Steve Godowsky, Secretary of Education, Delaware Academy of School Leadership (DASL).

Dr. Godowsky, congrats on your award today! Well deserved and well earned! #WoW #WDEL

Steve Godowsky - Secretary of Education
Steve Godowsky, Secretary of Education, Delaware Academy of School Leadership (DASL).


DE State Board of Education, if you are going to agree to participate in these educational committees, send your actual board members

Originally posted on DelawareFirstState:


If the Delaware State Board of Education cannot send their own board members to sit on education committees, then stop asking and accepting committee assignments.

You are doing our state a disservice by not participating in these meetings. You are being informed by one person and not hearing the views of the entire committee/group. I do not care how many times you view a presentation, it is not the same as hearing the dialogue that takes place between the actual members and the public. This practice needs to change, if it does not, then we need to make sure you have no seat at the table. You are making decisions that are hurting our schools and our students and it needs to stop.

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Opt Your Child Out Tomorrow, Send The State Board A Clear Message

Originally posted on Exceptional Delaware:

This is why you need to opt your child out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment tomorrow on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015.  And you need to send this message to every single parent you know who has a child in public school in the entire state.  Use Facebook, Twitter, email, text and calling folks to let them know tomorrow is Opt-Out Day.  Schools can not punish you or your child for your right to exercise your rights for what is best for your child.

The Delaware State Board of Education does not care about our schools and our students.  These are unelected officials, along with the Secretary of Education, who serve at the pleasure of Governor Markell.  Let’s get this out in the open for those who are not aware.  They do not care about the path of destruction they leave in their wake with the excessive amount of standardized testing…

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Dear Mark

John Young:

Powerful message

Originally posted on Save Maine Schools:

Dear Mark,

You probably don’t remember me, but we were students together at Phillips Exeter Academy fifteen years ago. I was a lower (sophomore) when you were a senior, so our paths didn’t overlap much, but I do believe we had one class together – Latin with Mr. Morante.

I’m writing for two reasons: first, a quick thank you for Facebook. I’ve always enjoyed it as a social tool, but recently I have discovered how powerful it can be as networking tool to gather people around a common cause.  Lately, I’ve connected with parents, teachers, administrators, bloggers, and other activists around the country who are all working passionately toward one goal: getting our local schools back from the powerful corporate and political interests that now strangle them. We share notes and research, triumphs and setbacks, inspiration and outrage, and lately it seems – incrementally at least – that we may…

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Cab Calloway’s High School enrollment numbers show that 46% of their students are from outside the Red Clay School District

Originally posted on DelawareFirstState:

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Red Clay voters approved a $117 million Major Capital Referendum in 2012; one of the capital improvements was the Cab Calloway School of the Arts theater. I have been in the theater and it is a state-of-the-art theater.

I am disappointed to learn that Cab Calloway High School is not full with Red Clay students. When I served on the Red Clay School Board I fought for Cab being filled with Red Clay students. Current enrollment numbers show that 46% of Cab Calloway high school students are from outside the Red Clay School District. Red Clay residents are the one’s footing the bill for the improvements to Cab Calloway and their children should be enrolled in this wonderful program.

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LIVE from the Red Clay Board of Education Special Meeting on WEIC

Originally posted on Those In Favor:

Pinned: 7:08pm:  RCCSD Board Approves the District’s WEIC Plan/Draft/Outline 4-1 with 2 not present.  More details to come once I get home

Final Update:  Apologies for the complete discombobulation of a post, but here you go.  (Apparently I need to brush up on my live-blogging skills).

If you ask me, what I saw Red Clay’s board vote on tonight was accepting a plan with no source of funding that’s going to cost a lot of money, take 7 years minimum to implement, and affect thousands of children and hundreds of educators and support staff keeping them all in uncertainty until 2022.  Keep in mind the State is $130 million short already next year, and Dover has said any financial changes will be “revenue neutral”.  If that is true, ANY cost to get the WEIC plan moving must be offset by a reduction in spending somewhere else in the gov’t. Below…

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Delaware Met has been placed on formal review for the 2nd Time

Originally posted on DelawareFirstState:

During the April 2014 State Board Meeting, the State Board placed Delaware Met on formal review. I found a letter to Delaware Met from DOE placing them on formal review back in 2014. Attached to DE Met’s letter is a list of conditions, the only issue is this list of conditions is for Delaware Design Lab High School and not for Delaware Met. I have requested from DOE the list of conditions that were placed on Delaware Met back in 2014. Below are the State Board of Education meeting minutes, view page 3.

The Department is seeking the consent of the State Board to place Delaware MET on formal review to review concerns relative to economic viability and compliance with enrollment within their charter. A motion was made by Mrs. Rutt to consent to placing Delaware MET on formal review. The motion was seconded by Mr. Coverdale, after discussion on the action item…

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