This is just foul! The Brennen School in the Christina School District is serving kids lunch that I wouldn’t feed to my dog! A parent sent me a picture of their child’s lunch at the school that serves children with Autism as part of the Delaware Autism Program. I know Christina is having money woes but come on people!!!!
Aside from this shriveled up hot dog, students were served a clementine along with it that day. Sources tell me teachers are bringing in food for the kids the food is so atrocious. Hey Christina, just because students have disabilities doesn’t mean you have to serve them sub-standard food. I have to wonder what year this hot dog was cooked…
In the oddest move I’ve ever seen in Delaware education, Katie Hegedus was sworn in as a board member of the Christina School District Board of Education last night at their monthly board meeting and resigned minutes later.
Hegedus beat incumbent John Young two months ago in the school board election. Her platform was basically that she would resign once she is sworn in. This would force the current board to hand-pick a replacement. They announced at their board meeting last night they would begin this task.
This ridiculous stunt was concocted by the Friends of Christina, a small but connected group of parents in the district who basically hated the fact John Young would call out the district on, well, anything. Whether it was right or wrong. Their mantra of go along to get along brought forth this latest oddity in Delaware school board race history. One for the record books, that’s for sure! This election meant so much to their de facto leader that she is currently trying to sell her house and move out of state.
While Young is no longer on the Christina Board of Education, he has come back and relaunched his blog as Transparent Christina 2.0. I fully expect Young, who is now no longer beholden to certain bylaws of being a board member, to come out swinging on his blog! While this very sad attempt at silencing Young may appear to be a win in some circles, I fear all they have done is awoken an already alert dragon. With a tagline of “Because sometimes Exceptional needs some help“, Young has written several articles of late. Speaking for Exceptional, I welcome any help in the Delaware education blogosphere! Unless it is some urgent sounding blog…wink wink!
The board re-elected former President Meredith Griffith to another one-year term as President while Keeley Powell was elected to Vice-President of the board.
Ah, it must be summer in the Christina School District. The days when district leadership make changes to how the district operates without board approval. In the latest round of “how can we make the district look bad”, the district has now changed start and end times for the schools in the district. Some are good and some are bad but the fact it was a unilateral decision by the Superintendent (Richard Gregg, who the board hired) is a smack in the face to the governing authority of the district (the board).
How this district leadership can be so infantile in its arrogant way of thinking is beyond me. I guess they don’t have to care how these changes could affect the schedules of working parents, teachers, and extracurricular activities students might do outside of school. And I guess they still haven’t gotten the memo that 7:05 is way too early for teenagers to go to school in the morning!!!! Tsk, tsk…
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 →
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 →
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 →