Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Comment rescue from citizen: Earl Jaques continues to be a stranger to the truth

Last year Earl Jaques claimed there were two financial studies done to prove that his single-payer health care plan was financially feasible.  Challenged, he never provided them.

This year Earl (D-Charter Schools Network) has claimed vociferously that he--NOT the Charter School work group--authored HB 165.

The problem with Earl is that he can't keep his stories straight, as commenter Citizen aptly documents:
BTW, 2-3 wks ago when I was in email contact with Rep Jaques about the poorly worded nutritional asst. provision in HB 165, he replied at one point (in relation to my request that the federal breakfast program be explicitly included) that he would need to "check with the Charter Schls Network" about that (then he wrote back to say that yes, they planned to include b'fast & there was no need to include it in the bill!!). This was b4 the bill was publicly available. 
So there was no effort to disguise who wrote this, or whose bidding Jaques is doing. 
So we have an "informal work group" that the Attorney General's office thinks "may have been a public body."

(That work group, by the way, invited DSEA President and lobbyist Frederika Jenner to sit down with them (God only knows why; she certainly wasn't representing teachers), but discouraged then school-board-member Kim Williams from doing the same.)

We have Earl pretending that he has had an independent thought.

We have Rodel and the Charter School Network sending out anonymous appeals to parents to lobby their legislators, and THESE are the memes they want repeated:

Delaware charter schools pay facilities expenses out of their operating budgets, which means they have less funding for teacher salaries and classroom materials.  This is unfair to my child, who attends a public school, and is from a family paying the same taxes as our neighbor, whose child attends a different kind of public school. 
I am asking for your support for my child's education. Please support providing additional funding to help charter schools reimburse their operation budget for their facilities costs.  About $750 per pupil would cover over 60% of charter schools’ lease and mortgage payments and would provide more parents with better educational options for their children. (This is a substantial amount less than traditional public schools receive.) 
Over fifteen years ago when charter schools were a new concept, facilities funding was not an issue.  The first charter school was able to retain space without a cost.  Charter schools are no longer a new concept and most schools have significant costs for rent or mortgage which takes funds away from the classroom.   
Fair funding is needed to educate all Delaware children and give them what they deserve. I hope you will lend your support.
So, in a twist right out of Kafka or possibly Orwell, the original charter school law (that got everything its authors wanted) is now unfair.

Maybe Earl Jaques will come forward and explain that he wrote this letter as well.


Citizen said...

And as Jn Young & Nancy Willing have posted to DE Liberal, the PTA rep on the gov's task force for charter schls is a CSW parent, actively involved there. So even the participants in that group who appear to be friends of genuinely public schls aren't.

Anonymous said...

Well I had to drive my public school child who I choiced into a different school within the same district every day from k-8, 12 miles there, 12 miles home, 12 miles to pick him up 12 miles to take him back home. That is 48 miles a day, 5 days a week, 9 months out of the year, for 9 years. Meanwhile Charter School children, who are no different that choice children, get publicly funded bus transportation.

Please let Charter School parents know they can kiss my ass.

Nancy Willing said...

Also, any funds to pay the mortgages going to purchase charter school buildings will not be returned as public assets to the state once the charter fails or otherwise abandons the site.

Nancy Willing said...

Very interesting point brought up on WDEL today - is Charlie Copeland's vying for the DE GOP top spot in part a ploy to garner the loyal votes of the Assembly GOPer caucus?

Delaware Watch said...

I hope I am misunderstanding the argument here because on my reading it's a non sequitur. Jaques couldn't have possibly written a bill simply because he checked with an organization to see if his bill had a ramification he didn't anticipate. Please tell me that's not the argument.

Steven H. Newton said...


I don't read it that way, but to be completely honest it is too late and my mind is too fuzzy to parse it back out for you tonight.

I will try tomorrow.

pandora said...

"Jaques couldn't have possibly written a bill"

Exactly. I'd bet good money Jaques didn't write that bill. If he had he would have been able to defend it.