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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.


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.

A Mental Health Professional’s Perspective on the Common Core

Not with my child you won’t: Psychological Damages of Common Core Analyzed by Joan Landes

Standards for a Learning Supports Component

Common-Core Side Effects: Worth the Costs?

The Science Of The Common Core: Experts Weigh In On Its Developmental Appropriateness

A tough critique of Common Core on early childhood education

Early Childhood Standards of Common Core are Developmentally Inappropriate

6 reasons to reject Common Core K-3 standards — and 6 rules to guide policy

Student experiences extreme psychological SAGE testing

Corporations Are Behind The Common Core State Standards — And That’s Why They’ll Never Work

Top Ten Things Parents Hate About Common Core

Hypocrisy Surrounding Common Core Standards

Caution and Opportunity for Early Childhood Education


Why I Cannot Support the Common Core Standards

Introduction to the Special Issue on School Psychology and the Common Core State Standards

Minnesota Schools: Common Core and Mental Health


Now go search for something praising the Smarter Balanced and it’s benefits…. Try to find a link extolling the good of the Smarter Balanced Assessment that does not begin with the link:…. All the internet reviews are negative… Hear that?  ALL THE INTERNET REVIEWS ARE NEGATIVE!

if you vote against HB 50, you live in a bubble… “la dee da… oh look at the pretty changing colors….”

Like man-made global warming there is so much overwhelming evidence that Common Core and its protégée, the Smarter Balanced Assessment are dangerous and need to have corrective actions in places as soon as possible….  HB 50 is a neutral bill that does nothing to stop this process but recognizes that parents are the first line of responsibility for their children.. The state cannot supersede a parent’s will on testing, and most certainly it cannot force a parent to harm their own child….. The Smarter Balanced Assessment will harm your child….  100% of  child psychologists say so….

It’s all in the name, really…. PTA stands for Parent Teachers Association…. It doesn’t stand for Governors Lobbyists Association….

Which would you want deciding your child’s next 70+ years?  That alone tells you everything you need to know.

“If they are encouraged to opt out of the Standardized Testing because it is what is best for the child then why not opt out of all testing because it is stressful and there is not reliability or validity in subject matter testing? ” Attributed to Mike Barbieri…

It is the rolling argument syndrome…. which is effective since the human brain is only capable of hearing the first and last of each sentence…. So when received by the human ear it comes across as something like this:

“If they are encouraged to opt out………………………… no validity in subject matter testing…..”

“What?”, say ill informed legislators.  “No validity in testing?  We can’t have that.”…

But that is not the point of opting out… In fact, the entire reason for opting out is based on one single test, (since there are two versions, PAARC and the Smarter Balanced we should now simplify our language and start calling them the “Common Core tests”. For that is what they are.).

The entire reason for opting out of this test as you yourself allude, is because has been deemed to be harmful to children…..  That is it.  This test is harmful to children….  it impinges upon their educational time; it creates stress at ages where college-level stress should not be felt; it punishes Blacks, Hispanics, and hillbillies… all of which speak an accepted version of English, but none of who learned from birth the Germanic roots upon which this entire test is based…… it draws a line between success and failure, that mirrors exactly the income levels of each child’s parents.  It fails to test what each child has learned.  It is inferior to tests given by teachers in each class which are now no longer given because all energy must be spent on these tests.  It steals scarce dollar resources away from education budgets everywhere, which could be used to better education if we’d just allow teachers to give out our child’s tests, and not pay some Corporation having their hand out…..

So as to the Honorable Barbieri’s motives for completely dismissing the entire problems this test can cause for children, wiping those away with the sweep of a hand, pretending they don’t exist,, and focus on some spurious argument saying that sometimes you have to do really bad things to kids so the greater good is enhanced… (that apparent good solely being money funneled back into politicians pockets next election cycle; there is no other.)…. well you can decide for yourselves if they are based on ignorance…(Barbieri: read this! (it’s grown so nobody reads it anymore; they just scroll down to the very bottom and go “DAAAMMMNNN” under their breath)) or based on some other ill tendency of human beings whenever they get their hands on power…  The motives should not be a concern, but the results should….

Allow me to put Barbieri’s comments in perspective…

A>  If we encourage Jews to opt out of being shoveled into railroad cars headed for Buchenwald because it is what is best for them, why not opt out all passenger service because it is stressful and there is not reliability or validity  anymore in rail travel.

B>  If we encourage teen age children to opt out of being  forced to join suicide packs to maintain their social status because it is what is best for them, why not opt out all contracts or agreements that are both enjoined by business and legal departments, just because it is stressful and there is no reliability or validity in any legal arrangement anymore.

C>  If we encourage Blacks and Hispanics to opt out of their legal right to a trial by jury, in order to cut down on court time and wear and tear on the Judicial system, why not opt everyone out of court dates and just decide all justice by flipping a coin?

Each of these ridiculous examples has the same form, structure, and most of the same words as Barbieri’s rather bizarre statement… All have very harmful effects as are those being suffered by children taking this one single test….. All of them make no more sense than what Barbieri is alleged to have written.

There are two questions that should have  popped into everyone’s head upon reading this…..

The first, should be (and probably isn’t):

What is the Honorable Barbieri going to do about this? (Only he can answer that on Thursday).

The second:

How could anyone make such an irrational assertion?  :)

I don’t mean to be too hard on him… on non educational issues Mike is a good guy… So it HAS to come from ignorance I must assume…. He really thinks this test is just… “a test”. and that we, the people have our hoop skirts up over our heads in a dizzy over it…   just like jews in cattle cars are just another train passenger.  just like a teen suicide pack is just another contract, just like a trial by jury of ones peers is just a waste of time….

But you can see that none of those are true, and certainly as a result, his cannot be as well…..

And the answer for such an ill-founded opinion, is simple:  he has not taken the test... He does not know what it is; he does not know what it does; he does not know how stupid the questions are; he does not know how imprecise the scoring will be; he does not know how Kafkaesque the entire testing process is in that no one can talk about it, no once can question it, no one can counter it, and he certainly does not know how it breaks a mothers heart to have her A+ daughter fail a test designed specifically to make people fail… He simply lives in a bubble we must assume…..

Had he lived in Germany 70 years ago, he’d probably be one of those saying…. so what’s wrong with Jews going to summer camp? Fresh air, fields of flowers, trees, animals…..

But ITTS, it’s the test, stupid. (Line borrowed from Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign)

Mike, it is time you took the test…… (before embarrassing yourself in public any further….)

“If they are encouraged to opt out of the Standardized Testing because it is what is best for the child then why not opt out of all testing because it is stressful and there is not reliability or validity in subject matter testing……” Attributed to Mike Barbieri…

What he really means:

They should not opt out of the Standardized Testing simply because there would then be no reliability or validity in the subject matter testing……

That is morally wrong.  Protecting the reliability or validity of testing, over each and every child’s welfare?…. Maybe you don’t have a clue (yet)(take the tests) but you cannot force those parents who do (who have taken this test), from doing what every one of them thinks is best for their child… which is backed up by 100% of child psychologists!  Opt all of them out of the Smarter Balanced Assessments….

Everyone knows why. The test needs scrapped… Ka-put, into the trash bin.  Barring that, parents need this option to protect their child… One child, is more important than any test’s validity….. especially when that test is so horrible, so horrific, so inane, and so stupid, as this one… Once you take the test, you will know.

HB 50 simply allows parents to opt out…  If a parent wants his child to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment, he can have his child take the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  If a parent wants his child to opt out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, he can have his child opt out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment….  That is all, Below are those who are in line to vote No on allowing parents opt out their child…..

Gerald Brady

Melanie George Smith:

Debra J. Heffernan

Bryon H. Short:

S. Quinton Johnson:

Peter C. Schwartzkopf

Valerie Longhurst

Michael A. Barbieri

Stephen T. Smyk

Michael Ramone

Earl G. Jaques Jr

W. Charles Paradee

Sean M. Lynn


These 13 have never ever strayed far from any of jack’s preferred pieces of legislation…  His threat of veto was aimed at these 13 to hold firm, no matter what their constituents want or said.  These 13 are the governor’s pocket votes.  Life should be very interesting for them across the next four days.

Essentially these 13 are siding with the lobbyists and corporations against parents… They feel corporations know best.. whereas parents don’t know jack….


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