Delaware Senator David Sokola is up for re-election. But this isn’t just any normal re-election. He is up for the fight of his life! After a very contentious 148th General Assembly and education issues coming up left and right, Sokola is faced with a very determined opponent. Meredith Chapman is running on the GOP side … Continue reading Senator David Sokola On The Charter/Christina Lawsuit, WEIC, Newark Charter School, and Education Funding
The four Wilmington, Delaware traditional school districts are in the middle of a long lawsuit filed against them by the Charter Schools Development Corporation last January. But the lawsuit itself is absurd!
That didn’t take long. Three days ago, the Christina board agreed to the settlement. Last night it went public. Delaware Liberal has the whole thing in all its glory. From what I’ve read, the district is off the hook for any back exclusions. There will be a one-time payout for this year of $150,000 plus … Continue reading The Christina-Charter School Lawsuit Is Now Public!
The Christina Board of Education voted yes for a settlement with the 15 charter schools suing them and the Delaware Dept. of Education over exclusions in the local funding formula. Board member Fred Polaski made a motion to approve the settlement. Board member John Young said two hours isn’t enough time to digest the entire … Continue reading Christina Board Votes To Settle With The 15 Charter Schools In The Lawsuit
On September 2nd, Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Steven Godowsky and Assistant Deputy Secretary David Blowman met with Greg Meece, Stephen Dressel, Joanne Schlossberg, Chuck Taylor, Margie Lopez-Waite, Kendall Massett, and William Manning at Newark Charter School. The last name is important because William Manning is the lead attorney in the lawsuit filed on Tuesday against … Continue reading Greg Meece, Kendall Massett, and Bill Manning: How The Lawsuit Against Christina And The Delaware DOE Happened
It wouldn’t be a school board election season without some controversy springing out of the Christina School District. Hot on the heels of the district’s crushing loss in their referendum last week, Christina voters will head to the polls again on May 14th to elect the District D candidate. Many are trying to make sure … Continue reading How Do You Solve A Problem Like Christina? Cathy Hegedus Sure As Hell Isn’t The Answer!!!!
State Representative Earl Jaques has some mighty bold plans in the 150th General Assembly. The biggest and most controversial will be a bill that would have the state takeover the Christina School District. It is in the works and he is looking for sponsors.
Last night the Christina Board of Education, in front of a packed house, passed the Memorandum of Understanding between the district, the Delaware Department of Education and Governor John Carney’s office with a 4-2-1 vote. Board members John Young and Elizabeth Paige voted no while member Angela Mitchell abstained. The tense meeting, which lasted over … Continue reading As Christina Passes MOU, Carney Wants Charter Students To Come Back To Christina
If you thought the arrow Delaware Governor John Carney shot through Christina School District’s heart was bad, you haven’t seen anything yet! Plans are afoot. And what will be left standing after Carney does his coup d’état will shock everyone!
Last night, the Christina Board of Education voted 5-2 to push back Delaware Governor John Carney’s consolidation plan for Christina’s Wilmington students until the 2019-2020 school year. They felt the initiative would need more time. The no votes belonged to board members George Evans and Fred Polaski. State Rep. John Kowalko gave public comment concerning … Continue reading Kowalko Picks Apart Carney’s Not So Legal Christina-Wilmington Plan
A year ago today, I broke the Delaware education internet in half. I revealed that the charters wanted more money from districts. In reality, it came down to Christina vs. the 15 charters. But I didn’t know that at the time. But what I did do was break it and cause immense pressure to be … Continue reading Did I (Inadvertently) Cause Christina and The Delaware DOE To Get Sued?
It appears de facto segregation is just as okay with the majority of the Delaware Senate as it was with the Delaware House of Representatives. The Delaware Senate just passed House Substitute 1 for House Bill 85 with 12 yes, 4 no, 2 not voting, and 3 absent. The no votes belonged to State Senators … Continue reading Delaware Senate Passes Bill Discriminating Against Christina Wilmington Students, Not Given Preference To Newark Charter School
The Delaware Senate Education Committee tackled the 5 mile radius bill today with some explosive comments from Senator David Sokola, mostly in response to a public comment. Warning: some of the comments conveyed today will get people very angry.
Christina School District is about to get screwed again! But not by the charters this time. This time it is districts who should be their allies! Okay, time to let the cat out of the bag. A month ago, and if you blinked you missed it, the Christina Board of Education discussed and voted no … Continue reading Red Clay, Brandywine, & Appoquinimink Go After Christina For The Same Bling The Charters Got In Settlement
Last December, the 15 Delaware charter schools and the Christina School District settled in a lawsuit over local funding from Christina to the charters. The district agreed to pay that portion of their local funding (even though the Delaware DOE colossally screwed up) going forward and both the DOE and Christina had to pay the … Continue reading Poll: Do You Think The Settlement Between The Charter Schools and Christina School District Was Fair?
In the “October Surprise” for the 2017 Delaware School Board Election season, Atnre Alleyne of DelawareCAN dropped a huge bomb all over Christina Board candidate Jeff Day’s campaign with less than a week before the election. When a former News Journal reporter jumped in on the controversy, it fanned the flames…
Shirley Saffer withdrew as a candidate for the election of the Christina School District Board of Education seat today. This leaves it down to three: Jeff Day, Meredith Griffin Jr., and Kimara Smith. There will be no incumbent for the race since Saffer withdrew. I’ve met both Day and Griffin before. Smith is a relative unknown. … Continue reading Christina Board Race Down To Three. Is There A Concern With One Of Them?
Yes, the words “chicken-fried awesome” were used by a Christina board member last night. But first they had to get through 45 excruciating minutes of approving their agenda. Board member Harrie-Ellen Minnehan introduced motions to remove three action items from the agenda and to table another item. That was just the beginning of a meeting that … Continue reading The Chicken-Fried Awesome Christina Fails To Rescind Settlement Vote
The Christina Board of Education voted last week to accept the settlement concerning the lawsuit filed by 15 charters against them and the Delaware DOE. Next week, an action item submitted by a board member could cause a tsunami of controversy. As well, there is another action item that will certainly cause another ordeal just by … Continue reading Christina Board Meeting Agenda Has A Nuclear Action Item For Consideration Next Week
In their haste to get the settlement out, did Governor Markell’s office actually blow the whole thing? Governor Markell’s office let the settlement between the 15 charter schools and Christina School District get out to the public before all parties signed the document. Markell’s Chief Legal Counsel, Meredith Tweedie, sent an email to State Representative Paul Baumbach yesterday … Continue reading Did The Governor’s Office Just Scuttle The Charter Settlement With Christina In An Act Of Premature Celebration?