It can be explained quite simply……  Here is their district’s 10 year voting history…..

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May 27, 2015………………..Total Votes Cast……….11,042;  FOR……….5074;   AGAINST………5968

February 24, 2015…………Total Votes Cast…………8195;   FOR……….2119;   AGAINST………6076

May 25, 2010………………..Total Votes Cast…………6072;    FOR………3049;    AGAINST……..3023

November 6, 2007……….. Total Votes Cast………..9208:    FOR……….6600;   AGAINST……..2608  (bond issue)

January 26, 2006………….. Total Votes Cast………..7626:    FOR……….2242;   AGAINST……..5384

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As one can see around 6000 people have consistently voted against raising taxes…. (during the recession of 2010 it looks like there was too little money to fund the usual vote drive against taxation, so 3000 votes did not show up)…..

But with the pro-referendum advocacy this month….. 3000 new voters did show up…. and all of them voted yes for the referendum……

It just wasn’t enough…. but Christina is on the right track…  But as these figures show, unlike Red Clay, or Capitol… this district has been very harsh against passing referendums….  One might equate that passing a referendum in Christina District, is the equivalent of getting a ward to carry Obama when it is registered 75% Republican…. yet that is almost what Christina District was able to do……

Pretty amazing, really…..

Bottom line is now we know… and I wish I had seen this prior for it gives a the solid line we need to measure our efforts… for it is obvious that the anti-referendum-nuts, are capped out at 6000…. We just need to organize and get pro-referenders up over and above that number…..

Which can easily be done by one piece of paper handed out to every parent when they register their child for kindergarten, explaining how every good parent must vote “yes” on every referendum and why only that choice can give their child the best education possible over the next 12 years….. Staying at home on voting day is not an option; it hurts ones child…..

There are roughly 1250 new children entering the system every year… Engage those parents…….  (the 6000 should be dying off any day now)…..

If anyone looked for their mail on Memorial Day, they may have found an illegal flier…… (no one is allowed to put anything in ones mailbox other then the US Postal Service….)  urging all to vote “no” in the referendum….

It sounded scary… “If you vote for this referendum your taxes will go up $60,000 a year and your water will be shut off. Electricity will be stopped until you pay the back taxes.  This is a very bad tax bill and it must be voted down…”

Scrawled in ink (not typed) was the admonition that renters in the future will be paying $15,000 more per year if this referendum passes….

So…..

We sent out a posse and quickly discovered the culprits, and then secretly watched to see to whom they returned to…

Our guess was correct… The slum lord who owns at least 20 properties in almost every neighborhood, was in his black-tint windowed Mercedes, paying out $100 bills to those returning with few or no unused flyers….

And I thought… so that is who is always behind voting down referendums…. it makes sense now…

To be honest I had always blamed seniors and those on fixed income who rightfully might have reason to vote down something that would increase their property value by at least $30,000.  Because it would cost them and they wouldn’t live to see a benefit; though their heirs would.. But it really didn’t make sense for seniors with families to leave a devalued investment for their children, if their was any way possible to pay those few pennies the assessment would levy…. They would be paying pennies, and getting hundred dollar bills in return……..

But slum lords…. they have a real case….  they buy property as cheap as they can, and raise the rent as high as they can, and try to increase the gap between the two to as high as is possible….  This referendum does cost them money…..

Let us say you are a senior….. Your assessment is probably $45,000 based on the last time anyone cared to look….   For $45,000 each year you would be assessed an additional 37 cents… on every $100 dollars of value…  That is like buying a lawn mower on sale at Lowes and choosing between two models, one on sale at $99.99 and the other at $99.62….. Gee ….. which one will you get?  The gas efficient power one that keeps your lawn looking nice but at the higher price?  Or that push mower you will have to burn calories to get it to do anything… .  (Heaven help you if you miss a week).

On $45,000 that is (45 X 10 X 0.37) $166. 00…..  Although that sounds like a lot, it is spread out over a year and is included in your bank payment which will jump $13 dollars a month… which if budgeted correctly as most senior do, rounds down to $3 dollars a week….

To save $3 dollars a week, Seniors are willing to lose $30,000 of value on their home, when their neighborhood becomes too difficult to resell houses because the schools have become like Philadelphia’s…   But for that $3 assessed and paid, one gets to continue living in one of the best districts in the country…

BUT IF YOU ARE A SLUM LORD ON THE OTHER HAND…………………………………………………………..

and at a minimum, you own 1000 properties scattered across the Christina district…. and you don’t care one iota about kids, schools, education, jobs, tests, …. then this referendum has the potential to hit you each month, with an additional cost of  $130,000……  WHOA…. The slum lord is going to lose $130,000 a month………. on a thousand houses…  shock of all shocks…  that is $1.5 million a year!!!

No wonder they are handing out $100 dollar bills to try to overturn the forces of good and kill this levy…..

Which brings us to pig-face Vince D’Anna.  (Nancy has pictures, go see for yourself…)  This was the same prostitute who hired himself out to the TDC to whip up public opinion to allow it to sprinkle carcinogens and toxic particles on top of Main Street, completely covering the University of Delaware, and even dumping waste on top of Christianstead, home of mayor Polly Sierer.  And now again we see, he has hired himself out to slum lords to do exactly the same thing… Whip up hysteria, (as prostitutes-for-hire are well known to do),  to allow big money to keep more of what it should have given up long ago……

Now before you feel too much empathy for those slumlords….  let us see how much they do make each month, and then see what percentage this will cost them?   At 1000 properties each renting close to $1500 a month….. the monthly accumulation of pure profit, is….. $1,500,000…….  Per year, it totals  $18 million……..

Instead of earning $1.5 million each month…. they will earn $1.37 million each month with the difference going to schools…..   Is there anyone out there who thinks earning $1.37 million each month is too little money?  (this is all profit, mind you.)….

So the battle is such that in order to protect the wealth of this 1,000 homed slum lord…. Vince D’Anna is hired to try and scuttle the referendum by writing emotional op-ed pieces based on fabrications.  And to be completely honest, if that were me with 1000 houses, I would probably do the same thing, thinking about myself as selfishly as possible…. So we can’t blame that guy for trying…..

But the rest of us have to face the facts, and we have to do our part and make sure OUR best interests take precedent over the interests of slum-lords both for our children and for our homes’ resale value….  If you live in the Christina School district and are not a slum lord,……. there is only one way to vote to better your community…..

And that is to vote yes to increase your taxes by $3 dollars a week… That is a medium bag of Skittles……. which you really don’t need and which are not very good for you, (though it is hard to pass up when they have tropical flavors though……….)

Now if you are completely neutral, and you really don’t care one way or the other about $3 ….. then help a sister out, and vote yes just to stick Vince D’Anna in the eye with a pointed stick…. So that loser gets two losses on his belt for selling-out Newarks’ finest, …. good and beneficial citizens to the highest bidder for a price…

Said no American soldier ever.

This Memorial Day, promise your loved ones that you will fight for people… Not corporations.  Not politicians.  Not lobbyists. ……. but people…..

And it starts with approaching every single item with this question….. “How does this proposed action benefit “We, The People”?

And the second question needs to be…… how do the consequences to this proposed action affect:  “We, The People?”

Those men and women who died in service to this nation only did half the work… and we rightfully should honor them for the sacrifice they made.  However, they willingly made that sacrifice fully expecting us to honor their deaths by making this nation an America worthy of their death.

We have failed up to now… Whether because we were distracted. or pushed out of the control chair.  But now every action, every law, every new item that comes down the pike, has “corporation’ stamped all over it.  Everything offered comes attached with the clause: it is good for American business….

Well, what good is American business when red-blooded Americans are the ones being given the shaft?

These people risked all and died for you…. you… Think about that… they……. died…….. for………  (yeah, you got it) ….. you.

And you are just throwing it all away because you are too lazy to vote; too lazy to pay attention; too lazy to call your representative; too lazy to even care, and besides: “Game of Thrones” is on….

So when they want to make your child think he is nothing but an abject failure, so their company can get rich…. what are you now going to do?

When they want you to inhale toxic cancerous particles  so their company  can get rich….. what are you now going to do?

When they want you to vote “no” and make the Christina school district cut back on even its most necessary assets, that being it’s people whose salaries are what are helping you to keep your job afloat,  …. what are you now going to do?

When they want to destroy the estuaries along our rivers by gutting the Coastal Zone Act, ….. what are you going to do?

Let them?  Hope someone else steps up and stops them?

Just like those brave souls defending our nation all decided to just let those others have their way with them, and to just give up without fighting for the people back home?……

No, they didn’t…. and neither should you…..

Promise your loved ones who died, leaving you to do their other half of the fight here back home, that you are up to the challenge and won’t let them down….   Make this a Memorial Day worth remembering…. by committing to honor them and do your part…. Make America reflect the views of YOU.

This nation is about people… Just people.  Only people. We must be the ones who benefit from everything…. and no one else….

No one.

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Courtesy of Fixdeldoe.(excellent work, btw)

Go to Fixdeldoe to see it all. But I love this chart….

Wish I’d thought of this a year ago as the battle for HB334 was heating up;… this is brilliant and it shows the absolute stupidity bordering on child molestation of what we are forcing our children to undergo during the Smarter Balanced… How can anyone after seeing this chart, argue for its continued use?

Don’t know how many of you have gone through MCAT’s… I know some of you did LSAT’s. You remember what that was like, and you were adults….

Forcing kids to do it is nothing short of abuse.  Someone out there hates children.

Kevin has it all here…..

Exceptional Delaware has the details….

But really this just makes every Delawarean parent outraged… Ready to punch Hefferpuss in the face?…  Did you get why?

Since the only way teachers, administrators, and superintendents would ever take the anonymous survey, fully knowing their views in today’s modern age could be traced directly back to them, was if it were legally binding that none of the information put on the TELL survey could ever be used to fire a themselves for simply telling the truth about Common Core….

Instead on orders from Rodel, the DOE pulled the survey…. All that money, wasted, costing far more than the sand abatements of Indian River bridge that brought down a previous administration,  That was pilloried as a big waste. This is over twice that… A GIGANTIC waste of money, because…. because….

Obviously the only thing this survey was for, was to track down who those were not on board with the corporate philosophy, and fire them…

Since they wouldn’t  be allowed to do that… they pulled the survey…..

Parents… if you ever doubted, this event shows you what is wrong with your child’s education… Your child (if over 10) KNOWS today’s education is a crock of shit… He has to. He sits in the middle of it every day and knows that none of the pie in the sky he is told makes any sense anymore…. So why are we following this crazy mixed up agenda? This is because Rodel doesn’t, and never has cared about children one iota.

To them it is all about profit… Nothing more, nothing less, nothing else… Profit, profit, profit…. so much so, that they will pull the survey when it can’t be used to weed out whistle blowers who don’t go along with their corrupt agenda.  Your children are seen by Governor Markell, Mark Murphy (from Rodel… duh), Dave Sokola, Earl Jacques as pawns, as stepping stones, as marketing tools, as means to an end and that end has absolutely nothing to do with children… that end has nothing to do with education. … that end has nothing to do with being college and career ready……

How do we know this?   Because if they REALLY cared about children, they would have said…. “sure put anything in the survey you want.  All we are looking for is information…..”  That is what people do, who love children.

Instead, they pull the survey in a tiff, waste tax money that now you will be re-referended to regurgitate, all because they could not be allowed use it for their nefarious ends….

If anyone sees Paul Hefferpuss….punch him in the face for someone’s child… if you are lucky and get the chance, punch him hard enough to put him on this ass for a whole classroom…..

This is all the proof any parent needs to demand our legislature take over the DOE now, remove this governor from any and all education policy, fire all RODEL personnel embedded in our Department of Education…. Legislators… what the hell is wrong with you… !!!   Do something… anything… If you abolished the DOE today…. we would all be better off because immediately, it stops the downward spiral getting worse….. Even if you just cleaned house at the top of DOE, we would be better than we are today… If you just override the governors veto on HB 50 and every other constrictive piece of educational legislation dismantling Common Core and the Smarter Balanced, you cannot possibly do worse than what we have now…. That is theoretically impossible.

“I want to be known as the education governor…”  said Jack Markell in a State of the State address.  (so much that I will pull the TELL survey if I can’t use it to fire teachers who dare tell the truth that my policies are not working…)

Stupiditiy Personified Lavelle

Will he become the Apostle Peter…  who in one moment under pressure, cost his two special education children the help they needed, switching his vote “FOR” the Smarter Balance Assessment in the final hours of last legislative session, but who then comes back and counters what could have been a fatal error, to rise and become the antithesis of Markell and Rodel’s sickening corporate-reform policies by becoming the “rock” both his party and all future school children can stand on? …..

Or, will he not make the switch, and hang himself like Judas?…..

Reporters are waiting every minute for the answer…..

Fixdeldoe should be daily reading for every Delawarean.  The daily time wasted on the News Journal could be better spent reading there.

The pilot “group” delineated and funded in last years budget is set to introduce a pilot “program” into this years budget… it will be, if approved, implemented in 5 of Delaware’s school districts. Here are some red flags. (as rightfully prescribed by Fixdeldoe, scroll down to the last three pages.)

Red Flag 1:

The Department of Education is authorized and directed to implement the pilot plan… (line 12;page 227)

Red Flag 2:

The pilot may include up to five school districts beginning July 1, 2015.  (Which ones?  To be determined by the above….) (line 14; page 227)

Red Flag 3:

The intent of such flexible funding plan shall be to provide participating school districts with the ability to better coordinate resource allocation decisions with strategic planning and community input, build a system focused on outcomes, foster a climate more conducive to innovation and creativity, increase student performance by allowing the focus of resources on identified student needs, enable staffing decisions to occur at the earliest possible time, promote collaborative procurement practices and allow decision making closest to the student. (worded  exactly like Charter schools; worrisome because charters fail rate is 83% whereas public education succeeds close to 100%.)  (Translated:  just like the priority schools, they want to fire highly rated teachers without cause. Can this be priority fiasco Act 2?  Why yes…. it can.)

Red Flag 4

The Department of Education shall establish written criteria for participation in the pilot program...(Again we are voting and funding something that is not even developed. It will be… coming later.  Just like Common Core.  Just like the Smarter Balanced Assessments! just like Charter Schools.(line 20; page 227)

Red Flag 5

All relevant salary schedules and supplemental compensation contained in 14 Del. C. c. 13 and the 5 Annual Appropriations Act shall continue to be used for purposes of salaries of employees.  (The word relevant opens the door to interpretation over what “is” relevant; it could be anything the DOE chief just happens to decide in this lame duck year.Anything!   You tenure is not relevant.  Your past-earned degrees are not relevant… Student/teacher ratios are not relevant.  Public schools are not relevant.  You need a “school leader for $160,000; principals are not relevant.  Janitors are not relevant. Mechanics are not relevant.  School bus maintenance is not relevant…)  (line 4; page 228)

Red Flag 6

The Department shall establish an index value that is relative to that of a 1.0 teaching unit, for each unit- generating, employee group earned according to 14 Del. C. c. 13. Participating school districts may utilize positions among entitlement areas within their total weighted, earned unit entitlement for the school year.  (Currently the units are set by code… Beginning July 2011, the units were set as follows:

Preschool — 12.8 (pupils per unit or ppu)

K-3 — 16.2 ppu

4-12 Regular Education — 20 ppu

4-12 Basic Special Education (Basic) — 8.4 ppu

Pre K-12 Intensive Special Education (Intensive) — 6 ppu

Pre K-12 Complex Special Education (Complex) — 2.6 ppu

(As explained in the new law, a school could soon move resources away from special education and over to mainstream students as long as the total of the units in that school remained the same…. )  Corporate bureaucrats including members of the Chamber of Commerce, think all money on special education is wasted since no exceptional kid will ever work for them; they see special education as throw-away kids spending lots of throw-away money.

Red Flag 7

All such units must be authorized by the Department of Education under rules and regulations promulgated by the Department. (Again, asking for the right to make up their own rules regardless of laws passed by General Assembly which were fostered in public forum… these decisions again will be made behind closed doors.)

Red Flag 8

Participating school districts are authorized to receive cash for up to percent of the total weighted, earned unit entitlement. This option shall only apply if the district has not filled the position at any time during the fiscal year in which it was earned, and if the district makes application to the Department of Education no later than January 31st of the current fiscal year. This cash option value shall be the corresponding amount of a master’s degree plus 10 years of experience, as calculated in accordance with 14 Del. C. § 1305, inclusive of the appropriate 19 other employment costs.  ( A lot to give up for a bribe of $41,388 dollars)  and that cash comes at the end of a year and only if the position was vacant for full term… So a teacher slot that remained vacant over 2015, would be rewarded to that school district sometime after July 1st, 2016.

If you have no 1st grade teacher and can’t get one for a full year, you can use on-call substitutes and get a bonus of $41,388 the following year…  But wait…. what about the kids?  (obviously they were ignored in this financial wheeling and dealing)…..

Red Flag 9

For a flexible funding management plan, State entitlement appropriations shall be consolidated into a 21 single appropriation line  (Just a reminder, when we tried that with Charters, they bought themselves a new Mercedes and took multiple vacations on the money given to them…)

Red Flag 10

No later than December 31st of each year, school districts participating in the pilot shall provide the Secretary of Education with a report identifying district expenditures and revenues, delineated by federal, state and local funds, and an identification of the number and type of positions supported with state funding during the school year as compared to the positions entitled for funding. (Meaning that by February the new incoming Secretary of Education will get around to looking at these reports and go.. WTF…. These are a mitigated disaster!)

So who came up with this plan?  Go back one year, look at the budget and you will find that it was ….

The Department of Education is authorized to establish a working group to develop a pilot plan for education funding flexibility for consideration to be implemented through the Fiscal Year 2016 budget process. Said working group shall consist of the Secretary of Education (or designee), Director of the Office of Management and Budget (or designee), the Controller General (or designee), two members of the Joint Finance Committee appointed by the Co-Chairs, a representative from the Delaware State Education Association, a representative from the Delaware Association of School Administrators, a member of the Delaware School Chiefs Officers Association, and three members of the school business managers in which one of these members must represent a vocational-technical school district.

That is:

  • Secretary of Education
  • Director of Office of Management and Budget
  • Controller General
  • Joint finance committee member 1
  • Joint Finance Committee Member 2
  • A rep from DSEA
  • A rep from DASA
  • A rep from the Chief Officer’s Association
  • A member of school business administration 1
  • A member of school business administration 2
  • A member of one of the technical school business administrations.

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Eleven people…. of them, how many do you think are intimately in tune with what it takes to teach your kid?

The next step is to bar this year’s test scores from all student permanent records.  If you think of it, it is the best compromise possible.  What they answered can be gleaned for any helpful tendencies to provide feedback, but no child will have on their record how poorly they did on this poorly written and put-together test….

And while at it, bar all data gleaned from the social and psychological testing part, as well.  So it never hits their record… Nothing on this test, ever hits their record. so that 20 years hence, no one can go back and see these scores. and shuffle one of today’s students aside for an executive position because they took this test and failed, whereas their co-worker vying for the same vice-presidency, went to private school and avoided the Smarter Balanced all together…..

Simply insert into the Delaware Code that student scores on the Smarter Balanced will not be attached to their permanent record, and the data will never leave AIR which administered the test.

That would provide personal protection for those who should have opted out, but didn’t…..

No sustained veto threat threat here…

Earl Jacques

Mike Barbieri

Tim Dukes

Are the three….

Still clueless.

A good sign.

12 people to every clueless one

Voted to allow Parents to opt out…..

Markell and Murphy ,

Are like snow pea pods

On the highway now

In front of a Steam Roller

Bearing down.

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