The Christina School District Board of Education had an action item on their agenda to enter into a contract with the BRINC Consortium and a company called Modern Teacher. I wrote a bit about it a few days ago. With a third referendum attempt facing the district and a huge loss of students this year due to school choice, as well as a $49,000 contract that would have been implemented with joining, it sounds like wiser minds prevailed on the board. The no votes were President Harrie Ellen Minnehan, Elizabeth Paige, Shirley Saffer and John Young. The yes votes belonged to Vice-President George Evans and David Ressler.
In a change of pace, last night’s board meeting lasted for an hour and a half.
I’ve been meaning to write about this consortium for a while now, but other matters kept pushing it to the side. BrINC stands for Brandywine, Indian River, New Castle County Vo-Tech and Colonial, the four school districts that are part of the BrINC Consortium. What is BrINC? It is a massive personalized learning initiative. And they are using the very same company that has hundreds of other companies under its data sharing umbrella. The Delaware Department of Education and Rodel love this little group. Rodel especially has been pushing personalized learning for a couple years now. I can see why. It’s a cash cow for education technology companies. Especially IMS Global Learning Consortium who delivers all these wonderful toys to BRINC. Think of IMS as a big huge cloud. It houses all the data, and members pay a hefty fee to be a part of that cloud. But it looks like Indian River School District, a member of IMS’ elite group of hundreds of other companies, school districts and universities, pays the bills to IMS.
Indian River loves the DOE, and the DOE loves them. New Delaware State Board of Education member Nina Bunting said at their State Board Retreat last month “When the DOE says jump, we say how high.” Current Superintendent Susan Bunting was in the running for Mark Murphy’s slot a few years ago. So that leaves the other three districts: Brandywine, Colonial and New Castle County Vo-Tech. Brandywine’s Mark Holodick has been hypnotized by the Vision Coalition (Rodel), Governor Markell loves the NCC Vo-Tech schools like Howard High School, and Colonial…things are fairly quiet with them. Although I do like Colonial’s Superintendent. Anyone who tells the DOE he wishes he could just “blow it up” when talking about the DOE’s school report card fiasco is okay in my book! They don’t make a lot of noise. Not like Christina and Red Clay. Just think of the geography with this. All the Wilmington school districts that aren’t a large part of the redistricting efforts and the biggest tourist area in the state.
To see what BrINC is all about, read their grant application below: