DSEA refuses to put a face on their demon and call it Gov. Jack Markell

Kilroy's Slower Delaware

Children’s development is unique. Any parent can tell you that.

So when it comes to educating our state’s children, tests alone cannot measure student success.

Educators and parents alike know that not all children demonstrate progress in the same way or at the same time.

In school, we use more than quizzes and tests to judge student progress.

The Delaware Association of School Administrators and the Delaware State Education Association support an educator evaluation system that includes the concepts of professional growth, continuous improvement, and quality assurance.

This system also should hold educators and administrators accountable for student growth, but only within areas which they control.

The system must embody the principles of fairness, reliability, transparency and common sense.

It cannot disrupt the learning environment and must be respectful of the education profession.

However, the state has implemented a system and developed measures which do not let administrators…

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Lee Fang: Obama Picks Prominent Privatizer for Key Role in Department of Education

Diane Ravitch's blog

Lee Fang is one of our most extraordinary investigative journalists. He is one of the few who has looked behind the rhetoric of the privatization movement that calls itself a “reform” movement. Unfortunately, the goal of “reform” is to dismantle the public sector and turn it over to entrepreneurs. In 2011, Fang wrote a blockbuster exposé about the online industry and its ties to politicians.

In this article, Lee Fang describes Ted Mitchell, who has been nominated to serve as Undersecretary of Education, the second most powerful spot in the U.S. Department of Education.

Mitchell is chief executive officer of the NewSchools Venture Fund, which promotes and funds charter schools and for-profit ventures.

Fang writes:

“As head of the NewSchools Venture Fund, Mitchell oversees investments in education technology start-ups. In July, Zynga, the creators of FarmVille, provided $1 million to Mitchell’s group to boost education gaming companies. Mitchell’s NewSchool…

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