This was sent to me anonymously via email just now. I have no doubt this is real as it matches exactly with information I was given a week ago from the Friends Of Christina group. Did Markell have a chat with Penny Schwinn to bump this up? Why would the DOE all of a sudden change everything? This is the evil tactics Schwinn and the DOE have been up to. They play games constantly. Don’t believe the spin the News Journal puts on this. They toyed with Christina and the only reason for this change is to put the screws to them.
From: WILLIAMS FREEMAN
Sent: Friday, December 26, 2014 2:20:46 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
To: CSD SchoolBoard; ZIMMERMAN FARA; RACCA KELLI; SILBER ROBERT; LEE JACQUELINE A
Subject: Fwd: Thank you for your submission
Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone
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From: Schwinn Penny
Date:12/26/2014 1:44 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: WILLIAMS FREEMAN
Subject: Thank you for your submission
Thank you for your recent submission of Priority School draft plans, the proposed MOU between the Department and the District, as well as the MOU between Christina School District and its collective bargaining agreement.
Please expect feedback to be returned to you within five (5) business days. For clarity, you should expect to receive feedback in the early afternoon of January 5th. (As a reminder, the State of Delaware granted 12/24, 12/25, 12/26, 1/1, and 1/2 as holidays/vacation days. The review days will therefore occur beginning at 12:30pm on 12/22 through 12:30pm on 1/5).
We recognize that the turnaround time for the District between 12:30pm on 1/5 to COB on 1/7 is likely too tight to be able to review, discuss, and implement the feedback that may be provided. As a result, the Department offers to do the following:
• Further extend the initial plan deadline to 1/9/15 COB
• The Department would conduct a review over five business days and provide the District with the plans status levels at that time
• If the plans are “substantially approvable,” the Department would provide additional feedback to the schools
• The Department would provide for a community engagement window to run through 1/21/15. This window would allow for a second opportunity for the community to provide feedback on the full plans and any revisions required
• The final version of the plans would be due to the Department on 1/21/15 by COB (5:00pm)
• The Department would review the final versions of the plans and provide a final announcement on or around 1/20/15.
We had also discussed the publication of manuals regarding “next steps.” Given the potentially extended timeline as well as our focus on reviewing your plans comprehensively over this condensed holiday season, we will also plan to publish the manuals shortly into the new year. We sincerely hope that this additional time, should you opt into accepting it, will allow for more community feedback in the month of January on the actual plans, should they be substantially approvable on January 9, 2015.
Thank you again for submitting drafts of your plans. We hope that the being able to provide feedback in advance of the final review will give the District every opportunity to solicit the feedback and make the revisions needed. Although the offers to meet in December were declined, the Department continues to offer the opportunity to meet to discuss the feedback and a list of the days and times available can be sent if CSD changes its mind and would like to meet to discuss any content regarding the Priority Schools.
Have a wonderful holiday and we look forward to connecting in the near future.
Chief Accountability and Performance Officer
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901-3639