2017 has been an odd year for Exceptional Delaware. There has been a ton of transition, between a new Governor, a new Delaware Secretary of Education, and very peculiar budget issues plaguing Delaware schools. But the biggest post by far has been a recent one about a particular charter school in Newark and their 5 mile radius.
Top 17 Posts of 2017 So Far:
- Newark Charter School Doesn’t Want Wilmington Black Kids Or Wilmington Special Needs Kids Going To Their Private School
- Thom Labarbera, Brandywine Social Studies Teacher, Passes Away
- Delaware Racism: It Is Real And It Is Not Going Away
- Racial Slurs Appear To Go Unpunished For DE Military Academy While A.I. DuPont Basketball Team Suspended For Rest Of Season
- What To Make Of Bad News Betsy’s Letter About ESSA To Chief State School Officers
- Silence Is Complicity: Human Sex Trafficking In Delaware and How I-95, Craiglist, Backpage, & Kik Make It Thrive
- Delaware Joint Finance Committee Cuts State Board of Education From State Budget, DONE!!!
- Wahl v. Brandywine Case Settles! Justice For Joseph & An End To Zero Tolerance In Brandywine!
- Jack Markell Under Investigation By Ed Authorities ***DEBUNKED***APRIL FOOL’S DAY***
- 77 Teachers On The Chopping Block For Christina School District, Increased Classroom Sizes As Well!
- Not A Good Day For Christina
- **UPDATED**Christina Public Comment By Board Member Alleges Involvement Of Other Board Members In Hate Emails
- Final Delaware 2017 School Board Filings
- Exceptional Delaware Endorsements For 2017 School Board Elections
- Don’t let your special needs child fall victim to “new” Federal and State voucher/choice policies
- Cut The Admins In Districts & Schools? How Many Are There? TONS!
- Exceptional Delaware Endorses John Marino For The 10th Senate District
Like I said, this has been an odd year. Because of so many changes, I’ve found that some folks I allied with on just about everything have shifted somewhat in their line of thinking. We still agree on a lot of the old stuff (Common Core, Opt Out) but the lines have gotten very blurry in some areas. I endorsed John Marino in the 10 Senate District Special Election and caught holy hell for it. Issues involving racism filled up three of the top four articles. My first foray into Human Sex Trafficking yielded a lot of reads. The month of May has been the biggest month so far this year. Between the school board elections, budget cuts, and the infamous HS1 for House Bill 85, over 50,000 people visited the blog this month. 7 out of 17 articles are from May. An April Fool’s Day joke apparently fooled many people judging by Jack Markell’s place on this list.
Expect the unexpected in the month of June. I can tell you now a lot of articles will be about the state budget, the effects it will have on Delaware schools, and the shenanigans down at Legislative Hall. It will culminate on June 30th/July 1st as the legislators try to get it all done so they can have their long 4th of July weekend.
I’ve had more than my usual requests lately for writing about certain things. I’m actually going to hold off on some of those until July. The main reason for that is due to the state budget sucking up all the oxygen in the room. I have a couple articles where people want to talk about new ideas for education but all any school district or charter really cares about now is the budget and what impact it is going to have on them. If the State Board of Education is truly done, there are going to be a ton of legislation dealing with that. The most controversial two words between now and the end of June: Epilogue Language.
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