The Every Student Succeeds Act state planning is in full swing in Delaware. After having community conversations in each county, the Delaware Department of Education formed two discussion groups, one for Measures of School Success and Public Reporting and the other for Students and School Supports. The groups met together for the first time on October 5th in a joint meeting for introduction purposes. The first solo meetings for both groups was on October 10th. The next meeting will be tonight at the Collette Center in Dover, at 6pm.
Below are the minutes for each meeting. Full disclosure, I am on the Students and School Supports Discussion Group. The Governor’s ESSA Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday evening in the House Majority Hearing Room at Legislative Hall, from 6pm to 8pm.
First is the IEP Task Force from 4:30-6:30pm and then overlapping a bit is the Town Hall meeting the Delaware Department of Education is holding to discuss what the public may want to see on school accountability annual report cards.
I will be live blogging from both, and if the IEP Task Force goes like it did at the last meeting (ending at 5:45pm), I should be able to get both in. If not, I will come up with something so nobody misses a beat.
As I stated yesterday in an article, I emailed Lieutenant Governor Matt Denn to attempt to get the issue of IEP denials discussed at the task force. I’ve also mentioned it in public comments a couple times, so I’m at a dead end with this matter. But if more parents speak up, I would urge them to do so now as the Governor’s Report is due in January.
The Town Hall from the DOE, in my opinion, is a smokescreen for things they have already decided on. They want to show the illusion of working with parents, but it will be very interesting to see the wording being used and what they “lead” parents to with options. I would not be shocked if they give parents “options” about what to speak about. This is a very old trick. Give horrible options so the other ones don’t look as bad. I hope I’m wrong, but we will find out tonight!