The Board of Education for the Capital School District passed a resolution at their meeting tonight to allow parents to opt their children out of standardized testing. This is a major victory, not just for Capital, but the entire state. This is the shot heard round the world for education in this state. This is a district saying no to the DOE. This is a district saying parents have a choice in their child’s education. I wish I was there for it, but I am still very happy! I will update this as I get more information!
Just heard, it was a unanimous vote with all three of the attending board members. Two were missing, but I have a strong feeling it still would have passed had the other two been there. At the very least, a 4-1 vote. Awesome!
This blogger had to leave early. Sorry! My wife had a very delayed flight from New Orleans, and I brought my son to the board meeting. I gave my public comment about parent opt-out though. There was another one as well. It was second to last on the agenda, and I had to get my son home to bed. Parent first! I will definitely update this as soon as I know something. My wife might be home before the board meeting ends!
Kilroy, I know you’re speaking tonight at the Red Clay Consolidated School District Board meeting. I wish I could have been there to cheer you on, but I have my own quest at the Capital board meeting. I know you will say the things the DOE doesn’t want you to say, but you will do it anyways. That’s what makes you Kilroy, as well as awesome. You are the voice of Red Clay, as well as education in Delaware. Your voice does matter! We are all proud of you and everything you have written and exposed. You got me into this immensely crazy Delaware blogging world, and I thank you for that.
I’m sure anyone concerned with the priority schools will be reading Kilroy’s Delaware tonight. If you don’t read Kilroy’s, you really should. 9 out of 10 times Kilroy has the lowdown before the other bloggers in the state even get a sniff!
Both Capital School District and Red Clay Consolidated School District have board meetings tonight. One will discuss and vote on parent opt-out of standardized testing while the other will decide if they will accept a Memorandum of Understand to essentially allow the state of Delaware to take over three low-income schools with high populations of minorities and students with disabilities.
Delaware blogger Kilroy will be at Red Clay, and I will be at Capital. Both meetings could have huge ramifications for education in this state. If both go the way I am hoping it will send a clear message to Governor Jack Markell, Secretary of Education Mark Murphy and the Delaware DOE that local school districts will not allow the state to dictate there every move. Something that will be done with full transparency for all the public to hear.
This is our future if we do not stop this now. All schools will become charter schools. The public school system as we know it will gradually fade away. Teachers will become carbon copies of each other and will not be protected by unions. They will be paid less, have less college experience, and will follow online modules to teach our children. Every classroom and lesson will have the exact same plan every single day. Teachers will have to follow a required script. Our children will be taught not to question authority and will become brainwashed into obeying the will of their masters. These masters will be the 5% or less of the wealthiest in our society. The children of the reformers and corporate employees who profit from the most vulnerable of our country. Their children will attend private schools and will be educated without Common Core and standardized testing. They will have individuality and will one day rule the country.
The Special needs children will suffer the most in this dark future. They will be collected and warehoused into residential treatment centers, and made to be the outcasts of society. Discrimination strongly exists against these children now. It is a quiet, unassuming discrimination, but it is there all the same.
This is our crucial moment. We can allow this future to happen, or we can stop it now. Those with even a small bit of information have seen this future, but the vast majority of America needs to wake up, and they need to do it now. Our future is changing right before our very eyes. Freedom and democracy are morphing and changing, into a shape that is not good for our children.
I am asking both Capital and Red Clay to save our children, to push back against a reform movement existing to make money off the most precious minds of our society. As I will say tonight, backroom deals are made to profit those who smile in public and stab our children, teachers, and schools in the back. We need to stop this, before we wake up one day and realize it is too late.