The ongoing saga with Odyssey Charter School continues! As the AHEPA members of the Board continue to do whatever the heck they want, attention is being drawn to their stunts by more than just Odyssey staff and parents. The spotlight on the school is not good as members of the General Assembly and the State Board of Education are giving complaints to the Charter School Office at the Delaware Department of Education. But the DOE isn’t the only state agency looking into the many conflicts of interest from the Odyssey Board of Directors as evidenced by the below email from Charter School Office leader Leroy Travers: 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
The Delaware Joint Finance Committee listened to the Delaware Department of Education present their FY2020 budget presentation today. The Delaware State Education Association made their public comment open to the public today. Given by DSEA’s Director of Legislation, Kristin Dwyer, the public comment hit home on some areas. In particular, the very heavy lift we are asking of our educators. It is more apparent than ever that teachers can’t do it alone. Continue reading
Ron Russo, the former Head of School at the Charter School of Wilmington, launched The BOLD Plan today on Facebook. Using the tag “Education is a business”, Russo managed to take the most horrible ideas ever from the past three decades and put them into a single pile of absolute garbage. While I don’t think this plan will go anywhere, it is symptomatic of the very same corporate education reform think tank crap that has proliferated American public education and turned Delaware’s school system into a very bad joke. The whole plan can be read below. Continue reading
I was wondering why Delaware Governor John Carney’s office resent the same media advisory today that they sent on Friday. I figured there had to be some change to the big shindig tomorrow at Legislative Hall. And there it was, staring at me like a full moon on a summer night, one addition to the number of attendees: Continue reading
Next Tuesday, January 15th, Delaware Governor John Carney and Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting will hold a press conference at Legislative Hall to announce a weighted funding system for Delaware students. Luckily, this blogger got the details of it this evening. The devil, as they say, is in the details. Continue reading
The Delaware General Assembly returns for their 150th gig on Tuesday, January 8th. But a slew of pre-filed legislation came out today including a few education bills. These are interesting bills to say the least! Continue reading
Tonight, in a half hour part of their monthly meeting, the Delaware State Board of Education approved seven Delaware charter schools to be renewed. Continue reading
After the beat down and humiliation they received from the Red Clay Board of Education last night, the Charter School of Wilmington is very angry. They were called out as a racist school while their charter was renewed for 5 years instead of 10. Are they going to do something about it? Continue reading
Susan Bunting meets with some interesting people. Get a peek at who and some of the inner workings of her world at the Delaware Department of Education! Continue reading
The scandal continues! Sometimes the biggest source of information for articles on here can be found within my search button on this very blog. On Friday, I posted about the Memorandum of Understanding that screwed over Brandywine School District taxpayers and the district themselves. One of the key players in this is Jason Hale, the Chief Financial Officer for Brandywine School District. Continue reading
Last night, I wrote about how Delaware Secretary of Education and Brandywine Superintendent Dr. Mark Holodick broke the law by brokering a Memorandum of Understand with the Buccini-Pollen Group. It turns out Bunting and the Delaware Department of Education snuck in a “Secretary-Only” regulation which means the State Board of Education did not have to vote on it.
Regulation 415, which covers Voluntary School Assessments was never even brought up by the State Board of Education in their meetings. They always put Secretary-Only regulations as a topic on their agendas, even if they don’t vote on them.
Bunting and Holodick still broke the law with the MOU because the Regulation wasn’t finalized until Mid-September of this year. They acted in haste for some reason and finalized their own MOU in anticipation of the Regulation. They made a huge mistake with that MOU and they should be held accountable.
How did Susan Bunting amass so much power in less than two years? Why is she abusing that authority to the best of her ability? Why isn’t she being held accountable for her decade-long knowledge of Patrick Miller’s theft of funds in Indian River School District? These are very dark days at the Delaware DOE. Led by a woman with the morality of a snake.
Our Delaware General Assembly needs to change the way regulations happen in this state. That is where a ton of shady stuff goes down. We have too many state agencies that circumvent the Delaware General Assembly and do what they damn well please! Enough! They also need to bring down the authority of the Secretary of Education in Delaware. There is far too much the Secretary can do as one person without any true meaningful public input.
Last Spring, one of the most controversial pieces of legislation was House Bill #454. This bill was a gift to Buccini-Pollen, a developer in New Castle County. It waived the Voluntary School Assessment tax for a large portion of the Concord Plaza development project. Not many were in favor of this present to the developer and eventually the bill was stricken. They felt, and rightly so, it would cost regular taxpayers more and it was a gimme to the developers. But behind the scenes, folks like Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting were hard at work making sure Buccini-Pollen would get their waiver no matter what. Continue reading
On December 20th, the State Board of Education will decide on seven charter school renewals at their monthly meeting after hearing the decision by Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting. Meanwhile, the Red Clay Consolidated School District Board of Education will decide on Charter School of Wilmington’s charter renewal. Two charters want a ten-year renewal. Two have submitted minor modification requests to decrease enrollment. Yesterday, the Delaware DOE’s Charter School Office released the final reports for all seven charters up for renewal through their office. Continue reading
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 Delaware Department of Education released the September 30th counts report for the 2018-2019 school year. Enrollment in Delaware is up by 775 students. Special education is on the rise, jumping to over 16%. There are some very odd trends going on with different sub-groups in Delaware. Ones that are making me VERY suspicious. 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
Who comes up with these names? Dynamic Learning Maps? Really? When the U.S. Department of Education wants Delaware to implement changes, it is up to the Delaware Department of Education to come up with how they do it. What does Delaware do? They join a consortium with taxpayer dollars. We now have the latest from the DOE, Dynamic Learning Maps. What are they? Continue reading