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
Delaware Academy of Safety and Security will look very different next year. After surviving their formal review and getting their enrollment up to an acceptable level, the culling began today when 2/3rds of their staff AND Principal Herbert Sheldon got their walking papers. They will still be there until the end of the school year, but many aren’t happy.
The Dean of Students and Discipline, Dakevis Matthews…gone
Director of Public Safety, David Wainwright…gone
Operations Specialist, Lisa Flynn…gone
Office Manager, Tara Williams…gone
Behavior Interventionist (listed on their website as a Behavior Interventionalist), Marcus Bazemore…gone
The odd part is that Sheldon did the firings. But when he wouldn’t accept a lesser position, he was on the chopping block as well. We ALL know where these firings are coming from. That would be Board President Margie Lopez-Waite. A few months ago, she dropped their Academic Director, Erica Thomas, like a bag of hot potatoes after the school got reamed in their formal review meeting at the DOE. But if Margie is still involved in a year or so I would be shocked. And this is why charter schools need to be unionized. So this kind of bloodbath doesn’t happen. Many of the staff that were fired were directly responsible for getting their enrollment to where it needed to be. Their reward? This. So if you EVER want to be a teacher at ANY charter school Margie Lopez Waite is involved in, you might want to put body armor on your back so the knife doesn’t penetrate too deep.
And to think I actually congratulated Margie on DAPSS surviving their formal review… it’s going to take a lot of mouthwash for me to erase those words! Had I known THIS was what she planned, those words would have never come out of my mouth. You see, these are people’s lives here. Their jobs, their income, their security. What happened to all that extra training and support Colonial was going to give these teachers? Where are the new teachers going to come from? TFA? Relay? We all know Colonial has been boasting about their relationship with Relay. Not cool, not cool at all. For Margie… a school (even a charter school) is not the same as the banking world. DAPSS is not MBNA. You can’t run a school like a bank.
As a protest is forthcoming tomorrow in front of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church due to the termination of the much-loved and respected Head of School Cindy Mann at Padua Academy, the Board of Trustees for the school sent out a letter today regarding their opinion of the firing. They do NOT agree with Father Nicholas Waseline’s decision yesterday.
The controversial decision, based on the firing of Mann because she would not allow Father Waseline to dip into the Padua Academy coffers, has caused a tremendous outcry from students, alumni, teachers, and even the former Head of School.
In a February news bulletin from their website, Father Waseline talks about his plan to pillage Padua’s finances to boost the parish. But what he has done is alienate parishioners, some of whom have sworn to stop giving to the parish until Mann is reinstated:
Excellence in education is recognized as a current and ongoing reality at Padua Academy. It is, without doubt, one of the best secondary schools in the region. Padua Academy retains its identity as a Parish School, even though 97% of the students who attend, and their families, are not parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Parish. The school is well-positioned for success – it is professionally managed, financially viable and maintains an admissions waiting list. Most of the Academy graduates attend the best colleges and universities in the country and beyond. We are grateful for Padua Academy’s accomplishments and outstanding reputation. The financial corollary of the fact that only 3% of Padua’s students are parishioners is that virtually no financial support from a majority of student families flows to the parish in terms of offertory contributions. When the significant number of Padua students were parishioners, their families were regular financial contributors to the parish. With the current demographics of today’s Padua students and families in mind, the parish has determined that a “Stewardship Assessment” of Padua revenue will be established to restore the offertory income no longer available to the parish and reconcile the value of the Padua campus within the parish portfolio of assets.
Might want to rethink this one Father Waseline!
The Padua Academy Head of School, Cindy Mann, was fired today. A letter went out to parents from Father Nicholas Waseline. Students and parents are furious. A protest from students is taking place on Monday. But the reason for her termination is more shocking than the actual firing.
According to sources, Waseline approached Mann about transferring money from Padua to St. Anthony’s. While Padua has become a well respected school, St. Anthony’s is struggling. Mann said no to the transfer and was fired for insubordination. Padua is a part of St. Anthony’s parish, but it was created to run separately in administration. Meaning Waseline, who oversees both, went against the organizational foundation Padua was built on. The grade school, St. Anthony School, is grades K-8 while Padua Academy serves 9-12.
It is never a good idea, even in a private school setting, to get rid of those who make something great. And when that termination reason is based on something unethical? Definitely not a good idea! But when it comes from a Catholic Priest. Even worse!
According to Fox29 Philly, a teacher at East Side Charter School in Wilmington was fired on Tuesday after alleged physical abuse against a 10 year old female student.
Without a note, she says her teacher refused to let her in class. When she tried to walk through the classroom door a few minutes later, she said the 27-year-old male teacher picked her up and slammed her against a bulletin board.
The girl told her mother when she got home, according to the article. She was taken to A.I. DuPont Hospital and was diagnosed with a bruised elbow. Her arm is in a sling according to the picture in the article. Charges are expected against the unnamed teacher today. He began his tenure at Eastside this January.
Teachers hate reading this kind of stuff. They know people will start saying this happens all the time and teachers get scrutinized over it. To be clear, this does not happen all the time. When it does happen though, I feel it is worth writing about. When I see 27-year-old teacher who just started in January, I have to wonder where the teacher came from. I know Eastside utilizes Teach for America and Relay Graduate School, which I find to be ineffective fast-prep teacher programs.
I do want to salute Eastside for taking quick and decisive action with this case. It looks like there was surveillance video which is now in the hands of the Wilmington Police.
Delaware has over 13,000 teachers. A few bad apples should not upset the whole cart. I just hope the student in this case is okay and is able to return to an education setting without fear of punishment after getting to school a few minutes late.