The smallest school district in Delaware! Delmar is a very interesting district because it shares schools with another state, Maryland. As a result, students spend their school years in two states. I’ve never understood how or why the thing went down like it did. As a result, they run a tight ship and don’t go hog-wild on administrators. There are only three administrators making over $100,000 which is the same as four years ago. Their enrollment ebbs and flows around the 1,300 mark year after year. The Delaware side of the district has the middle school and high school while Maryland has the elementary schools. Continue reading
This is an important message for ALL Delmar School District parents: You need to opt your child out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. If they started already, do not let them take one more second of this test. Refuse The Test! The Network of Public Education is calling for a National Opt Out of these high-stakes tests. They aren’t effective at all, and everyone knows it. These tests are being used for nefarious purposes. Do not believe the lies coming out of Governor Markell and the Delaware Department of Education. They care more about corporate profit than your child. It doesn’t matter if your kid is smart. It doesn’t matter if you are Democrat or Republican. What matters is your child, and their education. This is not education. It is a mockery of education.
Please give the principal of your child’s school a letter on Monday morning indicating you are opting your child out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Let the school know you want your child to receive academic instruction while the other kids are taking the test. If they tell you that you can’t opt your child out, look them in the eye and say “Yes I can, and if you make my child take this test I will call the police.” To get support from other parents, please join the Opt Out Delmar Facebook page.
Every school district and charter school needs this on the agenda for their next board meeting. Except for Capital and Delmar. Capital passed this type of resolution last October, and Delmar discussed it in their February meeting for a future vote. It’s great to see the Christina Board joining the party. Any takers for when Brandywine gets this going?
The Delmar School District Board of Education is considering a parent opt out resolution like the one Capital School District’s Board passed last October. This resolution would allow a parent to opt their child out of the state assessment, currently the Smarter Balanced Assessment, without any penalty or punishment to the student.
If you are in the area, and would like to support this school board, please attend their meeting tomorrow night, February 23rd and give public comment to support this resolution. Or you can email their board at the following email addresses:
Shawn Brittingham, President: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Burton, Jr., Vice-President: email@example.com
Thomas Elliott: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason Coco: email@example.com
Farrah Morelli: firstname.lastname@example.org
To see their agenda, see below: