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
On Facebook tonight, former Delaware State Education Association President Mike Matthews talked about his resignation from DSEA in light of the “uncovering” of blog posts he made a decade ago. Matthews talks about who was behind it. Continue reading
There are a finite number of students in Delaware schools. Sure, the number enrolled steadily grows over the years, but there are only so many schools. We know in Delaware that some districts are having lower enrollments thus creating lower capacities in those buildings. The Delaware Department of Education really doesn’t care about that. But if they can make sure charter schools grow, let’s do it! Let’s take a look at the Delaware DOE’s plans for the huge grant they just got! Continue reading
I warned them. Many times. Sit at the table and you will be on the table. The Delaware State Education Association was swallowed whole. By who? Continue reading
State Representative Earl Jaques has some mighty bold plans in the 150th General Assembly. The biggest and most controversial will be a bill that would have the state takeover the Christina School District. It is in the works and he is looking for sponsors. Continue reading
It’s that time of year when legislators get requests from organizations and media to do surveys. One organization sent out a survey to all the Delaware State Representatives recently. What was interesting was how this organization managed to offend many of them before the introductory paragraph! As well, the actual survey is EXACTLY what I would expect from this organization. Continue reading
I am more convinced than ever that there are people in Delaware who are hell-bent on demolishing the Delaware State Education Association. The resignation of Mike Matthews over old blog posts was just the opening salvo. This is an all-out war on the teachers union in Delaware.
Yesterday, I received a letter in the mail. The envelope was hand-written and the actual letter was typed. The bottom part of the page was cut off. There was no return address, just a Wilmington postmark. I do not know who sent it but it feels and smells like a campaign to go after DSEA. This is what the letter said: Continue reading
This guest post is brought to you by the handle of The Bygone Blogger. This blogger was one of those around back in the halcyon days of Delaware blogging- the time when the Iraq War commanded the headlines, America saw its first African-American President, and the Recession put America in severe dire straits. In Delaware, it was the days of Governor Ruth Minner and the “I still have some hair” Jack Markell. The Bygone Blogger covers the Mike Matthews situation and in the middle of it found some fairly recent material written by another Delaware blogger running for office! We learn very fast that context matters! This is something Atnre Alleyne, despite his vast amount of education, can’t seem to grasp. Take it away Bygone Blogger! Continue reading
Alleynegate continues! Hours after it was discovered DelawareCAN’s Atnre Alleyne decided to spam Delaware teachers with his “I hate Mike Matthews” blog post, many are wondering how the not so illustrious corporate education reformer got ahold of so many teacher’s personal emails. In a response to one teacher, Alleyne responded by saying this: Continue reading
Atnre Alleyne, the Executive Director of DelawareCAN, sent out an email blast to Delaware educators today. The email was unsolicited and left Delaware teachers wondering how Alleyne even got their email address in the first place. This pattern of abuse on Alleyne’s part ends a week filled with his mischief. Continue reading
DelawareCAN might be the new kid on the block when it comes to Political Action Committees, but they need to follow the rules when it comes to spending money on candidates or issues that aren’t within the legal limits. Continue reading
I think it is safe to say Renee Taschner will win the 22nd State Representative Democrat primary. Her opponent , Guillermina Gonzales, sent out a mailer bashing Delaware schools and the teachers union.
You shouldn’t need to send your children to private schools or move to Pennsylvania for them to get a good education.
I’m not going to sit here and say Delaware schools don’t have issues. But this tacit verbiage in a campaign mailer by a Democrat is not going to please voters! So she is basically saying ALL Delaware schools, except for private schools, suck. Even charter schools! Her anti-union stance is certainly not going to win DSEA votes! I can’t imagine the many charter school supporters in her neck of the woods will appreciate it either! So if all Delaware schools suck, is she a Betsy DeVos supporter? Would she join the Delaware Republicans who want school vouchers? Hell, even Joe Miro supported public schools. Ugh.
I’m not beholden to the teachers union or any other special interest groups.
Doesn’t sound like you are beholden to very much Ms. Gonzales. But then I read this part:
As a professor I know how important high quality teachers are and I’ve heard over and over from voters in this district how much room there is to improve in Delaware.
Would any of those voters happen to belong to DelawareCAN? Because I see your endorsement from the DelawareCAN Action Fund. They also endorsed a Republican in the 22nd primary as well, Michael Smith. He of the failed Pike Creek Charter School from 2014. DelawareCAN happens to be anti-union and promotes the “high quality teachers” game while putting down so many of our actual high quality teachers in Delaware. Running on a corporate education reform policy is bad mojo in Delaware. Maybe that will work in the Pike Creek area but I tend to doubt it.
DelawareCAN, the offshoot of 50CAN, came to Delaware in 2017. Headed up by a former Delaware Department of Education employee, Atnre Alleyne, there is now a Political Action Committee (PAC). They released their campaign finance report two days ago and some big Delaware millionaires are donating big bucks! Continue reading
Atnre Alleyne, a former employee of the Delaware Department of Education and the current head of DelawareCAN, filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the DOE back in March. He was not satisfied with their response and filed a FOIA complaint with the Delaware Department of Justice. The Delaware DOJ issued their opinion on the complaint on May 4th and found the Delaware DOE did violate FOIA. Continue reading
Last night the Christina Board of Education, in front of a packed house, passed the Memorandum of Understanding between the district, the Delaware Department of Education and Governor John Carney’s office with a 4-2-1 vote. Board members John Young and Elizabeth Paige voted no while member Angela Mitchell abstained. The tense meeting, which lasted over three hours, had Carney sitting in the audience the entire time. While the News Journal, WHYY, and WDEL all came to the meeting, many parts of the meeting were not covered in their articles. Continue reading
Yes, Rodel has some competition coming to town! My fervent hope is that they compete with each other so much they just cancel each other out. Has Rodel’s time come and gone? Or is there more to this new corporate education reform company setting up shop in Delaware? Continue reading