How to keep political borne educational programs funded using common core math.

As one who likes to “follow the money”, why is it the students never see it?



More cash is being funneled into programs that will be impossible to continue. Way to go, again, New York politicians.  The mayor of NYC has more plans for the poor. More of your “charity” is the last thing we need. How is this sustainable? Did you take a single economics course in college? Did you ever plan your own household finances?

More money pouring in when it is clear as day it will be impossible to maintain is reckless. This is the current educational trend. Pour bad money after bad. Say it is for the children. Justify it and those who trust and don’t research will believe. The poor suffer and look to you for help. Maybe you’ll even get a vote or two.

How is this money managed? Have you no financial advisers? Time and again you’ve misspent. Look at the horrendous race to the top funding. Gone. Common…

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Please Sign the iPetition for Delaware’s Priority Schools @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @RCEAPrez @Apl_Jax @ecpaige @nannyfat @Roof_O @Avi_WA @TNJ_malbright @CapeGazette @TheStateNews @DoverPost @DelawareOnline @DelawareBats @BadassTeachersA #netde #eduDE #Delaware #edchat

A group of like-minded individuals who are against the priority schools initiative has created an iPetition to give to Governor Markell, Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy and the Delaware Department of Education.  Please take a minute or two during the busy holiday season and make a difference!  The timing is crucial on this petition.

We need all bloggers and reporters on deck to re-blog this and re-tweet this whenever possible.  For parents, educators, and concerned citizens, if you do the petition, please be sure to share it on your Facebook to spread the word.  Email it to those who don’t have Facebook.  If you are using Twitter, please use the hashtag #prioritizethat when you post.  Thank you!

This is the wording from the website:

Let’s Make Priority Schools A Real PRIORITY

 We ask the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE), Secretary of Education Mark Murphy, and Governor Jack Markell to reconsider their stated plans and time frame for the six “priority schools” located in Wilmington. The time frame provided is insufficient for districts and the schools’ communities to develop thoughtful, serious plans for improvement. Instead, the short time frame sets these schools on a path towards closure, conversion to charter and/or privatization (as threatened)—which would result in city children losing their public schools.

The following items must be considered:

1. A comprehensive review of Christina’s Stubbs and Bancroft elementary schools, conducted by the University of Delaware and commissioned by DDOE, released a report in early December indicating that these schools are making significant progress in a range of categories under their current leadership. In fifteen areas, including School Leadership Decisions, Curriculum and Instruction, and Strategies for Students Who Are at Risk, both schools received the highest possible evaluation.

2. Given such positive evaluation by a highly respected and objective organization, the removal of principals from these schools, merely to comply with federal regulations governing turn-around plans, seems arbitrary, capricious and harmful. Firing respected principals and/or teachers without careful evaluation, in order to replace them with leaders unfamiliar with the students and their communities, is a serious disservice to the professionals and children concerned. Doing this would further destabilize high-needs schools that have already experienced significant turnover. A strong school depends on trust among teachers, administrators, parents and students; this must be rebuilt whenever new staff are brought in.

3. The amount of money allocated to the “priority schools” is not enough to reach the ambitious improvement goals set by DDOE. The insufficient additional funding all but guarantees that these schools will close, convert to charter and/or privatize after failing to achieve dramatic improvement with modest resources within a short timeframe. The likely result is that city children will lose public schools obligated to serve every child in their area—in contrast to charters, which demonstrably choose which students and families to accept and retain.

We request that the following changes be implemented in these schools:

1. Provide needs-based funding—additional dollars to adequately meet the needs of low-income, special education and non-English speaking students

2. Institute smaller class sizes for disadvantaged student populations

3. Offer wrap around social services in the priority schools, to address the many factors that adversely impact educational outcomes for their students.

All of us want what is best for the children attending priority schools. The current DDOE plan is not likely to help them and may, in fact, diminish educational opportunity for many.

How To Get Through The Holidays When Those You Love Are Gone

Over a year and a half ago, my mom died.  She had a long, drawn-out illness that had incapacitated her for a couple years prior to her passing.  It was hard to watch, and even harder to see her go.  I go through the seasons missing her all the time.  Some days are easy.  I’ll look up at the sky, and see the clouds, and smile.  Others, like around the holidays, can be very tough.

The sights and sounds of the holidays always remind me of her.  Even something as common as a Christmas tree, and I’m crying inside.  I know she wouldn’t want that for me, but I can’t help it.  She made Christmas so special for me and my brothers and it just became a part of the fabric of who I am.  She was a strong believer in family, and when she was younger as a full-time mom of four sons, she instilled that belief in us.

For the longest time after she died, I would talk to her all the time.  About anything, about problems, hopes, dreams.  About my son, my wife, friends, enemies, even God.  Sometime over the past year, that just stopped.  It wasn’t that it wasn’t healthy, or even crazy, I just stopped talking.  I’m not sure why, but I know lately I’ve been missing her a lot.  Last Christmas was okay.  But this one, it’s been hard to make it through the days without thinking about her a lot.

I know death is a part of life, but I don’t want life to be about death.  I’m not sure if that makes any sense.  There aren’t any easy answers about this kind of stuff.  What I do know is my son needs me.  He always has.  Someone commented recently how much he looks like his grandmother, and I never saw the connection.  But I see a lot of her in him.

I’m going to talk with Mom again.  I miss her a lot.  I wish she was here to celebrate the holidays with my family, but in a way she is.  In every Christmas light I see, every church, every song I hear on the way to work, and in the smiles and warmth I see in the eyes of those who love the holidays.

Merry Christmas Mom, I love you.