Just announced by the individual running the Change.org petition: Dr. Thomas Fleetwood of the Charter School of Wilmington was given a new contract as of 1pm today. After allegations surfaced that school leader Sam Paoli would not renew Fleetwood’s contract because the teacher called Paoli out on his bullying and intimidation, it appears Paoli doesn’t have total control after all.
This has probably been a rough couple weeks for Paoli getting called out on all this stuff. But the results of this probably aren’t leaving the best impression with the Board of Directors. Will they make a change?
The Delaware Department of Education hates parent opt-out. They can’t do anything about it. They know this, yet they continually attempt to greatly exaggerate even the tiniest detail, blow it up, and then add layers to it. Exceptional Delaware was able to get its hands on the actual document the DOE has been sending their “stakeholders” lately in regards to parent opt-out and House Bill 50. What is very telling is the document doesn’t even have the DOE letterhead on it. This is a Department that never misses a chance to spread their name, but on this document, it is oddly missing. Notice how close some of the wording is to the recent Dover Post article on parent opt-out with Secretary of Education Mark Murphy’s editorial.
You can see it in bold print: “There is an alternative- Senate Joint Resolution #2 has been introduced- looking at testing.” Now if anyone doubts the validity of this document coming from the DOE since it doesn’t have their name on it, I would be more than happy to email it to you. When you are in the PDF, and you click on file, go down to properties, and it shows you the author “Young Shana”. Otherwise known as DOE employee Shana Young. This was written by Young on May 22nd. Now some of this may seem familiar. That’s because we have heard it from the DOE numerous times. What wasn’t included in this document was extra wording talking about the General Assembly not having “formal authority” over the assessment inventory with Senate Joint Resolution #2.
What I would like to know is who the DOE is sending these out to. I put in a FOIA request for any emails from Shana Young from May 14th and May 15th to any superintendents in Delaware. Because I know Miss Young knew about Senate Joint Resolution #2 at least five days before it was even introduced, and that would mean this information could have only come from the sponsors of the bill: either Earl Jaques or David Sokola. I emailed Senator Sokola on Tuesday for more information on this mystery but he hasn’t responded at all. I did get the FOIA going with the DOE, but I guess I’m not important enough for Senator Sokola. But I’m sure if it was the DOE emailing him, he would come running.
This is the email I sent to Senator Sokola:
Harris.McDowell@state.de.us MargaretRose.Henry@state.de.us email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Ernesto.Lopez@state.de.us Patricia.Blevins@state.de.us David.Sokola@state.de.us Karen.Peterson@state.de.us firstname.lastname@example.org Bryan.Townsend@state.de.us Nicole.Poore@state.de.us David.McBride@state.de.us email@example.com Dave.Lawson@state.de.us firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Brian.Pettyjohn@state.de.us Gerald.Hocker@state.de.us Bryant.Richardson@state.de.us Charles.Potter@state.de.us StephanieT.Bolden@state.de.us email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Bryon.Short@state.de.us Quinton.Johnson@state.de.us Kevin.Hensley@state.de.us email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Deborah.Hudson@state.de.us email@example.com Peter.Schwartzkopf@state.de.us Valerie.Longhurst@state.de.us firstname.lastname@example.org Michael.Mulrooney@state.de.us email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Steve.Smyk@state.de.us Michael.Ramone@state.de.us email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Edward.Osienski@state.de.us email@example.com John.Viola@state.de.us Earl.Jaques@state.de.us firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Sean.Lynn@state.de.us email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Lyndon.Yearick@state.de.us David.L.Wilson@state.de.us Harvey.Kenton@state.de.us Ruth.BriggsKing@state.de.us Ronald.Gray@state.de.us Daniel.Short@state.de.us Timothy.Dukes@state.de.us Richard.G.Collins@state.de.us
In the final month of the 148th General Assembly before they take their six month recess, three new education bills are on the plate. These ones deal with school librarians, a clarification on a pending charter school audit bill, and new rules for voter eligibility in school board elections.
State Rep. Paul Baumbach wants to make sure no school librarians lose their jobs. I fully support this bill, but we also need them for art, music and other classes that all children used to enjoy but are on the cutting floor in many of our schools.
More from Kim Williams with Delaware charter school audits. This is good, but we are still waiting on results from at least three charters and their audits in the state auditor’s office.
I’m not sure how I feel about this bill. I’m going to have to digest this one.