President of the Christina School Board

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as President this past year. I will have a ceremonious role at our meeting on 7/12/11, then will not seek nor accept the role in 2011-2012. I have learned a great deal, and look forward to continuing my board duties in role as elected member only.

 

Mayor Baker, heed the clarion call: Resign Now!

You obviously cannot stop the violence in Wilmington. It’s Criminal!

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20110630/NEWS01/110630021/Police-identify-30-year-old-man-shot-death-Wilmington-home?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home

Wilmington police are investigating a shooting this morning that left a 30-year-old man dead in his home, officials said.

 

The victim was identified late this afternoon as Teiso Richardson.

Police were called to an apartment in the 200 block of W. 28th St. at about 8:20 a.m., said Master Sgt. Steven Barnes, a spokesman with the Wilmington Police Department.

There, officers found Richardson with multiple gunshot wounds, Barnes said.

 

He was pronounced dead at the scene, Barnes said.

 

The investigation is still in the preliminary stages.

 

A potential suspect was seen running from the scene west on 28th Street toward Washington Street, Barnes said. The suspect was described as a man with an Afro hairstyle wearing a black T-shirt, black sneakers and light blue Capri-style pants with a cuff at the bottom of the legs.

 

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Shane Sowden at (302) 576-3606 or Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333

RE: The AG’s office and the state Board of Education | Delaware Ed

The AG’s office and the state Board of Education | Delaware Ed

My Comments in RED

We posed some questions to the AG’s office and the state Department of Education.

Question: Why is the AG’s office writing back on behalf of the state board of education?

Answer: Each agency and board in the state of Delaware is given an attorney from the AG’s office for representation. [Speaking in the first person here for a minute: I knew the state board had an attorney because I've seen her at meetings. What I didn't know until today is that technically she's from the AG's office. If you've been to a state board of education meeting before you've seen the attorney general who wrote the note. Typically she sits at a table to the right of the audience.] From the AG’S office’s Jason Miller, a spokesman: “every agency has an assigned Deputy AG.  Some of the Deputy AG’s work physically at the location of the agency they represent, some work physically in one of our DOJ offices.”

Question: Why did the attorney say that the state Board of Education won’t read the emails?

Answer: Here’s what the state Department of Education’s Alison Kepner, a spokeswoman: “They are allowed to write to whomever they want. (This is a very inviting parent-centric statement, I am very glad the DOE spokesperson will “allow” me to write an e-mail to a paid public official) I think she was just trying to point out that as part of this process that is spelled out in code (You mean this part: Written and electronic comments must be received by the Education Associate for Charter Schools no later than the beginning of the public hearing to be included in the record(section 3.10 of Delcode Title 14 Section 200)…..How about the DOE spokesperson be helpful and tell us who this Education Associate for Charter Schools is and, better than that, streamline a communication pathway for taxpayers and parents, aka stakeholders, to get their concerns onto the record as defined by code no matter how onerous said code is)., the board members aren’t allowed legally to consider their emails (this is an insane product of an obviously flawed code. Any code that alienates stakeholders and insulates a public body from scrutiny is bad law) in their decisions, so [she was] advising the writer to submit it through the proper process so that members are allowed to consider it. If it was a different topic or wasn’t part of this process or if they didn’t want it as part of the record, then they could email.” ( Unfortunately this is typical DOE condescension spun by the spokesperson du jour)

Sad. Dr. Lowery is better than this, much better. Jack, not so much.

WooHoo We’re 36! We’re 36! We’re 36! Good job to Jack and the Chamber boys!

America’s Top States for Business 2011 – Delaware – CNBC

#36 Delaware
Previous: #35 Kentucky | Next: #37 South Carolina
Delaware
Photo: Richard Cummins | Lonely Planet Images | Getty Images
Category Score 2011 Rank 2010 Rank
Cost of Doing Business 178 31 36
Workforce 189 19 17
Quality of Life 118 48 47
Infrastructure & Transportation 113 40 44
Economy 135 22 45
Education 114 26 25
Technology & Innovation 84 32 33
Business Friendliness 200 1 1
Access to Capital 32 35 20
Cost of Living 16 35 32
OVERALL 1179 36 42

ECONOMIC PROFILE
Governor: Jack Markell (D)

Population: 897,934

GDP (2009 per capita): $61,248

Unemployment rate (May 2011): 8.0 percent

Foreclosure rate (May 2011): One per 609 households

Budget gap (projected 2011): $208 million

Corporate tax rate: 8.7 percent (1.7-8.7 percent financial institutions)

Largest employers: Bank of America, E I DuPont de Nemours, JPMorgan Chase

Sources: US Government, RealtyTrac, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, Federation of Tax Administrators, Delaware Economic Development Office

Maybe if GOvernor Markell would just do his job, we wouldn’t be #36…..So glad we’re friendly though……this would get you a poor performance appraisal warning for your upcoming review: November 2012.

America’s Top States for Business 2011 – Overall Rankings – CNBC

Overall State Cost of Business Workforce Quality of Life Economy Infrastructure & Transp. Technology & Innovation Education Business Friendliness Access to Capital Cost of Living
1 Virginia 21 12 26 8 10 11 6 2 10 24
2 Texas 33 14 32 14 1 4 27 18 4 5
3 North Carolina 9 3 33 41 3 12 18 11 11 22
4 Georgia 18 4 38 35 2 17 22 16 13 9
5 Colorado 30 7 7 26 26 14 30 6 15 33
6 Massachusetts 41 31 10 15 29 3 4 15 2 41
7 Minnesota 23 36 8 27 15 16 10 20 16 33
8 Utah 12 8 14 16 33 25 46 4 23 17
9 Iowa 1 21 18 5 37 28 15 11 35 14
10 Nebraska 17 17 12 5 31 35 20 5 35 6
11 Kansas 27 13 26 16 19 30 24 14 28 7
12 Pennsylvania 27 43 29 19 13 7 8 33 7 31
13(t) North Dakota 20 24 9 1 28 48 23 9 35 19
13(t) South Dakota 7 15 5 11 42 49 20 3 35 26
15 Indiana 8 41 40 30 21 22 12 10 14 15
16 Missouri 3 33 34 29 9 23 17 25 22 8
17 New Hampshire 37 40 2 10 45 29 7 6 20 40
18(t) Florida 40 2 31 47 8 13 35 26 9 25
18(t) Tennessee 19 9 47 46 5 24 43 8 26 2
20 Washington 43 26 13 32 18 5 14 31 8 37
21 Wyoming 34 11 4 2 38 50 18 21 35 27
22 Illinois 24 45 28 32 6 6 29 36 5 20
23 Ohio 5 50 42 24 4 15 13 42 21 13
24 Arizona 38 1 35 44 10 18 49 13 18 36
25 Wisconsin 13 46 19 22 22 21 15 28 27 23
26 New York 48 49 23 20 14 2 1 36 3 45
27 Oregon 9 33 20 48 16 20 37 23 19 38
28 Oklahoma 6 22 37 4 35 37 42 24 24 3
29 Maryland 39 38 30 12 39 10 11 18 12 44
30 New Jersey 43 32 16 42 23 8 2 41 6 46
31 Idaho 11 5 16 38 36 39 45 22 35 12
32 California 47 29 22 30 7 1 36 50 1 48
32 Arkansas 1 10 45 9 40 44 31 44 35 4
34 Michigan 27 41 35 36 10 8 34 36 31 18
35 Kentucky 4 22 46 36 16 36 32 36 34 1
36 Delaware 31 19 48 22 40 32 26 1 35 35
37 South Carolina 14 6 42 49 19 26 46 29 35 28
38 Montana 25 30 15 7 34 46 28 46 35 30
39 Connecticut 45 33 11 44 43 19 3 40 17 47
40 Maine 26 44 6 34 48 40 9 32 30 39
41 Alabama 16 16 49 39 24 33 44 29 35 11
42 Louisiana 22 25 50 28 26 34 33 26 35 21
43 New Mexico 36 28 24 25 30 31 39 46 25 29
44 Vermont 42 37 3 21 49 40 4 34 32 42
45 Nevada 35 18 44 50 25 37 50 17 29 32
46 West Virginia 15 39 38 13 44 47 38 49 35 16
47 Mississippi 31 20 41 39 32 45 48 45 35 10
48 Hawaii 50 47 1 16 46 42 40 43 33 50
49 Alaska 49 48 21 3 47 43 41 34 35 49
50 Rhode Island 46 26 24 42 49 27 24 48 35 43

 

It’s official! Jack Markell and his AG office tell PCS parents to go to hell, we will not listen to you…..

Proof:

Insane!!!!!!!! So,just so I am clear Governor….is it your position that the opinions shared with SBOE members via electronic communication ought to be ignored because they were not included in the DOE controlled version of events or because you do not value the input of parents?

This Week In Education: Thompson: Duncan Can Shoot — But Can He Rebound?

This Week In Education: Thompson: Duncan Can Shoot — But Can He Rebound?

 

Thompson: Duncan Can Shoot — But Can He Rebound?

image from www.csmonitor.comElementary teachers make .7 decisions per minute of teaching, according to research cited recently by Larry Cuban.  A teacher has 1200 to 1500 interactions with students per day.  The numbers are significant because, as Cuban explains, they show the “astonishing amount of cognitive labor” that goes into both teaching and rebounding, the “cascade of  instantaneous micro-decisions” that teachers and successful rebounders make. He concludes “effective teachers, then, like top jazz musicians and basketball rebounders improvise–decide on the spot–as they deal with both the routine and unexpected in the art of teaching.”  It’s a must-read response to posts John Merrow and I have written in the Huffington Post about how Duncan is over-focused on a narrow set of statistics and not enough on subtle classroom basics that can decide whether things go well or not. That’s Duncan in the dark shirt at the left, flat-footed and out of position, as others fight for the ball.    – JT