I lost one of my best friends on Thursday.  My faithful companion of over 15 years, my dog Dixxie.  I miss her but I know she is in a place with no more pain.  She gets to watch over her family all the time.  It would take the same amount of time to tell her story, but these are the highlights.

Dixxie remembered the first time she met them.  She saw this man and woman looking for cat food.  The man said hi to her and she looked up at him, tilting her head.  The man said “We have to get her!”  She wanted that too.  They seemed very nice.  About an hour or so later, Dixxie walked out with her new Mom and Dad.

My Dog Turned 100 Years Old, Figured That Out Without Common Core!

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My dog Dixxie turned 100 years old today.  This is in dog years obviously.  She was born March 1st, 2001.  If “dog years” are 7 years for every 1 human year, today is the day she would turn 100 years old.  Had I tried figuring this out using some convoluted jacked up Common Core method, I probably would have missed this and I would have missed her centenarian day.  The things you think about when you are picking up groceries the night before!

So Happy Birthday Dixxie!  You have brought a lot of joy to our home and we all love you!

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Delaware Priority Schools Takeover

Last night the Red Clay Consolidated School District Board signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the three priority schools in their district.  They tweaked the original a bit, not allowing a superintendent  to make $160,000 a year, but rather the district salary for that position.  As well, it states these schools shall not become charter schools in the event of a takeover, but the loopholes in the MOU automatically revert back to the state code and regulation which would allow this anyways.  It was a punch in the gut for RCEA President Mike Matthews.

Meanwhile, in Dover, my 13 year old dog Dixxie had a seizure.  We aren’t sure what’s wrong with her, but we are waiting on blood work to come back to figure out our next step.  This event, in addition to the fact that I’ve been under the weather the past couple days, has distracted me from writing a lot about these events happening with the priority schools.  Family first!  This caused a lot of stress for my son.  Dixxie has been around longer than he has, so she is just as much a part of his family as Mom and Dad.  It was touch and go for a little while there, and trying to keep the dog calm and my son was tough.  But we all made it through, and spirits are back up today.

I am very concerned about the precedent the Red Clay decision sets for all public school districts in Delaware.  It allows them to be bullied into submission.  I still fear there will come a day when priority school districts happen, which will allow for full takeover by more charter schools.

I really wanted to go to the state board of education meeting today, but it doesn’t look like an option right now.  I will certainly keep you up to date when I find out more information throughout the day.  In the meantime, please say a prayer for Dixxie!