Education

“Our State Has Decided to Allow Our Children to Become Transgenders”

Filed in Delaware, Education by on November 8, 2017 13 Comments
“Our State Has Decided to Allow Our Children to Become Transgenders”

That’s the opinion of one man, anyway, State Rep. Rich Collins, R-Bedrock, who vows not to let it happen on his watch. WXDE’s Rob Petree, who interviewed Collins, cited the policies at issue, including rules that “school districts and charter schools would be required to work with students and families on providing access to locker […]

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Won’t Someone Think of the Children?

Filed in Delaware, Education by on October 31, 2017 11 Comments

Wilmington City Council has been a backwater of favoritism and incompetence for so long that most of us ignore it, so it was easy to think it would molder out of sight forever. Apparently it won’t. Wilmington’s budget has been shrinking, making less money available for the minor, street-level, hire-my-relative corruption council specializes in. That […]

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Delaware finally has a budget. Now let’s consolidate the schools

Filed in Delaware, Education by on July 5, 2017 5 Comments

Saving money isn’t the only reason consolidating Delaware’s 19 school districts makes sense.

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Mark Murphy Blames Teachers’ Union For His Failure to Totally Destroy Public Education in Delaware

Filed in Delaware, Education, Featured by on April 12, 2017 8 Comments

Whoa.  We all had a pretty good idea that Markell’s ‘torch’ wanted to burn public education in Delaware to the ground. Here, in this New York Magazine blog, Delaware’s former Secretary of Education verifies what we thought. All of this in his own words: Imagine if the teachers’ union was a gatekeeper for quality teaching: […]

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Should Delaware Consolidate Its School Districts

Filed in Delaware, Education by on February 3, 2017 14 Comments
Should Delaware Consolidate Its School Districts

The Joint Finance Committee met the other day to discuss Delaware’s Department of Education budget, the Delaware State News reported. Sadly, even though Delaware spends over $1 billion dollars on education, it doesn’t seem like much happened.

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How Democrats Created Betsy DeVos

Filed in Education, Featured, National by on January 22, 2017 6 Comments
How Democrats Created Betsy DeVos

While educators and politicians throughout the land are recoiling at the notion of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, Democrats created her. Or someone like her. The Democratic Party’s embrace of corporate education, corporate textbooks, corporate testing and corporate-sponsored ‘education reform’ is what led to this.

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UD President Absent from Presidents’ Letter to Trump

Filed in Delaware, Education by on January 18, 2017 4 Comments
UD President Absent from Presidents’ Letter to Trump

A letter from college and university presidents to President-Elect Trump asks Trump “to condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate, and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation”.

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The Settlement Between Christina and Charters Should Stand

Filed in Education by on December 8, 2016 4 Comments
The Settlement Between Christina and Charters Should Stand

The Short: Christina School District, DOE, and the general public gain previously non-existent oversight on how Charter Schools spend restricted money they are conditionally entitled to at a cost to the District of $150,000 (a one time payment to be divided equally among all 15 Plaintiff Charter Schools) plus the District’s legal fees.

Now, if you’re interested in the gritty details, come on inside and get comfortable, it’s a long read.

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BREAKING: Charters vs Christina School District & DDOE Settlement

Filed in Education, Featured by on December 2, 2016 4 Comments
BREAKING: Charters vs Christina School District & DDOE Settlement

What’s it mean? The funds generated by the 2003 Christina School District referendum (10 cent referendum) that went to pay for 4 specific district programs will now be shared between District schools and all Charters and Choice schools that have Christina resident students attending them, it’s straight up division. Total revenue from $0.10 tax, divided by total number of Christina resident students enrolled in District, Charter, and Choice schools going forward (FY 18 and beyond).

For the current fiscal year (FY 17), Christina will take the total generated revenue from the $0.10 referendum (approximately $5.5 million according to the settlement), divide it by the total number of students and make payments to the appropriate schools by December 3oth. In addition to a one time payment in the amount of $150,000 to each of the plaintiff charter schools, which totals $2,250,000.

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It’s Settled?

Filed in Education by on December 1, 2016 4 Comments
It’s Settled?

Nutshell: 4-3. Settlement accepted. What remains to be seen is how the best interests of our students are being served by taking the settlement. Once the language is made public, we’ll get a good idea of what each board member believes is in the best interest of our kids.

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We don’t need no education

Filed in Delaware, Education, National by on November 24, 2016 7 Comments
We don’t need no education

As a former public school teacher, I loved nothing more than having an administrator, with NO teaching experience, come into my classroom with a clipboard and a checklist to tell me how to do my job better. I mean—if it’s on the checklist, it must be easy to implement in a classroom with 25+ students […]

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When Opinions Get It Wrong (Again)

Filed in Education by on October 18, 2016 41 Comments
When Opinions Get It Wrong (Again)

When a Board of Education approves the request for an operating tax increase that specifies exactly what the new revenue will be used for within the District and voters approve it, that revenue shall only be used for the purposes described on the ballot as approved by the voters.

A specific example would be the operating tax increase request from Brandywine School District earlier this year to renovate 3 of their athletic fields with a new artificial turf surface. If it were approved, the revenue generated from the tax increase would only be used to renovate those 3 fields. No portion of the revenue would be included in the ‘local cost per student’ formula that determines the funding sent to charters for each student. Why? Because voters would have approved ballot language that stated an exact use for the money which, in this case, was for 3 of Brandywine School District’s athletic fields. This money, though local operating revenue, would have been a district specific exclusion, as mandated by voters.

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It Was Bound To Happen – Charters Sue Christina & State

Filed in Education by on October 5, 2016 20 Comments
It Was Bound To Happen – Charters Sue Christina & State

“Fifteen charter schools have filed suit against the state Department of Education and Christina School District to get what they claim is their fair share of funding.”

As you may be aware, the issue of public school districts hiding money from deserving Charters has been brought up before. Many times. Most recently in August, when the results of a months long funding adjustment made by DOE were first made public in the form of recalculated charter bills sent to the Districts. That was when the General Assembly, District leaders, and the public first became aware that changes were made and it eventually became clear that what started as a “statewide adjustment” of local per student funding was really just a thinly veiled attack on Christina School District originating from the Western Newark area.

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