Hey, where did those last 3 months go? Let’s see, what’s transpired since my last post. Red Clay and Christina went out for referendums in February. Red Clay’s passed, Christina’s was mauled by a bear. Red Clay did a FANTASTIC job of marketing, advertising and selling their referendum to their residents, students and staff. Christina…did not. Red Clay celebrated on Feb 24th. Christina did not. Christina inked a deal with DDoE to retain control of their three “priority” schools through 2015-16 keeping all staff and leadership but adding assistant principals to each school who will *not* report to the principal they work under. Instead they will report directly to DDoE. Can’t see that causing any problems. Plans to redistrict Christina out of Wilmington are moving forward but they still hinge on the General Assembly to rewrite the laws. If that does happen, Red Clay gets 3 new inner-city schools from Christina. Get your popcorn, I’m sure this is far from done.
Christina’s Board of Education passed a resolution submitted by Board Member Paige last night (5-2) protecting students from “retaliation” if their parents opt them out of State assessments. Colonial’s Board followed suit, too. From Exceptional Delaware:
“If this board can’t stand for parents, what the hell can it stand for?” -John Young
After fiery debate by board member George Evans, the Christina Board of Education passed a parent opt out resolution by a vote of 5-2. The no votes came from President Fred Polaski and eternal board member George Evans. The amended resolution was scaled back to focus on parental right to opt out of the standardized assessment, which in Delaware is the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
Christina School District Board of Education Resolution on Parent Opt-Out of Standardized Testing
Be it resolved that the Christina School District Board of Education will support a parent’s decision to opt their child(ren) out of standardized state testing without any repercussions from the ChristinaSchool District; and, therefore,
Be it further resolved that the Christina School District Board of Education will support the Superintendent to provide direction to all affected schools to provide meaningful, educational activities to replace testing time for those students who will not be participating in standardized testing.
Christina’s Board of Ed also approved May 27th as the next try for an operating referendum and let me tell you the proverbial mud is already being slung on social media by residents of the district who appear to be less than informed about how a public school district operates and is financed. During “Referendum: Part I” in February, I spent a LOT of time on social media trying to share information about this very subject. Some welcomed that effort. Others did…not. I’m at it again though, with Part II. I refuse to sit down and shut up because people don’t know what they’re talking about. I’m not a teacher but I’m gonna play one for this referendum.
Other news about the referendum: CSD is asking for volunteers to be part of committees that will be formed to work on the referendum process. If you are interested and want to volunteer some time, from CSD’s Facebook post:
CHRISTINA SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE ON REFERENDUM COMMITTEE AND SUBCOMMITTEES
The Christina School District seeks volunteers to serve on a Referendum Committee for the District’s Operating Referendum scheduled for Wednesday, May 27. The Operating Referendum seeks funding to support increased costs and to help the District address an anticipated $9 million budget deficit.
All are welcome to serve on the Referendum Committee, and there are no requirements for serving other than an interest in contributing to a successful campaign. Interested individuals are asked to send an email with name, address, phone number, and email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or to call 302-552-2610. Information may also be faxed to 302-429-5857 or mailed to Christina School District Referendum Committee, C/O Public Information Office, 600 North Lombard Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.
Please send information by March 23 in order to receive all future notifications. A Kick-Off meeting of the Referendum Committee is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Eden Support Services Center in Bear.
I’m in. Are you?
Next CBOC meeting is March 18. 6:30pm at Gauger-Cobbs Middle in the professional library. I can say we’ll have some new attendees for this one. It’ll be good to (finally) see some new faces!