The Red Clay Consolidated Board of Education had a special meeting tonight to discuss the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission and the redistricting of all Christina School District students into Red Clay. The biggest issue at this point is funding. The Board passed a resolution with a 4-1 vote to keep it going, but it was explicitly understood that if the funding is not available, it is dead. Superintendent Merv Daugherty said if the funding isn’t there by July 1st, 2016, Red Clay will not move forward.
I know many are cheering for this, but I say pull the plug now. With the budget and elections being the biggest issues in Delaware come January, the General Assembly will have a very hard time justifying the costs for this while making crucial cuts elsewhere. And there will be cuts without more revenue. And just wait until it becomes mainstream that the WEIC plan will most likely hinge on an increase in property assessments for the entire state. I don’t mind paying my fair share for schools, but when the anti-referendum crowd finds out, they will be incensed. If you thought the right and the left were at odds on some issues now, just wait until that topic becomes a part of social media. It will get ugly real fast!
I like Tony Allen and many folks on WEIC. I think their plans are based out of a concerted effort to do what they feel is the right thing for the students of Wilmington. But this is not the time, not with the monetary issues facing this state. For all the money all these education foundations and think tanks donate, have we heard any of them offering to pony up some cash? Hell no. Because it is a traditional school district thing. Bank of America is incorporated in Delaware. You would think they would have pride for not just charter schools but also our traditional schools. Where is their huge donation to all of this? They have a crucial player spearheading all this. Meanwhile, I am hearing more and more people accepting the Common Core but they still hate the Smarter Balanced Assessment. What many don’t realize is the two go hand in hand. The reason the test is so jacked up is because it is based on Common Core. But people are actually calling them “the standards” now. You can wrap a ribbon around crap, but it is still crap. Do not be lulled into acceptance folks.
Colonial backed out, and it looks like Brandywine may as well. Christina’s teachers have no assurances they will be able to keep their jobs if the redistricting goes through. Christina is going to be facing their own hefty financial issues by the end of this school year. Murders continue in Wilmington, and Dover is having its fair share of homicides as well. Drugs are rampant in this state. We have adults acting out against students, albeit rare, but it is happening. There is the elephant in the room called racism, and it exists in this state. It is real, and it is happening right now. By the time Delaware becomes a powder keg, Governor Jack Markell will exit stage left, leaving a legacy that future generations will come to hate him for. What will Rodel, the Delaware Department of Education, and the State Board of Education do without their leader once he is gone? The General Assembly is going to have their hands full, and I can guarantee you if they push the property assessment thing, the landscape of Legislative Hall will look very different come January 2017.