Parents Of Christina Blog Writer Passes Away, A Great Man

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Harry Curriden passed away last Monday.  I never met the man in my life, but I was very sad about his death.  Why?  Because he helped his daughter to advocate for what she deserves, and he helped several other children through advocacy as well.  Any person who does that is a hero in my book.  The Delaware blogging world lost someone great, and I never knew him.  I have been to his family’s blog several times, Parents Of Christina.  In fact, I have it on my blog list on this site, and have since day one.  I fully intend to read all of his family’s writings, because you never know when you can learn from someone who helped blaze the paths for advocacy in Delaware.  His last post was on Father’s Day, a week ago.  What a fitting tribute for a man who was the very essence of the word…

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Meet Kathy Willis, A Delaware Advocate For Children Needing Special Education

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I have the extreme pleasure of posting an interview I recently had with Kathy Willis. Kathy is an advocate for children with special needs and disabilities in the state of Delaware. She has attended several Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings to support parents in helping to get the accommodations their children need in IEP and 504 plans. I met Kathy last month through Kilroys, and I believe she is a great person in our state to help our children. Kathy’s story is below, and she has gone through several of the same struggles many parents have in Delaware. But she turned dark times into something positive that has been truly beneficial for parents. I don’t know if the DOE and the state government realizes how many of us are out there, trying to champion this cause. It can be as an advocate, or a blogger, or as a parent attending a support…

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+++UPDATED+++ Profiles in Cowardice, the Delaware Senate bows to Executive intimidation it would seem. #SeparationofPowers#netDE #eduDE

Vote #1

Delaware State Senate
147thGeneral Assembly
Session 2 Day 40

HB 334 Scott Defeated Rescinded
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATED TO EDUCATION.

Date:06/26/2014 08:31 PMRescinded

Vote Type:SM

Yes:8 No:13 Not Voting:0 Absent:0
Blevins Y Hocker N Peterson Y
Bonini N Lavelle N Pettyjohn N
Bushweller Y Lawson N Poore Y
Cloutier N Lopez N Simpson N
Ennis N Marshall Y Sokola Y
Hall-Long Y McBride N Townsend N
Henry Y McDowell N Venables N

 

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Delaware State Senate
147thGeneral Assembly
Session 2 Day 40

HB 334 Scott Passed
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATED TO EDUCATION.

Date:06/26/2014 09:34 PMPassed

Vote Type:SM

Yes:12 No:9 Not Voting:0 Absent:0
Blevins Y Hocker N Peterson Y
Bonini N Lavelle Y Pettyjohn N
Bushweller Y Lawson N Poore Y
Cloutier N Lopez N Simpson N
Ennis Y Marshall Y Sokola Y
Hall-Long Y McBride Y Townsend N
Henry Y McDowell Y Venables N

 

Not to hard to see the flip-floppin’ issue here.

 

This just in: Markell’s education team tells the truth: they were already going to tell the GA to go screw themselves by ignoring their legislation…so Darryl, how’s it feel to be the water carrier in the TRUEST sense of the word? To those who voted no and remained a no vote: how do you like knowing the governor has ZERO respect for your branch of the state government?

 

 

Obama Education Agenda and the Tone-Deaf Follies

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Early and often, the Obama administration’s education agenda, headed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, has driven the public narrative about public schools, teachers, and students with a relentless claim that everything wrong with education rests in a single problem: Expectations are too low.

Impoverished children have low achievement in the U.S. Why? Low expectations!

African American and Latino/a students have low achievement in the U.S. Why? Low expectations!

Special needs students have low achievement in the U.S. Why? Low expectations!

And to put all of these demonstrably untrue and essentially nasty claims into context, we have this:

The U.S. Department of Education early Wednesday morning apologized for a tweet that some people found offensive because it appeared to mock low-income students.

On Tuesday evening, the Twitter account for the department’s Office of Federal Student Aid sent out a message that said: “If this is you, then you better fill…

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