The Brandywine School District in Delaware will face their 2nd referendum attempt this year on May 17th. Frequently in Delaware, referenda in Delaware has supporters and non-supporters. I posted a video earlier today from Brandywine parent Pat Wahl. The below document refers to a Brandywine employee who emailed the entire district last weekend with what the district claims is inaccurate information. Brandywine responded to the email with a document defending some of the allegations. While Mr. Wahl did make some similar claims in his video, what was addressed in this document was in direct response to the email sent from the district employee. I have not seen the original email. Nor have I seen an official response to Mr. Wahl’s video at this point. I imagine it would be a long response since that video clocks in at over 23 minutes!
In the latest press release by U.S. Representative John Kline, the Minnesota Republican who also chairs the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Kline tore into US Secretary of Education John King over “guidance” released by the US DOE. The guidance states
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2016
CONTACT: Press Office
Kline Statement on New Education Department Guidance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) today issued the following statement in response to new Title IX guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice:
These are deeply personal issues that should be discussed and decided openly, where all Americans have an opportunity to express their views and have their voices heard. Unfortunately, once again, the administration is suppressing an important national discussion that belongs to the people. This latest edict disregards the will and concerns of millions of students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and religious leaders. The secretary has the audacity to say this will promote an environment free of fear and discrimination, but what about the students, parents, and families who don’t share the president’s personal views? Let’s be clear about what this is: another unilateral decree imposed on our nation’s schools, colleges, and universities by a lawless administration. The secretary has no business—and certainly no legal authority—denying low-income students the financial support they deserve because their school or institution doesn’t bend to the president’s personal agenda.
So what was the issue surrounding this? A letter went out today from the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the US DOE: Dear Colleague Letter 5/13/16
What is your take? Agree? Disagree?
A few weeks before the violent assault at Howard High School of Technology, a group of Howard students jumped and beat up a student at Freire Charter School, in the mid-town Brandywine section of Wilmington. How come we haven’t heard about this? Because even though the Wilmington Police Department wants to act, they can’t. Apparently there is a memorandum of understanding between Howard High School of Technology and the Wilmington Police Department. There is a video of the incident but Howard refuses to name the students from their school. And they don’t have to because of the agreement with Wilmington P.D.
I searched high and low for this agreement, and the only reference to it came from the New Castle County Vo-Tech District’s Student Handbook:
While I doubt this is the real Memorandum of Agreement with Wilmington Police Department, I am hard pressed to find any justification for Howard’s administration to withhold the names of their students that assaulted another school’s student off their premises.
So what exactly is going on with this school and why is the district downplaying everything? They say their school is safe, but the things coming out indicate otherwise. As well, Howard’s school psychologist resigned February 5th of this year according to their February board minutes:
While it is not known if Howard hired a new psychologist since they haven’t updated their board minutes since, Randolph is still listed on the Staff Directory of Howard’s website. The school has a Principal, three Assistant Principals, and three Guidance Counselors.
I have to know: What kind of world are we living in when the police can’t act because a school is protecting students? Something is seriously wrong with this school and I am afraid more students are going to get hurt. What happened to Amy Francis-Joyner was an unspeakable tragedy, but no one else is tackling the problems with the administration at this school. How many more students will be hurt or even die before this district wakes the hell up?
You would think their Board of Education would say something, but they have not issued any press releases or talked to anyone publicly about what happened and continues to happen at Howard. Like the Delaware State Board of Education, vocational district boards in Delaware are appointed by the Governor of Delaware. That’s right. They were appointed by Governor Markell. And our Delaware Secretary of Education… where does he come from? New Castle County Vo-Tech.
I saw a segment on Channel 6 ABC News from Wednesday about the charges filed against the three students involved in Amy’s murder. They interviewed a student who said he is not allowed to talk about it. Excuse me? I knew the district put a gag order on the teachers but now they are doing it with students. So the next time I see Superintendent Dr. Vicki Gehrt at Legislative Hall or some education meeting and she wants to give me one of her indignant looks, know that she is withholding vital information about the safety of one of her schools. You can look like the wounded party, but your school is out of control and you damn well know it. You can choose to ignore the situation and risk the safety of more students or you can actually do something about it. Or the board can replace her. Either way, students’ lives are far more important than the illusion this district is casting.
Just this past Monday, Howard Principal Stanley Spoor rather arrogantly told students and the press to not believe everything you hear and say on social media. Well Mr. Spoor, maybe when the school and the district starts owning up to what is REALLY going on there, then you can start preaching from your pedestal. Until then, please keep your students safe and make sure there is adequate coverage in your school to watch students.
Patrick Wahl has upped his video series from tackling the lawsuit he has against the Brandywine School District to attacking their referendum in his latest video. Whether you agree with him or not, you can definitely say he has done his research!
You run for the local school board and you miss stuff like this! Wow!
In West Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground was where I spent most of my days…
Yes, in the KIPP tradition, Dr. Lamont Browne has chosen his successor from his charter school roots, the Philadelphia KIPP charter school network. Welcome to Delaware Aaron Bass! You have some medium sized shoes to fill.