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
19 days ago, a student was beaten in the cafeteria of Caesar Rodney High School. Tomorrow, the student’s parents and advocate will be holding a press conference in front of the Caesar Rodney District Office.
Within two days after I broke the story about the Pulaski Kennel Cough, WDEL and The News Journal jumped on the story. The quid pro quo in Delaware media doesn’t seem to apply for the “mainstream” journalists who pick up news from the bloggers. I always link to their information, but apparently that fair play doesn’t go both ways, but I digress.
This morning, the Delaware Division of Public Health is performing a walk-through at Pulaski Elementary School. This will be followed by a 12 noon press conference at Pulaski with Christina Acting Superintendent Bob Andrzejewski, Wilmington 6th District City Councilwoman Sherry Dorsey-Walker, and a representative from the Delaware ’87ers. The purpose of the press conference will be to discuss the mold issue in the school.
For those who are downplaying this issue, it is VERY serious. And I am just putting this out there again… NO TEACHER WILL BE IN ANY WAY PENALIZED OR HAVE RAMIFICATIONS FOR TALKING ABOUT THESE ISSUES. I will expose it more than I just did on the Susan Monday show on WDEL this morning. Don’t even think I’m kidding! This doesn’t just apply to Pulaski or Christina, but any Delaware school. If you wish to remain anonymous, I will protect that right. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to talk or send pictures. These teachers speaking out about these issues are heroes and deserve whistleblower protection. They are sticking their necks out to reveal this information and if anyone gets ready to sharpen the axe, think twice…
It’s not often NBC Channel 10 from Philadelphia comes to a Delaware State Board of Education meeting, but this happened yesterday after the Parent Strike press conference outside Legislative Hall in Dover. You can watch the video here and see reporter Tim Furlong cover the events.
Parent Strike is a coordinated effort across America to take back public education from the corporate education reformers and those who would do our children irreparable harm with state standardized assessments. In Delaware, we will be celebrating this momentous day, September 17th, with other states across our country. I invite all parents and press to attend a press conference outside Legislative Hall in Dover at 12:30pm, where I will announce the violations and complaints against Governor Markell, the Delaware Department of Education, the Delaware State Board of Education, and other entities within Delaware that have contributed to this toxic environment against our children.
If you want to make a statement during the press conference, please let me know ahead of time. I will also help parents coordinate opt-out/refuse the test for their local schools.
Following this, at 1pm, is the Delaware State Board of Education meeting across the street at the Townshend Building. I invite every single parent to attend this meeting, at least for the first half hour to forty-five minutes. After they do their roll call and approval of minutes, it opens up to Public Comment. Each speaker gets three minutes to speak on a topic. Those who give public comment are not allowed to speak on an item that is up for action that day, but there is nothing in their agenda covering standardized testing or parent opt-out or Refusing The Test.
During the State Board of Education meeting, they will announce the results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment for the different sub-groups: low-income, English language learners, students with disabilities, African-American students, Hispanic Students and Asian students. This is where we will see the very real impact of the Smarter Balanced Assessment on the most vulnerable of students. They could have announced this information last week, but they chose to hold off on it. Parents will also begin to receive their children’s official report on the test that week.
Please join in and let the unelected State Board of Education know your child is more than endless data. Let them know your child is more than a pawn in their attempts to “fix” education. Let them know their vain attempts at stifling parents is not allowed. Be loud, be a parent, and let them know you will not tolerate this madness one more minute. This is Parent Strike Delaware!
Delaware Governor Jack Markell is using his executive power in manipulative ways to make sure the opt out bill, House Bill #50, doesn’t move at all. The bill is currently waiting to be heard in the House Education Committee, led by State Rep. Earl Jaques. Jaques will not put it on the agenda. The House Speaker, Pete Schwartzkopf, has also been told by Markell to make sure nothing happens with this bill. Other legislators are ignoring requests from constituents or groups that want to speak about this bill. This is the Delaware Way.
A bill that would give parents the ability to speak out on behalf of their children is being thwarted by the Governor and legislators. The rationale behind this is to wait and see what happens with the assessment committee, which is the one the Governor and Jaques have been pushing to have the DOE and districts take a look at other testing in the state. This spin from Markell is just another one of his attempts to stop parent opt out.
Meanwhile, the threats from school officials to parents continue in Delaware. Principals and administrators are taking a hard line in many districts, and parents are feeling threatened and bullied. Aside from the districts and boards that have already allowed opt out, confusion between individual schools and their home district office seems to be par for the course.
This state needs this opt out bill so parents can feel safe. No parent should be treated this way. To this end, I am calling on every parent in the state to come to a press conference outside of Legislative Hall in Dover at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 25th. The abuses in our state towards parents, teachers, students, and schools cannot and will not continue.
The time has come for ignored parents to stake our claim on education in Delaware and make our voice heard. I invite any and all media to attend.
As anyone knows, I’m not really a group joiner! But I am proud to be one of the founding members of the grassroots organization called Delaware Parents & Teachers for Public Education. Last night, another founding member named Eve Buckley attended the RCEA & CEA press conference at Warner Elementary School where the local educator associations announced their resolution of no confidence in the DOE, Mark Murphy and the State Board of Education. Here are the comments Eve gave:
After Delaware House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf gave State Representative John Kowalko the boot off of the House Education Committee and the House Energy Committee, thousands of Delawareans have voiced their displeasure at this action. Kowalko has hit the papers, blogs and the radio since then. Tomorrow, he is giving a press conference in his office at Legislative Hall in Dover. Here’s what you can expect:
All parents and students who go to the Priority Schools in the Christina School District in Delaware need to go to the Christina Educators Association (CEA) at 6:30pm and the Christina Board meeting at 7:00pm. This will be at Sarah Pyle Academy at 501 Lombard St in Wilmington.
This will most likely be a board meeting like no other. Delaware Parents & Teachers For Public Education may be making an announcement as well. Below is the agenda for the Board meeting and the press release from the CEA on the press conference. In the meantime, please sign the iPetition to voice your support against the priority school initiative (agenda).
CEA ‘Priority Schools” Press Conference
1/7/2015, 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Sarah Pyle Academy
501 N. Lombard Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
The new tentative deadline for the Christina School District to submit their revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the three Priority Schools within their district is now January 23rd. There is a catch here though. Christina must submit the draft to date by January 9th, and the deadline will be extended if the DOE feels the draft is “substantially approvable”. The Christina school board will have a meeting on Tuesday, January 20th to have a final vote on the MOU and their priority school plans and they must submit this by the next day, January 21st. As well, the Delaware DOE will be giving their final comments on Friday, January 16th.
The Christina School Board will be having a meeting on January 7th to work on the priority schools plan some more at 7:00pm. As well, the Christina Educators Association will be holding a press conference prior to the meeting at 6:30pm.
Other big meetings in January include the Delaware State Board of Education meeting on January 15th. This meeting could have a final decision on the fate of Family Foundations Academy in light of years of financial mismanagement and personal use of state funds, as highlighted this week in the well over 200 pages released by the Delaware DOE from the auditing firm of Auphsite Consulting. The Delaware 148th Assembly begins their legislative year on January 13th, and there just may be some education fireworks that launch very quickly in the form of potential legislation submitted.
For those who haven’t signed the iPetition declaring their position against the priority schools initiative, please go to http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/lets-make-priority-schools-a-real-priority-2