The Last Post of 2014 Will Be A Huge Part of 2015

New Years Eve.  The transition from one year to the next.  Like I said a week ago, this blog will be changing gears soon, and it will be going against the grain.  Some things need to be talked about, and there needs to be an honest conversation about it.  It exists, and it is seldom talked about anymore with all the other talk in Delaware about priority schools and corporate education reform.  I understand teachers are pissed off, and I am to.  I can’t stand what has happened to education in the past ten years.  But one thing gets me angrier than anything, and that’s this:

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This is an MRI scan from a boy with special needs.  He got hit in the head two days before Christmas on the last day of school.  This was his 8th physical assault this year.  That is 8 too many.  He got a concussion from the blow, and it’s considered moderate to severe.  He has had headaches and nightmares ever since.  He will be spending the month of January at home when the rest of his peers will be in school.  He will have homebound instruction with a tutor.

This child has an IEP, and he was approved for a one-on-one aide, but a permanent one has not been hired yet.  His IEP team was told on day one that he can say inappropriate things at times based on his disability, but it was his parents hope the social skills training in his IEP accommodations would help.  It would have helped this boy if that social skills training was given and not used as a punishment when he said something inappropriate to someone in his group.  Because of that, his social skills accommodation was taken away, and his parents weren’t even aware of this until weeks later.  He lost this accommodation for well over a month and much of the bullying and physical assaults against him took place during this time.

His school wants to say much of what is going on with him is behavior and not his neurobiological disability.  This has caused his parents to become very upset with the school on many occasions.  The boys parents feel they are not treated like peers, but as “guests” in this public school district.  The school has no problem in making my son take responsibility for his actions, but when it comes time for the school to do the same, things get very quiet.

There is so much more I can and may say about this boy.  His father understands the plight of teachers.  He understands the impact the Delaware DOE and Governor Markell, and all these bizarre shadow organizations have had on education.  He is against the current teacher effectiveness program.  He hates the priority school initiative.  But this father has to look out for the safety of his son, and when his son has to get an MRI because the doctor is worried about the results of an impact test from the concussion, this boy’s father has to start tackling the biggest problem in Delaware schools.  The problem that has been present for years in ALL Delaware schools.  The problem that all too often gets swept under the rug.  This boy has Tourette Syndrome, and he is my son.

 

Who Shot The Blogger, Round 1: The 32 Suspects and Polls

Okay readers!  You have to figure out who shot me tonight!  Like March Madness, there’s a bracket.  I’m keeping these polls up for a week, and then we are down to the Sweet 16.

*editors note: This is fan fiction, and is in no way meant to depict any of the “suspects” as dangerous violent criminals that go lurking around WaWa on New Years Eve looking to plug a blogger.  If any of these people have that in their past I have no knowledge whatsoever of that and I DON’T EVEN WANT TO KNOW!  When I tell people about my blog, the one consistent thing I hear is “You’re gonna get shot!”  So I thought I would make a joke of that.

The FOIA Divas: Alison May for the DOE and Danielle Blount for the Governor’s office.  Both have reason to hate me for all the damn FOIA requests I gave them!

 

The Charter Head of Schools.  From Providence Creek Academy, we have Audrey Erschen.  When that charter had some major security issues going on in October, I wrote A LOT about it.  From Family Foundations Academy, we have Sean Moore, the p-card fanatic!

 

The Senator vs. The Deputy Secretary.  Senator Greg Lavelle flip-flopped on his Smarter Balanced Assessment vote which helped the bill to pass after it failed the first time.  Blowman is the Deputy Secretary of Education.  Also runs the Charter School Accountability Committee, which I wrote MANY articles about this year.

 

The Proficiency Gainer vs. the ex charter school leader.  Noel Rodriguez ran the Academy of Dover but he “resigned”.  Nobody officially knows why, but I’m sure he and Sean Moore would get along really well!  Dale Brown is the principal of Booker T Washington.  I’m sure he didn’t like it when I pointed out all the flaws in how they “narrowed the gap” with their test scores!

 

The Charter Cheerleader vs. The House Rep Candidate.  Pencadermom is a Kilroy’s denizen who loves her some charter schools!  Went head to toe with me many times over there! Pete Kramer ran for the 29th District House Rep against Trey Paradee.  I publicly endorsed Paradee and said why.

 

The Ex Charter School Office Leader. *This poll has been closed and John Carwell advances to the next round!

*for reasons I won’t reveal, but I am very impressed right now!

 

The Smarter Balanced God vs. The Priority Cali Girl.  Brian Touchette is the director of assessments at the DOE. I’ve written many articles about all the problems with this horrible test.  Penny Schwinn is the California Charter transplant who runs the priority schools takeover for the six schools in Wilmington.

 

The Kilroy’s Delaware Pains In The Ass! Publius is the guy/girl everyone loves to hate over on Kilroys.  Another charter guy/girl who grates on everybody’s last nerve.  lastDEconservative just jumps in and insults as many people as he can and tends to side with Publius, Pencadermom and anyone who disagrees with the majority.

 

The US Education Guy vs. The Delaware Dictator.  Arne Duncan is the US Secretary of Education, and he loves Common Core, high-stakes testing, and screwing over public education.  Governor Jack Markell is the same, but he can be very duplicitous in his methods and bullys school districts.

 

The Delaware State Board of Education Members.  Pat Heffernan likes to talk…a lot…at state board of education meetings.  Some of the stuff that comes out is just bizarre, and he tends to tick off a lot of people.  Dr. Teri Quinn Gray is the president of the state board and she has helped guide Delaware education into the greedy hands of the corporate education reformers.

 

The Rodel Master vs. The Executive Director.  Paul Herdman is the puppet master behind all the corporate education reform in Delaware.  Refused my invitation to meet me at all the priority schools and Gateway.  Donna Johnson is executive director of the state board of education and she has had to deal with my public comments at different meetings she has been at.

 

The Ex x2 Head of School vs. The Behavior Coach.  Chuck Taylor ran Providence Creek Academy and “resigned”.  Served as temp Head of School at Campus Community and “resigned”.  Is a “consultant” at PCA and President of Del. Charter Schools Network governing board.  Janet Miller was the behavior coach at Campus Community for a year.  Both had actions which directly resulted in my story called “A Father’s Cry For His Son” over on Kilroy’s Delaware.

 

The Charter Lobbyist vs. The DAP Guy.  Kendall Massett hates me.  I wrote articles about her since I started this blog last June. I can’t think of one thing I like about that organization.  Vincent Winterling runs DAP in Delaware.  I wrote a few articles about the Interagency Collaborative Team that tends to send many special needs kids to residential treatment centers out of state including run he used to run.

 

The Secretary vs. The Former Assistant.  Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy is the Gilligan to Markell’s Skipper.  Seems to have a problem with social communication and pisses a lot of people off.  Ryan Fennerty is the latest golden boy I’ve written about.  Seems to be involved a lot with the priority schools, teacher compensation and whatever Markell wants him to do.

 

The Teacher Effectiveness Lord vs. The Special Education Lady.  Chris Ruszkowski runs the teacher effectiveness group at the DOE.  Public school district teachers loathe this guy for all his manipulations in screwing them over.  Mary Ann Mieczkowski is a sweetheart, but is very stubborn about changing things at the Exceptional Children Resources Group at the DOE.  I’ve called her out many times over the DOE failing to audit IEP denials.

 

The Newark Charter School commenter vs. The News Journal Jimmy Olsen.  Kilroy’s commenter Greg and I have battled over on Kilroy’s over the whole ACLU thing quite a few times.  I don’t like him and he doesn’t like me.  Matthew Albright is a really nice guy, but he writes whatever pleases Governor Markell with education.  I’ve called him out on this a few times.

 

 

 

Who Shot The Exceptional Delaware Blogger Part 2: The Suspects, You Decide!!!

*editors note: This is fan fiction, and is in no way meant to depict any of the “suspects” as dangerous violent criminals that go lurking around WaWa on New Years Eve looking to plug a blogger.  If any of these people have that in their past I have no knowledge whatsoever of that and I DON’T EVEN WANT TO KNOW!  When I tell people about my blog, the one consistent thing I hear is “You’re gonna get shot!”  So I thought I would make a joke of that.

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To read the first part about the murder of Jon’s Loving Father/Kevin Ohlandt/The Exceptional Delaware Blogger go here: https://exceptionaldelaware.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/who-shot-jons-loving-father-a-2014-year-in-review/

The reporter went back to the police station a few days later and he overheard the Investigating Officer talking to the Chief about the murder of the blogger at a WaWa in Dover on December 31st, 2014.

Chief: So what did you find out?  Do we have suspects?

Investigating Officer: Oh boy do we!  At first I had over 50 suspects, but I was able to narrow it down to 32.  These people were all in Dover that night.  Even the anonymous commenters from Kilroy’s Delaware.  I also found something very interesting from the deceased himself.

Chief: What the hell are you talking about Officer Scooby?

Investigating Officer: The blogger knew this was going to happen cause he was receiving death threats.  He was the one who provided the list of 32.  These are all people who had motive and a desire to see the deceased not writing anymore.  I was able to get into his blog when I looked at his last will and testament.  He gave the password to someone who was instructed to give it to the police in the event of his murder.  As well, he gave another person the identities of the anonymous.

Chief: This is getting more bizarre than that IDEA Awards show the Delaware Charter Schools Network puts on every year.  Which, by the way, is an insult to the actual IDEA law cause of the whole charter school enrollment preference thing.

Investigating Officer: Tell me about it!  Anyways, Ohlandt knew it would be one of the thirty-two, but he didn’t know which one.  He made a bracket, like the kind we have in that March Madness pool we have every year.

Chief: Don’t talk about that Officer Big Mouth.  That’s supposed to be a closely guarded secret, kind of like the methodology the DOE used for determining the priority schools up in Wilmington.  Do you have this bracket?

Investigating Officer: Yeah, and this is the weirdest part.  Ohlandt said his readers would be able to figure out the murder.  He gave brief descriptions of the suspects.  The readers would need to vote in rounds to figure it out.  Starting off with 16 rounds, then 8, then 4, and then the final 2.  After that, we have our guy or woman.  Ohlandt doesn’t want the person getting the death penalty.  He wants life in prison with no chance of parole.  Also, the murderer will have to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment AND that PARCC test every day until they get a perfect score.

Chief: Is there such thing as a perfect score on those tests?  The last I heard the idiots who made them don’t even know how to score the damn things.  But hey, if this guy could piss off all those people, he must have been doing something right.  We owe it to him to play this out his way.  Let’s do it!