When it comes to the debate over Governor Markell’s and Mark Murphy’s educational reform…… Salon echoes what the Christina, the Capitol, and Red Clay School Districts have been saying all along ( as have myriads far too numerous to mention here)….
“For instance, you can make the claim, “this tastes great” because that can’t be proven one way or the other. But when you claim, “your kids will love how this tastes,” and parents say, “my kids think it tastes like crap,” you’re pretty much toast. And you make matters all the worse if you respond, “Well, if you were a good parent you’d tell your kid to eat it anyway.”
That is Common Core. That is Charter Schools, That is everything but putting 11:1 teacher/student ratios in schools k-5 with reduced levels over 50%……
We know what works… that is building personal and mentoring relationships between students and teachers so the students want to succeed….
Anything taking us in any other direction, is not helping education… It is digging a deeper hole we will one day have to refill….
It only takes Common Sense to put away Common Core… Obviously that is something on which the editorial board of the News Journal, the Delaware Chamber of Commerce, the Rodel Foundation, the US Department of Education, the Delaware Department of Education, Dave Sokola, Darryl Scott and the governor of this state could use a Common Core course: How To Apply Common Sense…..
Ever wondered how much you pay for certain services? I know Al Mascitti does. He says so on his show.
Now he and you can find out how much you pay for defense atomic energy policies, or unemployment insurance, or NASA. In keeping with Obama’s promise that you should know where your money goes, a relatively simple program which simply applies the percentage that each line item costs the Federal budget, to you tax form.
Just take your W4 and plug away. Or use our tax form to get tax after deductions. Either way, it only takes one minute, you can now personally know, how much you personally are paying for each and every category……
“I have made the decision to wind down the organization over the coming months,” inBloom CEO Iwan Streichenberger wrote in an email to the organization’s supporters. “The unavailability of this technology is a real missed opportunity for teachers and school districts seeking to improve student learning.”
The announcement comes on the heels of the New York state legislature’s recent enactment of legislation that effectively pulled the plug on inBloom’s last remaining large partner….
It was a dumb idea… Selling our children’s profiles.
Ron Russo’s argument boggles the mind…
There is no other way to put it: “Come into my house and I’ll give you candy..”
In this case the candy is something called ” innovation” As would any pedophile (no implication being made to Russo here) in making HIS argument, Ron Russo only mentions one side. He does not talk about the …”other”… Which we know is the rape of the public school system that allowing charters will provoke.
How do we know this?
It’s been done… It’s always failed.
Those places went into the Charter House for innovation…. They came out broken and raped…. Sorry, there is just no other way to describe what really happens when you allow Charters to siphon resources away from the public school system…
Imagine if you had riots in Wilmington… And you pulled resources… “All right, all national guard, all policemen, all fireman, all public employed are commanded by the mayor to leave the city… Let them innovate themselves out fo their predicament”…. Would that work?
That is exactly what you do to public schools when you have charters… You take resources direly needed to hold their own against a plethora of problems, and you take them away and give to someone else… someone who really doesn’t need them…
Why does Russo not mention this ugly part of charters? Most likely because he has lived a lily white existence. As head of St. Marks, where one picks and chooses ones students… As head of Wilmington Charter… where one picks and choses ones students…. A charter school, where less than 5.7% are considered low income…. Yet they steal resources away from low income schools that desperately need more money, not less, but get less because of people like Russo who think innovation is good…
However, I must thank Russo for one thing… For bringing to the forefront the mission statement that was hailed to bring charter schools into the mix in the first place….
The purpose of Delaware’s charter schools, as stated in the “Charter School Law of 1995,” is to “… improve public education overall …”
Research in Philadelphia has proven that since Charters were allowed into Philadelphia… the average score of the entire district, including both charters and public schools, as fallen considerably…. That means we were sending kids through the Philadelphia school system with a better shot at a good future before 2004 before charters were allowed, than we currently do today….
That is in direct opposite to Delaware desire….”to improve public education overall…..”
Seriously, if you help 20% and hurt 80%…. how does the entire state perform better when for every 2 going forward, you have 8 going back?
Why does Russo not address this? Because it completely destroys his argument. That is why.
There is one way to do both… And that is to cut the financial cord between charters and their districts… If you want the luxury of allowing charters to flourish, and try new things,… you need to put them as a line item in the state budget and tax the 1% who will have access to these charters sufficiently, to pay for them…
Then you can have your innovation and eat it too…..
Thursday it was released that 200 pounds of Sulfur Dioxide was accidentally released from the Delaware City’s PBF refinery..
It was allegedly caused by a mechanical malfunction at the facility ….. Sulfur Dioxide when mixed with H2O creates Sulfuric Acid. Air is full of water. So are our lungs.
Bloomsberg reported on October 9, 2013 that Delaware City was postponing its Sulfur Dioxide fix till late 2014. The refinery, which was initially expected to do the work as part of maintenance that month (October 2013), was halting its replacement of an exchanger on the sulfur unit, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t to be made public. … Work was pushed up one year to October 2014.
Had that work been done in a timely fashion, the Thursday’s reported release would never have occurred……..
According to Bloomsberg’s sources, a coker, crude unit and hydrocracker, a hydrogen plant and desulfurizer, were all originally scheduled for maintenance upgrades last fall. Upon receiving costs estimates it was decided to split the job up to cover two fiscal cycles, and the desulfurizer maintenance was pushed to the next fiscal year. It was known by upper management that this would necessitate a release of SO2 because of accumulations caused by the outdated equipment. Another release is tentatively planned for September, just before work started.
Due to wind conditions, the only Delawareans affected would be those downwind. Only 1713 people live downwind from Delaware City’s gas crackers. 853 men, 860 women.
The average amount of SO2 from an oil burning plant, is 12 pounds per MWh…. Natural Gas is a hundred times less. About one percent of oil and that amounts to .12 pounds or 1 ounce per MWh… Therefore 200 pounds of SO2 released is equivalent to 19 hours running at a one megawatt hour oil fired plant running full kilter… At a 248 MWh natural gas plant (TDC) running full kilter 24/7, it would be the equivalent of… (248 MWh X .12 lbs SO2/ MWh ) = 29.76 pounds of SO2 per hour….
So on one hand this may not seem like much… The 200 pound release is only the equivalent of 6.7 hours of a natural gas fired power plant running at full steam night and day…. precisely 6 hours and 43 minutes…. less than most of us sleep per night….
On the other hand that is quite a bit. The Newark power plant will spew out a level of what this report implies, is considered a toxic release requiring DNREC oversight, FOUR TIMES EVERY SINGLE 24 HOUR DAY!
President Harker wants to build a power plant in town that will spew out four times this toxic release at Delaware City, every single day.
Governor Markell wants to build a power plant in town that will spew out frou times the toxic release at Delaware City, every single day.
The Delaware Chamber of Commerce wants to build a power plant in town that will spew out four times the toxic release of Delaware City every single day.
The Hammer and Nails Club wants to build a power plant in town that will spew out four times the toxic release of Delaware City, every single day.
Sam Latham of the AFL-CIO, wants to build a power plant in town that will spew out four times the toxic release of Delaware City, every single day.
Everyone wearing green and holding green signs, is looking the other way when it comes to having this toxic release, occurring ongoing in the heart of Newark, every, single day…..
Whereas only 1713 people due to geography could be even remotely affected from the Delaware city spill, 41 times that amount or 70,500 will inhale 4 times that amount every single day, because of someone’s brilliant idea of building a 248 MWh plant right inside the center of town…
Pure brilliance. President Harker. Pure brilliance.
I see John got here first… but this link explains Race To The Top better than any explanation so far…. My takeaway was that looking at how the winners taking a lion’s share of the money, how does that help the losers? It is as if the 1% philosophy of just spending money on the very top… seems to have poisoned the system.
Sitting with an accumulation a large number of people gathered for the holidays, and the feature is an old Star Trek move… “The Wrath of “something or other….
Someone surprisingly about 25 years old piques up… “Oh look! It’s that guy from .;… Priceline.!….”
One of my nightly escapades found me in a local Delaware Bar… I was brought here because the clientèle is political savvy even though most are not into politics… There this happened.
Bartender: “Attention everyone we are doing a spontaneous survey and afterwards when I tell you you can all down your drink.”..
Grumbling turns to mumbling which turns to silence…
Bartender: “Are you ready? First question…. How many of you out there believe everything you hear on Fox News.”….
(no one raised their hands, though talk afterwards said one did obviously for a joke and quickly put it down)
Bartender: “Ok, 2nd question… There will be 6…. 2nd question: How many of you believe everything you see on ABC news.”..
(no one raised their hands…)
Bartender “Ok, 3rd question: How many of you believe everything you see on CBS?”
(no one raised their hands)
Bartender: “Ok, Number 4. How many of you believe everything you see on CNN…..?’
(no one raised their hands)
Bartender: “Ok everyone only 2 more and we can get back to drinking… How many of you believe everything you see on…. ESPN!
(Laughter, exclamations, hands up, probably close to half… almost all male)
Bartender: “Better, Ok… one more… How many of you believe everything you see on John Stewart’s Daily Show on Domedy Central?”
(Lots of laughter, cheers, and a unanimous hand raising… Some ESPN males raising both hands…. )
I came away from the experience thinking that America is indeed in good hands… The “Bullsh\t” is completely missing the target….. The real stuff is getting through.