Common Core-a-palooza, Delaware style: @GovernorMarkell “I’m all in”, @DSEA1 “not so fast”

In a stunning rebuke, despite the best attempt at DSEA President Frederika Jenner to blunt the sheer force of the members she represents, the DSEA Representative Assembly voted “No Confidence” in CCSS implementation here in DE.

How could this be with the Governor and the DOE spinning such rosy claims, convening out of state ex-governors and hobnobbing with the College Board President and architect of CCSS, David Coleman?

How. Could.It.Be?

Oh yeah, it’s the script, and its full of lies fromWoodburn.

Note to DSEA members: this is a brave a great start, but beware, you can already see the tactical attempt to diminish your statement from leadership. Beware. Trust, but verify.

Members of the state’s largest teachers’ union are calling for its leadership to push back with more energy and urgency against changes made to Delaware’s school system under Gov. Jack Markell.

At its annual meeting, the Delaware State Education Association’s Representative Assembly called for a moratorium on the segment of the state’s evaluation system that ties teacher performance to their students’ test scores, voiced “no confidence” in how the state is implementing the Common Core State Standards, and pushed to allow parents to “opt out” of state standardized tests…

The union’s assembly also passed a “no-confidence” vote in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, a set of national expectations for what students should know and be able to achieve academically.

State leaders say the standards will “raise the bar” for students, making them more competitive, but officials have faced national criticism from those who argue it could take educational decisions out of the hands of local educators.

Markell is a staunch defender of the standards, and frequently says most teachers support them.

DSEA, like its national parent union, broadly has supported the idea of higher standards, but its members often have expressed worries about how the Common Core is being put in place.

“This is a huge change. There are huge instructional shifts that have to be made to translate the standards into curriculum and practice,” Jenner said. “The fear is that this is another fast-tracked approach. We want to make sure we take the time to get this right.”

Some teachers say they have not received enough training in how to make the changes necessary to fit the new standards, and often get mixed messages from state, district and building leaders on what is expected of them.

Watch out…

“Our members have certainly made a statement, and they have moved the ball down the field a bit,” Jenner said. “But at the same time, this is not necessarily anything new. These are concerns we have consistently shared on behalf of our members.”

Here’s some additional straight up Markellian bullshit:

Markell’s office said in a statement that it is listening to teachers.

“We know that the success of our efforts depends on our educators, and it’s always helpful to hear their feedback,” the statement said.

The statement points out that a tougher new test students will take starting next year, called the Smarter Balanced Assessment, is only administered once, not two or three times. It also said that there were already signs Common Core is working, citing better student performance in AP tests, fewer dropouts and more students staying on track in the ninth grade. (all things that have ZERO to do with CCSS and are shamefully regurgitated by the News Journal as true)

Saturday was a great day in DE education history, the yoke of 2009’s strong armed RTTT MOU is being challenged by the only organization capable of fighting effectively.

Teachers, this is your moment. Seize it. Hold your leaders accountable, and win this day.

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