Earl Jaques Is Really Pushing For State Takeover Of Christina

The most controversial piece of legislation in the Delaware General Assembly will be State Rep. Earl Jaques’ brainfart of an idea to have the State of Delaware take over the Christina School District.  Continue reading

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What The Heck Are Dynamic Learning Maps?

Who comes up with these names? Dynamic Learning Maps? Really?  When the U.S. Department of Education wants Delaware to implement changes, it is up to the Delaware Department of Education to come up with how they do it.  What does Delaware do?  They join a consortium with taxpayer dollars.  We now have the latest from the DOE, Dynamic Learning Maps.  What are they? Continue reading

State Board of Education To Discuss Big Regulation About Graduation & Diploma Requirements & Modified Diplomas

The Delaware State Board of Education will be meeting this Thursday, November 15th at Mispillion Elementary School in Milford for their monthly meeting.  Regulation 505 will be discussed by the State Board which will implement legislation from the past year of the General Assembly.

I would read through this very carefully because there are a lot of changes being made.  It is a meaty document!  If it is crossed out, they are doing away with it.  If it is underlined, that is new.  Many of these changes are a result of House Bill #287 which created the Diploma of Modified Standards and got rid of the dreaded Certificate of Performance.  Other changes are a result of legislation mandating credits in computer science, changes to Physical Education requirements, high school student transfers from out of state, and Student Success Plans.

If you wish to give public comment on the changes to Regulation 505, they are due by December 5th.  You can email them to the following: DOEregulations.comment@doe.k12.de.us

For those who might be wondering why the State Board of Education is meeting in Milford, House Bill #455 changed some things about the State Board.  One of those is that the State Board alternates meetings in different counties.  This began in September when they met in Appoquinimink.  Every other month they will hold a meeting in a different county.  During the other months they will meet at the Townsend Building in Dover.  Next month’s meeting will have the State Board of Ed deciding on all seven of the charter schools up for renewal.

 

McGuiness Isn’t Even Elected A Week And She’s Already Stirring Up Controversy

Last week, Delawareans decided to put Kathy McGuiness in the State Auditor position.  Not all Delawareans, that is, but enough for her to win.  It’s not like I didn’t warn you all for the past year.  According to the Cape Gazette, McGuiness hasn’t decided if she will vacate her position as Rehoboth Commissioner.  Hello Delaware, can you say conflict of interest? Continue reading

Campus Community Head Of School To Lead Charter School Office At Delaware DOE

The Delaware Department of Education has finally announced the new leader of their Charter School Office.  Leroy Travers, who served as the Head of School at Campus Community, has been chosen.

Travers came to Campus Community in 2013 as Principal.  After a couple of years, he became their new Head of School.  Travers comes at a very interest time at the Department as seven charter schools are going through their renewal process this fall.

Over at Campus Community, according to their website, it looks like long-time Curriculum Director Heidi Greene is their new Head of School.

This is the longest I’ve seen the Charter School Office without a leader in my almost four and a half years of blogging.  Former leader Denise Stouffer left the DOE on June 30th to take over as Head of School at Providence Creek Academy.  The role had been vacant until today.

I know Leroy Travers and have found him to be a good guy.  Anyone who knows the history of this blog knows my son once attended Campus and there were issues with his special education there.  But I will say Travers walked in at the tail-end of that and the hornet’s nest was already swarming.  So I bear no ill will towards him for any of that.  I sent him a congratulatory email.  I sincerely hope he lends more transparency coming from the charter school side of things at the Delaware DOE.

Prior to his time at Campus, Travers was an Assistant Principal at Laurel Middle School from 2009-2013 and was a 4th grade teacher at Laurel Elementary School from 2000-2009.  Travers received both his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Education, School Leadership.

Why Stan Lee’s Death Matters

Yesterday, comic book creator extraordinaire Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95.

I met Stan Lee once.  It was at the 1992 San Diego Comic-Con.  He was hanging out with Spider-Man and I got to introduce myself and tell him how much a fan I was.  Something he must have heard millions of times in his long career in comic books.  For many, Stan Lee was Marvel.  But for me, Stan was a creator.  Along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created characters and storylines that will never be repeated.

The first time I ever heard of Stan Lee was 1977.  I just began collecting comics.  For me, they were an escape.  My favorite was Spider-Man.  Followed by the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and all the rest.  Stan created all of them.  He was the writer who put the words behind the pictures.

The face of Marvel comics was present in everything you see in the Marvel movies.  For me, he was a presence in my education foundation.  You see, I didn’t read many books as a kid.  I read comics.  Tons of them!  How many kids really got into reading because of Stan’s words?  The number is probably higher than any of us can imagine.

Some of us are visual thinkers.  I know I am.  I see pictures in my minds and words form out of them.  A comic book is the same thing but seen in physical form.  Stan took that already existing format and rewrote the rules.  He created characters that will live long past his 95 year-old life.

Stan wasn’t without controversy in his life.  The artist of many of his creations, Jack Kirby, fought long and hard to get his original art back.  It was something that was never fixed by the time he died in 1994.  Steve Ditko, the artist of The Amazing Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, had a frosty relationship with Stan.  Stan’s finances at the end were a hot mess as vultures took advantage of him.

I choose to remember the Stan Lee who kept fans guessing for 25 issues on the identity of the Green Goblin.  The guy who created the concept of mutants and tackled issues of discrimination.  The man who said screw it to the Comics Code Authority, the authoritarian censorship association, and showed the very real results of drug use in Amazing Spider-Man #96-98.  The writer who wasn’t afraid to create African-American characters, like the Black Panther.  The creator who turned the team concept into something to be modeled for generations to come in the form of the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and the X-Men.  Stan even used disabilities as the basis of a character in the form of the blind Daredevil.  For Stan, it wasn’t the costume but the person that was behind the costume.  It was the character that mattered, not the powers.  It was how they used those powers for the common good.  Before Stan, it was the hero first and the person second.

Like I said, my favorite was always Spider-Man.  His Peter Parker was a bullied teenager who never quite fit in.  His tagline of “with great power there must also come great responsibility” showed the inner and constant battle Parker faced on a daily basis.  It is the heart of a hero.  The ironic part is I loathe spiders but Spidey was my favorite.  But I digress.  Spider-Man is the story of every single awkward teenager who just wants to belong and fit in.  I remember buying these paperback reprint editions of Amazing Fantasy #15 and Amazing Spider-Man #1-20.  There were three of them.  I think I still have one of them packed away somewhere.  This was the gold of my childhood.  There was also a trade paperback called “Origins of Marvel Comics” which showcased the first appearances and origins of many of Stan’s creations.  These stories were the foundation of Marvel Comics.

Comic books taught me a lot.  The most important was to always try to do the right thing.  Yes, we fail miserably at that concept in all our lives.  None of us are perfect.  But if that is your cornerstone, your life as a human being will be better for it.  Sometimes the right thing comes at great personal sacrifice.  And it hurts.  But you have to keep going, keep plugging along.  That was Stan Lee’s legacy for me.  Rest in peace Stan.  You are joining all the other comic book greats that passed before you and paving the way for those to come.

‘Nuff said.