Wilmington Delaware has become a hell hole and the WPD are understaffed, under-equipped and unappreciated! The time has come to give them the tools to end the bloodbath!
“Delaware has always been a state of firsts, so it should be no surprise that theirs was both the first state plan submitted and the first approved under ESSA,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos seems to just love little old Delaware. Isn’t that just nifty! Most of our legislators and some folks I talked to at Delaware DOE couldn’t stand the thought of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, but now they are using her for sound bites. How pathetic we have become in Delaware. Our leadership has become a bunch of kiss-asses, hell-bent on sucking up to Betsy DeVos of all people. Below is the Delaware DOE’s press release for their next “first” status.
Delaware receives final approval on ESSA state plan
Delaware has received final approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for its Every Student Succeeds…
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PETITION: 100,000 Signatures to Force Congress to Use Obamacare! Conservative Fighters
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Obamacare is a massive failure.
It’s not only killing the economy, it has also obliterated the American middle-class.
How fair is it that hardworking, middle-class Americans are now shouldered with the burden of paying for everyone who either can’t afford insurance or refuses to get off their lazy butts to work for it?
Furthermore, how fair is it that the idiots who created, passed, and now REFUSE to REPEAL this horrific law, have exempted themselves from using the crappy health care system?
It’s not fair.
If we’re expected to live with this garbage, they should be too.
Please sign the new petition, demanding Congress be forced to use Obamacare.
Make sure you share the petition, so we can get the White House to address this matter.
I purchase a home on the backside of Rehoboth Bay back in February 2016, a 35 year wedding anniversary gift to my wife. We’ve been doing some remodeling and we’re still in the process. Its been an insane year and a half bouncing back and forth. House is sold and settled in New Castle County. Few things left to do here such as upgrading HVAC. Heat part is done and AC is being done in two weeks. Then there is the outdoor living space and some bathroom remodeling. However, living here makes that process less stressful.
I am fortunate enough to work from home and my work space looks like a command center! I work in logistics. I thought about retiring but I’d go insane! You can only fish, crab and kickback all you want but I need brain food! LOL 🙂
My blogging will be a broader blend between education issues, politics, local and world events AND life in slower Delaware. You’ll notice my blog name has been modified to Kilroy’s Slower Delaware. If you have Kilroy’s Delaware on a shortcut link you need to do nothing. I breached your firewall and made the changes for you! LOL 🙂 not ! All is good and you link to Kilroy’s is the same.
So stay tune for more blog posts.
Don’t divide Delaware over charter schools: Delaware Voices Daniel Walker, Erica Dorsett and Cyntiche Deba
“The whole charter movement and NSA [Neighborhood Schools Act] in Delaware is because certain folks don’t want their kids going to school with the kids of other certain folks. Period.
It’s been a long and slow 20 years, but the deeper we go, the more we learn the “choice and charter” movement across the country is really about racism and classism.””
Such remarks are not completely a surprise coming from Mike Matthews, a regular critic of public charter schools who called for their moratorium. But Matthews’ racially charged and “us vs. them” rhetoric is particularly problematic coming from someone who claims to speak for Delaware’s more than 10,000 educators.
Perhaps Matthews is taking his cues from national teachers’ union leaders. American Federation of Teachers leader Randi Weingarten recently called efforts to promote school choice “polite cousins of segregation.” But if we are going to create an excellent education system, it is not going to come about by adopting the “war of all against all” ways of Washington, D.C.
When leaders attack and promulgate myths about Delaware’s public charter schools, they alienate and disparage the families (including those of many educators Matthews represents) of the more than 14,000 current students (and the many alums of these schools) who exercised their ability to seek other options for their children. These leaders also ignore what the public charter movement in Delaware is really about.
It is about innovation: Public charters were designed to be flexible, innovative, free from non-essential regulatory and contractual limitations, and responsive to the needs of the communities they serve. With such flexibility, a group of Delaware public charters was able to create a teacher performance appraisal process that was better tailored to educators’ needs and Delaware Design Lab High School became one of 10 organizations across the country to win a $10 million XQ Prize.
Ultimately, contrary to Mike Matthews’ claims, the charter school movement is not about racism and classism; it is about students.
It is clear that public charter schools are not without problems, and education leaders like Matthews are quick to spotlight examples that further divide us. But a fair observer would also recognize the longstanding issues in traditional public schools: from a decades-long track record of poorly educating certain groups of students, to highly-segregated schools, to a curriculum and teaching profession that lacks racial and ethnic diversity, to the lack of career and college readiness of high school graduates.
If that is our goal, we can start by recognizing that families and students do not care about inane debates pitting public charters against traditional public schools. They do not want more division. They want great schools. Period.
Delaware student test scores released; no major gains, losses Jessica Bies, The News Journal
For some school districts, reaching that bar has been difficult, however. Gov. John Carney said in a statement that he thought true progress was being made in education and there are bright spots in the data where some schools have made notable gains.
“But the difficult truth remains that too many of our students in the City of Wilmington — our largest city and the economic and cultural engine of our state — are being left behind,” he said. “That is something that we cannot allow to continue. We must do more to help our most disadvantaged students — those affected by poverty, stress, and trauma.”
SAT scores also stagnant
High school juniors in Delaware take the SATs, which are also used to measure proficiency in English language arts and math.
In English, 53 percent of students were proficient, which is the same as last year. In math, 29 percent were proficient, compared with 31 percent last year.
Though at least 95 percent of students are supposed to take the SAT, many schools did not meet that benchmark.
And here we have the end result ! Continual FAILURE!
Column: Carney’s more lip service to Wilmington kids John M. Young /News Journal
Gov. John Carney vetoed HS 1 for HB 85, and with that continued a proud Delaware gubernatorial tradition of paying lip service to our precious Wilmington students in dire need.
Students who have significant challenges and obstacles like violence and poverty. Students who are most in need of significant support just to obtain an equitable opportunity to succeed in school.
So, what was HS1 for HB 85? It was a bill that passed in the recently concluded 1st session of the 149th General Assembly sponsored by Kim Williams, one of the most education-savvy members of the General Assembly. It passed both the House and Senate with over two-thirds majorities in both houses.
Another view: Carney should fight for real change in schools
At issue in this bill was an attempt to remove a specious preference baked into the 1995 charter law that permits charter schools to select a 5-mile radius as an enrollment preference, ostensibly to create a “neighborhood” feel.
Fast forward more than two decades, and the reality of how the preference rule actually functions in schools that utilize it is schools that do not reflect their communities, either racially or socio-economically. It has created enclaves of inequity. Rep. Kim Williams knows this, and she acted.
Sen. Dave Sokola knows this too. He also acted. He acted to preserve one of these pernicious enclaves by making a special exception for non-contiguous school districts to not be included in the dissolution of the 5-mile radius. The great compromise was struck and the bill passed — until it didn’t.
With the stroke of his veto pen, Gov. Carney indicated that the compromise, while well intended, “unfairly excludes some of our most vulnerable students. It does not simply remove the five-mile radius preference. The legislation creates a new standard that uniquely limits options for at-risk students in the Christina School District portion of the city of Wilmington – many of the kids who need our help the most – and that is something I cannot support.”
Just one problem: his veto did the same thing.
It left the students he used to justify his veto in the exact same spot they would be in if he signed the bill — and back we all go on the Delaware buck-passing merry-go-round of gubernatorial and legislative incompetence.
We have a standing commission (The Wilmington Education Improvement Commission) that has offered actual solutions and ideas on how to help children in Wilmington and for that matter all of Delaware. I’m not even prepared to say those ideas are perfect, but you know what they are: ideas from people who care, ideas from people close to education, and ideas from people who aren’t using our children as political talking points.
Enough blaming. Enough of legislative “leadership.” Stop using Christina Schools’ unique geography as your insidious excuse to not fix a problem you simply can’t claim to not see.
Next time you want to veto a bill and use our district as your foil, try and resist that urge and put your energy into leading Delaware towards a robust system of charters and traditional public schools that reflect their communities and provide adequate resources for all students. Hopefully, it is obvious the State Board of Education has failed in this primary mission.
So, here’s a hint: start with a robust structural and complete overhaul of school funding, not the traveling snake oil salesman routine we seem to get annually from the occupant du jour in Woodburn or the uninspired, seemingly routine inaction of our General Assembly. Everything else that needs to be fixed needs this predicate action.
Authentic leadership centered on children: let’s give that a try in the second half of the 149th General Assembly.
John Young is a school board member in the Christina School District.
Two companies grow from Fisker’s ashes Karl Baker, The News Journal