About 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!

Special Report: Red Flags In Delaware Student Enrollment Trends & The Increase In Special Education

The Delaware Department of Education released the September 30th counts report for the 2018-2019 school year.  Enrollment in Delaware is up by 775 students.  Special education is on the rise, jumping to over 16%. There are some very odd trends going on with different sub-groups in Delaware.  Ones that are making me VERY suspicious. Continue reading

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Why Is The Delaware Attorney General’s Office Protecting Patrick Miller And The Sussex Tech Bandits?

A shocking email from an Indian River board member highlights the vast amount of corruption and scandal coming from the highest levels of the state when it comes to Patrick Miller.  We are all wondering how the current President of the Board at Indian River Volunteer Fire Company is still walking around free.

Last week, I reported how citizen Billie Jo Bullock emailed the entire board down in Indian River.  She got three responses back. Continue reading

Charter School of Wilmington Needs An Audit Investigation!

Charter School of Wilmington is up for their charter school renewal with Red Clay Consolidated School District.  The Red Clay board discussed this charter renewal with Dr. Sam Paoli, the President of CSW, at their meeting tonight.  It came out that CSW is breaking state law in a very major way. Continue reading

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

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.

Thirty-Five Years Ago… 1983

1983.  It was a crazy, crazy year for me.  One that started with a death and ended with a severe punishment.  Puberty hit and I was out of control.  It was the year 7th grade led to 8th grade and all that goes with that.  But it was also the year seeds were planted for a couple of things that didn’t bloom until later.  But let’s get to the historical stuff first. Continue reading

Letter To Indian River School Board Re: Civil Lawsuit Against Patrick Miller

It has been two years since the Indian River School District Audit Investigation report came out.  In that time, the Delaware Attorney General’s office decided it wasn’t worth pursuing criminal charges against former Chief Financial Officer Patrick Miller.  Even though African-American and minority charter school leaders who pulled the same shenanigans did get punished.  Delaware’s justice system really sucks.  Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn knows better than this.  I am highly disappointed.

One citizen of the district decided to email the Indian River Board of Education and find out why they didn’t go after Miller in a civil suit. Continue reading

Delaware House & Senate Vote On Leadership For Each Caucus

As the News Journal reported the other day, the Delaware House and Senate met tonight to choose the leadership for each caucus.  This was met with scrutiny by some because this is normally done a week after the election.  But both parties want to get the ball rolling early for the 150th General Assembly.  Who is in? Continue reading

Your Guide To The New Delaware 150th General Assembly

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In January, 2019, Delaware will embark on the 150th session of the General Assembly.  Yesterday’s election changed the face of our legislative body in a big way!  Who runs Delaware for the next two years?  Who makes the laws?  All can be seen below.  If you don’t recognize some of the names, do some research.  If you want changes in our laws, seek out your State Representative or State Senator.  If you are having issues that aren’t being taken care of, call your elected officials.  Whether you agree with the party or not, your elected officials are there to represent YOU, not themselves.  If they don’t help, call them out for it. Continue reading

Blue Wave Hits Delaware Like A Tsunami!!!!

It is looking like ALL Delaware statewide offices are now Democrat.  While districts are still reporting, the trends are looking like the blue wave has hit Delaware.  There is good and bad in that.  It means we have to put up with Kathy McGuiness.  James Spadola ran a great and clean race.  But the blue wave meant NO Republican would hold state office in Delaware.  State Treasurer Ken Simpler? Out.  New State Treasurer Colleen Davis?  In.

We have a Senator Trey Paradee and a Senator David Wilson.  Laura Sturgeon unseated Greg Lavelle!!!!!!! That is HUGE!  Hey Laura, no more cuddling up to the DelCAN guy, ok?

Carper wins U.S. Senate and Lisa Blunt Rochester win U.S. Representative.  Buh-bye Scott Walker and Rob Arlett!

Over in the House, welcome State Rep. Bill Bush in the 29th and Raymond Siegfried in the 7th.  Deb Hudson got the crap kicked out of her by new State Rep. Krista Griffith in the 22nd District.

All the results with a few districts not reporting in but yeah, this is it.

UNITED STATES SENATOR

422 of 436 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
THOMAS R CARPER 197,211 11,279 208,490 59 . 60 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
ROBERT B ARLETT 126,787 6,684 133,471 38 . 16 %
GREEN PARTY
DEMITRI G THEODOROPOULOS 3,859 163 4,022 1 . 14 %
LIBERTARIAN PARTY
NADINE M FROST 3,631 143 3,774 1 . 10 %

REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS

422 of 436 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
LISA BLUNT ROCHESTER 206,381 11,808 218,189 64 . 14 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
SCOTT WALKER 116,069 5,894 121,963 35 . 86 %

ATTORNEY GENERAL

419 of 433 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
KATHLEEN JENNINGS 198,527 11,159 209,686 61 . 05 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
BERNARD V PEPUKAYI SR 127,053 6,704 133,757 38 . 95 %

STATE TREASURER

419 of 433 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
COLLEEN DAVIS 169,686 9,616 179,302 51 . 98 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
KENNETH A SIMPLER 151,419 8,087 159,506 46 . 24 %
GREEN PARTY
DAVID B CHANDLER 5,848 230 6,078 1 . 78 %

AUDITOR OF ACCOUNTS

419 of 433 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
KATHLEEN K MCGUINESS 186,542 10,666 197,208 57 . 57 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JAMES SPADOLA 138,198 7,123 145,321 42 . 43 %

 


STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 2

20 of 22 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
DARIUS BROWN 9,979 282 10,261 100 . 00 %

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 3

27 of 27 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
S ELIZABETH LOCKMAN 8,794 305 9,099 100 . 00 %

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 4

24 of 24 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
LAURA STURGEON 10,531 720 11,251 53 . 13 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
GREGORY F LAVELLE 9,478 446 9,924 46 . 87 %

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 6

17 of 17 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
DAVID B BAKER 11,706 1,577 13,283 47 . 33 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
ERNESTO B LOPEZ 13,421 1,360 14,781 52 . 67 %

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 10

20 of 22 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
STEPHANIE L HANSEN 9,972 458 10,430 60 . 74 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
CHRISTINE METZING 6,542 197 6,739 39 . 26 %

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 11

16 of 18 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
BRYAN TOWNSEND 8,841 291 9,132 75 . 49 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
DANIEL KAPITANIC 2,891 73 2,964 24 . 51 %

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 16

24 of 24 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
LOUISA PHILLIPS 6,645 382 7,027 44 . 91 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
COLIN BONINI 8,174 443 8,617 55 . 09 %

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 17

24 of 24 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
W CHARLES PARADEE III 8,726 617 9,343 64 . 27 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JUSTIN KING 4,812 382 5,194 35 . 73 %

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 18

18 of 18 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
JAMES A PURCELL 5,454 329 5,783 34 . 83 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
DAVID L WILSON 10,329 487 10,816 65 . 17 %

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT 21

14 of 14 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
ROBERT C WHEATLEY 4,453 288 4,741 34 . 97 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
BRYANT L RICHARDSON 8,399 417 8,816 65 . 03 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 1

14 of 14 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
NNAMDI O CHUKWUOCHA 7,354 286 7,640 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 2

12 of 12 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
STEPHANIE T BOLDEN 4,549 132 4,681 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 3

10 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
SHERRY DORSEY WALKER 4,306 128 4,434 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 4

15 of 16 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
GERALD L BRADY 6,903 533 7,436 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 5

9 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
KENDRA JOHNSON 5,943 147 6,090 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 6

12 of 12 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
DEBRA HEFFERNAN 6,746 327 7,073 65 . 32 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JEFFREY L OLMSTEAD 3,602 152 3,754 34 . 68 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 7

10 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
RAYMOND SEIGFRIED 5,719 224 5,943 62 . 92 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
ERIC BRAUNSTEIN 3,230 118 3,348 35 . 44 %
LIBERTARIAN PARTY
SCOTT GESTY 150 4 154 1 . 64 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 8

9 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
S QUINTON JOHNSON 4,997 213 5,210 61 . 15 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
DANIEL ZITOFSKY 3,101 102 3,203 37 . 59 %
LIBERTARIAN PARTY
CODY MCNUTT 105 2 107 1 . 26 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 9

11 of 13 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
MONIQUE JOHNS 4,005 204 4,209 42 . 19 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
KEVIN S HENSLEY 5,586 181 5,767 57 . 81 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 10

10 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
SEAN MATTHEWS 6,192 256 6,448 68 . 69 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
ERIN L WIENNER 2,842 96 2,938 31 . 31 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 11

8 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
PAUL A THORNBURG 1,495 62 1,557 27 . 20 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JEFFREY N SPIEGELMAN 4,007 160 4,167 72 . 80 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 12

14 of 14 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
KRISTA GRIFFITH 6,276 415 6,691 53 . 14 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
DEBORAH D HUDSON 5,617 281 5,898 46 . 86 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 13

14 of 14 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
JOHN L MITCHELL JR 5,377 151 5,528 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 14

7 of 7 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
PETER C SCHWARTZKOPF 7,414 1,116 8,530 62 . 46 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JAMES L DEMARTINO 4,601 524 5,125 37 . 54 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 15

9 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
VALERIE LONGHURST 6,597 234 6,831 87 . 98 %
LIBERTARIAN PARTY
AMY MERLINO 892 41 933 12 . 02 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 16

8 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
FRANKLIN D COOKE JR 4,133 130 4,263 82 . 18 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
ALBERT JOHN AMENT 901 23 924 17 . 82 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 17

10 of 11 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
MELISSA MINOR-BROWN 5,469 177 5,646 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 18

10 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
DAVID S BENTZ 5,715 161 5,876 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 19

12 of 12 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
KIMBERLY WILLIAMS 4,725 166 4,891 65 . 86 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JAMES R STARTZMAN JR 2,456 79 2,535 34 . 14 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 20

10 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
JOHN D BUCCHIONI 5,606 675 6,281 43 . 01 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
STEPHEN T SMYK 7,565 622 8,187 56 . 06 %
LIBERTARIAN PARTY
HARRY R SMOUSE JR 123 11 134 0 . 93 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 21

10 of 11 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
STEPHANIE BARRY 3,951 152 4,103 47 . 12 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
MICHAEL RAMONE 4,437 166 4,603 52 . 88 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 22

12 of 12 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
GUILLERMINA GONZALEZ 5,464 351 5,815 49 . 40 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
MICHAEL F SMITH 5,727 228 5,955 50 . 60 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 23

9 of 9 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
PAUL S BAUMBACH 5,475 311 5,786 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 24

10 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
EDWARD OSIENSKI 4,840 149 4,989 69 . 34 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
WILLIAM W DILKS SR 2,140 65 2,205 30 . 66 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 25

7 of 8 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
JOHN A KOWALKO JR 3,301 174 3,475 64 . 35 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
BRYAN K RASH 1,877 48 1,925 35 . 65 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 26

8 of 9 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
JOHN VIOLA 4,720 170 4,890 75 . 36 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JUSTIN CRUICE 1,556 42 1,598 24 . 64 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 27

10 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
EARL G JAQUES JR 6,846 277 7,123 85 . 34 %
LIBERTARIAN PARTY
WILLIAM HINDS 1,183 40 1,223 14 . 66 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 28

14 of 14 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
WILLIAM J CARSON JR 4,933 243 5,176 67 . 98 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
CHARLOTTE MIDDLETON 2,307 131 2,438 32 . 02 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 29

13 of 13 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
WILLIAM BUSH 5,294 291 5,585 57 . 72 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
ROBIN R HAYES 3,877 213 4,090 42 . 28 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 30

12 of 12 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
CHARLES GROCE 2,410 103 2,513 35 . 25 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
W SHANNON MORRIS 4,458 157 4,615 64 . 75 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 31

11 of 11 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
SEAN M LYNN 4,344 331 4,675 65 . 48 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
DAVID LEVI ANDERSON 2,253 211 2,464 34 . 52 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 32

12 of 12 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
ANDRIA BENNETT 3,322 188 3,510 62 . 35 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
CHERYL PRECOURT 1,995 124 2,119 37 . 65 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 33

10 of 10 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
JAMES TODD WEBB 3,100 164 3,264 39 . 49 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
CHARLES S POSTLES JR 4,811 190 5,001 60 . 51 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 34

11 of 11 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
ADEWUNMI KUFORIJI 3,589 236 3,825 40 . 60 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
LYNDON D YEARICK 5,154 322 5,476 58 . 13 %
LIBERTARIAN PARTY
WILLIAM MCVAY 109 9 118 1 . 27 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 35

7 of 7 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JESSE R VANDERWENDE 5,378 270 5,648 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 36

11 of 11 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
DONALD M ALLAN JR 2,642 206 2,848 35 . 19 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
BRYAN W SHUPE 4,948 296 5,244 64 . 81 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 37

7 of 7 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
REPUBLICAN PARTY
RUTH BRIGGS KING 6,376 477 6,853 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 38

8 of 8 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
MEGHAN M KELLY 4,407 612 5,019 34 . 25 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
RONALD E GRAY 8,827 808 9,635 65 . 75 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 39

7 of 7 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
REPUBLICAN PARTY
DANIEL B SHORT 5,154 298 5,452 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 40

8 of 8 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
REPUBLICAN PARTY
TIMOTHY D DUKES 5,564 284 5,848 100 . 00 %

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 41

8 of 8 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
S BRADLEY CONNOR 3,172 216 3,388 39 . 16 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
RICHARD G COLLINS 4,971 291 5,262 60 . 84 %

REGISTER OF WILLS

257 of 271 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
CIRO POPPITI III 148,484 6,017 154,501 100 . 00 %

RECORDER OF DEEDS

257 of 271 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
MICHAEL E KOZIKOWSKI 124,464 5,308 129,772 67 . 64 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
DANIEL RAPPA 59,922 2,145 62,067 32 . 36 %

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1

25 of 25 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
KENNETH R WOODS 10,805 334 11,139 100 . 00 %

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2

24 of 25 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
DEE DURHAM 10,712 663 11,375 54 . 10 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
ROBERT WEINER 9,172 476 9,648 45 . 90 %

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3

22 of 22 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JANET KILPATRICK 13,371 591 13,962 100 . 00 %

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4

30 of 30 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
PENROSE HOLLINS 13,698 637 14,335 100 . 00 %

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5

18 of 18 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
ELISA DILLER 9,034 414 9,448 66 . 65 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JOHN R THOMAS 4,587 140 4,727 33 . 35 %

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6

17 of 20 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
DAVID B CARTER 10,033 416 10,449 82 . 90 %
GREEN PARTY
DAWN LENTZ 2,078 77 2,155 17 . 10 %

SHERIFF

257 of 271 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
SCOTT PHILLIPS 140,610 5,783 146,393 88 . 87 %
LIBERTARIAN PARTY
JOHN MACHUREK 17,643 680 18,323 11 . 13 %

RECORDER OF DEEDS

89 of 89 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
BETTY LOU MCKENNA 29,687 1,779 31,466 53 . 82 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
EUGENIA THORNTON 25,696 1,294 26,990 46 . 18 %

2ND LEVY COURT DISTRICT

15 of 15 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
JEFFREY HALL 4,913 327 5,240 54 . 40 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JAMES HOSFELT 4,106 285 4,391 45 . 60 %

4TH LEVY COURT DISTRICT

12 of 12 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
REPUBLICAN PARTY
ERIC L BUCKSON 7,568 341 7,909 100 . 00 %

6TH LEVY COURT DISTRICT

16 of 16 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
REPUBLICAN PARTY
GLEN M HOWELL 6,598 271 6,869 100 . 00 %

LEVY COURT AT LARGE

89 of 89 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
TERRY PEPPER 30,846 1,831 32,677 55 . 68 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JAMES CALLAWAY 24,756 1,247 26,003 44 . 32 %

SHERIFF

89 of 89 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
BRIAN E LEWIS 28,071 1,622 29,693 50 . 81 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JASON MOLLOHAN 27,287 1,453 28,740 49 . 19 %

REGISTER OF WILLS

73 of 73 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
REPUBLICAN PARTY
CYNTHIA GREEN 58,522 4,437 62,959 100 . 00 %

RECORDER OF DEEDS

73 of 73 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
REPUBLICAN PARTY
SCOTT M DAILEY 58,287 4,430 62,717 100 . 00 %

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4

15 of 15 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
PAULETTE ANN RAPPA 9,377 1,240 10,617 46 . 02 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
DOUGLAS B HUDSON 11,373 1,076 12,449 53 . 98 %

COUNTY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5

14 of 14 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
DEMOCRATIC PARTY
ELLEN M MAGEE 6,470 559 7,029 39 . 45 %
REPUBLICAN PARTY
JOHN L RIELEY 10,136 650 10,786 60 . 55 %

SUSSEX COUNTY SHERIFF

73 of 73 Districts Reported

Machine Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes Percent Votes
REPUBLICAN PARTY
ROBERT T LEE 57,950 4,424 62,374 100 . 00 %

Leaderless DOE Fails To Deliver On Charter School Transparency & The Big Plan For NCS

When you don’t have a leader going on a fifth month is it any wonder the Charter School Office is going to Hell in a hand basket?  As the authorizer for seven charter schools under renewal this year, the Delaware Department of Education can’t even follow their own timeline.  It seems like things are going on behind the scenes with Newark Charter School during all this. Continue reading

The Pickering Metaphor

Yesterday I took some time out of the hustle and bustle and decided to go to the beach.  I like beaches that are secluded and don’t have a ton of people around.  Just me and the water.  I live not too far from Pickering Beach.  You don’t get the big waves like you do down at Rehoboth or Dewey, but it is very peaceful.  If you drive down Route 9 past Dover, you will see a sign on your left for it.  Yesterday’s visit was a little different this time.

When I go to Pickering, I make it a point to have enough time to walk all the way down the strand.  At the end, when you can’t go anymore, there is a tidal area.  It is filled with birds and sand and life.  It is also one of the most peaceful areas in Delaware if you just want to sit down and enjoy some quiet time.  I first went there back in 2006.  I would find myself returning there, usually when I needed some peace and calm in my life.

Like I said, my visit yesterday was different.  During one or several of the storms this fall, a lot of the beach eroded.  There is a huge area with seaweed all the way up to the dunes.  Not just any seaweed, but quicksand seaweed.  Where you walk in it and your feet go down until you feel water.  Can’t really walk through hundreds of yards of that!

I really wanted to get to the tidal pool yesterday.  I braved my way around the seaweed as best I could until I couldn’t anymore.  It reminded me of life in a funny way.  We have a destination and sometimes we think the road there is going to be really easy.  Until we realize it isn’t.  Do we keep going?  Even if it means putting yourself in a tough position?  Do we sit and wait if it means you might be uncomfortable for a while?  I have to believe that at some point I will be able to get to the tidal pool again.  It may not be today or tomorrow, but the path will be clear again.  It’s when you’re stuck in the weeds that life really happens.  That’s where you make the tough decisions- go on, give up, or wait it out.

I never made it to the tidal pool.  I gave it my very best shot until I couldn’t go on anymore.  I could easily sit there and think I will never see that place again.  Or I can take comfort in the fact that I will get there.  Just not today.  I can still see it perfectly in my mind.  I have an odd memory like that.  I know what the destination is.  But it isn’t the same as being there.  I need to be okay with that.  I need to know that while there are obstacles in my way, they won’t always be there.  Sometimes you just have to have faith.  Giving up, while it may see like the easy thing to do, isn’t really an option.  When you give up you will never reach what you are looking for.  When you can’t go on, you have to wait if you want it.

I can’t be there yet.  In the meantime, I’ll continue to go back and look to see if the path is clear.  I’ll enjoy the journey there even I can’t get there yet.  I’ll take more pictures and sing on the beach as my mp3 player cranks out tunes.  I’ll pick up a shiny rock and wonder at how perfectly smooth it is.  I’ll look at my footprints and wonder about other footprints that didn’t make it as far as I did.  I’ll do funny stuff with the sand.  I’ll stare out into the water and feel peace and calm.  I’ll look at the bright blue sky with the sun shining on me and thank God I’m alive.  I’ll write the words in the sand that mean more than a line in the sand.  This is the Pickering Metaphor.  A simple walk turned into the meaning of life.

 

Exceptional Delaware Endorsements For Election Day In Delaware

Finally! All the talk can stop about who is better.  After tomorrow we will know.  I felt obligated to give my endorsements for all the races.  Some will care, some won’t.  Some may shock you while some will be all “duh, didn’t see that one coming!”  Just do one thing tomorrow- VOTE!  It’s one of the strongest ways you can make your voice heard in your state and country!

Here are my “official” endorsements: Continue reading

The Lies Greg Meece Says About Newark Charter School

Greg Meece runs Newark Charter School.  For 18 years, Newark Charter School is rated not only one of the top charter schools in Delaware but one of the top schools.  There is a multitude of reasons for this but it boils down to diversity.  At their public hearing for their charter renewal process, Meece made a comment that is sure to rile up the diversity crowd all over again.  Meece openly lied about his own school. Continue reading

The DOE Financial Transparency Gambit Brings Out Tons Of Public Comment

Last month, the Delaware Department of Education held a series of Community Conversations surrounding the mandates of Senate Bill #172.  The legislation requires the DOE to come up with a uniform method of allowing the public to compare finances between schools.  It is a cumbersome and large task.  It is also required by the Every Student Succeeds Act.  The DOE solicited public comment and boy did they get it!

I still go with the “every penny” scenario.  As in, I won’t be satisfied until we can see how every penny in public education is spent.  I’m pretty sure the folks at Rodel and DelawareCAN already have their claws into this and will make sure whatever comes out fits their own agendas.

The ONE Thing No Delaware Legislator Or Candidate Will Touch During Election Season

The Delaware General Election is in five days.  As citizens of The First State cast our votes, we think of many issues that affect how we decide.  It could be education or taxes or environmental issues.  Many of us vote just for the political party we belong to.  But there is one thing that no Delaware elected official or candidate will even whisper because of the firestorm that will be unleashed upon them if they do. Continue reading