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In January, the FBI announced that it wants to make every high school teacher, administrator and student in America a spy, and report to it, or local state police, suspicious words or activity by any teenager attending our schools.
I wonder what the profile would be for the likely type of student being re: terrorist, Charter school kids😉
Perhaps students should spy ob teachers ? Hey kids get those cell phone videos rolling!
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Not sure if Delaware Online will run this, but I submitted it this weekend. It is a DE Voice piece with 500 word limit.
Christina Referendum: This tax is an investment, not an expense.
500 words. Seems like a short way to communicate such a long story. Wednesday, our district will be seeking an operating tax referendum. I cannot overstate the importance of winning this tax increase. Our students, who come from all over New Castle County, like all students, deserve the very best. Of that, I am sure I would find very little resistance. Our district last passed a referendum in 2010 and in the 6 years since, many of our operational costs have risen: supplies, energy, and transportation: all outside of our classrooms. Our teachers have maintained their amazing professionalism despite no meaningful increases whatsoever. Our principals? The same. Our district administration: far fewer than in 2010. Supplies: a daily fight it seems. We have leaned out as the purchasing power of the monies from the 2010 referendum have diminished.
It has been a meaningful 6 years. Christina has been involved in a few scrapes with the state and has recently established a board policy supporting our parents in the arena of having control of statewide testing for their students while protecting our students from school closures and Education Management Organizations that the Delaware Department of Education was openly advocating for in 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2015.
On the other side of all the adult battles and state based concerns is the one constant that never changes: our students. They are the ones we seek to serve. We have plans to improve their experience with a successful referendum: school climate, academic programs, and innovative school choices will all receive an introduction of intellectual energy that will be married to what the community seeks in its schools. I am committed to ensure that all the promises of this successful referendum are faithfully executed. As an elected board member, I will hold the district publicly accountable in public settings for honoring the directions proposed in this referendum. Our students must not suffer another round of devastating cuts that we were forced to impose after losing our referendum attempts last year.
On that score: Christina owes you more: more choice, more achievement, more opportunities, more community, more value, more diversity, and most of all: more transparency across all of those domains. Christina students are amazing. Let’s show them how much we value them and their one shot at an education. Let’s demonstrate that we, as a community, understand that public education is a sacrosanct American institution, controlled locally by virtue of our Constitution’s fierce 10th Amendment. Let’s support that local responsibility with a local investment.
I promise to continue to deploy all available and necessary energy to protecting the institution of our local public schools, and with your help, improve them. This is not a plea to remind you of the possible ramifications of a Christina loss, this is a call to encourage you to do what those before you did FOR you: support our students.
Whew! Four hundred and eighty-seven words.
Here’s ten more: Please vote Yes on the Christina Referendum on March 23rd.
John M. Young
How can Christina move forward if many hold it back because of disastrous Wise administration? Yes there is politics in the mist of this however, extracurricular activities are at stake and path-forward for education programs.
Like I said before, I’ve went toe-to-toe and eye-to-eye with Bob A when he was super at Red Clay. The process that brought him as acting superintendent could be questioned. However, he is here and he has the skills to make a difference. One thing for sure is, the process for selecting the permanent super better be more transparent. You got a beef with him? Call him! You got a beef with school board get your ass to a board meeting and tell them! I’ll tell you one thing, I have more respect for people who can look me in the eye and state their position.
Honestly, what Christina has been due to the Wise administration, it like trying to raise the Titanic. What kind of fool would want to be skipper of this ship? The Wise administration sunk Christina deep and it took years to payoff bailout loans.
One the brightest spots in Christina is a board member named John Young who can hold feet to the fire and board member bold enough to stand alone and expose Governor Markell’s Wall Street education ponzi scheme. We need board member bold enough the question internal and external agendas. The danger is a school board all going in one direction via a political agenda seeded in their superintendent. John Young is a pit-bull and bless him for have the courage to stand up.
We’re coming down to the bewitching-hour re: referendum! It’s no joke about the possibility of more program cuts like sports and other extracurricular activities and don’t kid yourself, failed referendum = more educational programming cut.
Do we need more kids on the streets whereas they would be better of engaged in extracurricular activities? Do we want more dropouts and students held back a grade? Well that’s what we’ll get with another failed referendum!
Positive changes have been made in Christina and we need not beat children! I’ll be the first to say, here with go with its for the kids referendum campaign battle cry! And I love the one, just a cup of coffee a day! Yea we know 82 teachers might be hired back if the referendum passes! Well isn’t that what we need, more teachers and smaller class-sizes?
So vote yes to keep kids off the street by ensuring sports programs aren’t lost and vote yes for more teachers and better leadership vision.
Legislation would offer paid leave to state workers following childbirth or adaption
Nothing personal against state worker whom are value assets to the community but if we’re all one community such a law should apply to all. State workers pay less for healthcare , have pension and get healthcare after retirement. Whereas, many workers in the private sector pay out the ass for healthcare, have no pension, get no healthcare after retirement and have no pension. Such a law should be for all
A bill in the state Legislature would give full-time state workers employed for at least one year 12 weeks of paid leave upon the birth or adoption of a child under 6 years old. This law would not apply to private sector workers, but would help teachers like Lori.
Wow News Journal you went from legislation would offer paid leave to state worker following childbirth or adaption ( I think NJ meant adoption) to state legislature would give full-time state workers paid leave. What about part-time state workers?
When Mr & Mrs Kilroy “planned” the birth of baby Kilroy they started saving money so that Mrs. Kilroy could take an unpaid 6 weeks off. Mr. Kilroy worked a full-time job up to 60 hours a week an a part-time job about 30 hours a week. Mr. Kilroy work both full time and part part for seven year and there was a time Kilroy attended college at night. State works which include teachers are again valued assets! However, what gives them the right to have such luxuries over those footing the bill?
The 12 weeks would expire one year after birth or adoption. If both parents are state workers, they’d each be eligible for 12 weeks.
Employees would still be able to use accrued sick leave on top of those weeks.
“It’s time for Delaware to lead on leave,” said Rep. Debra Heffernan, D-Edgemoor, the prime sponsor of the legislation.
Wow!!!!!!!!! So if mom and dad are state workers they both can take off 12 weeks at the same time and get paid! Come on Hef ! Tell the Mrs. this is insane.
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have expressed a desire to reform paid family leave in the United States and President Barack Obama’s 2016 budget includes more than $2 billion in new funds to encourage states to create paid leave plans.
2 billion dollars to encourage states to create paid leave plans. Sound like the Race to The Top scam! The feds won’t dictate but will $$$ encourage ! Looks like Hillary and Sanders support all the $$ bells and whistles for fed and state works while fucking the common Joe.
Personally I feel there is room for compromise! If a child is born healthy with no serious medical condition I don’t support this legislation. HOWEVER , if a child is born with a medical condition requiring intensive care, damn right I support it.
For those of you who want to come in here an rip me because I question this law, I’ll asked why are you defending “full-time” state worker and no all employees state and private workers? I think it is a disgrace legislatures sees full time state workers as those who are entitled to such benefit.
That’s how State Rep. Kim Williams (D-Newport) described the last two Delaware State Board of Education meetings, which were more crowded than usual due to scheduled votes on the controversial Wilmington Education Improvement Commission’s plan.
“She’s entitled to her opinion, of course,” said Donna Johnson, Executive Director of the Delaware State Board of Education. “In terms of chaos, I don’t believe that our board has acted–in any way–that has been chaotic.”
What a dipstick! The board is handpicked by the governor and state board members are his puppets
Johnson argued the board’s public comment policy is very clear.
“We take public comment on any item at any time except for items in which the board is lawfully required to vote on an established record,” she explained.
Except items the board is to vote on! The public should have the right to speak prior to any vote! WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? I get it! Maybe Markell is afraid a public comment making sense might snap a board member out of the Markell hypnosis !
Williams noted otherwise.
“They were going behind closed doors; they were taking a break in the middle of all of this discussion and going into the backroom, and the public didn’t have access–we don’t know what was discussed,” alleged Williams.
Johnson fired back.
“We are allowed to take breaks during a meeting,” she said. “If a member of the board consults their attorney for legal advice on some procedure– that might be something that was done.
BULLSHIT ! They take break because they can’t look the public in the eye!