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Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? HELL NO!!

September 22, 2013

IMark your calendars; it’s time to get up and get down to the Enrollment Preferences Task Force meeting Thursday Sept. 26 at 6;30 pm! i’t;s at the Buena Vista Conference Center.

Over the summer the Governor dropped the big one on public schools, personally lobbying for the HB 165 bill using a variety of distasteful high pressure tactics and a corrupted public debate which snubbed the public and “may” have been illegal.

The new law relaxes oversight and showers money on charters at the expense of public schools. It is a major setback for for charter reform. True reform in accountability for equity, for local control, for resegregation, for impact on district schools, for transparency, now must start from even farther back.

But the Governor himself offers advice on where to go from here. In his successful efforts to win the support of the Chief School Officers Association (the superintendents),the Governor rreportedly suggested that the superintendents’ concerns could be addressed by the Enrollment Preferences Task Force. And they were deep and serious concerns.

So I suggest we take the Governor up on his offer, and make this task force the new vehicle for charter reform. These meetings are public and public comment is specifically allowed.

If you remember the Newark Charter expansion hearings, the charter lobby cannot stand up to any informed opposition at all. The Newark Charter hearings were the first time the charter lobby had been questioned by informed individuals, and they went whining to the press and to their legislators As one charter drama queen breathlessly put it, “Our state cannot take this divisiveness much longer.” And the legislators obliged by packing the Governor’s Working Group on Charters with charter supporters, and keeping the public out. The charter lobby doesn’t like being knocked off its script by the public.

So do your research and then get yourself down to Buena Vista this Thursday at 6:30 pm!

the task force will meet on the following dates: Thursday, September 26th; Thursday,October 24th; Wednesday, November 20th; Thursday, December 12th; and Wednesday, January 22nd. All meetings will be held from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Buck Library at the Buena Vista Estate (661 South DuPont Highway New Castle, DE 19720).

All meetings will be opened to the public and will allow for public comment. Meeting agendas will be posted to the state’s public calendar within 24 hours of each session. For further information, please contact 302-577-5246.

Here’s what to look out for:

1. Some influential person on the committee trying to set ground rules that unduly limit the scope of discussion. Jeers, boos, and a general grumbling would be in order if that heppens. And then a strong objection during the public comment period. Enrollment preference has its tentacles into all the major issues: resegregation, local control, cherry-picking, and more. Everything is on the table; don’t let them take anything off.

2. Look for anybody who appears to be drafting legislation!

  1. Citizen
    September 22, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    I’ll be there, Mike–will look for you.

  2. John Young
    September 23, 2013 at 7:32 am

    No, but it was scary when the Japanese did.

  3. John Young
    September 25, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Mike, confession: I have never seen Animal House, and just figured it out from Nichole’s blog on your hyperbolic proclivities. LOL.

  4. September 25, 2013 at 5:13 am

    A perfect example of oearl-clutching.

  5. John Young
    September 25, 2013 at 9:18 am

    keep calm, and carry on!

  6. Joanne Christian
    September 27, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Well, I think everybody played nice tonite. No doubt the real line in the sand Is priortization of seating applicants IF a lottery isn’t used AND the protection of TPS w/ the eroding perception they are Toilet Bowl Tech. I dont want to see the LEAs, admin., and communities victimized any further by the attention this law demands, yet disproportionately commandeers time and intellectual resources to some quasi rubric. Oh, and then there are those “exceptions”…………and Heaven knows it will be another Tax Code of Choice, Charters, and Chin Up.
    Great to see some familiar faces, and meet a new face, but dogged blogger—seventh type. It will be interesting to hear some other perceptions of what we all heard at the same meeting. A calm, civil opening meeting–w/ no doubt Rep. Kim Williams setting the stage. Well done!

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