It’s been a couple weeks, but we are nearing the end in the Priority Schools FOIA Saga. In this edition, see how a state representative challenged the Delaware Department of Education and would not stop asking them essential questions that needed answers. Did the DOE satisfactorily answer the legislator’s questions? And what school in Delaware mistakenly received $500,000.00 in Federal government funding? Find out NOW:
Yes, State Rep. Kim Williams was one of the legislators who not only submitted FOIA requests to the DOE immediately after the announcement, but also pounded the DOE with question after question.
Was the Delaware DOE completely truthful with Rep. Williams? She asked the DOE how the schools were approved, and they informed her this was based on the ESEA requested/approved methodology. Which means the DOE created the very rubric to label the six schools. If you read the earlier parts in this, you can see whodunit and how!
And Moyer got $500,000 in partnership zone funds when they weren’t even legally a partnership zone school because they changed hands and were a “new” school. Did Moyer ever return those funds? And who was the Delaware DOE employee who is no longer employed with them? Talk about a colossal mistake!
While everyone is looking at House Bill 50 and other legislative matters, the Delaware Department of Education is just driving right past it without stopping to reassess themselves. For example, two MORE contract bids have been put out as RFP’s by the DOE. These are both for the upcoming school accountability initiative, the School Report Card.
and then there is this:
What is truly frightening is when these surveys will take place. If it is during the summer, before standardized test scores come in, that would be one thing. But if it is any time after, as in one to two months, that would be very bad. It would have to be at some point during the summer in my estimation, otherwise how can you really judge a product until it is finished?
I see severe danger with these “School Report Cards”. It will depend on what kind of questions are asked to the students, parents and teachers. If it is anything like recent surveys I’ve seen by the DOE, it will be dangerous because of the nature of the choices giving a best possible result.
If you really dig into these RFP’s, the DOE wants the vendor to make sure when someone puts the school and report card on a search engine like Google or Yahoo, it comes up on the first page of the search. They are very eager for the three stakeholders to take these surveys and for the public to see them. There is still some time to figure out what the DOE’s intentions are with these, but I don’t trust it. This is part of their ESEA waiver requirements, but I don’t trust any of the ESEA Flex Waivers…
The devil is in the details, and it will be very interesting to see who the contracted vendor on these two contracts will be…