectly. I feel the governor is a greater threat to traditional public education than anyone in Washington D.C.. I feel former Governor Jack Markell is a prime example of my point!  

I feel this is true ; “In contrast, statements that begin with “you” tend to evoke defensiveness and an escalation of emotions rather than a desire to compromise and problem solve”

No runoff for DSEA! Redo election is in order! Danny shouldn’t get boned! And if solidarity is the heart and soul this labor organization it should be for all

Education union candidates point to flaws in election , The News Journal

Mike Matthews, one of two people remaining in the state education union president’s race, says some teachers were not able to vote in last month’s election, in which he and Karen Crouse deadlocked.

The Red Clay Consolidated School District teacher and others in the union claim that not all members received ballots either by regular mail or electronically.

“It’s clear there were some challenges with this election that prevented many of our supporters from casting a ballot,” he wrote on his Facebook page this week. “I’m guessing it would be fair to say these same issues plagued our opponents, as well.”

If all it true the results should be null and void 

Matthews said the ballot issue contributed to poor turnout, in which about 2,200 members, or 20 percent of the union, voted.

Last week, the Delaware State Education Association said the turnout was about in line with recent elections. Matthews said turnout was higher than usual but should have been even higher if not for the ballot issue.

So 80% of the members pretty much said fuck it!Why?

DSEA officials have declined to say how many people voted and would not answer questions for this story, instead issuing a statement.

“We cannot comment any further given that the results remain preliminary at this time. If a complaint or challenge is brought to DSEA’s attention, such matters are handled in accordance with our internal election policy.”

And who is “we” ?

According to Matthews, not all union members are pleased with the idea of the tie being resolved without another vote.

“Many of you have responded incredulously to the potential ‘appearance’ of ballots postmarked before the end of day Jan. 23,” he said in his Facebook post.  “… Here’s where I stand: With the concerns shared by voters regarding the inconsistencies in access to the ballot, I am taking the position that the only right thing to do at this point is to afford the voters of DSEA an opportunity for a runoff election.”

Wait a minute! There are concerns the first ballot process was fucked up and many members didn’t get their ballot or was lost in spam filters! The issues shouldn’t be a runoff! The issue should be a redo of the election.

Donato Rufo, who also ran for union president, said in an email he, too, heard complaints about the balloting process.

“Within a few hours of the opening of voting on Jan. 9, it was obvious there were issues,” he said, adding that ballots were supposed to be emailed to DSEA members. If they did not have a valid email on file, the ballot was to be mailed.

“Social media posts from candidates and members indicated that many people did not receive the initial email,” Rufo said. “By noon of the first day, DSEA had made statements … stating that staff should ‘check their spam and junk folders because your ballot may be there.'”

Rufo claims the problems didn’t end there.

“I received many emails, texts and phone calls from staff that had not received anything … even after checking their spam and junk folders,” he said. “… Many people told me they called DSEA. Some people said they were able to ‘fix’ email problems and eventually voted — some people called DSEA and were told they would receive a paper ballot … some did, and some told me that it never came.”

The fact DSEA elections aren’t known for high turnout doesn’t alleviate his concerns, Rufo said. He said the union, which held its last contested election six years ago, should have made efforts to increase participation.

“Quite frankly, this election was not well done,” he said. “There were too many issues and too little done to rectify them.”

Danny if the election was skewed by glitches all candidates were equally screwed ! Though there was a tie for president the fact remains all candidates were impacted and the election should be null and void! A redo election is in order! If there is just a runoff election for the president tie, those who didn’t vote can vote (except those members who complained they didn’t get a ballot during the election) I suggest all those who vote for Danny and the other person running for president NOT VOTE! To me those tied  for one race calling for a runoff without consideration of others impacted are selfish and are crying foul to serve themselves! Otherwise the call for solidarity is shallow words!   

Hats off to the Delaware State Police re: Vaughn Correctional Center

I am sure Governor Carney gave the thumps up for the DSP storming the building and those murderess inmates who to control of Vaughn Correctional Center. And I hope that sends a clear message!

The Delaware State Police restrained themselves from using deadly force and for all the shit our domestic heroes take they demonstrated professionalism! 

As for those who took-over Vaughn Correctional Center! Bullshit! You could have made your statement in a non violent way! Such as with a prison-wide hunger strike! Of rally your family on the outside to protest near the center! You don’t gain rights but taking it from others! A brother is dead because of you!  

  

Devos may be out but vouchers are coming and where is Johnny Carney on the issue?

No matter who Trump nominates for Secretary of Education, teacher unions will oppose unless its Jack Markell!

What cracks me up is, all those bitching about Devos (whom I don’t approve of) did very little about stop Obama, Duncan, Rodel and Governor Markell from kicking the legs out from under Delaware’s traditional school system . Now the stage is set for school vouchers! 

Traditional schools “had” to fail to justify charter schools and some charter schools “had”  to fail to justify school vouchers! The end game is bust the largest union in the nations, the teacher union! Why? to set the stage to eliminate prevailing wages.

I oppose school vouchers and don’t understand why Delaware education leaders haven’t asked Governor Carney if he opposes school vouchers?

To those bitching about Devos who signed onto Race to The Top and kissed Governor Markell’s ass SHUT UP !!!

I don’t support Devos for U.S. Secretary of Education because I don’t believe in school vouchers aka the final blow to traditional public school. Yea I voted for Trump ! But look at all the Obama and Jack Markell lovers who jumped in bed with them re: Race to The Top and it’s evil twin Common Core Standards with their offspring The Smarter Balanced Assessment it tow.

Many tell me to shut up about Race to The Top and how every local Delaware  teacher  union and the mother-ship DSEA supported the Race to The Top MOU. Then there was the limo deal! Let it go Kilroy! It’s water under the bridge!

I have no beefs about people bitching about Devos nomination however, those who had the voice and power to stop Jack Markell shouldn’t have a voice in the issue! But yea I know, freedom of speech! Go for it ! But we know!

When teacher organizations sometimes called unions can’t get their own members out to vote for local union leaders you’d think the leaders would wake-up and smell the coffee!  Sure Trump is a bad seed of sorts but who trumped a local union election?

BUT! Lets make this clear! Delaware’s education mess is a direct result of Race to The Top fallout! And where is Governor John Carney on the Devos nomination ????????? Where is Governor John Carney on school vouchers?? The same damn people who let Jack Markell walk on all teachers are silent. Give Governor John Carney a chance! Well he had his chance to oppose Devos! Perhaps he supports school vouchers!

Odds are Devos will be the next  U.S. Sec of Education. The real question is can we contain Governor Carney from pulling a Jack Markell and buy into another competitive grant this time with school vouchers laced in?  

Union members didn’t vote because they were abandon and fed to the Race to The Top wolves by their leaders! The call for solidarity after being fucked is a joke !

Enrique Peña Nieto has DNA ties to Trump

Will Governor Carney turn a blind-eye to DE DOE’s skewed high school dropout data?

Charters say they will be resource after graduation , The News Journal

More than 40 percent of Delaware students who dropped out of high school in 2014-15 were African-American, while about 37 percent were white and 18 percent Hispanic, according to the Department of Education.

See page 11 Table 9 of the Delaware Dropout Report; School Year 2014-2015 report date March 2016;  41.2% of all dropouts were African-American Students , 40.6% White Students and 18.2% Hispanic Students. See page 19 Table 19; Annual Dropout Rate 2.8% African American, 1.7 White and 3.2 Hispanic. Overall Annual Dropout Rate 2.2%

This is from page 3 Highlights; During the 2014-2015 school year, 2.8% of African American, 3.2% of Hispanic and 1.6% of White/Other students dropped out. However, page 19 Table 19 reports an annual dropout rate for Whites 1.7%. Small error of .1%. The News Journal decided to round-off. However, the New Journal used data from page 5 Table 1 but still rounded off!

The Delaware Department of Education for years tried to manipulate the high school dropout data to appease Governor Jack Markell who desperately want to show improvement in Delaware’s high school dropout rate! There are many errors in calculations and the method used in obtaining data has varied. The data is skewed!

My point! Sure 40% of students who dropout of high school were African-American. However, someone could easily read into it , 40% of African-American students dropout out of high school. And the same for White Student at 37%.

When Jack Markell became governor 2007-2008 the Delaware High School Dropout rate was 5.8% with 7.8% African-American, 4.6% White and in 2014-2015 it was 2.2% with 2.8% African American and 1.7% White.  The variable between African-American and White students in 2007-2008 was 3.2% and in 2014-2015 it was 1.1%. Delaware Department of Education data is skewed to a point its unreliable. However, the has been a closure in the achievement gap relevant to the rate of high school graduation between African-American students and White students!

Delaware “parents” need a more simplified report on high school dropout rates to a point of knowing the % of dropout subgroups within individual high schools. Currently as you can see in Table 13, the high school reports by total number of students not by individual subgroups.  Which high school has the highest number of African-American student dropout? What are the variable of African-American dropout across each Delaware high schools? Which high school has made the most improvements in providing educational services to African-American?  Going to a high school “where my friends go” sounds so nice but wouldn’t it be nice to know which high school serves African-Americans better?      

More proof Jack Markell was the worst governor in Delaware’s history

Stagnant wages fuel Delaware foreclosures Jeff Mordock , The News Journal 

 

Delaware had the second highest foreclosure rate in the nation last year, a recent study reported.

The study also found overall foreclosure activity in Delaware jumped 45 percent last year compared to 2015, the largest increase of any state. Delaware’s dramatic rise is somewhat surprising given that overall foreclosure activity nationwide dropped 15 percent.

Local experts said Delaware’s foreclosure crisis is the result of the state’s stagnant wages making it difficult for residents to keep up with mortgage payments. Workers living paycheck to paycheck get blindsided by expensive home repairs or medical bills and their finances become chaotic. Without rising wages, they can find themselves in a financial hole.

Delaware state teacher association fails to get out the vote for new leadership! Appears only 1 out of 6 members voted

Nothing has been verified so what I am about to say is an  opinion and observation. Apparently an E-mail went out that the race for DSEA tied! Mike Matthews and  Karen Crouse (current Vice President of DSEA) What are the odds of a tie?

This part is very disturbing! Of nearly 12,000 DSEA member only a little more than 2000 ballots were cast. I don’t have verification on these numbers but an unidentified insider told me.

Early on in this 14 day election process and yes I did say 14 days! There were many comments on FaceBook that ballots DSEA E-mailed may have went into Spam Filters on the receiving parties end. Members were advised to called DSEA for a paper ballot. All in all only 2000 ballots mailed and / or E-mailed?

If all this is true one must think teachers and the other eligible members must feel disenfranchised by DSEA.

Delaware’s traditional public education has taken a beating ever since Jack Markell became governor! Jack open the gates of hell allow the overreaching USDOE into local control. He was their puppet!

So what is next? My gut instincts tell me Mike Matthews won’t be the winner in this tied race and somehow it will be decided by the DSEA Executive Board! I honestly don’t know how that process work. A voice early on prior to the start of voting whispered , “they have it in for him”.

I honestly feel DSEA will imploded and may feel the financial impact. It pretty bad only 1 in 6 members voted! Again, I could be wrong but info I am getting comes from creditable sources.

Folks the vouchers are coming and a weakened DSEA might not be able to fend off federally inspired school vouchers!  

I urge every local teacher association to come together and draft a letter to Delaware Governor John Carney asking him to publicly state his position  on school vouchers via a state and /or federal push.

Just in and again not confirmed!

11,862 eligible members with 1944 votes!! Again not confirmed to be fact!

 

   

Dopey State Legislators! Just end the class size waivers ! Pilot Program with seed money always defaults back on local taxpayers!

Senate Bill 19

149th General Assembly (Present)

Bill Progress

Current Status:

Committee 1/24/17
What happens next?

Awaiting consideration in Committee

Bill Details

Introduced on:

1/24/17

Primary Sponsor:

Additional Sponsor(s):

Co-Sponsor(s):

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE CREATION OF A PILOT PROGRAM FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS IN EARLY PRIMARY GRADES FOCUSED ON REDUCED CLASS SIZE AND AN INTENSIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

Original Synopsis:

Some students from disadvantaged backgrounds arrive at school lacking the same vocabulary and word recognition skills of their peers, putting them at a disadvantage when developing literacy skills in primary grades. In analyzing this disparity, studies have shown that the third grade is a critical turning point in educational development and that students who are not preforming at grade level by this point will continue to fall behind their peers at an increasingly rapid pace. This Act will seek to diminish this performance gap by creating a 3-year pilot program for disadvantaged students in primary grades in Delaware public schools. The State will provide $1 million in grant funding per year, over a 3-year period, to support the pilot program. Under the Act, Delaware State University, Delaware Technical and Community College, and the University of Delaware are invited to help collect and analyze data to assess the program.

Volume Chapter:

N/A

Fiscal Note/Fee Impact:

F/N

Effective Date:

Takes effect upon being signed into law

compulsory school attendance in Delaware from 16 to 18 years of age. And how much $$$ will this add to the budget?

House Bill 55

149th General Assembly (Present)

Bill Progress

Current Status:

Committee 1/25/17
What happens next?

Committee Hearing takes place within twelve legislative days.

Bill Details

Introduced on:

1/25/17

Primary Sponsor:

Additional Sponsor(s):

Co-Sponsor(s):

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.

Original Synopsis:

This Act increases the age requirement for compulsory school attendance in Delaware from 16 to 18 years of age. The age increase is phased in over a two-year period; accordingly, there is a one-year interim period where the compulsory school attendance age requirement will be 17 years old. The Act further provides that a child may be exempt from the age requirement for compulsory school attendance if the child has received a high school diploma or a certificate of performance or obtains permission to withdraw from school from the superintendent of the district in which the child is enrolled or from the president of the board of the charter school in which the child is enrolled. To obtain a waiver from the date of enactment of this Act until August 31, 2018, a child must be at least 16 years old. To obtain a waiver on or after September 1, 2018, a child must be at least 17 years old. The Act preserves the exemption under which a child may be excused from compulsory attendance upon request of the child’s parent or legal guardian coupled with supporting written documentation from a qualified health professional.

Volume Chapter:

N/A

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Effective Date:

Takes effect upon being signed into law

School Tax deadbeats like Wanxiang prevents Delaware from expanding basic special education services @wanxiang

Many agree Delaware special ed bill is needed, but there’s no money for it Matthew Albright and Jessica Bies , The News Journal

Special education advocates say Delaware’s school funding system is denying important help to almost 2,500 of the state’s youngest students.

Rep. Kim Williams, D-Newport, is sponsoring a bill she says would fix that. Yet, despite widespread support, it is one of many proposals that has little chance of passing because of a projected $350 million state budget gap.

“I know money is an issue for the state,” Williams said. “But we invested all of this money into our early learning programs, and yet we have that void there in our elementary schools. This is something we really need to change.”

Williams’ bill would provide school districts extra money for students in grades K-3 who are in the “basic” special needs category.

There’s money to be reallocated! Get rid of the Chinese language immersion program! What as waste that is! I’ll be only 1% of students a best will grow up and use Chinese in a business application! There there is the charter school slush fund! What about the waste at top heavy DE DOE 

Acknowledging this, Williams tweaked the bill this year to phase in the services — and their costs. In the 2017-2018 school year, it would cost the state $1.7 million and districts $650,000; by 2020-2021, the state would be paying $12.2 million and districts would be paying $4.5 million.

What about deadbeat corporation not their school taxes such as with Wanxiang = School Balance Due:$989,251.54 with $845,970.79 owed Red Clay with the rest owed to NCCVT. Red Clay says, hands are tied go to your elected official and complain! I did to Red Clay School Board !!!! Crickets !!!!!!!! Red Clay can put a lien on the property which will jam Wanxiang’s pending sale! However, as you can see plenty of money out there! 

“If they don’t have the basic skills there by third grade, it sets them up to have a more challenging time all the way through,” Williams said. “If we’re really serious about this, we’ll find a way to get the resources.”

Amen to that Kim !

Conrad Alumni sends smoke signal to Red Clay Admin, Board and Conrad ! Re: Mascot / Logo

From Conrad Community Member 

An open letter to the Conrad Student Body from members of Conrad Alumni Association

Last week thanks to the kindness of a community member we received the ideas of the Conrad Schools of Science Mascot/Logo Committee. We understand you are voting for one of these symbols over the next three days. We see that you have put time and effort into this process which is laudable. However we are a little confused and are wondering why the original logo is not being offered as an option? We outline the facts below.

A group of us visited your principal in the fall and he explained the process.

He also said this group would be choosing a new Mascot. At that meeting we requested the following:

 To be kept in the loop during the process

 If at all possible have a representative from the alumni come visit you to share history and answer any questions as to why the logo is important to the community and the association. Upon leaving we felt he was open to doing that. This did not occur since we never got to meet with you. We are confused because we do not know at what point who decided the process. This is unfortunate now since we only been given conjecture as to why the logo is not being considered and no facts.

 At a recent alumni association meeting we were informed by the principal he would bring you our concerns. Did this happen?

 Receiving this information has left us at a disadvantage. Along with your student body — there is a large group of people — besides students — who are alumni and community members that have had to accept the vote of the school board dropping the name Redskins. Although not in agreement we have no choice but to accept the decision of these 4 people.

 The school board instructed the school administration to come up with a process that included students AND also instructed district personnel to continue with an education piece that would be shared with all of you — so you would have information that would help you make a balanced recommendation. This was never done. In politely accepting these guidelines our hope was:

 There would be a way to honor the past by retaining the logo that now exists.

 Share with your group the information we had gathered around the history of the school and the knowledge we had gained by speaking to Native American tribes across the country.

 Have you experience the media piece the district would produce

It is our understanding that you have not been able to openly discuss any of this in your talks because of the school board decision. We believe this is unfortunate. If all of these things have been discussed it would be helpful for the community and alumni to know about it. You are in a challenging position as students since you can only do what you are allowed to do and we appreciate that. We would however like to let you know with respect and kindness that losing this logo and what it has stood for over the past several decades means a lot to us. At the very least we think:

Students who support our thinking there should be given an option to write in or vote for the existing logo. If we had been given the opportunity to visit with you this would have been voiced

 This might be easier to accept if you had received what we believe would have been a balanced presentation of all the data that exists. Like you we attended Conrad. It made such an impression on us we continue to honor and support the school in many different ways. Some day you will be alumni too. Once you become alumni you will look back at what made your experience great and what you carry into your lives as adults. For us, when we see the logo that now exists:

 We think of the Love and Honor that we learned.

 The family of alumni many of us still are and you are all becoming.

 The fact this school was made into a high school again because of the tremendous support of the alumni and community and the legacy that exists and you are continuing to build now. Thank you for the opportunity to share our thoughts with you. We are communicating this with you because we care as much as you and want to make sure we are heard by you. Thank you for your attention to this important matter,

SB#18 should only apply to high schools re: starting the school year after Labor Day!

Senate Bill 18

149th General Assembly (Present)

Bill Progress

Current Status:

Committee 1/24/17
What happens next?

Awaiting consideration in Committee

Bill Details

Introduced on:

1/24/17

Primary Sponsor:

Additional Sponsor(s):

Rep. Gray

Co-Sponsor(s):

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO REQUIRING THAT EACH SCHOOL YEAR BEGIN AFTER LABOR DAY.

Original Synopsis:

This Act requires public schools to begin their school year after Labor Day. There have been many economic impact reports done that show a positive impact from starting public schools after Labor Day. A report by the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association estimates that $369 million would be lost if schools were not required to start after Labor Day. This includes $104 million in wages and $21 million in state and local taxes. Maryland is considering similar legislation. A study of Maryland found that pushing the start of school back would generate $74.3 million in economic activity and $7.7 million in new state and local tax revenue.

Volume Chapter:

N/A

Fiscal Note/Fee Impact:

 

Effective Date:

Takes effect upon being signed into law

I see the merits of this legislation. However, it should only apply to high schools. How many elementary and middle school kids are of working age! Also, what about charter school self autonomy? Just saying folks!!