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
The Delaware Department of Education has finally announced the new leader of their Charter School Office. Leroy Travers, who served as the Head of School at Campus Community, has been chosen.
Travers came to Campus Community in 2013 as Principal. After a couple of years, he became their new Head of School. Travers comes at a very interest time at the Department as seven charter schools are going through their renewal process this fall.
Over at Campus Community, according to their website, it looks like long-time Curriculum Director Heidi Greene is their new Head of School.
This is the longest I’ve seen the Charter School Office without a leader in my almost four and a half years of blogging. Former leader Denise Stouffer left the DOE on June 30th to take over as Head of School at Providence Creek Academy. The role had been vacant until today.
I know Leroy Travers and have found him to be a good guy. Anyone who knows the history of this blog knows my son once attended Campus and there were issues with his special education there. But I will say Travers walked in at the tail-end of that and the hornet’s nest was already swarming. So I bear no ill will towards him for any of that. I sent him a congratulatory email. I sincerely hope he lends more transparency coming from the charter school side of things at the Delaware DOE.
Prior to his time at Campus, Travers was an Assistant Principal at Laurel Middle School from 2009-2013 and was a 4th grade teacher at Laurel Elementary School from 2000-2009. Travers received both his Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree in Education, School Leadership.
When you don’t have a leader going on a fifth month is it any wonder the Charter School Office is going to Hell in a hand basket? As the authorizer for seven charter schools under renewal this year, the Delaware Department of Education can’t even follow their own timeline. It seems like things are going on behind the scenes with Newark Charter School during all this. Continue reading
Last month, the Delaware Department of Education held a series of Community Conversations surrounding the mandates of Senate Bill #172. The legislation requires the DOE to come up with a uniform method of allowing the public to compare finances between schools. It is a cumbersome and large task. It is also required by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The DOE solicited public comment and boy did they get it!
I still go with the “every penny” scenario. As in, I won’t be satisfied until we can see how every penny in public education is spent. I’m pretty sure the folks at Rodel and DelawareCAN already have their claws into this and will make sure whatever comes out fits their own agendas.
It is the return of The Bygone Blogger! This blogger of old has some more stuff to say about the controversy surrounding Mike Matthews and his DSEA resignation based on old blog posts Mike wrote. In which we learn, once again, things are NOT always what they seem on the surface and some of the pitchfork throwers aren’t exactly innocent! Take it away (again) Bygone Blogger! Continue reading
Over eleven years ago, a report came out from the Delaware Department of Education. The topic was Delaware students and what they were looking for in education. This is a voice that is often marginalized when it comes to education policy. The adults are the ones that make the big decisions but it impacts students the most. Students didn’t choose Common Core and standardized tests. But they are the ones that have to deal with it. After students, teachers should have a stronger voice as well.
Back in the Secretary of Education Valerie Woodruff years, long before Race To The Top and Common Core but during the No Child Left Behind years, Delaware students were invited to speak out. I appreciate some of the raw answers these students gave. We need to do this again in Delaware.