The Governor Markell FOIA Release: Rodel, Herdman, RTTT, Common Core, and guess who’s coming to town…

John Young:


Originally posted on Exceptional Delaware:

For those who may not be aware, I requested a Freedom of Information Act request from Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s office on December 3rd, 2014.  I received it today, January 12th, 2015.  My request was for all emails between Markell and the following individuals: US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Michelle Rhee, Joel Klein (of Amplify) and Paul Herdman of The Rodel Foundation of Delaware.

Some things are obvious from this FOIA release.  Governor Jack Markell does not communicate big education matters via email.  At least not his official state email.  For a Governor that pushes education so much, you would think there would be more communication with his partner on the Education Blueprint.  Some questions that are answered in this:

1) How did Paul Herdman get into Rodel?

2) What charter chain may be filing a charter application this month and how could this possibly have something to do…

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Peter Greene: Are All the Teachers of Poor Children Really Bad Teachers?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Peter Greene poses a question in this post. If poor children get low test scores, does that mean that all those who teach poor children are bad teachers?

Peter is always funny in the way he presents the “a-ha!” moments in educational research, which are usually either obvious or dumb. Here he looks at a study in Education Next that considered a teacher evaluation program in Chicago. It worked best for the reading scores of advantaged children. It had zero effect on the reading scores of impoverished children. One conclusion might be that poverty matters. But the researchers instead reach a different conclusion.

Peter writes:

“Even though the data points to poverty as the big flashing neon sign of “Hey, here it is!” Steinberg and Sartain walk right past the blinking brightness to select again the teachers and principals as the cause. This is not so much mis-reading data as…

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Kristen Buras: The Truth About Néw Orleans

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Kristen Buras recently published a book about the dissolution of public education in Néw Orleans and its replacement by privately managed charter schools, staffed largely by inexperienced Teach for America recruits after the abrupt dismissal of 7,500 veteran teachers. Her book is titled “Charter Schools, Race, and Urban Space: Where the Market Meets Grassroots Resistance.”

In the current issue of “The Progressive,” Buras explains what happened in Néw Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The story is different from what the major media say. It is important because so many public officials and civic leaders want to turn struggling districts into another Néw Orleans. Beware.

It begins like this:

“Within days of Hurricane Katrina, the conservative Heritage Foundation advocated the creation of a “Gulf Opportunity Zone,” including federal funds for charter schools and entrepreneurs. Slowly but surely, the narrative of disaster turned to one of opportunity, even triumph. We were told that…

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Friday’s priority school negotiation update.

Based on the information being supplied to me by board leadership and the negotiation team, which is very, very little,  I am left to conclude that the negotiations have led to a substantial impasse. It would seem possible we are likely to see an iteration of MOUs that contains such onerous conditions such as control of our buildings, budgetary approvals eliminated, and principals and teachers on the chopping block.

I would, of course, be in a better place to communicate accurately to our stakeholders if board leadership would not actively withhold DOE communication from the board or if the DOE would not continue to disrespect our board by sending communication to only one member or just to the district. After such a tremendous process thus far, I am dumbfounded by this late breaking run at secrecy.

#KeepKowalko delivers the truth on WDEL with John Flaherty #netDE

“(The MOU) was  nothing more than an ultimatum…the Japanese would have  refused to sign it on the battleship Missouri”

“Legitimately, Christina has stepped up”

Lots more quotes, take a listen, even a few mystery callers. This may have been the straw that broke Speaker Pete’s back…

The End?

Originally posted on Minding My Matters:

From my earliest years as an educator I’ve seen my career ladder as union instead of administration. Despite all the times I’ve considered getting out of education altogether, the other types of jobs/careers I’ve applied for, and the energy I’ve spent on uncovering other avenues of earning a living wage, being a union member has kept me in the game. I’m not just saying that; I am literally an educator at this time solely due to the potential opportunities open to me as a member of the NEA.

All that, however, may be changing. Last night I realized I may not have what it takes to be a union leader.

Over the years I’ve watched other union leader educators, many of whom I deeply admire and implicitly trust, make concessions I always felt I could never make. I’ve sat on the sidelines and taken the hard line approach, finding alternative…

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Do blogs drive news? In Delaware we finally have a reporter willing to give credit.

Go Kevin! Keep breaking news like we have been doing for years up in this joint!

Thanks to Avi Wolfman-Arent for recognizing our ability to source and get primary documents out in the public eye!

Kowalko removed from House Education committee??? What the hell is going on down there, besides petty payback by the speaker.

This is going to be quite the tragicomedy

Chairman: Earl G. Jaques Jr Total # 14
Vice-Chairman: Kimberly Williams
Members: Michael A. Barbieri
Stephanie T. Bolden
Timothy D. Dukes
Debra J. Heffernan
Kevin S. Hensley
Harvey R. Kenton
Sean M. Lynn
Sean Matthews
Joseph E. Miro
Edward S. Osienski
Charles Potter Jr.
Michael Ramone

Teacher Ed: Help, ACLU! Get to the Bottom of Racketeering in Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

This is a comment by one of our frequent participants, identified as Teacher Ed:

Virtually every component of corporate “reform” imposed across this country is based on disasters that “reformers” have fabricated and tyrannical racketeering. Clearly, this is being done in order to privatize public education and raid tax dollars, while diverting attention away from the real disasters of poverty, a severe decline in the number of jobs with livable wages, a diminishing middle class and the inequitable distribution of wealth.

Are we supposed to wait until the perpetrators turn the screws and receive their dues for each part of this scheme before lawsuits can be filed? Is that how it works with the mob, too –payoffs have to be made first by victims before anything can be done about all the threats and dire consequences to result from not kowtowing to demands?

Is it possible to file a lawsuit…

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Discrimination, Bullying & Isolation In A World of Inclusion @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @dwablog @ecpaige @ParentsofCSD @DeDeptofEd #netde #eduDE #edchat

Originally posted on Exceptional Delaware:

This is going to be one of the hardest articles I’ve ever written. The reason for this is because it is deeply personal. I write about bullying and discrimination often on this blog, and I understand it all too well. I see it everyday, in all walks of life.

“People fear what they don’t understand and hate what they can’t conquer.” Andrew Smith

Everyone in this world has bullied or been bullied at some point in their lives. Any time you exert will and force on someone to get a desired outcome, this could be defined as bullying. I am guilty of it. In my quest to have the perfect IEP for my son, I have expected knowledge and wisdom of my son’s disabilities greater than my own. This has been my life for the past 9 1/2 months. I didn’t even realize I was doing it until someone said…

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This is Jack’s legacy.

Alison May of @DEDeptofED provides quotes to WDEL. She’s a liar,mostly.

The story:

The quotes with my red pen:

DOE Spokesperson Alison May countered Resler’s comment to WDEL by stating the schools have funds at their disposal they’re simply not using: <—The Big LIE, and the media propagating it…hmmm…wonder if there is a cool email from Alison to WDEL? FOIA, anyone?

“The state is not allocating $200,000 per school, per year,” May said in an emailed response. “The state has set aside $6 million for the schools over a three-year period in state money to fund the plans–not necessarily divided evenly by school and year–as well as millions of additional SIG, Title I and other funding.” Ahhh, the “you are expected to apply for and get grants from federal buckets you will then deny to other needy students in our state to make a political point” lie. Classic DOE right there.

May said the state has made it clear to districts that they will be expected THERE IT IS! to apply for that, or any other, funding but the schools have, in the past, “left money on the table.” <–Unadulterated bullshit lie. The state has PULLED funds UNRELATED to items of dispute, specifically the REVOCATION of 2.4MM over our refusal to participate in the DOE sham “Talent” Cooperative that is failing and being panned by  the News Journal  even… She said, specifically, Christina has forfeited<<–Lie a total of $3,572,889 in Race to the Top (RTTT) funds, including $314,000 they never used but was provided by the state for Bancroft as part of its Partnership Zone plan and $3,056,499 that went unused from its portion of RTTT. <–Unused? Again, lie.

Directly addressing the salaries of principals, May said “asserting that $160,000 would come out of the Priority School funding for each principal is erroneous,” as schools have already received funds for those salaries.<– she’s mostly right (the difference would have to be subsidized only) about this and I have said so from the beginning.

The Delaware Battle For Public Education Is America’s War

Originally posted on Exceptional Delaware:

In the grand scheme of things, six schools in the 2nd smallest state in the country really doesn’t amount to anything.  But the six priority schools in Wilmington, Delaware could change the face of education.  It’s not about making the schools better for the students.  It’s about two forces colliding in a battle that’s been in the making for over a decade.

On one hand is Governor Markell and the Delaware Department of Education.  Their public claim is the students aren’t reading up to their grade level, their standardized test scores are atrocious, and the beefed up funding will bring the schools back up again.  On the other hand are the Christina and Red Clay Consolidated school districts.  While Red Clay has already signed their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and submitted it to the Delaware Department of Education, Christina is holding out and will vote on their draft MOU at their…

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Delaware FOIA shell shocker: DE State Board President sits on Board of Directors for the US Education Delivery Institute. Delaware sends over a quarter million dollars from RTTT there. What???



Department: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION – Vendor: Us Education Delivery Inst


Period: FY 2014

No. of Payments:
7 $196,552.00
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Division Category Date of Payment Amount Payment Reference
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CONSULTANTS 8/29/2013 $11,700.00 0000650897
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CONSULTANTS 8/29/2013 $20,664.00 0000650897
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CONSULTANTS 8/29/2013 $16,025.00 0000650897


Department: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION – Vendor: Us Education Delivery Inst


Period: FY 2013

No. of Payments: Amount:
2 $67,500.00
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Teri Quinn Gray

  • Teri Quinn Gray Delaware STEMTeri is the New Product Commercialization Manager with DuPont Crop Protection.    She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Education Delivery Institute (EDI), on the Board of Trustees at University of Delaware, and on the Committee of Distinguished Advisors to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Maryland. Teri is chair of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board and consultant with the ACS Women Chemists Committee. She holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Jackson State University; earned a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, and worked as National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute of Standards & Technology prior to joining DuPont in 1997. Dr. Gray is President of the Delaware State Board of Education, appointed by Governor Jack Markell in 2009, and co-chair of the Delaware STEM Council since September of 2012.“Delaware is poised to become a leader in STEM education and a hub of innovation for STEM-related businesses.  Our emphasis on STEM literacy and preparation, coupled with ongoing PK-12 reforms, is aimed at growing a highly capable workforce that attracts jobs to Delaware.  We embrace the charge to catalyze STEM partnerships among education, business and government sectors; to connect a broad and diverse cross section of our communities to STEM resources; and to communicate the plethora of STEM-related opportunities available to Delaware students.” 

Here’s her reformer friends on the BOD that hate teachers, believe in “deliverology” and have set upon destroying Delaware education. Lest you think I made that word up, check out this major search result full of reformy bullshit:

and some links

and then bringing home the Delaware angle:

It is insane we have such an inbred system of executive overreach from an unelected and unaccountable State Board rubber stamping the merit-less agenda of our egocentric Governor.

They want to insert this apparent cronyism into our “priority” schools?

Will anyone follow the money??

Governor Markell & Mark Murphy’s Boasting of Eastside Charter Scores Based On Bogus Claims! @TNJ_malbright

Originally posted on Exceptional Delaware:

As pointed out by a brilliant commenter on Kilroy’s Delaware, Eastside Charters huge “gains” aren’t as transparent as we originally thought.  This criteria was based on a 2010-2011 3rd grade class of 62 students compared to the same class which only had 29 students in the 2012-2013 year.  How in the hell can you compare the two?  You can’t.  How do we know some of the lower scoring DCAS students didn’t choice out or leave the school for some reason?  Someone has some explaining to do….

More bogus claims from the DOE and Markell to justify the priority schools.  And reported by Matthew Albright with the News Journal a few times, including a huge article today.  And the governor says comparing schools is making excuses…  Stop the madness Markell.  Your comments are being exposed for the fraud they are every single day!!!!!  People are going to start wondering why you…

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