So last night, the unelected, unaccountable State Board penned a note, and sent the State Board President and a member (who’s running for State Rep) to come and lecture us on how we are failing our schools while they sit on a board that’s failing our entire state. #hypocrisy

It was, as they said, an uncommon move. After hearing the audience jeer, I would say that it should probably remain uncommon.

Here’s the missive., full of accusatory innuendo and ZERO self reflection on their role in betraying students with a testing regime unmatched in modern times.

For good measure, upon completion, I took appropriate umbrage at the hijacked term: status quo.

Before you read a news article or crappy editorial and wonder what happened at CSD Board meeting last night, watch it.

(Special note to Publius: I won’t tell anyone you were the first one to watch the whole thing.)

my apologies for out of focus. But it’s the audio that’s important.

Riddle me this Merv: How is RCCSD submitting an MOU with no stakeholder input any different than what the DOE is trying to do to you?

No doubter, I called this all along: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/09/30/red-clay-christina-balk-state-turnaround-plan/16514915/

It was easy if you remember this:

Delaware RTTT spending 100K and up by vendor…WOW.

Unit
Descr Trans Date Sum BU Amount Name
95000 RTTT DE Talent Cooperative 2013-12-13 596,415.22
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2011-09-09 525,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 Training/Support for New Asses 2012-06-29 495,281.00 AMER INSTITUTES FOR RESEARCH
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2011-02-01 420,000.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT College Board Expenses 2011-05-18 391,754.00 COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM BOARD
95000 RTTT College Board Expenses 2013-08-31 374,561.60 COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM BOARD
95000 RTTT College Board Expenses 2012-05-14 374,176.80 COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM BOARD
95000 RTTT College Board Expenses 2014-05-16 351,835.20 COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM BOARD
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2011-02-10 347,221.42 MICROSOFT CORPORATION
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2014-02-24 337,760.00 VISION NETWORK OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT SAMS 2013-08-29 333,900.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2011-06-01 329,157.50 ESP SOLUTIONS GROUP INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2011-10-28 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2011-10-28 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2011-12-07 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2011-12-14 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2012-01-12 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2012-02-10 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2012-03-12 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2012-04-09 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2012-05-14 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2012-06-13 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2012-07-17 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2012-08-13 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2012-09-14 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2012-10-01 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2012-11-16 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2012-12-13 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2013-01-15 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2013-02-13 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2013-03-13 325,821.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2013-04-16 316,238.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2013-05-15 316,238.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2013-06-24 316,238.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2013-02-04 313,922.00 VISION NETWORK OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2013-10-02 288,353.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2013-10-31 253,320.00 VISION NETWORK OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2014-06-30 253,320.00 VISION NETWORK OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2012-03-02 252,920.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2011-03-31 249,000.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Alternate Certification 2012-08-13 248,195.00 INNOVATIVE SCH DEVELOP CORP
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2012-10-31 235,444.00 VISION NETWORK OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2013-05-30 235,443.00 VISION NETWORK OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Alternate Certification 2011-08-15 233,945.00 INNOVATIVE SCH DEVELOP CORP
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2011-10-07 232,008.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Principal Training 2012-02-01 223,125.00 HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT PUBLISHING CO
95000 RTTT Principal Training 2013-01-22 223,125.00 HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT PUBLISHING CO
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2012-02-02 195,729.00 ESP SOLUTIONS GROUP INC
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2012-08-16 193,316.98 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2012-03-06 187,329.00 ESP SOLUTIONS GROUP INC
95000 Teacher Residency (STEM) 2011-06-17 187,202.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Student Growth Measures 2012-06-26 180,238.67 RESEARCH IN ACTION INC
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2010-10-01 179,240.00 MICROSOFT CORPORATION
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2011-06-17 171,670.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2013-09-05 168,881.00 VISION NETWORK OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2011-07-29 164,700.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2012-08-07 156,962.00 VISION NETWORK OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Data Coaches 2011-03-11 150,000.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Alternate Certification 2013-11-15 146,000.00 INNOVATIVE SCH DEVELOP CORP
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2013-04-30 144,144.00 ESP SOLUTIONS GROUP INC
95000 RTTT Comprehensive Prof Dev 2012-02-28 141,613.95 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2011-11-04 141,204.00 ESP SOLUTIONS GROUP INC
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2011-07-11 140,062.80 ESP SOLUTIONS GROUP INC
95000 RTTT DE Talent Cooperative 2013-02-05 140,000.00
95000 RTTT Student Growth Measures 2012-12-14 140,000.00
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2012-04-11 139,093.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT AP Summer Institute 2011-08-10 132,600.00 COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM BOARD
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2012-09-05 125,937.00 ESP SOLUTIONS GROUP INC
95000 RTTT Principal Training 2011-11-22 125,750.00 HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT PUBLISHING CO
95000 RTTT DE Talent Cooperative 2013-12-13 125,366.53
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2011-10-12 119,202.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2011-11-22 119,202.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2011-11-22 119,202.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2011-12-23 119,202.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2012-01-31 119,202.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2012-03-02 119,202.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2012-11-30 118,860.00 ESP SOLUTIONS GROUP INC
95000 RTTT Alternate Certification 2013-09-06 115,000.00 TEACH FOR AMERICA
95000 RTTT Alternate Certification 2013-09-16 115,000.00 TEACH FOR AMERICA
95000 RTTT Indirect Costs 2013-10-28 114,335.96 DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
95000 RTTT School-based Bonuses 2011-12-01 113,594.22 NEW CASTLE COUNTY VO-TECH SCH
95000 RTTT Alternate Certification 2012-07-31 110,000.00 TEACH FOR AMERICA
95000 Teacher Residency (STEM) 2012-01-31 109,214.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT LDS Project (Data) 2011-11-28 108,725.00 AMPLIFY EDUCATION INC
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2012-06-25 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2012-06-25 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2012-09-13 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2012-10-03 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2012-10-03 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2012-11-02 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2012-11-26 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2013-01-02 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2013-03-12 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2013-03-26 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2013-04-17 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2013-05-01 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2013-06-03 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2013-07-31 108,530.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2013-08-01 108,529.00 UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
95000 RTTT AP Summer Institute 2012-08-28 108,050.00 COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM BOARD
95000 RTTT Development Coaches 2012-02-24 106,500.00 BLACKBOARD INC
95000 RTTT Student Growth Measures 2012-09-13 103,046.20 RESEARCH IN ACTION INC
95000 RTTT Principal Training 2013-02-28 100,000.00 HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT PUBLISHING CO
95000 RTTT DE Talent Cooperative 2013-10-18 100,000.00

Laura H. Chapman: What Federal Law Says About the Role of the Federal Department of Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Laura H. Chapman provides here the relevant federal statutes that restrict the role of federal officials to prevent federal intrusion and control of public education. The prohibition of federal employees exercising any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, instruction or personnel of public schools was enacted when the U.S. Department of Education was created in 1979. Secretary Duncan insists that the Department of Education is not directing or influencing curriculum or instruction by its ardent support for the Common Core standards or its $360 million funding of CCSS tests. We all know that standards and tests don’t influence curriculum and instruction, right?

Legal Restriction: “U. S. Congress. General Provisions Concerning Education. (2010, February). Section 438 (20 U.S.C. § 1232a). US Code TITLE 20 EDUCATION CHAPTER 31, SUBCHAPTER III, Part 2, §§ 1232a. Prohibition against Federal control of education. No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize…

View original 286 more words

The Butcher, the banker and the candlestick maker weigh in: Anyone else smell a coordinated attack on public schools by the 1%? These men sure seem to know-it-all…

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/09/28/strong-schools-imperative-strong-economy/16384487/

Asinine.