The Complete 2015 Delaware School Board Candidate List

If it’s March in Delaware, it must be school board filing season.  The hottest race appears to be Appoquinimink with eight candidates filing for one seat.  Indian River looks to have a lot of activity.  I predict Capital will be a very big election, as well as Red Clay.  Christina gets another George Evans term, marking the 5 billionth year he has served on the board.  There is only one election where nobody filed.  If a name is in italics, that means they can save their money and not worry about putting up any signs, cause they have it in the bag, unless nobody votes for them.

NEW CASTLE COUNTY

Appoquinimink: “At Large”, expires 2020- Michelle Wall, Tara Greathouse, Debbie Harrington, Ryan Scott, Mark Heck, Joanne Christian, Dainelle Hampton-Morton, William Weller

Brandywine: “District B”-  expires 2020- Arthur Kirksey, Kristen Pidgeon, John Pierson

“District E”-  expires 2020- Karen Gordon, Diana Hornung-Hamsby

Christina: “District A”-  expires 2020- George Evans

Colonial: “District B”- expires 2020- Ronald Pierce, Margaret Lucille Kennedy

“District D”, expires 2020- Nobody Filed

Red Clay Consolidated: “District B”, expires 2020- Caleb Brokaw (withdrew), Martin Wilson Sr., Alfred Lance Jr.

“District D”, expires 2020- Catherine Thompson

KENT COUNTY

Caesar Rodney: “At Large”, expires 2020- William Bush III, Kevin Birney

Capital: “At Large”, expires 2020- Sharese Paylor, Ralph Taylor, Peter Servon

Lake Forest: “At Large”, expires 2016- Earle Dempsey, Elizabeth Brode

“At Large”, expires 2018- Austin Auen, Andrea Miller

“At Large”, expires 2020- James Rau

Milford: “At Large”, expires 2020- Kent DelRossi, Ronald Evans Jr., K. Yvette Dennehy

Smyrna: “At Large”, expires 2020- Christine Malec

SUSSEX COUNTY

Cape Henlopen: “At Large”, expires 2020- Roni Posner, Carl Smink, Jose Saez

“Area B”, expires 2020-  Jason Bradley, Gary Wray

Delmar: “At Large”, expires 2020- Becky Neubert, Raymond Vincent Jr.

Indian River: “District 1”, expires 2020- James Hudson, Miguel Pirez-Fabar, James Fritz

“District 2”, expires 2020- Shaun Fink

“District 4”, expires 2020- Judith Teoli, Mary Langan, Gregory Goldman, Charles Bireley, Lloyd Elling

Laurel: “At Large”, expires 2020- Brent Nichols, Kimberly Trivits, John Bowden

Seaford: “At Large”, expires 2020- Jeffrey Benson

Woodbridge: “At Large”, expires 2020- Walter Gilefski, Bernard Carr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council Needs YOUR Help!

If you are an adult with disabilities, or a family member of a child with disabilities, or a caretaker for a person with disabilities, please take part in this online survey to hopefully get better services for our citizens with disabilities in the State of Delaware!  It takes about 5-10 minutes depending on your answers.  This survey is only open until March 9th, this coming Monday.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/dmmasurvey

Thank you to the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens for bringing this to my attention!

Congratulations To Delaware State Rep. Kim Williams!

Delaware State Representative Kim Williams continues to astound me during the 148th General Assembly, and we aren’t even two months into it!  She has introduced several education bills, is the Vice Chair of the House Education Committee, and she is very active in education.  This is just another reason why Kim is awesome!  This was taken from the Delaware House Democrats email called Legislative Insider:

Rep. Williams to serve on disabilities panel

Rep. Kim Williams has been appointed to the Community Advisory Council of the University of Delaware’s Center for Disabilities Studies. The CAC is composed of individuals with developmental disabilities and related disabilities; family members of individuals with developmental disabilities; representatives from disability-related training, service, and advocacy organizations; representatives from state agencies; and other disabilities advocates.

Rep. Williams has been active in education for 25 years as a parent, local PTA leader, Red Clay Consolidated School District Board of Education vice president and currently vice-chair of the House Education Committee. She also serves on the Delaware Healthy Mother and Infant Consortium, and is a member of legislative Kids Caucus.

“I’m truly honored and excited to be part of the Community Advisory Council,” Rep. Williams said. “Disabilities studies is something I am passionate about, and I look forward to working as part of the council to improve the lives of Delawareans with disabilities.”​

Steven Rasmussen: The SBAC Common Core Tests in Math Are So Flawed They Should Not Be Used

Delaware parents: This is the test your children start next week. Please read this. When the experts say this test is bad, you need to listen! Please opt your child out today. Whether they are really smart, bad at taking tests, special needs, or just an average student. Even if they are a horrible student. Email the principal, superintendent and board members of your child’s school, print a copy, bring it to school on Monday, and sleep easily the next few months knowing your child is not taking this test.

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Steven Rasmussen is a mathematics educator and co-founder of Key Curriculum Press. He studied the mathematics tests of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and concluded that the tests are so flawed that they should not be used.

He has written a report, analyzing sample questions, which can be found here, by opening a pdf file. 

This is his summary:

This spring, tests developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will be administered to well over 10 million students in 17 states to determine their proficiency on the Common Core Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). This in-depth analysis of sample mathematics test questions posted online by Smarter Balanced reveals that, question after question, the tests (1) violate the standards they are supposed to assess, (2) cannot be adequately answered by students with the technology they are required to use, (3) use confusing and hard-to-use interfaces, or (4) are to be graded in…

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Principal refuses to release child from the school to the mother until police demand.

If any principal, superintendent or DOE employee did this in Delaware there would be a massive public outcry against them so loud you could hear it from the top of the state all the way to the bottom. Message to Delaware schools when the “little test” starts next week….Don’t you dare!

Reclaim Reform

No parent should have to call the police on the principal who will not release her opt-out child from the building to the mother. No parent should suffer that. No child should endure that.

All parents and children of any race or races have hard earned rights as Americans. No school principal or board of education or superintendent or state education commissioner can deny those rights just because a child has entered a school building.

Susan Mulchrone

Susan Mulchrone, principal of the Brookshire Elementary School in affluent Winter Park, FL, should be slapped with Civil Rights Complaints. She blatantly broke the law.

Emailing parents about “not allowing” parents to take their children out of the building does not release her from the law.

Why wasn’t the principal arrested? Why wasn’t she fired?

Reported by the Orlando Sentinel:

A parent of a fifth grader at Brookshire Elementary School in Winter Park was…

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Greed/Power are the Main Motivators

Wow! Whoever this new Delaware blogger is, they are going full throttle without looking back! Thank you!

Wow!! 18 Million Page Views!

Congratulations Diane! You are the light that shines for all of us fighting this fight! Diane sums up everything here, and why I do what I do. While the biggest fight right now is over parent opt out in Delaware, there are still mountains to climb.

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Overnight, the blog reached 18 million page views. The last time it hit the million mark was January 28, when it hit 17 million. I had no idea when I started blogging on April 26, 2012, that this would happen.

My goal since the blog started was to let others know that what was happening in their state and district was not an isolated phenomenon. I wanted you to know that if you don’t like the status quo in education today, you are not alone. If you don’t like the attacks on teachers, you are not alone. If you are alarmed by the way testing has become the main focus of schooling, you are not alone.

The movement to turn public education over to private management and entrepreneurs is national, not local. The movement to take away due process and collective bargaining rights for teachers is national, not local. The…

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