Last week, in my Rodel/Markell story, I referenced a contract Relay Graduate School has with the Delaware Department of Education. In the actual contract bid document, it references a “Delaware Dean”. Who is this individual? Thanks to Mr. Mike Matthews for finding out the answer from the DOE. The Delaware Dean is Christine Rowland. She is in charge of the whole project. I wonder how much she will learn about Delaware before she says something in public as brilliant as the DOE’s Accountability guru did at their September board meeting.
From Ms. Rowland’s LinkedIn profile:
Dean Fellow at Relay Graduate School of Education
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Relay Graduate School of Education
July 2014 – Present (5 months)Newark, NJ
Managing Director of Academics
KIPP Philadelphia Schools
July 2011 – June 2014 (3 years)Greater Philadelphia Area
Teach For America
June 2007 – June 2008 (1 year 1 month)
Math and Science Teacher
As per the contract, Relay Graduate School is getting $505,000 over three years to have their teachers invade our schools. Ms. Rowland sounds like she has been working for all the right companies…if you are a big fan of the education reform movement. When I see Kipp, I see the death of public schools in Philadelphia. When I see Teach For America, I see lots of Race To The Top money going to the Rodel seeded organization that puts sub par teachers in our schools. When I see Relay Graduate School, I see the Delaware DOE scraping the bottom of education to further their agenda. If my kid got a Relay teacher, I would demand a change. Beware parents, beware!