More Christmas Gifts For The Enemies of Delaware Public Education Part 2 @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @RCEAPrez @Apl_Jax @nannyfat @ecpaige @Roof_O @DelawareBats #netde #eduDE #Delaware #edchat

More holiday surprises for those that vex the educators, students and parents of public school districts!

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This next one goes to a member of the Delaware State Board of Education.  Perhaps the most outspoken member of the board, but because of this, one of the most controversial.  The highlight of the year for him was his comments during their April meeting, or what I like to call, Charterpalooza!  Since you mentioned the huge charter influx being like anyone coming and applying and opening up a clown school, I thought I would give you your very own!

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For the other member of your board, who I won’t out, because he/she uses a different name when he/she comments on my blog, I will give the most favorite thing he/she likes at Christmas.  This one’s for you Dee!

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The next Christmas present recipient is someone anyone familiar with charter schools in Delaware should know.  She comes to state board meetings every single month, and she has a better attendance record at the DOE than some other members of the board.  With looks that can kill and a heart of stone (no, really, it’s a stone), she is the one and only (thank God), Kendall Massett!

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For the charter school diva of Delaware, I wanted to give her something very special.  I challenged her network last summer to discuss special education more.  Instead, I got banned from the Delaware Charter Schools Network’s Twitter account.  In fact, after my last post about Kendall, I can’t even view their Twitter feed.  Obviously, I’m not feeling the love from DCSN!  But I won’t give up, so Kendall, this one’s for you!

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It’s a handy-dandy guide to something called IDEA.  It helps students with disabilities to get special education.  I can tell you what is shameful to the spirit of this law, and that is naming your annual awards show after this law.  You see, there’s this little thing going on in Delaware regarding segregation and discrimination, against minorities AND special needs students.  The ACLU mentioned something about it recently.  And since your network is the cheerleader for charters in the state, I think you should change the name of your annual awards show.  But in the meantime, enjoy this other present I got for you.  I thought of you when I saw it!  Not only is it one of my favorite songs from 1990, but the title reminds me of something you wrote in the News Journal recently…

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More Christmas giving is coming from Exceptional Delaware!  Stay tuned…

 

Christmas Gifts For The Enemies Of Public Education Part 1 & A For Real Contest!!! @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @RCEAPrez @Apl_Jax @ecpaige @nannyfat @Roof_O #netde #eduDE #Delaware #edchat

“Christmas is a time for giving.  Then why do I feel like I’m getting ripped off?”  I said these words of wisdom to my parents in my misspent youth.  I was mad about my brother getting a drum set for Christmas.  I could have cared less about the drums, but he was getting a “big” present, while all I got was smaller things.  The times, they are a changin’, and I am definitely in a giving mood this year!

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She rode into town like a bat out of hell, and she has yet to prove us wrong of our initial impression.  She has insulted and denigrated professionals throughout the six priority schools and the students of Wilmington.  Ms. Penny Schwinn, these are our gifts for you this holiday season.

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A new bike for you to ride out of town with, but please don’t wait until you are her age.

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This is a good book, and it will help you to understand that some things are a necessary hurdle to overcome.

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Next on our list is a gentleman who definitely raised some eyebrows this year.  We weren’t sure what to get him.  We changed our mind about it, and went back and forth, and flipped on our initial decision.  Delaware Senator Greg Lavelle, you gave us a lot to think about it this year.  Or did you?  We can’t make up our mind.

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And….

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This next one is a contest.  This individual gets this very special gift, but my readers have to guess the following: 1) Who it is for, 2) Why they are receiving this very special gift, and 3) Who else was involved.  The answers are out there, but you will need to read about things.  I won’t say if it’s in the middle, the beginning, or the end.  I need the real thing here folks.  But for the sleuths in all of us, if you hunt, you will find.  But I wouldn’t make you do all this work for nothing.  The Grand Prize: the first to look at my FOIA from Governor Markell, which should be arriving very soon.  That’s right, you will get to see this before anyone else does.  But you have to win the contest first, so here’s the picture:

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There will be more gifts for our enemies all of this week. So stay tuned!

 

 

Secret video of Delaware Governor Jack Markell calling for moratorium on charter schools @arneduncan @washingtonpost #edude #netde @dedeptofed @destateboarded @usedgov @EducationOIG @huffingtonpost #neatoday @NSBAComm @NatlGovsAssoc

It will be very interesting to see if some his emails have the same sentiment. Your FOIA is due by Tuesday Jack. No excuses.

A Christmas Carol and President Obama

Replace Obama with Delaware Governor Markell, and NYC with Wilmington, and this is Delaware too. Excellent post Ken!

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Why did Charles Dickens write A Christmas Carol in 1843?

Dickens visited Field Lane Ragged School in London.

“Field Lane and similar schools left Dickens completely appalled. Like the treadmill (which was attached to nothing and served no purpose except to inflict physical pain and exhaustion) and the Poor Laws, they really were little more than an attempt to get… children off the streets. Anything resembling useful education or hope was barely visible at such schools. Dickens saw clearly that, under the guise of help, impoverished children were being written off as both unsaveable and undeserving, mere brutes who needed to be kept from sight of the middle class and turned into docile slaves of mills and factories. The concept that they were even children, or deserved… cheer of mind and body, seems to have eluded most people promoting these institutions.”¹

Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in a rage…

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