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

 

Scott Janssen: ‘Bad Teacher’ Movie Boasts Bad Taste #edreformFAIL

Scott Janssen: ‘Bad Teacher’ Movie Boasts Bad Taste

At theaters all across America this weekend, a new comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal hit the big screens. While a movie debuting on a Friday is nothing new, the content of this film stands out from the rest. The Bad Teacher title gives a subtle hint about the plot, and the movie’s description reads, “Some teachers just don’t give an F.” It also describes Cameron Diaz’s character, a teacher, as someone who “drinks” and who “gets high.” Though comedies shouldn’t necessarily be taken seriously, a television advertisement for the movie is what caught my attention.

The advertisement, which can be seen here, says that the United States used to have the number one educational system in the world, and we now rank 17th. The clip then proceeds to show Cameron Diaz’s character throwing a dodge ball at a child before the Bad Teacher title line appears. The implication for the ad spot is clear: America’s schooling has fallen because of bad teachers.

The timing of such an ill-advised commercial couldn’t be worse for teachers, as educators across the United States are under attack from politicians and the media. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has led a large portion of the fighting against teachers, claiming they make too much money, that they’re not effective, and that they’re too difficult to fire. He proposed a new way of judging teachers with his merit plan, a system that would judge the value of teachers based on student test data. His plan has received broad attention from media outlets, though the veracity of his boisterous arguments has either been ignored or hasn’t been sought out.

Vanderbilt University, in one of the first scientific studies of such a merit educational system, tested the theory by offering math teachers in Nashville, Tennessee, between $5,000-$15,000 if their students scored higher on a state-based examination. The results? It didn’t work, and the students didn’t score higher even with hefty incentives for the teachers. As the report concluded, “The experiment was intended to test the notion that rewarding teachers for improved scores would cause scores to rise. By and large, results did not confirm this hypothesis.”

Rather than report scientific evidence that appears to contradict popular notions like a merit system, the media has instead decided to focus on the failures of American schools. ABC’s 20/20, for example, did a special report on Abraham Lincoln High School in New York City. One student told ABC that teachers were dull to the point of students actually sleeping in class. Another school administrator complained that the teachers unions were too strong and that their district was having a hard time firing a teacher who allegedly sent sexually explicit emails to a 16-year-old student. ABC even spoke with proclaimed education experts, such as Jay Greene, author of Education Myths, who claimed that the issue of money for schools is a misnomer. “If money were the solution, the problem would already be solved,” Greene said, referencing the levels of increased government spending on schools the past 30 years.

The claims made in the special were serious enough that they should be looked into. If there was one area the 20/20 segment was lacking, it was telling the story of the teachers. What did they think of the accusations being made against their lot? I attempted to answer those questions by contacting a teacher I’ll call “Alicia” who has taught in urban schools in central Florida as well as schools in Michigan. Her version of events painted a much different picture.

Alicia dismissed the notion of students sleeping in class due to boring teachers. While she admitted there are “boring” teachers out there, she feels most of that is the product of teachers having their lesson plans down to a science. To help streamline the process of teaching material, many teachers will save their lessons from the previous year and teach them again. If an educator has been on the job many years, they’ve likely done the material so many times that it may even appear dull to themselves. Alicia suggests the best way to beat such a rut is to have “hands-on” lessons and to mix things up from time-to-time. Also, Alicia astutely quipped, if you ask students how they feel about school, odds are they’re going to say it’s boring. You won’t always learn about a subject that interests you, which is all a part of becoming a well-rounded member of society.

Alicia refuted the criticism of unions being too strong as a chicken or egg situation. Officials claim the unions are too strong, yet teachers need a strong union to protect them from organizations that wish to cut their funding, salaries and health care. The unions may protect some who aren’t worthy of being educators but to use a potential pedophile and apply it to teachers generally is “not a fair situation for the good teachers,” and is insulting.

Alicia seemed to take special offense to the claim money is a myth when it comes to education. She states:

I do believe money can be a big deciding factor in which schools get more money. I taught in an urban, inner-city school where we received much less funding per pupil than a school five minutes down the road in a wealthy area. These upper-class students had parents who were involved. Of course they are going to succeed better than my school, where the kids don’t know where their next meal is coming from, except for school lunch. I believe the situation should be reversed. The schools that have a failing reputation due to low test scores need the money more than the schools who are producing high test scores and graduate rates.

Reading the criticisms of the American school system and speaking with Alicia has shown there are fundamental faults with the current system. What isn’t fair, however, is to place all the blame on teachers, and a movie trailer implying educators are the reason our schools are falling apart is misinformed and in bad taste.

I wish to thank the teachers, such as Mrs. Carey, my first grade teacher, who wouldn’t give up on me even when I had no desire to do my homework. I would like to thank the high school teachers who somehow managed to keep coming into school every day to teach a bunch of students who managed to unhinge the clock from our wall as a joke, or password protected our network computers so nobody could access them. I would like to thank the teachers who, when a quarter or dime hit the ground in the hallway and began to roll, would run in a full-blown sprint towards the change, shouting humorously that it would double their monthly salary. I would like to thank the teachers who pushed me to write even when I thought it was the most boring thing in the world — you helped me earn my Master’s degree and write for The Huffington Post.

To all my teachers: you changed my life, and this post is for you.

More from the NACSA report of Charter Authorization: http://blogs.delawareonline.com/delawareed/files/2011/06/NACSA_DE_Eval_REPORT_FINAL.pdf

3.6.
Charter Revocation
The authorizer makes merit based
revocation decisions
based on the school’s record
in relation to established
expectations for educational,
organizational and financial
performance.
 
The authorizer has not clearly and transparently defined the process by which it
will intervene as a matter of policy. Formal processes, time-lines, and reasons for
authorizer-initiated corrective action or intervention are not spelled out – i.e., there
are no stipulated academic, organizational, and financial performance standards
that trigger intervention.
Nevertheless, it appears that the authorizer takes a consistently well-documented
approach to following up on issues or problems that it identifies or which come to
the authorizer’s attention. School case histories indicate that the authorizer
communicates regularly with schools, if and when issues arise, and has applied
substantive options for intervention short of revocation. These options include
placing schools in Formal Review or Probationary Status — options derived directly
from statutes, and initiated as a result of formal action taken by the State Board of
Education at a public meeting. There is evidence that, when the authorizer has
intervened, it has set clear expectations with reasonable time frames for what a
school needs to accomplish, and has monitored compliance adequately.
The authorizer has not established, beyond statute, formal policies for revocation.
State law prescribes process and time frames for authorizer-initiated and required
remedial action as a consequence of oversight and, more specifically, of renewal
review. The law also spells out corrective actions options available to the
authorizer along with time frames for corrective action, and gives the authorizer
the ultimate authority to revoke a charter if required corrective actions or
conditions of probation are not met or are not successful. Statutory provisions,
however, prescribe and limit revocation to two specific breaches – material fraud /
misappropriation of funds, and a more ambiguous failure to comply with the
charter and charter school statutes.
Because the authorizer does not engage in systematic oversight of school
performance or attainment of prescribed performance goals, non-renewal is the
only action the authorizer has taken to discontinue the operations of, or close, a
charter school.

Wow, just wow. If the buck stopped where President Truman says it does….Jack Markell is a calamitous failure on Charter School Education in Delaware, clear as day!

from HB205…..

Section 10.  Amend Title 14, Chapter 5 by adding a new §517 to read as follows:

“§517.  Charter Transfer to Different Authorizer

Transfer of a charter, and of oversight of that public charter school, from one authorizer to another before the expiration of the charter term shall require a petition by the public charter school or its authorizer to the new authorizer.  A petition to transfer is considered a major modification and will follow the same timelines and hearing process as a major modification.”

March on Washington!

Ravitch: Why I am marching on July 30 – The Answer Sheet – The Washington Post

 

Ravitch: Why I am marching on July 30

This was written by education historian Diane Ravitch for her Bridging Differences blog, which she co-authors with Deborah Meier on the Education Week website. Ravitch and Meier exchange letters about what matters most in education. Ravitch, a research professor at New York University, is the author of the bestselling “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” an important critique of the flaws in the modern school reform movement.

 

Dear Deborah,

I will be marching with the Save Our Schools coalition of teachers and parents on July 30 in Washington, D.C. I know you will be, too. I hope we are joined by many thousands of concerned citizens who want to save our schools from the bad ideas and bad policies now harming them.

I am marching to protest the status quo of high-stakes testing, attacks on the education profession, and creeping privatization.

I want to protest the federal government’s punitive ideas about school reform, specifically, No Child Left Behind and the Race to the Top. Neither of these programs has any validation in research or practice or evidence. The nation’s teachers and parents know that NCLB has been a policy disaster. Race to the Top incorporates the same failed ideas. Why doesn’t Congress know?

I want to protest the wave of school closings caused by these cruel federal policies. Public schools are a public trust, not shoe stores. If they are struggling, they should be improved, not killed.

I want to protest the way that these federal programs have caused states and districts to waste billions of dollars on testing, test preparation, data collection, and an army of high-priced consultants.

I want to protest reliance on high-stakes testing, which has narrowed the curriculum, encouraged gaming the system, and promoted cheating.

I want to express my concern about the effects of 12 years of multiple-choice, standardized testing on children’s cognitive development, and my fear that this reliance on bubble-testing discourages imagination, creativity, and divergent thinking.

I want to express my opposition to an educational system devoted to constant measurement, ranking, and rating of children, which validates the belief that some of our children are winners, while at least half are losers.

I want to speak out against federal policies that promote privatization of public education.

I want to protest federal efforts to encourage entrepreneurs to make money from education, instead of promoting open-source technology, free to all schools.

I want to protest the federal government’s failure to develop long-term plans to improve the recruitment, preparation, and support of the teaching profession.

I want to protest the ill-founded belief that teachers should be evaluated by their students’ test scores, which is a direct result of the Race to the Top.

I want to express my disgust at the constant barrage of attacks on teachers, principals, and public education.

I want to urge Congress and the Obama administration to recognize that federal funding should support equity and benefit the nation’s neediest students. That was the rationale for passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and it should be the rationale for federal funding today.

I want to urge Congress and the Obama administration to acknowledge that school reform cannot be imposed by legislative fiat, but must be led by those who are most knowledgeable about the needs of children and schools: educators, parents, and local communities.

I want to urge Congress and the Obama administration to recognize the constraints of the Constitution and federalism and to stop using the relatively small financial contribution of the federal government to micromanage the nation’s schools.

I want to urge Congress and the Obama administration to acknowledge that our nation’s public schools have played an essential role in making our nation great. After many historic struggles, their doors are open to all, regardless of race, economic condition, national origin, disability, or language. We must keep their doors open to all and preserve this democratic institution for future generations.

I want to urge Congress and the Obama administration to recognize that our public schools are succeeding, not declining. Since the beginning of the National Assessment of Educational Progress in the 1970s, our students have made slow but steady gains in reading and mathematics. Improvement has been especially notable for African-American students. Progress was greatest, ironically, before the implementation of NCLB.

I call on Congress and the Obama administration to cease spreading false claims of educational decline. Since the first international test in 1964, we have never led the world in test scores, and we have often been in the bottom quartile on those tests. Yet, as President Obama said in his State of the Union Address in January, we have the world’s greatest economy, the world’s most productive workers, the most inventors, the most patents, the most successful businesses, and the best universities in the world. And all of these great achievements were created by people who are mainly products of our nation’s public schools.

I urge Congress and the Obama administration to support programs that help children arrive in school ready to learn: assuring that every pregnant woman has appropriate medical care and nutrition; that children have high-quality early-childhood education; and that parents know they have the support they need to help their children grow up healthy and ready to learn.

I am marching because I want every child to attend a school where they can learn not only basic skills, but history, geography, civics, the sciences, and world languages, and have ample opportunity to engage in the arts.

I am marching to support the dignity of the education profession and to express my thanks to the millions of teachers, principals, and other educators who are in the schools every day, doing their best to educate our nation’s children.

I hope the march will revive the morale of our nation’s educators. I hope it will remind the American people that the future of our nation depends on our willingness to protect and improve our public schools, the schools attended by nearly 90 percent of our nation’s children.

Diane

 

Truly a no-doubter! #VinScully

Petition aims to let Vin Scully call one more World Series – Big League Stew – MLB Blog – Yahoo! Sports

 

Petition aims to let Vin Scully call one more World Series

I’m not a huge fan of handing over personal info to online petition sites, but the cause that Matt Falkenbury of The Daily ‘Stache is virtually pushing ranks as a great idea worth a wider forum.

Writes ‘Stache on petitiononline.com:

Vin Scully, the greatest baseball announcer of all time has not called a World Series Game on Television since Game 5 of the 1988 World Series when his Dodgers defeated the Mighty A’s. As his career comes closer to an end, I feel that this great man and broadcaster needs to have one more chance to shine when the stage shines the brightest, The World Series. Join me in this push to have him get one more chance to crown a World Champion in the way it should always be done, with class, dignity and honor, the way he has done it for over 60 years.

Getting the popular Los Angeles Dodgers announcer on the mic for one last Fall Classic isn’t particularly a new idea. At least one Facebook group has tried pushing for Scully’s appearance on FOX in years past. (It’s worth noting that FOX had quite a hit on its hands the last time it featured a Scully.)

I’m also not sure if Joe Buck’s lawyers would allow it to happen or if Scully is even interested in traveling that late in the season or horning his way in on someone else’s show. (He probably isn’t.)

But, man, can you imagine how great it would be to hear Scully guiding us through one more October after over 60 years of being baseball’s best announcer? Not only would it help ratings — I’m still of the belief that Buck’s endless droning has chased away many casual viewers — but it’d be a wonderful tribute to Scully himself.

Plus, think of how great those endless promos for “House” and “Glee” would sound … Yeah, this is an idea that needs to happen. Spread the word.

Whaddya say? Would you want Vin Scully to call the World Series?

Charter School Action in DE! #saveRTTTbeforeitimplodes #lieswetoldUSDOEtogetTHEmoney

Redistricting and charter schools on General Assembly’s “to do” list this week DFM News | Delaware First Media

 

Legislation addressing recent problems facing charter schools in Delaware has been introduced in the House and is gathering sponsors.  The measure would address gaps in background checks that allowed a man who repeatedly filed for bankruptcy and who had a criminal record to open the Reach Academy Charter School for Girls in Claymont.  The bill also spells out fiscal monitoring requirements for charter schools.  Pencader Business Charter High School near New Castle is in danger of losing its charter due to financial irregularities.

State Representative Terry Schooley (D-Newark), chair of the House Education Committee, said the bill contains several provisions that address financial and administrative issues facing charter schools.  Criminal background checks and a check with the child abuse registry would be required of charter school founders and school board members.  They would also be required to disclose any financial interests in the charter school.  Also, there is a are provisions to minimize disruption to students in schools that fail to have their charter renewed.  Those provisions include moving up the charter renewal deadline so decisions are made before the school choice deadline and making it easier for a “high-performing” charter school to move in and take over one that is failing.


Redistricting and charter schools on General Assemblys to do list this week

State Representative Terry Schooley (D-Newark) on charter school legislation

State Rep. Schooley, chair of the House Education Committee, outlines key components of the proposed charter school legislation.

 

State Rep. Schooley says new legislation would require background checks of individuals who want to open charter schools or serve on their boards

 


Schooley says charter schools in danger of closing have a dramatic effect on families who are suddenly faced with having to choose another school.

“The kids are the ones who are losing, so we’re trying to figure out a way to keep the uniqueness of charter schools while still setting up some rules and regulations so the kids don’t lose out,” Schooley said.

 

Mayor Baker: Resign now.

Wilmington man shot dead | The News Journal | delawareonline.com

A Wilmington man in his 30s was shot dead early this morning in the city’s Northeast neighborhood, police said.

The man, who was shot multiple times, was found at 27th and Locust streets at about 3 a.m., said Master Sgt. John Drysdale, a Wilmington police spokesman.

He was taken to Christiana Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

No suspect information or other details were immediately available.

A Celebration?

I am not sure I can think of a worse thing to celebrate. Christina’s former leadership violates the public trust so violently that we need a bailout from the state…. a state now run by a Governor willing to manufacture lies to disparage a publicly elected board making good faith decisions to help move his radical and research challenged agenda to “reform” our schools. To celebrate the handing over of 2.665 million dollars back to Dover where they have proven they will not use it to help kids but rather to revoke charters and hurt kids….simply put: bad idea. Glad I won’t be there to drink the sparkling cider hypocrisy.

Christina School District – NEWS

Christina’s Final Loan Payment Celebration!

In May, 2006, the Christina School District received significant financial support from Senate Bill 307 with House Amendment 3 in the form of a state loan to be paid back by the District within five years. The District is pleased to announce that it has made its final loan payment this year, and has fulfilled its financial obligations.

To celebrate our final loan payment, we invite you to attend a special ceremony on Tuesday, June 21 at 4:00 p.m. at Porter Road Elementary School, 500 Caledonia Way, Bear, DE.  Following remarks by special guests, including Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Lillian Lowery, and former Financial Review Committee Chair Frank McIntosh, we will have a sparkling cider toast to the future of the Christina School District.

We hope to see you there!