A school board campaign in Delaware could be breaking the law and they are turning what should be a fair election into a disgrace. And how could a member of this campaign benefit should her ghost candidate win? And which legislator is foolishly endorsing a candidate that won’t serve if elected? Continue reading
After failing to pass their referendum last week, the Christina School District Board of Education will hold a board meeting tomorrow night. The first action item? A reduction in force. This means they will vote to fire a ton of teachers. It won’t be the first time their board voted on something like this but they can do something different this time. They can vote a resounding NO for this action item.
Many will ask the same question: then where does the money come from? Simply put, Christina School District is too big to fail. Who is going to take them over? The Delaware Department of Education? They don’t have the capacity or the money to do the job. The charter schools? Hell no! They are not one organization with a ton of umbrella schools under the same name. Like the banks in 2008, the answer is simple- a state bailout of the district. Force them into a bankruptcy type situation and let the legislators dole out the money to save them.
For far too long teachers in this district have been forced to sweat it out come referendum time. Their jobs, along with their livelihoods, have been put on the firing line every single time a referendum comes along. The madness has to end and has to end now. If you agree, email the Christina Board of Education between now and tomorrow night (May 7th) at 7pm or show up to their meeting at Gauger-Cobbs Middle School, 50 Gender Road, in Newark, DE. Give loud and proud public comment urging the board to vote NO on their latest gambit to fire teachers. Their email is CSDBoardMembers@Christina.k12.de.us and I would strongly suggest emailing them NOW! Then go a step further and sign THIS PETITION on Change.org.
Yes, this is a drastic step. But it is time for the state of Delaware to stop with their silly education funding games and finally take education seriously. It is time for the legislators to stop whining and be forced to do something. The students and teachers of Delaware can not afford any more half measures. It has to be go big or go home!
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 two-time board member John Young does NOT get re-elected. But the biggest threat to the district does not exist with Young. It lies within. Continue reading
Autism Delaware released a fact sheet today on the debacle involving the Delaware Department of Education, Christina School District, the Office of Management and Budget, and Governor Carney’s office. This should answer many questions folks are having based on the Delaware Public Media article as well as my own last night.
If this is how it was supposed to happen, someone dropped the ball big time. A lot of fingers can be pointed at Christina Superintendent Richard Gregg for failing to notify the district’s Board of Education (which is the governing body for the district and hired him in the first place). As well, Governor Carney’s administration goofed big time by not putting certain funding for training personnel in their FY2020 budget proposal. A lot of this comes down to communication. We live in the 21st Century where communication is instant. This kind of stuff shouldn’t happen!
State Rep. Kim Williams wrote the following on Facebook today:
OMB, Controller’s Office and DOE are setting up a meeting with Christina next week. The schools are not changing anything, they will still report to their current district. Teachers and staff will not be affected by any of this. They need to hire the two specialists and those specialists need to report to someone. They need to hire someone to oversee the specialists and the statewide program. The meeting this week will work all those details out.
Thanks to Autism Delaware for getting some facts out on this matter!
The State of Delaware stole the Delaware Autism Program from the Christina School District when no one was looking. With an almost imaginary and very vague loophole in recent legislation, the Delaware Department of Education is now in charge of DAP. But not so fast… Continue reading
I see this with charter schools quite a bit but postponing a regular board meeting for a school district? That is highly unusual! Today, the Christina School District postponed their regular January Board of Education meeting scheduled for tonight at Bayard Middle School. Is this a fluke or is there a specific reason the meeting was postponed? Continue reading
Rumors began circulating in the fall that Las Americas ASPIRA Academy would be submitting a major modification request to add high school grades. What I didn’t count on were the huge amount of fallacies and grandiose boasting within the application itself. Continue reading
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No, I did not misspell the word “schools”. Apparently the Christina School District is now investing in tectonic plates made of ice. I find this rather fascinating. Yes! This is what the children of Christina’s Wilmington schools need to succeed and compete in the global economy!
It makes sense in a bizarre way. Schol, a dutch word for ice floes, is defined as any type of sea ice not attached to land. This is exactly how the Christina Wilmington schools are in relation to the rest of the district. They are an island, separated from the rest of the district. I have no doubt in my mind this was the intention of the district when they created this video. It was a Jedi mind trick to see how many people would get it. You can’t fool this blogger! But someone forgot to tip off Christina Board President Meredith Griffin. He pronounced “schol” as “schools”.
Ten days ago, the Christina School District spent an undisclosed amount of money on a promotional video for the “Wilmington Schools Partnership”. For those wondering what that is, it is a result of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the district, the Christina Educators Association, Governor Carney’s office, and the Delaware Department of Education. The goal is to improve educational outcomes for Christina’s Wilmington students. The plan is still in the implementation stages. The jury is still out on whether it will be successful or not. After ten days, as of this writing, the video has received an astonishing 22 views.
106 years ago, a schol caused a major problem for the RMS Titanic. When the passenger liner collided with the schol, it caused the boat to sink hours later. Over 1,500 passengers died in the Atlantic Ocean. Another word for schol is iceberg. Which is also the name of a kind of lettuce. But that is different than Romaine lettuce. People aren’t eating that these days because of another major problem.
At the end of the Christina School District Board of Education meeting last week, State Representative Paul Baumbach spoke before the board. He thanked the board and the district for the changes they implemented in the past year and “strongly encouraged” them to keep doing it. There was a specific reason Baumbach did this. He admitted the General Assembly doesn’t help. Continue reading
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
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
I warned them. Many times. Sit at the table and you will be on the table. The Delaware State Education Association was swallowed whole. By who? Continue reading
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. Continue reading
There are always gems to be found when you comb through district and charter board minutes, agendas, and websites. I did that last night and found a ton of stuff! Instead of coming out with a dozen or more articles about it, I thought I would just combine all of it one fell swoop! There is A LOT of material in here so dig in! Continue reading
When you think of those who don’t support charter schools in Delaware, one of the first names that pops up is State Representative John Kowalko, from the 25th Rep. District. Known for his arguments against charter schools, specifically Delaware’s biggest- Newark Charter School, it can be easy to make the assumption Kowalko hates charter schools. However, that is not the case.
Earlier this weekend, Kowalko sent out an email to his constituents with his thoughts and beefs on Delaware charter schools. Continue reading
I put up the new Christina MOU the other day. Since then I have heard nothing but outrage from Christina teachers. Everything from pay to a change in seniority. Veteran Christina teachers in the ‘burbs certainly don’t like the fact they could get rif’d over newer teachers in the city who sign a commitment letter.
The Christina Board will vote on this mess Tuesday night. I would lay odds the board will vote in the affirmative on it. But the members of the Christina Education Association will vote to ratify this a couple days later. If they vote no on the MOU it is back to the drawing board. What will that mean for the whole consolidation of the Christina Wilmington schools?
It has almost been a year since Delaware Governor John Carney announced his intention to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Christina Wilmington Schools. This partnership between his office, the Christina School District, the Christina Board of Education, and the Delaware Department of Education has been missing one key ingredient. Until today. The Christina Education Association came up with a new MOU which was publicly released today. If this passes, the stage is set for the consolidation of the Christina Wilmington schools. Continue reading
The start of a school year is always going to have issues. But when those issues could potentially have a health impact on students and staff, citizens are left wondering why these issues aren’t taken care of during the summer months when students are not in the buildings. For Christina, several schools are having problems with their buildings. Continue reading