Mike Matthews Excellent Interview on WDEL w/Al Mascitti

Ex Blogger Current Special Education and RCEA President Mike Matthews appeared on the WDEL Morning Show with Al Mascitti today to talk about the priority schools, the Delaware Department of Education, Race To The Top, and the 148th General Assembly.  This is a must-hear podcast!

 

*Thanks to blogger extraordinaire Teachezwell for updating me on the link!

 

Beyond the NCLB numbers game

Another blast from the past from the amazing Kilroy! His stuff is a treasure chest of info!

Duncan taps Broad Foundation agent Russlynn Ali

Ah, the echoes of the past, still with us today…

Very Cryptic Board Meeting At Academia Antonia Alonso Last Night

This has to be the funniest article I’ve seen Albright report on for the News Journal.  I talked to him after the State Board of Education meeting, and he said he was going to this “emergency” board meeting they were having.  We already know Peter Barry was given “extended leave” by the board.  Was this ultra-double-secret board meeting giving him more than an extended leave?

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/education/2015/01/15/charter-board-makes-secret-personnel-decision/21841415/

Kendall Massett’s been making the media rounds lately.  Someone has to be the spokesperson for the charters, and I guess she is it.  Channel 6 ABC News even jumped on the Family Foundations/Eastside thing.  I love how the State Board of Education Secretary of Education Mark Murphy and officials from the Delaware DOE declined an interview.  I’m sure they didn’t want to be asked the questions about how the state did nothing while FFA leaders used the school as their personal ATM machine!

http://6abc.com/news/troubled-charter-school-in-wilmington-to-stay-open/476852/

So How’s My Kid Doing?

Thank you to all who have sent their concerns and well wishes for my son.  I just wanted to give an update.  He is currently on homebound instruction for the foreseeable future due to the concussion he received from another child at his school the last day before Christmas break.

His MRI came back clean, but we are awaiting the results of a second impact test which shows if there is any problems arising from the concussion.  He is under a lot of physical limitations.  He wanted to ride his bike today, but he can’t.  He can’t be in a travelling car for more than half an hour.  Screen time is vastly reduced.  He’s not as tired as he was a couple weeks ago, but he has not gotten back to his normal sleep pattern.  His doctor recommended some physical therapy for the concussion, so we have that coming up as well.  He misses some of the kids at his school, and some of his teachers.

One punch.

That’s all it took to wreck his life.  One punch.

There is a lot about this situation I am unable to write about at this time.  But I did commit to making bullying a top priority for this year.  For those who have been following this blog from the beginning, you know when I start on a big topic, I tend to write a big article about it.  It’s coming.

In the meantime, I pray he gets better soon.  Many parents have said “Why doesn’t he fight back?”  Cause we’ve told him not to.  This is a child with disabilities.  Sure, there’s a part of me that wants to say go to town if he is assaulted, but the reasonable part of me knows what could happen.  Kids with disabilities that fight back don’t always have the best future.  Some of them wind up in residential treatment centers.  Possibly out of state.  And it’s not like our schools are always fair when a kid defends himself.  I wish he didn’t have to defend himself.  I wish kids would see him the way I do.  But you can’t always get what you want and all that.

I will defend him though.  Against the forces that are bigger than him, bigger than most of us.  I will fight the future.  I will fight those who say they want the best for our children while they fill their wallets with our  money.  I will fight those who sit behind the protection of the state but take advantage.  I won’t be a bully for my son, I will be a warrior for him.