FYI, They were using that trash phrase human capital for teachers then too, and I called her out on it directly in this interview.
Originally posted on Exceptional Delaware:
This was my son’s math homework tonight. My son with special needs. This was his first day of division. Can someone, in the name of all that is holy, tell me exactly what the hell this is? I know what it’s supposed to be. But it is not. It is a confusing, prime example of the agony that is Common Core. Students should not be subjected to this. My son is in tears right now, missing his 4th grade teacher and he hates 5th grade. This isn’t what school should be about. It shouldn’t be this hard. It should be about learning at an appropriate grade level.
This isn’t even 5th grade level work with this kind of math. This is 7th grade or 8th grade. Really? Delaware and any state that is using this curriculum needs to be ashamed of themselves. And you want to test my special needs…
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I will offer comments in Red to today’s editorial contribution from our Governor.
(Editor’s note: Sept. 17 is the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. To observe Constitution Day, we asked Gov. Jack Markell to reflect on the meaning of the Constitution’s Preamble.)
While the preamble to our national constitution sets out the mission for our federal government, its vision cannot be realized without the leadership of states. DID YOU KNOW THAT THE 10TH AMENDMENT RESERVES TO THE STATES THOSE THINGS NOT EXPRESSLY GIVEN TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? I HAVE AN IDEA, DO A WORD SEARCH OF THE CONSTITUTION: TYPE IN “EDUCATION” AND HIT RETURN. THEN STARE AT YOUR RESULT: “phrase not found”
Our brave first responders help to insure domestic tranquility, while the National Guard is called upon to provide for the common defense. State courts are necessary to establish justice. And we promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty by providing access to housing, health care and schools.
In the process, states’ roles in advancing our society transcend their borders. We act, in the words of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Who also said this other thing our Governor says he embraces while empowering secret charter bill task forces with no minutes that the AG said broke FOIA laws: https://twitter.com/GovernorMarkell/status/385913871707684864 as “laboratories of democracy.” As Brandeis explains, a “state may, if its citizens choose Pay attention to this phrase folks … try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”
The Affordable Care Act, based on Massachusetts’ health care reform, AND NOT CHOSEN BY DELAWAREANS TO BE A LAW is perhaps the most prominent recent example of a state innovation guiding national efforts to address our country’s challenges. Earlier this year, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy visited Delaware to highlight our efforts to clean up power plants and reduce dirty air emissions, including through a partnership with neighboring states. That work helped shape the President’s new Clean Power Plan.
Delaware has a special obligation to serve as a laboratory of democracy – to innovate and figure out what works BUT ONLY IF WE LET PEOPLE CHOOSE, RIGHT? LIKE FISKER, RIGHT?. We are small and nimble, with the ability to quickly bring together public and private sector leaders to solve problems IN SECRET ROOMS WITH LOCKED DOORS. But we’re also diverse, with varied economies and lifestyles represented in our different geographical regions, as well as among our urban and rural areas. What works in Delaware can work anywhere. WHAT? IN ALASKA? HAWAII? ALABAMA? I DON’T THINK SO…
At a time when the country faces increasing competition from abroad and the quality of one’s education and training is more important than ever PROOF?, our state can help secure the blessings of liberty for America’s posterity OR SUCCESS, TAKE YOUR PICK, HUH?. The hard work of our educators – from preschool through high school and beyond – has given us that chance, if we are willing to make the long-term commitment to the innovations we have begun.PLEASE DON’T UNDO MY REFORMS WHEN I LEAVE, PLEASE!
First, we can transform the opportunities for low-income children to have access to the early learning they need to start school, ready for success. By raising the reimbursement rates that early childhood programs receive for serving these kids, and by paying higher rates to high-quality programs AS I DETERMINE BY MY SPECIAL RUBRIC, we’ve already seen the number of low-income children in the best programs more than double in three years WITH NO FOLLOWUP TO CONTNUED SUCCESS AND WHILE BLACKLISTING HIGH QUALITY PROGRAMS UNWILLING TO SUBMIT TO THE OPPRESSIVE YOKE OF FEDERAL DOLLARS YOU CONSUME SO VERY REGULARLY. We must continue to ensure programs have the resources they need to improve, recognizing that high-quality early learning has shown to be the best investment our country can make in economic development.
Second, Delaware is effectively transitioning to the Common Core education standards thanks to the leadership of our administrators and the educators in our classrooms CHOSEN BY DELAWAREANS? OR WONKS LIKE YOU AND THE DOE AND THE SBE? NO REAL NEED TO ANSWER, WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWER.. They have benefited from a voluntary statewide initiative called Common Ground, BENEFITTED HOW? BECAUSE YOU SAY SO? BECAUSE PHOTO OPS? BECAUSE FEEL GOOD? HOW? which meets individual school needs for resources and support for teachers. That program has also brought together educators throughout the state to share best practices and develop lesson plans. Raising expectations for our students to be ready for college or career is critical across the country and Delaware can set an example by tackling this issue successfully. ANY EVIDENCE THAT CCSS IS A NECESSARY PREDICATE FOR YOUR STATEMENT REGARDING COLLEGE AND CAREER READY? DIDN’T THINK SO.
Finally, while college isn’t for everyone, it’s clearly important for the next generation to have access to higher education. Delaware leads the country in identifying assistance that students need through our advanced data system that tracks student progress DELAWAREANS CHOSE THIS? OR YOU DID?. In addition, our program to offer free, school-day SAT testing to all high-schoolers helps us know who is on track for college. We provide all of our college-ready students with the information and resources, including application fee waivers to those who qualify. And students receive assistance with their applications and financial aid forms in schools. Last year, every college-ready student in Delaware AS DETERMINED BY YOU AND YOUR ARBITRARY 1550 CUT SCORE ON THE SAT YOU GAVE FOR FREE (READ TAXPAYER MONIES) THUS ELIMINATING THOUSANDS OF COLLEGE READY APPLICANTS SCORING BELOW 1550 applied, and 98 percent enrolled, compared with only 82 percent to 86 percent in prior years.
Delaware has a long, honorable tradition of leading progress in our country. A desegregation lawsuit brought by our state’s first African-American attorney, Louis Redding, helped pave the way for the Brown v. Board of Education case that outlawed racial discrimination in schools nationwide. Delawareans invented and operationalized the nation’s first flour mill, resulting in a surge of economic growth. And the successful Jobs for America’s Graduates program, founded by Gov. DuPont, has effectively helped many of the most at-risk students across the country to graduate and pursue careers.
Now, Delaware has an opportunity to help America become a more perfect union by securing our nation’s future. I’m confident we are up to the task.BUT YOU SAID BECAUSE WE CAN CHOOSE THESE THINGS, BUT THEN YOU LISTED THINGS YOU DID UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS, THE OPPOSITE OF SUNLIGHT. SURE COULD USE SOME LYSOL RIGHT ABOUT NOW…YEAH,
First let me thank the Board, Supt. Daugherty, the administrators, the teachers and parents of Red Clay for all they do for public education and the children of Delaware and for allowing me to speak before you this evening.
I’ve never spoken before this Board since my 25th District is composed entirely of the Christina School District, but tonight I must relay an important message with a great urgency so that you and all the stakeholders in Red Clay might be forewarned regarding an ongoing threat to the autonomy, responsibility, and authority that this district and all school districts in Delaware are currently granted by Delaware law.
I don’t intend to dwell on the difficulties that districts and their managing teams are burdened with, exacerbated in part by the failure of this Administration and Legislature to adequately restore funding cuts that have resulted in the disappearance of many legitimate and helpful programs that give all public school children access to learning opportunities.
I do, however, hope to sound the alert regarding an insidious and misrepresented attempt to wrest the authority and ability of the Board, administrators and teachers to properly educate our children under the guise of unproven education reform contrivances such as the recently announced “priority school within the partnership zone” plan from DOE. Due to a lack of time and the complexity of this proposal and the process used to force it I will not get into a detailed account of how offensive it is for this plan to dishonestly present itself as some type of enhanced funding mechanism available to failing schools (that designation is also debatable) and minority and socio-economically disadvantaged student bodies when almost all of the money will not reach the classroom. It should not be lost on you that this roll out and offering of money is intended, in my opinion, to encourage public pressure be placed on the districts if they dare to reject or even question the validity and effectiveness of this plan.
Perhaps most upsetting to me and hopefully to you as elected representatives of your taxpayers and the children and families in your district is the fact that this unholy deal that DOE and the Administration is offering with this ultimatum, couched as an MOU, will put pennies on the table that will not reach the classrooms or children and will cost the districts and taxpayers dollars to access.
More offensively, there has been an incessant drumbeat of negativity in public and through media manipulation, falsely claiming that the districts are incompetent, educators are failing, and administrators are bereft of ability and traditional public schools are abject failures. This dishonest message is resonating with an unknowing and unaware public and is used as a propaganda tool to demonize public schools and encourage a move to privatization or state takeover. Wait until you try to counter that false propaganda in order to pass your next necessary and legitimate referendum.
Finally, please allow me to summarize. This DOE process of unilaterally crafting a plan with absolutely no stakeholder input or dialogue and then presenting it piecemeal to separate stakeholders, in what can best be described as an isolation booth type atmosphere, is exactly the failure to communicate and be transparent that DOE has foisted upon local districts in the past in their ambition to coerce and intimidate local elected governance into submissiveness, assuring that the myriad of flaws will go unquestioned and unchallenged.
I will be available for any dialogue and discussion outside the confines and time constraints of this public meeting.
You should be aware that in the context of a legal and moral definition of a “Memorandum of Understanding” this contrivance, unilaterally crafted and composed by DOE is not an MOU. It is nothing more than an ultimatum comprised of unproven and false presumptions demanding an unconditional surrender of the authority and responsibilities you are legally vested with. A legitimate MOU is a contractual agreement put in writing which has been discussed and composed by all stakeholders before it is submitted to a demand for signatures. It is a product of compromise, dialogue and clarification of facts and intentions between and including all affected stakeholders.
Until and unless DOE, Secretary Murphy and the Governor are willing to engage in an honest and frank dialogue and negotiation with all the stakeholders, before crafting such a potentially damaging agreement and insisting you sign onto it, I am strongly advising that the Board, the Superintendent, and DSEA reject this proposal out of hand and demand that DOE return next year to engage in a meaningful dialogue with all parties which could result in an effective and legitimate MOU agreement that will benefit and not harm Delaware’s public school system and children.
Please note the one unadulterated reality here. Refusing to sign the MOU may not stop an ill-advised State takeover of these schools but signing the MOU will guarantee that the districts and boards will have no legal recourse or appeal when there is a takeover.
State Representative John A. Kowalko Jr.
25th District Delaware
Originally posted on Minding My Matters:
Tonight I had the pleasure of attending a well-run presentation by the Delaware State Education Association (DSEA) related to the Delaware Performance Appraisal System, currently in a revised state of its second iteration (DPAS II (r) ), and it got me thinking.
It is no secret that I am a card-carrying, wristband-wearing, federal Department of Education-occupying, National Education Association (independent) caucus member of the BadAss Teachers Association, and have been a member since a few short weeks after its inception. My daughter and I own matching opt-out t-shirts, and I fully plan to send a notification to her school this year stating that she will not be taking the Smarter assessment, formerly known as the Smarter Balanced assessment.
However, I am a firm believer that one may not complain if one does not participate in the process, and furthermore that one may not complain with opinions and anecdotal evidence. “Show…
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I see Dallas ISD schools (Broad), DC Public Schools (Rhee), ed.gov (Duncan), wallacefoundation (broad, gates, wallace) and the Harvard think tank favored by our Governor. I see these thing s after loading the MOU to an anti-plagiarism portal.
Honestly, not surprised a bit.
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