Cowards and liars. Good company they sure do make…..
Mommy,Mommy! Look! Someone who has come to three school board meetings sent me my report card in the mail today! by Transparent Christina
We’re getting into that time in the election cycle where were flooded with all those campaign flyers and robo calls. School board candidates start early because their election is May 8th. Can candidates oversell themselves? But in the case of school board elections, many of the flyers aren’t from the candidate themselves. I love the flyers that aren’t endorse by the candidates and wonder why these 3rd parties act of if the candidates have a physical plan. Why don’t the candidates just mail their plans to the public? Markell wrote an entire books. You’d think a school board candidate could write a few pages.
STOP THE PRESSES
Although I have made it publicly known that I am disassociating myself with the…
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Let’s remember that there are two organizations at play here … Voices4Delaware Education, Inc. (a 501-c-3) and Voices4DelawareEducationActionFund, Inc. (a 501-c-4).
Both organizations have filed Certificates of Incorporation with the Delaware Secretary of State’s Office.
501-c-3: Registered agent is Sylvia Banks; 1502 Hancock Street, #3; Wilmington, DE 19806
501-c-4: Registered agent is William Keenan; c/o DeNovo Corporation; 800 Delaware Avenue – Suite 410; Wilmington, DE 19801.
Contributions to these entities is tax-deductible. They are legally hiding behind the federal Internal Revenue Service Tax Code.
Contributions to these organizations can be made without limit. They are tax-deductible.
Who else is contributing to these organizations?
In what amounts?
From individual and/or corporate funds?
Do either of these entities — PARTICULARLY the 501-c-4 — file campaign finance reports or independent expenditure reports with the State’s Division of Elections????
Under state law, those entities making independent expenditures must file reports detailing sources of funding and amount spent within 24 hours after making the expenditure. It is a transparent process and is available to citizens online.
WHY ARE INDIVIDUALS/CORPORATIONS HIDING BEHIND A 501-c-4 TAX SHIELD?????
Greg Harris of Voices 4 Delaware Education Action Fund has been told who public enemy number one is……pleased to meet you, Greg.
If you want he truth, call me 219.308.5338
I can’t wait for your”advocacy” organization to kick off…..
Folks, I get it. I know it’s the 501(c)4 called Voices 4 Delaware Education Action Fund mailing these. But until Valene Harris publicly and noticeably distances herself from this specious and secretive election construct, I will put her flyers out there for all to see and I will declare them as being from her in substance since she has not declared otherwise.
On a serious note, I cannot wait to see her plan, in excruciating detail of course.
h/t Nancy Willing at Delaware Way
Wilmington News Journal 04/29/2012, Page A31
Just who is running for our school boards?
Anyone who has been following national politics will have to wonder what impact the newly permitted “Super PACs” will have on the upcoming presidential campaign.
Many Americans are concerned that elections will be won on the basis of money spent and not necessarily on the character and qualifications of the candidates.
While the national election might seem a little far removed, surprisingly, a similar movement is occurring in Delaware with the upcoming board of education elections.
A recent e-mail was sent to various individuals by a group called Voices4Delaware.
It urged recipients to contribute $600 to various board candidates that this group supports.
Four districts, including Appoquinimink, were targeted as being “strategically important” to their mission.
I am not knowledgeable enough to comment on the qualifications of the candidate that was being endorsed for Appoquinimink, nor do I have an issue with him.
The only information that was given about him in the e-mail was that he had attended a Christian school, was an active member of the Republican Party and had attended Leadership Delaware training.
When I contacted the spokesperson for Voices4Delaware, I was shocked to learn that none of the other candidates running for the board in Appoquinimink were even vetted, leaving me to wonder how could the most qualified candidate be promoted.
School board elections may not have the stature of national elections, but they are absolutely critical to the well-being of the communities they serve. I would hope that we would consider all candidates who are running and would ask some very critical questions of each one.
Are these candidates running to serve their schools and community or do they have some personal agenda?
Are these candidates involved in our schools so that they understand the critical issues facing education today?
Will these candidates work on behalf of all students in the district?
Do these candidates have enough confidence in the public school system to send their own children to them?
Hopefully, as the school board elections occur, we will be wise enough to keep rampant politics out of the race and elect school board members who represent kids – not Super PACs or political parties or unions.
Real reform will come to our schools when caring community members who are willing to do the right things for the right reasons are elected to boards of education.
Tony J. Marchio is the former superintendent of the Appoquinimink School District.
TONY J. MARCHIO