This Thursday at 1pm, the monthly State Board of Education meeting is happening. This will be a BIG meeting! They are voting on the Delaware School Success Framework and the whole opt-out penalty thing. We already know Secretary Dr. Steven Godowsky is all about the harsh punishments, despite telling reporters a few weeks ago he didn’t think that was going to happen. Of course, he had an incentive to say that since he was going to have his Senate Confirmation a week later…but I digress…
This is all the agenda has for this portion of the meeting:
Presentation of the Delaware School Success Framework and other any revisions to the ESEA Flexibility request per the prior conditional approval from USED.
The State Board will hear and act upon the request from DOE for approval of the ESEA Flexibility Application revisions.
Aside from that, what else is on the agenda? We have the obligatory WEIC portion which has been going on the past couple months. But this is not a formal presentation, so we should not hear Dan Rich explain the whole thing for two hours again. But the State Board is going to discuss what they will need to make their decision:
The WEIC should create a record that the SBE can review, which includes:
- Minutes from the WEIC meetings and subcommittee meetings, which may be accessible through the WEIC website.
- Correspondence with WEIC from the public, including written and electronic comments from the public during the notice period. (November 17 – January 14) These should be posted publicly on the WEIC website and submitted as electronic pdf files to the Board for posting on the Board website.
- A record of the public hearings from which a verbatim transcript is prepared for presentation to the Board and posting on the Board website.
- Exhibits, documents and testimony presented at the public hearing. These should be submitted to the Board in pdf format in conjunction with the Hearing transcript.
- Any findings and summaries of the hearings prepared by the WEIC.
- Any proposals or reports developed by WEIC that address the actions established in SB 122 of the Board.
Public Comment in written or electronic form on the proposed plan received between 11/17/15 and 1/14/16 will be compiled and included in the official record for review and consideration by the SBE.
The public hearings where oral comment will be received will be held as described below. Each will be an hour and a half each and a verbatim transcript will be prepared of each hearing and included in the official record for review by the SBE.
- Monday, November 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Brandywine Public Hearing at P.S. duPont Middle School, 701 W. 34th Street, Wilmington, DE 19802.
- Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Colonial Public Hearing at William Penn High School, 713 E. Basin Rd, New Castle, DE 19720.
- Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Christina Public Hearing at Bayard Middle School, 200 S. duPont Street, Wilmington, DE 19805.
- Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Red Clay Public Hearing at Warner Elementary School, 801 W. 18th Street, Wilmington, DE 19802.
Which now gives us a January vote by the State Board of Education for the whole Christina/Red Clay Wilmington redistricting.
What else is on the agenda? The usual regulations (but not Regulation 103). I guess they have to get US DOE approval first or something like that. I can’t keep track of this stuff (I do, but it is not healthy for the mind). There will be an “Educators as Catalysts” presentation regarding STEM and Computer Science. DOE is doing a College Access Initiatives presentation. The Charter School Office will do their monthly update, where they will talk about Campus Community, MOT, and Providence Creek Academy coming to them in December for charter renewal. Maybe some talk about Delaware Met, but not too much. It may come out that Mapleton withdrew their major modification and they have to start over in the application process. I can’t picture any new disciplinary action against any other charters. We get to find out the winners of the School Bus Safety Contest, brought to you by the Charter School Transportation Slush Fund. Not really. It looks like DOE hired a few people but one person is leaving. No major announcements (I’m sure they are to the people who got hired). Some appeal with Brandywine. The State Board will go over the September 30th count numbers and the private school numbers and the other placements Delaware students might be in (prison, residential treatment centers, and so on).
If you plan on attending, just remember, due to the State Board’s lame regulations, you can’t give public comment about an action item on their agenda, which the Delaware School Success Framework is. I highly recommend going and telling the State Board about why you are opting your child out this year and what kind of reaction the school is giving parents. Let them hear it from you personally. I’m sure they are sick and tired of hearing from me. You can’t give public comment about Delaware Met or the charter renewals since they are under a “public comment period”. Which makes about as much sense as New Coke, right? We can’t taint the State Board of Education’s thoughts with actual thoughts and feelings on these kinds of matters! It’s not like they don’t already have their mind made up on most things cause Governor Markell holds the marionette strings, right?