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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

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  1. People who work in public education spend all their time working with kids to better those lives for their future… People who work in charters, spend all their working time to better their own careers so they might better their OWN lives, for their future. There is a huge difference in the focus between the two.. One is centered on helping the kids; the other’s prime responsibility is upon helping themselves…

    Probably it is natural selection that helps staff the DOE from charter ranks than public… When a call comes into a public teachers’ world, they respond with “I’ll get back to you when I’m done with my kids”. When a call comes into a charter administrator, it is: “you all will have to hold while I take this important call”.

    We need more Public School types in the DOE; we need less charter associated “professional” butt lickers.

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          1. Not sure… He sets the priorities for the teaching and learning branch of DDOE. So this position influences what programs, activities, and work gets done with regards to teaching and learning in Delaware at the state level. If you like what he has done then a lot would fall apart, but you don’t like what he has done, very little would far apart. It’s a question of the person in the job, not the job itself. It’s all about point of view. As an art teacher, my job has been hurt by the current tends in education, so a different person could help me. But if you teach foreign language, your happier because of the immersion programs. It’s about point of view. I think the position has value, but it all boils done to people. Who is the right person for the job?


          2. Thank you for your generous response. The district in which I reside has a Chinese immersion program. It wouldn’t be missed. It’s a bullet on someone’s resume. Someone with big plans for his or her career beyond Delaware.
            Meanwhile, we have schools with NO art teacher, NO foreign language teachers in at least one middle school, and schools without librarians. While a few in a prominent suburban setting “learn” Chinese, multitudes do without the basics.
            The person in this position must ultimately take a large measure of responsibility for these injustices.

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  2. So to clarify, the Friends charters in MD are nothing like the charters here in DE. Friends is actually derived from the Quakers and so they lean more towards religious affiliated charters in a region where there is an obnoxious amount of money going to all schools. Not so here. Not one of our public schools could come close to any public school in Montgomery Co. or Howard Co. MD. One district in DE is starting Spanish immersion which is applicable in that district based on the population. I never understood the Chinese immersion in DE but who am I? Oh right, I actually interviewed at one point to be this man’s assistant. Got to the 2nd round and I can safely say I dodged a bullet. “Intense” is a good word to describe him.

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