In an article on Delaware Public Media concerning the status of the charter school audit bills, State Rep. Earl Jaques spun a web of lies about State Rep. Kim Williams, the sponsor of the bill. He gave a quote to reporter Sarah Mueller stating Rep. Williams never approached him about the bill. But Williams didn’t take it lying down. Nor should she. Continue reading
The funny thing about facts, my friends, is that despite the attempts of the board, they cannot be interpreted. They cannot be changed, and they cannot be maligned for they are facts. And the facts are that this Board violated state laws, DOE rules and regulations and maybe even criminal code laws.
So yes, our books are pristine. Every dollar is accounted for. The problem is the dollars and where they went. Where they buried those invoices under what budget lines. Because it’s there. And if the State Auditor would do her job we could actually find that out.
Odyssey Charter School is in trouble. Big trouble. On the dawn of their final Charter School Accountability Committee meeting for their formal review this Monday, an article by Delaware Public Media came out showing even more financial abuse going on at the Greek-themed charter school. Meanwhile, the CSAS initial report came out along with the transcript for their public hearing and they are explosive! The transcript reveals what has been going on with teachers at the school and what led to the eventual decision to unionize. Continue reading
Earl Jaques is abusing his position as Chair of the House Education Committee while Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf sits back and lets it all go down. But Schwartzkopf will protect his buddy Kathy McGuiness at any cost. Continue reading
When the Odyssey Charter School debacle that made Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness look like she was in cahoots with her Greek friends on the Odyssey board became public, it was obvious a change needed to happen. State Reps. Kim Williams and John Kowalko introduced a new bill today that would give the General Assembly, the Governor, the state Attorney General, or the Secretary of Education more power to force the Auditor of Accounts Office to do audits for charter schools:
(4)a. The Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Department, or General Assembly, including a house, joint committee, committee, or member of the General Assembly, may request the Auditor of Accounts conduct or contract for an audit of a charter school’s business and financial transactions, records, and accounts if 1 of the following applies:
1. The Public Integrity Commission makes an advisory finding under § 5807(c) of Title 29 or final finding under § 5810 of Title 29 that a violation of § 5805 or § 5806 of Title 29 has occurred.
2. The Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Department, or General Assembly, including a house, joint committee, committee, or member of the General Assembly has evidence of a violation of State law or regulation or the misuse of State money.
b. The Auditor of Accounts shall conduct or contract for an audit of a charter school’s business and financial transactions, records, and accounts if requested under paragraph (d)(4)a. of this section.
c. The audit the Auditor of Accounts conducts or contracts for under this paragraph (d)(4) of this section must comply with generally accepted accounting principles.
d. When an audit is conducted or contracted for under this paragraph (d)(4) of this section, the Auditor of Accounts shall file a written report containing the information under § 2909(b) of Title 29 with the Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the Department, and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives who shall distribute the report to the members of the General Assembly and the Controller General and Director of the Division of Research.
The bill’s Senate Prime is Jack Walsh, along with co-sponsors including Reps. Baumbach, Bennett, Brady, Longhurst, Matthews, Mitchell, Osienski, Smith, and Viola along with Senators Delcollo, Pettyjohn, Poore, Sokola and Wilson. Some of these names are very interesting, including Smith and Sokola who have long been champions for charter schools. But perhaps they are realizing that Delaware can no longer tolerate the financial malfeasance going on at Delaware’s charters.
The next step for this bill will be the House Education Committee. It remains to be seen if Chair of the committee, Rep. Earl Jaques, will let it be heard before June 30th. If not, it would carry over into the second leg of the 150th General Assembly which begins in January, 2020.
On June 5th, McGuiness wrote a long letter to members of the General Assembly about why she is choosing not to have her office begin an investigative audit into Odyssey Charter School. I don’t agree with her reasoning whatsoever and no one has ever done this before in the Auditor’s office when it comes to a charter school audit.
Shocking documents, never seen before by the public, give a shocking look at what led to the closure of Design Thinking Academy. As usual, it is not based on academics but adult decisions and a corrupt board of directors. Continue reading
On April 2nd, the Delaware Public Integrity Commission wrote a letter to the Odyssey Charter School Board of Directors which showcased a plethora of financial improprieties, conflicts of interest, and co-mingled interests involving their board and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA). The Odyssey Board of Directors has nine members, five of which belong to AHEPA. Currently, Odyssey is beginning a formal review by the Delaware Department of Education after the State Board of Education voted to place the charter school under review last week.
The letter concludes with the following: Continue reading
A clean slate.
2019 is here. We have many newly elected officials in Delaware. Legislators, a State Auditor, a State Treasurer, and an Attorney General. They all have a once in a lifetime chance to begin something new and to start a new conversation.
Even the ones I have gone after in the past have a clean slate. Their world is just beginning no matter how they got there. They have a golden opportunity to do more than the status quo. They have a chance to steer Delaware in a new and better direction.
Beginning today, we will see these public officials being sworn in to their new roles. In exactly a week from now, many new State Reps and State Senators will become a vital part of the public eye. What they do and how they do it will become the foundation of their future.
Who will go against the grain? Who will put the needs of Delaware citizens over corporate interests? Who will dare to fight their own party for what is right and just? We will find out.
In modern times, Tabula Rasa was the title of the third episode of the hit television show, LOST. As we slowly learned about the secrets harbored by the survivors of Oceanic 815, we also see that they are beginning anew. Despite the history they had before the island, they had the chance to start over again in their present circumstance. This is the reality of all the new elected officials in Delaware.
I will give all of them a chance. And I mean ALL of them. Even the one I have written about the most on here. Because, as of tomorrow, that person will be in a very unique position and how she does that will be the truest testament to her character and I truly hope she rises above my expectations. I will believe they all mean what they say and how they want to make life better for Delaware. If they slip and fall, I will be there. If they succeed, I will be there. I am watching them with curious eyes. In my eyes, it is about more than political party. I have always believed that. It is about doing what is right, especially for kids. Because they don’t always have a voice and they truly don’t care about Democrats or Republicans.
Last week, the News Journal reported Kathleen Davies won her Merit Employee Review Board appeal hearing. She will be reinstated at the Auditor of Accounts office after a two and a half-year ordeal. She ran for State Auditor but lost to opponent Kathy McGuiness in the September 6th Primary. McGuiness won the General Election so the two women will soon be working in the same building.
Eric Morrison wrote a guest piece on this saga and what it means for Delaware: Continue reading
Last week, Delawareans decided to put Kathy McGuiness in the State Auditor position. Not all Delawareans, that is, but enough for her to win. It’s not like I didn’t warn you all for the past year. According to the Cape Gazette, McGuiness hasn’t decided if she will vacate her position as Rehoboth Commissioner. Hello Delaware, can you say conflict of interest? Continue reading
Did Kathy McGuiness and another powerful Delaware figure work behind the scenes to get someone from the Auditor of Accounts office a new job following the News Journal smear campaign against Kathleen Davies?
In eight days, Delaware will elect a new State Auditor. It is between Kathy McGuiness (Democrat) and James Spadola (Republican). While McGuiness’ has vowed the office would be completely independent, as has Spadola, the lingering plotline of the destruction of Kathleen Davies still has questions. One of those questions surrounds the destination of one of the architects of Davies’ ouster at the Auditor of Accounts office (AOA). Continue reading
The League of Women Voters forum at Delaware State University this evening was the perfect showcase for anyone who might be on the fence about the State Auditor position. Kathy McGuiness scowled and complained her way to absurdity tonight. Continue reading
James Spadola, you should have said no. Today, Delaware State Auditor Tom Wagner appointed James Spadola, who is the Republican candidate for State Auditor, to be his Deputy in the Auditor of Accounts Office. Spadola faces Democrat candidate Kathy McGuiness in the November 6th election. Continue reading
On September 7th, I filed a Freedom of Information Act complaint against the Delaware Auditor of Accounts office. Even though I did receive the documentation for my original FOIA request regarding a contract that office entered into with Grant Thornton, it came very late. In fact, it came the day after a highly contested primary for the State Auditor position. But my FOIA complaint dealt with what I felt were illegal and unethical issues coming out of AOA. Continue reading
John Fluharty. He who suffers from that unique Delaware ailment called sitting in a job and getting paid on the taxpayer dime and doing nothing. For someone who pretends to be a Republican, he sure does like to get involved in Democrat power games. Continue reading
Only one candidate in the State Auditor race has the tenacity, patience, grit, resolve, willingness, and heart to perform the role of State Auditor. She has soul and a love for auditing second to none. She has been put through the wringer by those who didn’t want her to do her job. But she has come through that ordeal a stronger and better person. For that reason alone Kathleen Davies deserves your vote. Continue reading
With two days until the Delaware Primary, things are heating up. For the State Auditor race, some people are getting scared of a Kathleen Davies victory. So much so they are willing to torpedo their professional life so folks don’t vote for Davies. When it comes from the Auditor of Accounts office with someone who reported directly to Davies, that is very bad for that employee. The Merit Employee Review Board has not even finished their hearing but Tammy Smith feels she can say whatever she wants. I think what may shape Smith’s career is her Facebook post, not the outcome of the Primary. Continue reading
Imagine, one day, years from now, when her State Auditor days are a thing of the past. When Park City decides to reach for the brass ring. When she decides to run for Governor of Delaware. This is what Democrat voters could ultimately decide on September 6th if they collectively vote wrong.
If you thought Jack Markell was bad. If you thought John Carney was bad. You haven’t seen ANYTHING until you’ve seen Park City leading The First State in some kind of fresh hell I couldn’t imagine on my very worst day. In that kind of Hellaware, LLCs would be more important than people. She would still be talking about her $1 million in change orders when she was on Rehoboth City Council. Her days at the State Auditor’s office would be as hazy as the water next to an old DuPont plant.
To the union members in Delaware, I say this: many of you endorsed McGuiness. She wouldn’t even march with you in solidarity today. She opted to wear her own campaign regalia and walk on the sidewalks. You put your reputation and political muscle on the line for her and she couldn’t even walk with you. What does that say? This same woman who doesn’t know the difference between ABC and AFL-CIO. She used you. Don’t give her the satisfaction of giving her your vote. I’m sure your leadership would love for you to push that button. She is pushing ALL your buttons and will screw you over. You can take that to the bank. She will not protect you against Right To Work in the future any more than she pretended to on that nine degree day last January. You can trust your Marvel or you can trust me. Your choice.
Voters need to be careful what kind of doors they open when they push that person’s name on the ballot. Be smart. Vote for Kathleen Davies for State Auditor on Thursday. Not only will you see a return to more fiscal transparency in Delaware but you will also be getting the most qualified candidate ever to be State Auditor. Ignore all the pictures. They don’t mean a thing. What matters is quality, not quantity. What matters is getting the job done, not pretending you are not beholden to others when you know you are. What matters is keeping the power in check, not checking to make sure the power isn’t held accountable.
Vote Davies for State Auditor.
With four days until the Delaware 2018 Primary, the State Auditor’s race is gaining a TON of attraction this year. While some may suggest McGuiness has this locked up, I beg to differ. There are two scenarios that will play out. Whoever wins the Primary will determine who wins the General Election in November. Continue reading
During the debate on WDEL on August 30th, Delaware State Auditor candidate Kathy McGuiness was bragging about how she is an independent woman and can’t be bought. So much so, she openly admitted she sat with two polar opposite organizations. When she was asked which organizations by moderator Alan Loudell, she literally stumbled for six seconds (an eternity in a debate) before she said “the unions and the non-unions. She proudly says she has talked to “ABC” and unions. “ABC” is Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. ABC is very anti-union and promotes Right To Work.
Jimmy Maravelias, the President of the Delaware AFL-CIO, commented on Facebook about the Hockessin parade tomorrow. He said he only wants folks to march with the AFL-CIO if they are 100% with the union. Does the AFL-CIO endorsed McGuiness qualify based on her statement in the debate? You decide. My apologies on the video being sideways:
McGuiness was clearly off guard when Allan Loudell asked her “which organizations”. Message received, loud and clear!