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
Enough is enough already. This guy has been walking around since the 1990s with fraud and abuse of taxpayer funds in his rearview mirror as he walks around like he is the Al Capone of Delaware. If the Delaware Attorney General’s office won’t act, the people will force them to!
Please sign the Change.org petition at the below link. I was really hoping Attorney General Matt Denn would take significant action against Patrick Miller but he failed, plain and simple. Now it is incumbent on incoming Attorney General Kathleen Jennings to reopen the investigations into Patrick Miller, not only at the Indian River School District but also the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company.
Change.org Petition: The People Demand A Full Investigation Into Patrick Miller!
The Delaware General Election is in five days. As citizens of The First State cast our votes, we think of many issues that affect how we decide. It could be education or taxes or environmental issues. Many of us vote just for the political party we belong to. But there is one thing that no Delaware elected official or candidate will even whisper because of the firestorm that will be unleashed upon them if they do. Continue reading
I’ve been pretty hard on Delaware Governors in the past four plus years. But sometimes they do things that make me think about things they do that are not directly related to bad education policy. Things that will make Delaware a better place in the long run. Two weeks ago, Delaware Governor John Carney signed Executive Order #24 which makes Delaware a trauma-informed state. This is something we need in Delaware. Delaware is not the best state for mental health services. Families are crying out for help. Sometimes they get it but a lack of training or proper services can turn that help into an issue. 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 has almost been a year since Delaware Governor John Carney announced his intention to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Christina Wilmington Schools. This partnership between his office, the Christina School District, the Christina Board of Education, and the Delaware Department of Education has been missing one key ingredient. Until today. The Christina Education Association came up with a new MOU which was publicly released today. If this passes, the stage is set for the consolidation of the Christina Wilmington schools. Continue reading
Delaware Governor John Carney and former Delaware Governor Jack Markell cut the ribbon on the three-mile Jack Markell bike trail today up in Wilmington. This memorializes Jack Markell and all the advocacy work he did for biking in Delaware.
The first photo was taken from Markell’s cross-country bike ride in the Summer of 2017. Delaware Senator David Sokola, pictured with Markell, accompanied Markell on about half of his journey. The second picture was satirical in nature on my part, comparing Jack Markell to the even more amazing cross-country biker, Forrest Gump.
As I delve into year five on this blog, sometimes it is healthy to take a look back at my humble beginnings. From the crazy legislation I proposed in 2014 to my modern-day attempt to get a Secretary of Education removed from power, it has been a crazy four plus years! It started out with a plan and turned into so much more! Continue reading
When you have family in the same fire company as Patrick Miller, the fraud/theft king of Delaware, your perspective might be a bit off. For State Representative Stephen Smyk, he might as well give up his seat in the House chamber to Patrick Miller after what he said on the radio this morning!
According to Governor Carney’s public schedule, he might get some blisters on his fingers from signing so many bills. Tomorrow and Wednesday he will be signing 29 bills at various times of the day. In the education world, two big bills will get the ink. The long awaited House Bill #292 which makes drastic changes to the Delaware Autism Program will finally become law. Another big one is Senate Bill #172 which takes steps to improve transparency in education funding. It doesn’t go far enough in my opinion. Nothing will until the public can see where every penny in public education goes.
To see the 29 bills being signed and what they are about, please see below. Continue reading
Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting, under the policies of Delaware Governor John Carney, has transformed the Delaware Department of Education into a support organization. Before Bunting, Carney recognized the DOE as an enforcement organization during former Governor Jack Markell’s two terms. Carney put it on Bunting to make that transformation. Did she succeed? Continue reading
I’m hearing from multiple sources the Wilmington Christina schools are having problems of epic proportions. Teachers are leaving these schools in epic numbers. Continue reading
Allison Reardon, the State Solicitor for the Delaware Department of Justice, wrote a legal opinion on a Freedom of Information Act complaint last week. Even though DOJ ruled the complaint was not a FOIA violation, the answer from Christina School District shows Delaware seems woefully lost in terms of being able to decipher education funding. Continue reading
It appears there was collusion going on between various Delaware agencies when it came to the Indian River School District audit investigation in 2016. As a result of that collusion, Patrick Miller walks free and Susan Bunting became the Delaware Secretary of Education. Continue reading
Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting informed the State Board of Education yesterday she had lunch with State Senator David Sokola and State Rep. Earl Jaques. As heads of the Senate and House Education Committee, Bunting said it was to discuss upcoming legislation. Could this lead to state takeover of school districts in Delaware? Continue reading
Editor’s note: Billie Jo Casapulla Bullock worked at the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company until July 12th, 2018. She volunteered there for seven years as an Emergency Medical Technician. She was suspended in early June. The board of the fire department, after a vote by the fire company, terminated Bullock after she had come forward about her discovery of financial improprieties stemming from Patrick Miller and had gone public. Miller has seven relatives as members of the fire company. Today, Bullock sent an email to every single legislator in the state along with Governor Carney, Attorney General Matt Denn, State Treasurer Ken Simpler and the Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission.
I am asking that the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company be looked into for fraud, abuse of authority and abuse of public trust. It has been found by myself and the treasurer that the President Patrick Miller has been doing the above. There is such a dictatorship at the company that the members are afraid to speak up and take action. This is what the treasurer sent to the fire chief after the vice president would not take action against the president and suspend him until an investigation was complete.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: “Michael Eisenhauer” <email@example.com>
To: “‘Steven Deery'” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 3:05 PM
Subject: SCBA grant
It appears that FEMA intends to fund our grant. I had to fill out paperwork for the bank to be aware of direct deposit of funds from FEMA. Mike Penzotti called me and said that this is the process when they decide to fund grants. My concern is this. The Delaware Congressional Team will get involved and if we have issues that they become aware of I think we can kiss the grant goodbye. There is one single issue that should have resulted in the suspension of the president. He has been getting the News Journal since 2012and having it paid on the Credit Card. He gets on the computer and inputs “News Journal (or Newspaper) Electronic version”, $15.00 and now it is $22.00 a month. A member asked me for the password to read the paper but I don’t have it so I went to find it. IRVFC does not have a subscription to the News Journal. What the Company has been paying for since 2012, is for the Sunday print edition of the News Journal delivered to Patrick Miller. (editor’s note: I took out Mr. Miller’s home address and phone #.) For the past 90 months the president for the most part has been falsifying company records for his personal gain. I have documented a persistent pattern of abuse of authority and dishonesty on behalf of the President of Indian Rive Volunteer Fire Company. I tested Mario Street and he took the information to Patrick and after that I quit communicating with Mario. Mario made a serious error by using his position at SUSCOM to get at BJ and he well feel more than just the heat in the near future.
Now, it is up to you Steven.
Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.
This letter shows just one thing that is happening. This is just the TIP of the iceberg After the treasurer and myself started to investigate we uncovered a substantial amount of misappropriated funds from Patrick Miller .
We all know how much the volunteer fire companies in the state receives from state and county funding. This is tax payers money and I feel that there needs to be more accountability within the fire companies to stop fraud.
There are many other organizations that could use this funding if the fire companies are going to lie cheat and steal.
I can say that the other fire companies that have found fraud stepped up and took action against the abuser, this is not the case for Indian River because Patrick Miller controls everything within the company. Just like he did when he was the CFO at the Indian River School District. He is still the same person and nothing has change and as you can see he has been abusing his trust at the fire company for a very long time.
To this day nothing has been done and Patrick Miller has been able to continue to do the above mentioned actions to now include trying to hide what he has done. The financial oversight committee did request the state to do an investigation and Patrick Miller stopped that from happening. At this point I think it is going to take the state to step in and take action to resolve this issue and bring trust back to the company and community.
Thank you for your time in this serious matter,
Billie Jo Bullock
Editor’s note: Wow! Patrick Miller is at it again. Not a state secret. I’ve written about this before. The problem is he keeps getting away with it. At this point, I can only surmise that if he goes down he will take a ton of people down with him. Including Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting. Even though I’ve made Carney and Delaware aware of her knowledge of his theft in Indian River School District, they are ignoring it. They don’t know what to do with it. So they continue to act like a deer in a headlight. Meanwhile, the rampant theft continues. I believe the State Auditor’s office already has a lot of the information Bullock references. But according to Miller, there is no investigation going on. The Delaware State Fire Prevention Commission has yet to act on any of this. Their next board meeting is next Tuesday but they don’t have an agenda for their meeting. Which breaks FOIA law because that has to be put up on their website or on the Delaware Public Meeting calendar seven days before their meeting. I would file a FOIA complaint but how many times can I do that with no accountability? Sigh…
I would like to give immense praise and gratitude to Billie Jo Casapulla Bullock to stand tall in the face of this. It takes a very courageous person to come forward and do what is right. As a result, she was terminated. That is retaliation. That is illegal. And it isn’t the first time this happened with Miller. He is a walking, talking, and breathing menace to Delaware. We have too many scumbags like that in this state. I know some legislators did respond to Bullock and she gives her thanks.
We stand at a crossroads in Delaware. We the people can no longer ignore the shenanigans going on here. It is time to call people out, loudly and publicly. Whether it is personal or in the public’s right to know, things MUST change. Our state government is doing nothing. I have many ideas on how to really change things. I would love to hear your thoughts. There will be more on this soon.
In February of 2017, during the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center crisis, a Delaware Department of Education employee working as a Prison Education Teacher gave information to the News Journal about the situation. The next month, Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting fired him for “misconduct in office and willful neglect of duty” according to public court documents. Continue reading
On August 8th, Delaware Governor John Carney signed Senate Bill #242 which allows the State of Delaware to enter into Pay For Success contracts. The legislation sets the parameters for how this will work. In a nutshell, an investor or organization pitches a program to a state agency and fronts all the money for it. If the program is a success, the state pays them. If it fails, they are out. How will this work in public education? Continue reading