They are Senator Dave Sokola, Senator Gary Simpson, Senator Greg Lavelle, Senator Henry, Senator Bushweiller, and Senator McDowell… Three of these Senators have predominantly Afro-American districts. Two others, Sokola and Lavalle are sycophants of almost all white and wealthy, who will do anything to garner corporate monies’ attention. And to this day, Simpson is an anomaly.
These 6 voted to re segregate Delaware’s schools into all white with exemplary teachers and financing…. and all black with the worst possible teachers and almost zero financing…. About as segregated as one can get. Here is what 170 civil rights groups had to say about what these Senators just did………( more on Exceptional Delaware)
“We respectfully disagree that the proliferation of high stakes assessments and top-down interventions are needed in order to improve our schools. We live in the communities where these schools exist. What, from our vantage point, happens because of these tests is not improvement. It’s destruction.”
What Margaret Rose Henry just voted for; what Harris McDowell just voted for; what Brian Bushweller just voted for: was destruction of that which had been previously fought and won: to get rid of a two tiered school system where rich whites get one level of education; impoverished blacks get another. In their defense, the reason they voted such is that they were lied to by certain groups, formed, financed, and supported solely by corporations with ties to the educational field, who told them that allowing opting-out as a right, would be detrimental to black children… 3 of these had hearts in the right places, but where their heads were, smh, who can tell…..
They should have listened to responsible sources. Not corporate shills. The responsible sources spoke clearly and loudly.
“High stakes standardized tests have been proven to harm Black and Brown children, adults, schools and communities. Curriculum is narrowed. Their results purport to show that our children are failures. They also claim to show that our schools are failures, leading to closures or wholesale dismissal of staff. Children in low-income communities lose important relationships with caring adults when this happens. Other good schools are destabilized as they receive hundreds of children from closed schools. Large proportions of Black teachers lose their jobs in this process, because it is Black teachers who are often drawn to commit their skills and energies to Black children. Standardized testing, whether intentionally or not, has negatively impacted the Black middle class, because they are the teachers, lunchroom workers, teacher aides, counselors, security staff and custodians who are fired when schools close.”
According to 170 Civil Rights organizations, these six voted to:
- Harm black and brown chidren
- To narrow curriculum
- To label black and brown children as FAILURES
- To close schools teaching the poor and black
- To dismiss large scale Afro-American staff in these schools
- To force children to lose important relationships with caring and competent adults
- To fire LARGE NUMBERS OF BLACK TEACHERS so they can replace them with white college kids still green behind their ears.
- To continue putting the squeeze on the black Middle Class, pushing opportunities further and further over to better educated whites..
- To care nothing for black teachers, black lunchroom workers, black teacher aides, black counselors, black security staff and black custodians who are fired when schools get closed because of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
Whereas 3 of these six are benigh, two of these six are evil.. I’m sure you already recognize Dave Sokola and Greg Lavelle… Both of these are financial beneficiaries of charter schools which sweep in, destroy the public school system, then abandon all the children and bug-out, counting fist-fulls of dollars in the process… We know this from Philadelphia. Cleveland, Milwaukee, Washington, DC and Chicago… Citizens’ groups there are fighting back and winning but they are only regaining scorched earth. Which is why charter investors are now moving down here into new territory, where their lies have more power because the truth is still unknown…..
Well, …..it worked against Margaret Rose Henry, Brian Bushweller, and Harris McDowell…… normally always passing pro-black legislation.
You, the people, have got to set them straight…… Tony Allen? That is not the voice of the Afro American Wilmington community… What does he know of Hilltop? What does he know of Northeast? What does he know of South Bridge?
Just listen to families first, from those areas above, who have already lived through what you are proposing …. before you go chopping heads off of little black children to save your own…..