I’ve been looking for a common thread in everything I’ve written about what is taking place in Delaware education. One person, so deeply embedded in the forces that are privatizing public education before our very eyes. I believe I found it. A common link to the initiatives taking place. The Public/Private partnerships. Workforce Development. The Delaware Business Roundtable and the Delaware Chamber of Commerce. The Rodel/Vision Coalition. Personalized Learning. The philanthropic ventures into public education. Pathways to Prosperity. I believe I just found the most powerful person in Delaware who is calling ALL the shots. And most of you have probably never even heard the name. Continue reading
As the acting Superintendent of the Christina School District, Bob Andrzejewski will certainly have his hands full in 2016. He was voted in by the Christina School District Board of Education back in September with a 4-3 vote, and he has been working hard for the district! As a new face for the district, Bob A (as he is known in many circles) has been trying to get Christina to the top of their game! With the pending and potential move of all Christina’s Wilmington schools to the Red Clay Consolidated School District, as well as a potential referendum next year, Bob A will have his hands full!
I have heard mixed things about Bob A since he came aboard the Christina train. But one thing he does have is fans! This one appeared in The News Journal as a letter to the editor on September 11th of this year:
Andrzejewski good choice for Christina
Kudos to the Christina School Board for selecting “Dr. A” to lead the district while Dr. Freeman Williams is on leave. Bob Andrzejewski has been around the block a time or two, but has not lost his passion for education or for seeking the best for educators and students. He is a strong leader and his past successes working with parents, elected officials, business leaders and the Delaware State Education Association will serve the Christina District well. He also knows the “Delaware Way” of working together to make good things happen for students.
Christina School District
That was super nice of Michael Walls to write that about Bob A! It really helps to have your peers recognize you like that. Bob is actually hard at work getting the Christina School District to join the BRINC Consortium. This blended learning-personalized learning group of Delaware school districts already has Brandywine, Indian River, New Castle County Vo-Tech, Red Clay, Appoquinimink, and Caesar Rodney. I imagine Bob A has no other ulterior motives for joining this initiative!
Wait one darn minute! How did that picture get in here. This is about Bob A, not Mike Walls! He already had his moment in here. He isn’t affiliated with Christina anymore. He is working for some company called Modern Teacher now. You can look on their website, just click on the lower left-hand corner! Wait, is that…the same as the above picture? Bob A wants the Christina School District to sign a $49,000 contract with a company that has the former Christina Superintendent working for them? How did that happen? It could be a coincidence, right? It’s not like Walls endorsed the Christina board’s decision to hire him, so there is no conflict of interest there! Oh wait…he did… But let’s be real here. It’s not like Andrzejewski has any ties with personalized learning, right? Right? Oh no. Say it ain’t so…
What in the world is Innovative Educational Associates? Any relation to Robert Andrzejewski? And where did that picture come from? Oh yeah, here. But there surely must be many Andrzejewskis in Delaware, right? Okay, I’ll check the Delaware Chamber of Commerce. Maybe they have something. Okay, but all they have is an address for this Innovative Educational Associates. It’s probably some office complex or something. I’ll check block shopper! They always know this stuff! Uh-oh spaghetti-o’s, not only does it list the same address but it shows the owners of the property to be Robert and Kathleen Andrzejewski! But maybe it’s a quirk and Bob A has nothing to do with the company… Wrong again!!!! I was really hoping I was wrong about this…
So not only does Bob A want Christina to enter into a contract with this Modern Teacher that deals with blended learning that a former superintendent of Christina now works for, but his own company also deals with blended learning, the same as the BRINC Consortium that also is big on blended learning. I’m blended out Bob A! Yeah, I’ll definitely be watching out for Bob A in 2016!
In the News Journal today, the Rodel Foundation of Delaware and several civil rights groups posted a full-page ad opposing House Bill 50 and supporting Senate Joint Resolution #2. These are NOT important tests. In fact, they are designed so companies like Rodel can continue to absorb more funds which should be going into our classrooms so the very same low-income, minority and special needs children can get the resources they need. There is more than enough data, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment will not give timely or important information other than how bad kids do on standardized tests.
We must have been a completely broken society before this standardized testing craze. In the eyes of these folks, humanity must have become civilized at the dawn of the assessment age… I am reminded of a song from the 1980s…
Yesterday, by a vote of 8-6, the Delaware House Education Committee released House Bill 50 which would allow parent opt-out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment to become a part of state law if passed. I have received the exact votes from the members of the committee:
Yes: Kim Williams, Sean Matthews, Edward Osienski, Charles Potter, Michael Ramone, Sean Lynn, Kevin Hensley, and Harvey Kenton
No: Earl Jaques, Deborah Heffernan, Michael Barbieri, and Stephanie Bolden
Absent: Joseph Miro and Timothy Dukes (was at meeting but must have left early)
The following organizations were NOT IN SUPPORT of House Bill 50 and parent opt-out:
Delaware Department of Education, Delaware State Board of Education, Delaware Business Roundtable, Delaware Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, First State Montessori Charter School, One Parent, A special education teacher in Milford School District, four legislators, Brandywine Superintendent Dr. Mark Holodick
The following organizations SUPPORT House Bill 50 and parent opt-out:
Delaware PTA, Delaware State Educators Association (DSEA), Delaware Parents & Teachers for Public Education, Several Parents, Several Teachers, eight legislators, Exceptional Delaware, Delaware Parents & Teachers for Public Education
The following school district boards in Delaware have passed resolutions similar to House Bill 50 in the respect they will honor parent opt-out and will not penalize the opted out student: Capital, Christina, Red Clay Consolidated
Our work needs to focus on the entire Delaware House of Representatives and the Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf.