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Pickle reference? I thought it referenced something purchased at an adult store.
John Kowalko

2018-01-13 15:06:52 john kowalko

Public Advocate Drew Slater has petitioned the Public Service Commission contending that the cash windfall from the recent lowering of corporate taxes that would directly benefit utilities, such as Delmarva Power and Artesian, should not be added to those companies’ coffers but should flow directly to electricity and water consumers.

http://www.delawareonline.com/story/money/business/2017/12/29/trump-tax-cut-should-mean-lower-utility-bills-says-delaware-advocratepayer-advocate-calls-lower-powe/989814001/
This is a petition that should be granted without any hesitation and is another example of the dedication and thoughtfulness exhibited by Mr. Slater who takes his responsibilities to the consumers as Delaware’s Public Advocate more seriously than any other that I have worked with. Simply stated, Mr. Slater’s position is one of the most responsible, honest and just advocacies on the public’s behalf that I have had the pleasure of witnessing.
I hope all members of the public will recognize that they have finally been blessed with a true champion of their interests when Drew Slater was appointed as the Public Advocate. I’ve worked with a number of Public Advocates over the last dozen years and none of them have had the dedication and focus on behalf of the consumer’s interests like Mr. Slater. I couldn’t be more proud of a public servant like Mr. Slater whose grasp of his responsibilities is beyond comparison. Good job Drew and keep it up. The people need more public servants like you and I personally applaud you for everything you are doing.
Representative John Kowalko

2017-12-30 18:46:47 john kowalko

I was recently contacted to sign on to a piece of legislation that purports to set up a system for removal of elected persons from their positions as locally elected school board members. This legislation is a frightening overreach of authority, poorly thought out, and constitutionally questionable. I therefore took it upon myself to raise the public awareness of this proposal and how it could compromise and negate the intentions and wishes of the voters who elected said board members and would place their fates in the hands of an unelected, gubernatorial board that might have no allegiance to the voting public’s wishes. Therefore I am posting this message that I sent to all of my colleagues and the Governor. Please share as you feel appropriate.
I sent the following inquiry to Representative Baumbach and Senator Sokola. I received a response from Representative Baumbach that he would not discuss the motives nor intentions of this proposed legislation so I am forwarding the same missive to all members of the Delaware General Assembly. It follows:
“I suspect that this proposed legislation, being circulated for signatures by Representative Baumbach and Senator Sokola, may impose a constitutionally challenged contradiction to decisions made by the voters of Delaware. To suggest that an Executive branch (Governor appointed and unelected) board should have the authority to overturn the decision of the voting public disregards both separation of powers and constitutional rights of those elected. If either of the two sponsors or the promoters of such a piece of legislation have a problem with individual board members (as seems to be the case here) then they should come up with a lawful process attended to by lawful entities. This is the type of overreach that causes the public to doubt the sincerity and legitimacy of the laws we create and pass. I hope the sponsors of this proposed legislation will quickly withdraw this legislation.
I would also ask the sponsors of this legislation to explain to me and my fellow legislators what has provoked them to solicit sponsors to support such draconian action. Perhaps Rep. Baumbach or Senator Sokola can give us examples of purported or actual wrongdoing by former or current board members. I would also suggest that the sponsors divulge who solicited such legislation/authority. That might allay suspicions that this is simply an effort to coerce and silence board members, specifically board members who have criticized some of this Administration’s plans. I respectfully await a reply from the sponsors before I will consider adding my name and suggest that all my colleagues do the same”.
I would gladly sit down and have a dialogue about creating a legitimate recall process with a serious due process contingent on the fact that it would apply to “ALL DELAWARE ELECTED OFFICIALS” and not a limited number of office holders who could be intimidated or coerced by this fanciful offering that appears to seek control over the electorates wishes. It has to involve input from the public (e.g., petition signatures), contain due process guarantees, and apply to all elected offices and all appointed school board members (e.g., charters and State Boards).

Representative John Kowalko

2017-12-15 22:34:47 john kowalko

Alby
I totally agree with your comment but I am terribly disappointed in the reality that we hear barely a peep in support of good policies or in opposition to bad and harmful policies from Democrats. In fact the Democratic party seems to condone and reward apathetic and unsympathetic posturing since there is no risk of failure if you don’t give a damn or take a stance against ideological evil (Bannon, Trump, McConnel, Graham, oh hell all Republicans). But I find that type of selfish dispassion as evidence of complicity and inexcusable behavior and quite frankly immoral.
Representative John Kowalko

2017-12-06 19:58:39 john kowalko

I think we are witnessing some of the more self-destructive tendencies that has been exposed in the Democratic Party by its own congregation of electeds. We have Democratic Senators calling for a Franken resignation (regardless of any truths that might be unearthed in an investigation he has welcomed) while we are on the figurative eve of ending health care for children via the CHIP funding expiring. Now a reasonably idealistic Democrat might ask why (any or all of) you resignation-demanders are so willing to suck the media and public attention air out of the room, yet silent as lambs on an issue that threatens the health and security of tens of millions of innocent children. Could it be that your moral compasses have been frozen by the opportunity of self-promotion that will cement your credentials as an outraged and morally righteous candidate who might aspire to a higher office. Maybe your voices, unified in anger at the prospects of those children being sacrificed at the altar of corporate greed, would not be effective in changing things but (for God’s sake) “TRY IT” goddammit.
I know it must be easier to be seen and heard as a media shill wearing that cloak of righteousness you are so eager to embrace. But once, just once, try to be a true Democrat who believes in the principles of the Democratic Party. Try to be a public servant who is willing to be an idealist and fighter for justice, fairness, equal treatment and opportunity for all. The opposite of what the Republican ideologues have become and are. I honestly believe that if you paid as much or more attention to the needs and rights of all Americans you would be pleasantly surprised at how easily you would attain those ambitions because people of all stripes and parties want someone willing to fight for them and believe in them. You would also get your picture and name in all of those media outlets you seem to be so distracted by.
Representative John Kowalko

2017-12-06 19:12:07 john kowalko

Correction: running for “Auditor”. No this is not the new face of the Delaware Democrats. In fact it is more like the old face/guard that should not be allowed to lay claim to Democratic Party idealism without any regard for Democratic Party idealism, in fact disregarding basic principles of one “person” one vote and individual rights superseding corporate interests.
Re[Representative John Kowalko

2017-12-04 22:43:05 john kowalko

I’ve prime-sponsored property reassessment bills more than a few times with former Senator Blevins as the Senate prime and every time she asked me to test the waters in the House caucus I did so. The proposal almost always received a frigid response. I believe that you might find little enthusiasm from those members of the General Assembly, (current and former), who own some of those high-priced/low-assessed beach and shore homes. We can never reform education funding in Delaware without a fair and honest reassessment of property values accompanied by regularly scheduled reassessments.
Representative John Kowalko

2017-11-19 17:44:00 john kowalko

Liberals are “idealists” = “the cherishing or pursuit of high or noble principles, purposes, goals, etc” noun– “a person who cherishes or pursues high or noble principles, purposes, goals, etc”.
Conservatives are “ideologues” = “an often blindly partisan advocate or adherent of a particular ideology”
noun– “a person who zealously advocates an ideology”.
There you have it.
Representative John Kowalko

2017-11-05 19:58:45 john kowalko

I remain convinced that the nearly 450 “super-delegates” decisions to pledge their votes to Clinton before the first caucus or primary votes were cast contributed to the primary defeat of Sanders. Every newscast from every network would project Clinton’s total with those vote totals identified in the number for super-delegate promises. The system itself is as undemocratic as you can get when it allows such an advantage in perspective and actuality. I also firmly believe that most of those pre-vote committed “super delegates” were influenced, swayed, cajoled and persuaded by the prospect of the deep-pockets Clinton cabal and its planned $$$$ disbursement to them or their special interests. The corruption and influence peddling permitted by the status-quo preserving rules of the Democrat party is responsible for this deranged nightmare of a president as any individual for condoning and encouraging this behavior. As long as Perez has his slimy paws on the tiller (steering on behalf of the Clintons and their status-quo maintaining third-way acolytes) I have no hope that the course will be corrected and the reef lies dead ahead.
Representative John Kowalko

2017-11-04 02:20:23 john kowalko

Pardon me. “Delouse” is the appropriate term
John K.

2017-10-30 21:46:24 john kowalko

Dear Heffron, Bullock, Geisenberger, members of the Corporate Bar Commission and all my Chamber of Commerce friends,
I DO NOT WANT TO KILL OR HARM THE GOOSE. I ONLY WANT TO ENSURE THAT WE DE-WORM IT AND DE-FLEA IT SO IT WILL NOT DIE AND DECOMPOSE CORRUPTING ALL OF THE LEGITIMACY AROUND IT AND POISONING DELAWARE’S AND IT’S TAXPAYERS’ REPUTATION.
Wishing you all the success that money can buy I remain sympathetically yours,
Representative John Kowalko

2017-10-30 21:12:44 john kowalko

We’re number one!
Per the filed indictment: Manafort and Gates owned or controlled 23 “Domestic Entities” used in the scheme. Of those 23 domestic entities (LLCs) 9 were Delaware LLCs. Congratulations, Delaware, you are number one again.
Please call and write your representatives and senators demanding that they move HB 57 to the floor for a vote. HB 57 strives to reform current Delaware code regarding Delaware LLC licensing law to ferret out these individuals and entities that engage in nefarious abuses such as money laundering, arms dealing, drug trafficking and human trafficking.
The bill’s synopsis reads thus: “To obtain obedience to federal laws protecting national security, with the help of registered agents, this Bill will prevent the use of our Limited Liability Act by persons and nations identified by federal agencies as a threat to this country. The bill also seeks to prevent existing limited liability company owners who are on the lists of prohibited persons or governments, but may have formed a Delaware LLC already, from getting involved in industries in which the federal government has placed restrictions on certain investments. Requiring clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investments in the U.S. for their plans will enable the Secretary to waive this provision when it is received. Registered agents must be the parties to screen for identified threats because those with a contract with the Department of State enter applications on its computers on a regular basis. CFIUS seldom prevents investments, (two since 1989 to be precise) but it may ask for mitigation in some way to reduce the potential threat involved. This Act will not impact the ability of almost any applicant to easily form an LLC nor does it require any companies to disclose more information to the Secretary of State in its application for certification than is now required”.
Please call and email Representative Melanie Smith and demand that she stop opposing release of HB 57 from the House Judiciary committee and vote it to the floor for a full House vote.

Representative John Kowalko

2017-10-30 17:42:04 john kowalko

There are such things as negotiating, compromising, strategic retreat, truce, conditional surrender, unconditional surrender, abject failure with admission of such and finally prostrating oneself at your opponents feet, groveling and sniveling for forgiveness for having dared to challenge them and kissing those same feet in an embarrassing display of subjugation without even admonishing yourself for your failure. That’s what Delaware’s Democratic Party seems to have devolved into. Rep. Kowalko

2017-07-07 16:01:58 John kowalko

I’m also sorry for any type O’s (blood) that are Republican ideologues or D leaders (it is a common blood type) so I guess we’re stuck with the good and the bad. My excuse is that I’m on a train and have fat, insensitive (like the ideologues) fingers. What’s theirs?

2017-07-03 19:47:35 John kowalko

You can visit my Facebook page to see my first posting re the budget debacle. Taking a brief break but will be writing more extensively on an advised path forward. The Polish Confusius (kowalko) said: This budget will prove that there are no rivers to deep to cross as long as you have enough poor people to stack on each other from the bottom to keep your own feet dry. Yes Dukes is.

2017-07-03 19:28:52 John kowalko

Educational Paras in Delaware are paid a wage that keeps many of them below the poverty level and I, and some others, have fought to have that wrong righted over the past four to five budget cycles. I show up ant any press conference anywhere that is convened on behalf of people, families and children in need, low-wage fast-food workers et al. and suggest that you and others members of the “concerned” public join me so that those types of people do not feel like nobody gives a damn. “Satire” no, not at all, “honest” yes. I am a proud, unabashed and vocal supporter of a fair wage for an honest days work and a livable wage for all. Are you?

2014-12-13 22:48:21 john kowalko

Merry Christmas to all of you Fast-Food and Walmart minimum wage earners and let’s not forget a special Merry Christmas to our own State employees like the education para-professionals, many of whom are forced to apply for food stamp assistance since I’ve conveniently not provided an above poverty level wage for you in any of my budget proposals. Rest assured that once I’ve waved that magic wand of wage increases for the middle class through my policies of multi-million dollar grants to Bank of America, Astra Zeneca, RODEL, Bloom, Innovative schools and any charter school applicant with a corporatist agenda or sponsor, than, you, the peons at the bottom can pick yourselves up by the bootstraps and get in line for one of those good-paying jobs. In the meantime take heart in the fact that as long as you are making slave-wages for your forty hours of labor you’ll have to work eighty hours to survive ensuring that you have less leisure time in your day to spend that excess money that you don’t have anyway. Merry Merry Christmas. Ho! Ho! Ho!
your friend and benefactor “The Gov.:

2014-12-13 21:57:15 john kowalko

It’s a sad day for the people of Delaware when the only statewide newspaper chooses to show a bias and favoritism to one side of a discussion. It is, however, infinitely more egregious when that same media source chooses to publish a rather duplicitous and disingenuous account that seems to be offered only to misrepresentative actual facts and mislead opinions. I am referring specifically to the News Journal’s Sunday article headlined “Markell’s plan provides “MORE” education funds”.
This goes beyond the pale of honest and objective journalism and seems to be a biased force-feeding of unsubstantiated information by DOE and OMB. I presented the exact opposite of this skewed perspective during the debate on HB 165 both in committee and on the House floor. Those facts show that of $67+ million in cuts to education (including but not limited to: $9.4M–Reading Resource Teachers, $3M—Math Specialists, $1.35M technology Block Grant, $8.2M—School-Based Discipline Program, $4.59M—Academic Excellence Allotment, $1.1M Teacher Cadre and Mentoring—and many other necessary “EDUCATION” programs) only $27.4M is being backfilled by the “Educational Sustainment Fund-AKA –proposed budget. This leaves a conservatively estimated shortfall of over $40M in public education funding not an increase of $30M. I will attempt once again to bring an honest clarity to the facts at hand.
Leading off with the statement that the Governor’s proposed budget includes “no new education cuts” intentionally fails to admit or even address the reality that there are over $40 million in unrestored education cuts that were previously imposed upon public schools, districts and children.

I will attempt to dissect this misrepresentation of reality foisted upon the public as simply I can.
Of the self-proclaimed $31M in “more” education funds subtract $17.3M for the funding increase mandated by law to hire enough teachers to meet the increase in enrollment (8.8M) and “step increases” also mandated by law ($8.5M). Balance of $13.7M alleged increase
$2.65M funded for state mandated testing cannot be construed as “increased” funding. Increase balance now computes to $11.05M.
$2.25M listed to support a technology block grant (see previous tech. block grant cut of $1.354M). Balance now dwindles to $9.7M.
$3.3M to fund additional health resources personnel in schools should be listed in Social services but I will not deduct from balance that now stands.
$2M to pay for full-day kindergarten in the Indian River District is a state mandated obligation and is not “more” funding leaving the balance at $7.7M.
$1.5M to continue an “enhanced pay plan” for para-professionals is a particular offensive misrepresentation of a state obligation still unfulfilled. Paras have been paid below the Federal Poverty level, requiring many of them to need food-stamp assistance and other social safety-net monies. # years ago I presented the reality to the JFC that they would need a $2500 per year raise to reach those minimal poverty levels and it was agreed to step it up at approx. $850 per year until they reached that level. That was the best deal that could be worked then due to the recessionary effect on the state budget so part of a loaf is better than none. To $1.5M is the next step in that leveling and should not be considered anything other than a moral obligation with economic benefits to all Delawareans. Remember those “paras” are often the only teacher resource available to stabilize the school environment for severely challenged “special-needs” students. Balance of additional education funding now stands at $6.2M.
$421,000 for Early Childhood Assistance Program should come from the “STARS” or early childhood grant contest winnings and $300,000 branded as bolstering ‘gifted/talented” programs is merely another state sponsored contest for limited funds that are insufficient and not available to all children. Balance now stands at $5.5M.
$2M dedicated to a fund (upon passage of HB165) that is restricted only to Charters and access denied to traditional schools cannot be counted as “additional/more” educational funding. Balance stands at $3.5M.
$350,000 additional minor cap improvements for charters that can be used to fund improvements and appreciate values on privately (not taxpayer) owned buildings and properties. Balance is now at $3.15M.
Finally consider this little gem of deception. $3.2M to backfill state agencies “including education” that are taking hits from sequestration cuts. THIS IS TO BE SHARED AND WHATEVER SHARE GOES TO PUBLIC EDUCATION CANNOT AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED ANYTHING OTHER THEN WHAT IT IS, A BACKFILL TO PREVIOUS COMMITMENTS, TO PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN, THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN MADE.
Final balance of added state revenue to Public Education calculates to minus—$.015M.
Please post and share everywhere you wish since obviously the News Journal will not be interested in the unbiased facts being presented.
John Kowalko

2013-06-18 21:03:29 john kowalko

Mike O.
Here is a letter from my wife (a former Christina School Board member and “Gifted Talented” program coordinator for Christina) which mirrors many but not all of my concerns with establishing a competition for limited funding in place of restoring adequate funding. Much like the Charter School aberration passed yesterday.
John K.

Subject: Opposition to SB 27
The exact same Bill as SB27 (HB 46) met strong and valid opposition in the House Education Committee last week and failed to get released. I imagine that this is no more than an end run around the well thought out opposition to this bill in the House.
I will be posting a letter presented to the House Education Comm. expressing reasons to oppose this poorly thought out “competitive grant” (the rich get richer and finite money is not available for the needy think RTTT)
Here’s the letter.
Gentlemen
I am asking that you do not support the most recent bill concerning competitive grants for gifted education. Brandywine’s gifted program has undergone several manifestations over the last ten years because of the original acceptance into the program by means of a very subjective placement test. I knew quite a bit about the inadequacies of the test when I was in a daycare in Wilmington and many of my parents over the years had their children take this test.
However, this bill has several inadequacies which could result both in the same kind of issues happening on a statewide level, but also illustrates what has happened to gifted education in Delaware and why.
Rep. Scott, as an ex- school board member, I’m sure you are familiar with much of what I say.
Many years ago, when my daughter was in elementary school, gifted education through the districts was accommodated by a line item in the district budgets. Later- maybe 1998 or 2000?- this was eliminated and districts used the Academic Excellence Units to pay for their gifted teachers. (Districts were awarded excellence units based on student population and they could be used to hire teachers or turned in for “cash” allowing districts to either buy teachers for specific programs or buy a specific program.) While parents of gifted children weren’t always pleased with this, as districts prioritized their excellence units for what they considered necessary, at least there was some method for districts to afford special teachers and special programs.
However, in 2009, EVEN AS THE STATE HAS STRESSED DISTRICT FLEXIBILITY in financial matters, excellence units were eliminated from the school budgets, almost eliminating any kind of real flexibility. This has caused countless problems- evidenced most recently in the loss of reading teachers from the budget and districts inability to maintain them through EUs.
I was acutely aware of how my district used EUs as I was head of the gifted/talented program in Christina for two years- when we hired 18 certified G/T teachers and introduced the Schoolwide Enrichment Model to Delaware as the prime method for reaching talent in our schools. SEM offered services to 20% of the populations in EVERY elementary school in the district, and a six week program for all students in the building. This is a program that has been impossible to continue under the reduced funding districts currently receive.
I could go on and on about the disadvantages and fallacies of competitive grants in public education. It always hurts more than it helps. It is just wrong for children in schools where we are pledging to help ALL children, and offer ALL children an equal advantage. Most important for you as legislators to realize, however, is that it is unnecessary. Districts have been asking for, and offering, ways to fund educational needs. This bill is going to be jumped on by parents and others who feel that this will be the quick fix to solve the G/T problem, and finally get some money for their children. And parents have a justified claim- there should be money for G/T education. The bill, however, should be focused towards ALL districts, and should be addressed in Joint Finance or the Bond committee.
I have attached an article and the study behind it concerning US student test scores. As the leading members of the Education committee I hope you will read these and ask your colleagues in the education committee to do the same. It is time we stopped bashing our education system and started realizing it’s not all that bad. We do ourselves no favors- and I am speaking specifically of Delaware right now- by expressing to the world that our schools and our teachers are in such dire need of improvement. It is simply not true. We have now and we have always had great public education in Delaware. We all sent our children to these schools, didn’t we? Certainly my children are shining examples of what the Christina schools have been able to do!
The announcement this morning of Astra Zeneca moving workers out of Delaware I firmly believe highlights the problem of negative advertising on our school systems. If we insist that our district, our teachers, even our colleges need to be restructured or taken over on a continual basis- and that is exactly what has happened over the last 5 years, why would companies want to locate here? No amount of financial bribery will suffice.
We need to give our schools what they say they need and start telling the world how great they are. The statistics are there. Please read the reports. For far too long leadership has been relying on insufficient and skewed data. The truth is that top students do well, and poor students are improving faster than those in other countries (and the US enrolls and tests a much higher percentage of children in poverty than most other countries in the PISA). Reading is competitive word-wide. Math in the US is competitive with math in European countries and while it is doesn’t equal Korea, the emphasis on language literacy in the US puts it at a natural linguistic disadvantage with Asian languages.
While we should always work to improve, we should be proud of our academic accomplishments (compare Nobel Prizes) not by continuing the failed practice of competitive grants but by providing districts with a solid financial structure to do the job they know how to do.
Thank you for reading this. I know it is long- but you guys are among the elite readers in the world!
Connie Merlet
14 Kells Ave
Newark DE 19711
302-737-2396

2013-06-12 17:37:02 john kowalko

The exact same Bill as SB27 (HB 46) met strong and valid opposition in the House Education Committee last week and failed to get released. I imagine that this is no more than an end run around the well thought out opposition to this bill in the House.
I will be posting a letter presented to the House Education Comm. expressing reasons to oppose this poorly thought out “competitive grant” (the rich get richer and finite money is not available for the needy think RTTT)

Here’s the letter.

Gentlemen
I am asking that you do not support the most recent bill concerning competitive grants for gifted education. Brandywine’s gifted program has undergone several manifestations over the last ten years because of the original acceptance into the program by means of a very subjective placement test. I knew quite a bit about the inadequacies of the test when I was in a daycare in Wilmington and many of my parents over the years had their children take this test.
However, this bill has several inadequacies which could result both in the same kind of issues happening on a statewide level, but also illustrates what has happened to gifted education in Delaware and why.
Rep. Scott, as an ex- school board member, I’m sure you are familiar with much of what I say.
Many years ago, when my daughter was in elementary school, gifted education through the districts was accommodated by a line item in the district budgets. Later- maybe 1998 or 2000?- this was eliminated and districts used the Academic Excellence Units to pay for their gifted teachers. (Districts were awarded excellence units based on student population and they could be used to hire teachers or turned in for “cash” allowing districts to either buy teachers for specific programs or buy a specific program.) While parents of gifted children weren’t always pleased with this, as districts prioritized their excellence units for what they considered necessary, at least there was some method for districts to afford special teachers and special programs.
However, in 2009, EVEN AS THE STATE HAS STRESSED DISTRICT FLEXIBILITY in financial matters, excellence units were eliminated from the school budgets, almost eliminating any kind of real flexibility. This has caused countless problems- evidenced most recently in the loss of reading teachers from the budget and districts inability to maintain them through EUs.
I was acutely aware of how my district used EUs as I was head of the gifted/talented program in Christina for two years- when we hired 18 certified G/T teachers and introduced the Schoolwide Enrichment Model to Delaware as the prime method for reaching talent in our schools. SEM offered services to 20% of the populations in EVERY elementary school in the district, and a six week program for all students in the building. This is a program that has been impossible to continue under the reduced funding districts currently receive.

I could go on and on about the disadvantages and fallacies of competitive grants in public education. It always hurts more than it helps. It is just wrong for children in schools where we are pledging to help ALL children, and offer ALL children an equal advantage. Most important for you as legislators to realize, however, is that it is unnecessary. Districts have been asking for, and offering, ways to fund educational needs. This bill is going to be jumped on by parents and others who feel that this will be the quick fix to solve the G/T problem, and finally get some money for their children. And parents have a justified claim- there should be money for G/T education. The bill, however, should be focused towards ALL districts, and should be addressed in Joint Finance or the Bond committee.
I have attached an article and the study behind it concerning US student test scores. As the leading members of the Education committee I hope you will read these and ask your colleagues in the education committee to do the same. It is time we stopped bashing our education system and started realizing it’s not all that bad. We do ourselves no favors- and I am speaking specifically of Delaware right now- by expressing to the world that our schools and our teachers are in such dire need of improvement. It is simply not true. We have now and we have always had great public education in Delaware. We all sent our children to these schools, didn’t we? Certainly my children are shining examples of what the Christina schools have been able to do!
The announcement this morning of Astra Zeneca moving workers out of Delaware I firmly believe highlights the problem of negative advertising on our school systems. If we insist that our district, our teachers, even our colleges need to be restructured or taken over on a continual basis- and that is exactly what has happened over the last 5 years, why would companies want to locate here? No amount of financial bribery will suffice.
We need to give our schools what they say they need and start telling the world how great they are. The statistics are there. Please read the reports. For far too long leadership has been relying on insufficient and skewed data. The truth is that top students do well, and poor students are improving faster than those in other countries (and the US enrolls and tests a much higher percentage of children in poverty than most other countries in the PISA). Reading is competitive word-wide. Math in the US is competitive with math in European countries and while it is doesn’t equal Korea, the emphasis on language literacy in the US puts it at a natural linguistic disadvantage with Asian languages.
While we should always work to improve, we should be proud of our academic accomplishments (compare Nobel Prizes) not by continuing the failed practice of competitive grants but by providing districts with a solid financial structure to do the job they know how to do.

Thank you for reading this. I know it is long- but you guys are among the elite readers in the world!

Connie Merlet
14 Kells Ave
Newark DE 19711
302-737-2396

2013-03-27 17:50:51 john kowalko

FYI

Sequestration projection for Delaware -$18 million

1. Personal Income Tax CUT proposed by Administration:

In excess of $60,000 taxable income will be rated at 6.6% (reduced from 6.75%)

A Delaware taxpayer whose “taxable” income is $160,000 (income after exemptions and exclusions) would receive only $150 per year extra from this proposal.

Less than 20% of Delawareans were affected by 2009 law

Similar brackets for New Jersey – 8.97%
Maryland – 8.625%
Washington DC – 8.5%

This Reduction to PIT would result in revenue shortfalls to Delaware of

$ 5.6 million in FY 2014
$14.2 million in FY 2015

Totaling $19.8 million in revenue loss IN ADDITION to the $18 million projected sequester toll

2. Gross Receipts Tax CUT proposed by Administration:

1% rate reduction across the board with additional cut to “manufacturing” tax rate of 30% while continuing to exempt all businesses’ first $1.2 million per year in gross receipts.

This proposal would result in revenue shortfalls to Delaware of:

$3.1 million in FY 2014
$9.7 million in FY 2015

Totaling $12.8 million in revenue loss.

Total revenue lost for FY 2014-2015 with $18 million sequester loss under administration’s proposals adds up to:
$50.6 million!

2013-03-21 21:44:15 john kowalko

Not at all. Understand reality much?

2012-12-23 05:49:26 john kowalko

Day-cares in public schools are not currently required to be licensed. Meaning they are not bound by child to caretaker ratios, not required to have minimal facility space (bathroom requirements etc.), not bound by OCCL safety rules, not bound by teacher/provider credentials not obligated by any of the constricting regulations that are applied to privately owned and/or operated child care facilities and the number of regulations and subsets of those regulations numbers over 1100 and 915 of those are being proposed to have changes made to them. It is not accurate that all of these regulations are “ALL” about safety, ratios etc. This is the type of over-exuberance that will doom an industry that for the most part is run safely, effectively and with the best interest of the children as their primary concern. No one is advocating weakening requirements that ensure the health, safety and welfare of children but overbearing regulatory agencies can and do harm these private entities while having absolutely no say in those businesses funded with taxpayer dollars. Hence the very real importance of the Joint Sunset review and legislation to require licensing of childcare in public schools.

2012-12-23 02:19:31 john kowalko

Actually my wife does not own a daycare. She is the Director of a non-profit daycare run out of the Willa Rd. Universal Unitarian Church and her facility takes a large percentage of poor (purchase of care) kids. The regulations imposed and being imposed are making it nearly impossible for those quality day-cares (like Willa Rd) that focus on low income children so their parents can work to avoid bankruptcy. They also cannot afford to provide benefits to their employees although Willa Rd. pays much more to its wonderful staff than any Walmart. The “STARS” program does not help these struggling and necessary small businesses to survive and puts the most needy families at risk. Safe and healthy day-care environments provided by these smaller day-cares are being squeezed by government over-regulation and government agencies staffed by people who have never had the experiences nor difficulties of keeping small businesses successful. Check out the statistics of how many workers and how much tax revenue from those workers (in the child care field) goes into the state revenue stream and then ask yourself why NO public school is required to be licensed by the Office of Child Care Licensing to operate their day-cares. The fact that Delaware promotes its winning of a federal Early Child Grant as signifying progress could lead one to surmise that the little tidbit of “no licensing requirements” for public school day-cares was not a piece of info provided in the grant application.

2012-12-22 20:54:16 john kowalko

I also debated against the bill on the floor for at least 15 minutes and was disappointed in my own inability to convey the outrageous and unconscionable effect this will have on the sick and elderly. If your child is asthmatic and needs air cond. but will not be hospitalized or institutionalized or DIE than power can be shutoff for arrearages even if the air cond. will prevent further deterioration in his/her condition. Same with Grandma/Grandpa with emphysema no “life-support” hospitalization institutionalization hope you have a neighbor with air, cause you’re out of luck. Inhumane might be a kind word.
John Kowalko

2012-06-06 18:37:35 john kowalko
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John Kowalko
2017-05-28T10:14:54-04:00 john kowalko
Ellie
You are absolutely correct but I often find it exasperating to hear words and attitudes that connote hatred and resentment for those in less fortunate circumstances than others. It is very difficult to not respond when certain people feel they have the right to demand that I ignore my sworn obligations to everyone's best interests. But you're correct. I'm done chasing the ghosts of resentment and the imaginary wrongs that have been foisted upon a few misguided dilettantes.
Representative Kowalko
2017-05-23T08:50:45-04:00 john kowalko
Oh I see Kevin NRV is a Trump acolyte. Nothing further ever needs to be said. The shoe, sock, boots and tin-foil hat all must fit so I imagine they should be worn. Damn you couldn't write this stuff for TV or movies. Nobody would accept these characters as real. In fact it's quite amazing that the presidency and current president haven't been officially declared as a fictional cartoon comic book tale. Oops!! Hope nobody tells Donald what I wrote.
Representative John Kowalko
2017-05-21T19:37:50-04:00 john kowalko
Mirror, mirror on the wall.......?
Rep. Kowalko
2017-05-21T17:06:13-04:00 john kowalko
NRV
Very appropriate that you are familiar with the word "unhinged". I'm glad you're willing to describe someone/anyone as "unhinged". Any reputable psychologist would tell you that acknowledgement is a good first step in seeking to cure someone's problems. Good luck!
Representative John Kowalko
2017-05-21T14:05:03-04:00 john kowalko
Kelly
Time for you to stop taking things out of context and fabricating statementrs that are deliberately intended by you to cast false aspersions. You did not state all the facts and certainly not correctly. When you are small-minded enough to dismiss the taxpaying families and children (mostly minority and poor) of Wilmington as "mythical" you are in fact name calling and insulting me. Your baseless and false interpretation of what I have consistently said equating it to "refusing" to represent you or anyone is baseless and vulgar. For the last time, I do not know you or where you live. I do not know who your friends are but if you and they live in Delaware I will represent you fully and happily unless you expect me to represent a person or group whose intentions and agenda will harm the interests of other Delawareans or deny others there equal rights and opportunities and access to public facilities and assets. If you don't like the idea of fairness and justice for all as the mantra of a state public servant then shame on you. And if I represent you or anyone else whose agenda will harm other families and taxpayers without representing those (wherever they live) interests then shame on me
Representative John Kowalko
2017-05-21T12:46:47-04:00 john kowalko
NRV
Please avail yourself of a modicum of self-respect. Take a reading comprehension course, a spelling course and maybe sign up for some treatment program that can cure hypocrisy. And when you call the Governor's office please do not forget to include your own quotes such as: "You are one NASTY verbally abusive , ignorant , classless , scummy creep" or "these fowl mouth , socialist , communist liberal demoRATS you are friends with" !! to show the Governor how you are setting that "good example for our kids, families and people" and how your opinion should be valued.
In addition don't even suggest that "as a rep... I should be patient with all people and respect their opinions" when those people express a seething disregard and disrespect for the truth and other people or their opinion is to deny equal access and equal rights to other people who deserve to be treated equally and fairly. "Bad mouthing schools , lying, and attacking people" seems to be your modus-operandi as evidenced by your attitude, words and obvious hatred toward others. I can not and will not be patient with any people such as you nor will I respect such opinions as you have expressed in these posts. I do work for all of the people and will not be drawn into any more dialogues with any small minded individuals or groups of individuals who would presume that their self-serving agendas and motives (which restrain the rights of others and harm the interests of others) should be respected. Make sure you send all of the comments and name-calling allegations along to the Governor so he can accurately evaluate the seriousness of your charges. Please include this comment also to which I am proudly attaching my name and "elected" position.
STATE Representative John Kowalko 25th District (Newark South)
2017-05-20T14:30:21-04:00 john kowalko
Kelly,
I will not try to judge your attitude or intentions toward the poorer and less fortunate (mostly black) Wilmington students and their families. I will, however, be quite willing to read some of your groups past postings (when Nagorski announced to run against me) on a certain exclusive facebook site titled "NCS parent"s regarding "THOSE PEOPLE" in Wilmington.
1) K.S.G. wrote: Kowalko always says he is the voice of his constituents...he doesn't seem to realize that those inner city kids are not his constituents" or
2) L.D.B. wrote: "You are so right. When we reached out to him several years ago to support NCS he told us he needed to look out for the students in Wilmington"..."we told him his priorities should be his constituents...he needs to go"
Well to Kelly and your fellow facebook posters, please know one thing for sure. I am elected to the office of Representative of the State of Delaware and I will represent all of the people, families and children of all of Delaware. That includes Newark, Dover, Wilmington, Georgetown, Milford and every town and family in between. And I will not and never will favor one group's or school's interests over another if it causes harm to the other or denies them an equal right to services and access to all publicly funded entities. If that doesn't satisfy your selfishness than I suggest you run for office and let the public be fully aware that you intend to pick and choose who you will represent and to hell with fairness, justice equal rights, equal services etc. I certainly would be ashamed to feel the way so many of you feel toward others. Have a good nights sleep. I know damn well I will.
State Representative John A. Kowalko Jr.
2017-05-19T23:31:24-04:00 john kowalko
Actually Charter schools get as much money as traditional schools (they are both public) per student and in addition, charters have access to additional funding not available to traditional schools.
Representative John Kowalko
2017-05-19T20:22:36-04:00 john kowalko
NRV
"Rather than hypothesize that you are a bigot or simply ignorant I will respectfully submit these actual statistics from the Department of Education"
is the sentence you refer to, correct?
Not one word or sentence in that response calls you a "bigot" or "ignorant". In fact anyone with basic reading comprehension skills should understand that "rather than Hypothesize" means rather than "suggest" which means I am not suggesting either applies to you and you personally as opposed to your rather blunt and crudely expressed disdain for "Democrats" via what you obviously think is a clever juxtaposition of letters that is humorous. I don't think it was spell-checks fault. You certainly spelled "jerks" correctly. I owe you no apology for any slight you may have imagined and I'd respectfully suggest that if the shoe fits wear it and if it doesn't throw it in the trash.
Representative John Kowalko
2017-05-19T17:03:24-04:00 john kowalko
Jason
Everyone can also agree that Tower Hill, Tatnall, Friends and many other private schools are GREAT schools and learning institutions and produce successful students. They DO NOT RECEIVE PUBLIC TAXPAYER MONEY. They charge a hefty tuition. They screen out students that they wish to. They have also suffered dwindling student populations due to flight of wealthier families to some of the mirror image, taxpayer funded Charter Schools. A recent example would be ex-governor Markell's children leaving the $25,000 per year tuition of Tower Hill for the friendlier/cheaper environment of Wilmington Charter. One important thing that is not replicable or transferable to the average traditional public school is admissions exclusion and tactics (such as 5 mile or contiguous boundaries) that would allow them to achieve an unamerican lack of public diversity in a public (traditional) school. And that ability and willingness to offer a non-diverse student population as evidence of success (while it may not be overt racism) still equates to discriminatory practices that are UNCONSTITUTIONAL when taxpayer/publicly funded.
Representative John Kowalko
2017-05-19T13:55:10-04:00 john kowalko
De Mommy
Newark Charter is located in the Christina District and is funded by Christina District taxpayers and the legislation passed yesterday continues an exclusion of access to Christina taxpaying families and their children who reside in Christina, pay the same taxes as those in the Newark and Bear areas and live in Wilmington. But I will play your silly little game. Also please understand that I am not accusing you of hiding any subliminal racism in your query.
Here goes:
1) Spec. Ed. -NCS 5.6% Spec. Ed. STATEWIDE (Delaware) -14.4%
2) White Students -NCS 64.9% White Students STATE - 45%
3) Low Income -NCS 7.9% Low Income STATE (still Delaware) -36%
Department of Education Statistics
Representative John Kowalko
2017-05-19T13:38:38-04:00 john kowalko
NRV
Rather than hypothesize that you are a bigot or simply ignorant I will respectfully submit these actual statistics from the Department of Education and maybe you will stop making stupid, unfounded, and ridiculous conclusions about quotas and similar idiotic guesses as to other thinking peoples agendas and motives.

1) Special Education Students in the Christina School District comprise 18.6% of the student population compared to Newark Charter's 5.6% Special ed population
2) White Students comprise 28.7% of the Christina School District student population compared to Newark Charter's 64.9% White Sudent population
3) Low Income Students comprise 43.8% of the CSD student population compared to Newark Charter's 7.9% Low Income Student population
So congratulations to your "black" friend and that Special Education Student from your Sunday School class. They should feel very special or perhaps very isolated in the next Greg Meece publicity piece.
Representative John Kowalko
2017-05-19T12:36:06-04:00 john kowalko
I'll give you some endorsements if you'd like or rather anti-endorsements. If they are (and some of them are) RODEL products or Charter School (ex board or current) proponents you had best beware of their intentions. And the return of Jed (Beverly Hillbilly) Clamp-on-it from Kilroy land as a candidate should be a warning to all.
Representative John Kowalko
2017-03-04T21:24:50-04:00 john kowalko
CSW is not a "magnet" school. It is a "charter" school chartered through Red Clay with all of the exemptions from oversight and exclusionary admissions requirements that "charter" schools enjoy under the law.

Representative John Kowalko
2016-10-24T12:14:55-04:00 john kowalko
Horrid changes that damage good things and hurt innocent children should be "BEMOANED" and "REJECTED" out of hand with an accompanying chorus of criticism and indictment of the creators/proposers of such drivel, never, ever "EMBRACED" (or promoted) Governor. After eight years at the helm it's time to look at the wake of destruction your captaincy has wrought.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-10-14T20:38:57-04:00 john kowalko
Petey boy,
The only thing that abounds is your deliberate ignorance of reality. Time to climb down from your "high-horse," realize it's only a plastic one on that merry-go-round you've decided to travel and step into the real world. And you might want to watch where you step when you get down. That stuff on the ground your stepping in is probably not from any plastic horse or even a plastic bull.
John Kowalko
2016-09-30T00:12:21-04:00 john kowalko
Show Dombrowski those pie charts from your previous article and warn him that to reproduce the Wilmington Charter School model we'd have to import quite a few Asians and Caucasians from out of state to maintain that existing diversity (or lack thereof)
Representative John Kowalko
2016-09-29T19:27:29-04:00 john kowalko
I think he gave you the same pen he used to veto HB 50. Guaranteed not to leak just like his private email accounts. One's water resistant the other's FOIA resistent
John Kowalko
2016-09-23T21:01:03-04:00 john kowalko
Kevin and Kavips,
I met with Senator Dinniman at his request little more than a year ago since he wanted to talk with me about the Opt_Out struggle here (before jack's veto)
and was hoping to put something similar together in PA. He is indeed a wonderfully progressive legislator and I enjoyed commiserating with him.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-09-05T23:25:18-04:00 john kowalko
"Our principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, promote excellence in the education of all students, and ensure responsible lay governance of education".
"Equality of Access", "education of all students", "responsible lay governance" are you kidding me ? Does this group even read or try to understand its own criteria? They have either thrown a thousand names into a hat or there is another Governor Markell somewhere. Maybe it's the Seinfeld "bizarro world" episode.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-08-30T13:28:53-04:00 john kowalko
I'm sure HB 165 came back to the House and probably had the same vote. One thing I must point out here as an incontrovertible truth is the fact that "none" of those Townsend amendments to HB 165 even attempted to challenge the reality that a separate pot of money (up to $5M) was allocate to charter schools only and not accessible to the 90% of students and schools known as traditional although those parents paid the brunt of the taxes to that allocation. Trying to legitimize that unconstitutional diversion (performance fund "yeah right") of taxpayer money, (excluding access to that fund for all other non-charter publicy funded schools) with some pitiful restriction on amount or optional (not mandated) criteria for access was an exercise in "hocus-pocus" and "bait and switch" intended to make that pig's lipstick look attractive when essentially it allowed political cover for passage. Even the amendments purporting to create an accountability were so lacking in actual enforceable process that any honest intellectual consideration should have caused an insurmountable doubt and rejection of the bill. Few things are more harmful in politics than providing an obviously vapid and useless series of changes that only appear to correct or improve an irreparably flawed law so that self-congratulations might be in order.
Rep. John Kowalko
2016-08-21T15:29:08-04:00 john kowalko
HB 165 needed about a half-dozen real amendments to be palatable. I offered and supported a few but they were defeated. HB 165 was and is one of the worst and most damaging pieces of legislation to ever be passed and signed by Markell. Anyone proposing otherwise is welcome to debate me on that in any public forum at any time. 334 and 51 also did irreparable damage to public education but nothing undermined public education in Delaware more than the resgregationist, divisive and economically damaging HB 165, nothing!
Representative John Kowalko
2016-08-21T13:33:09-04:00 john kowalko
Not necessarily "really smart" people more likely really greedy people looking to siphon some of those taxpayer dollars away from educators and children's needs. The state has not taken over but this governor and his appointed Department of Education and State Board of Education have decided to lay seige to local boards and districts by cutting off the money flow or threatening to do so without total acquiescence to the misguided and selfish corporate takeover and privatization attempts. It's not "salt" water added to the fresh it's toxic poison dropped in the well so that the RODELS, Gates, Innovative Schools, TFA's and hundreds of other profiteers disguised as "reformists" can sell their "untainted" water at a premium profit for themselves.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-07-23T11:00:06-04:00 john kowalko
4equity,
Jack does know what you do, he does know how challenging your job can be but "HE DOES NOT CARE" about you, the children or anyone outside of his self-aggrandizing circle of corporate franchise seekers like RODEL, Gates, TFA and many more. If there's a profit to be made or a headline to be grabbed count the Governor in, my friend. If you or the kids represent some grubby little statistic that can be manipulated by his communications experts and media serfs than he'll think about you for oh so brief a moment until he discovers the " make me look good" path. And Mike Matthews, know this well. In 2008 you could have never uncovered, with any amount of probing, his true intentions because he obviously lied then and he is being disingenuous now. Forgiveness is not something to be ever offered to the unrepentant.
2016-07-22T20:28:05-04:00 john kowalko
So- scores plummeted in all areas last year.

Scores rose this year. Where are this year's scores compared to 2014? (They will say you can't compare because the test is different- an excuse they use only when it's convenient.)
2016-07-21T18:47:57-04:00 john kowalko
4equity
Absolutely correct and if these same people are on the budget committees and consider anything this Governor proposes as a serious policy than they should be removed from that committee.
John Kowalko
2016-07-01T15:50:27-04:00 john kowalko
The "charter" movement is an example of corporate "grifters" sucking the economic lifeblood from true public education. In many instances it results in resegregation, missed/stolen opportunities for the disabled, special needs, impoverished and minority populations of children. It is a con that feeds off the frustration of an underfunded (by legislatures) public education system while the con-artists compete for the lions share of taxpayer money that is available to every charlatan without a conscience or sense of principled morality. It mirrors the standardized test grift offered and supported by the RODELS, Gates, DOE and Governor which while unproven as a legitimate measure of achievement certainly has provided a financial success opportunity for those ravagers of the public trust who feed at the taxpayer funded public trough. Enough already.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-06-26T17:59:29-04:00 john kowalko
I will once again be filing an amendment to the budget to remove the epilogue language that allows charter schools to keep transportation allocated money that exceeds transportation funds actually spent (by those charter schools) in violation of Delaware law. Each year that this epilogue language appears has resulted in more than one million dollars in taxpayer money unaccounted for and misspent. I hope your readers will call all of their legislators and demand that they support my amendment to remove this language that is a blatant misappropriation and misuse of taxpayer money.

Representative John Kowalko
2016-06-24T20:04:06-04:00 john kowalko
Let's see quarter million for hubby, 6 figures for spouse, pays real good to be in Jack's pocket when he nears the end of his era (or should that be "error"?)
John Kowalko
2016-06-24T17:07:14-04:00 john kowalko
Debunking a "bunko" artist is much more complicated than it appears.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-04-18T15:30:33-04:00 john kowalko
Now I can nominate Jed for weasel of the week, maybe even the year.
Rep. John Kowalko
2016-04-05T18:31:00-04:00 john kowalko
Beware of the reality that the "State Board" in Delaware is not a reflection of the local elected boards so any power ceded by the feds remains in the hands of Jack (the public education auctioneer) Markell.
Rep. John Kowalko
2016-04-01T23:09:08-04:00 john kowalko
Rep. John Kowalko
I find it tragically ironic that the Republicans are interested in mending poverty gaps while leading the charge against raising the minimum wage that keeps people in the throes of poverty.
Rep. John Kowalko
2016-03-30T17:26:33-04:00 john kowalko
The insanity of a "testing" bill of rights being discussed while Jack Markell personally abrogates "parental" rights.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-03-24T09:42:57-04:00 john kowalko
I just want to take a brief moment to thank each and every one of you who voted to support the Christina referendum and the children who will benefit from your decision. I also want to take this opportunity to invite those who opposed the referendum to contact me and allow me to be a facilitator of dialogue with Christina District administrators and board members so that together we can assure and reassure you that this success is in the best interest of public education and the children.

Once again thank all of you for exercising your civic responsibility and coming out to vote. All of you should be proud that you participated in the democratic process.

Respectfully,

Representative John Kowalko
2016-03-23T23:41:41-04:00 john kowalko
Yes, and the reason you'll pay more taxes is because this Governor's "Delaware Competes Act" combined with this Governor's "Delaware Innovation Act" combined with this Governor's Delaware Department of Economic Development (DEDO) giveaways of $50 million aided, abetted and willingly supported by General Assembly Democrats and Republicans alike will total over $100 million in Corporate giveaways and that ain't money laying around the lost and found office. Of course the Joint Finance Committee and leadership can agree to recover that revenue from State worker benefits, leaving them with less money to support local businesses and forcing more of them on the public support system. Or the JFC could impose co-pays and cuts to medicaid recipients that would force them to not seek preemptive or preventative medical care therefore shuffling them off to the ER where they could be treated at a mere 10x the cost of the first option at a cost to the (oops) taxpayer. Or the Governor, leadership and JFC could support and pass HB 216 which would recover some needed revenue from the richest 1650 corporations in Delaware who currently max out at the $180,000 annual franchise tax cap. (raising their obligation by a mere additional $20,000-if they choose the max option-would garner $32 million to refill the hole that Jack is digging. Or DuPont could keep some of those 1150 jobs here (total lost yearly salaries of $92 million and $5.5 million in lost state tax revenue and ???$ of local business supporting consumer spending capabilities) and refuse to suck on the government teat while concluding a 130 BILLION merger. Or the DuPont/Dow CEO's could pay the taxpayer some of their $80 million bonus money from the merger or (most likely Kavips) you and I and every poor schmuck who has put their faith in these current elected officials can dig a little deeper and dine on the generic cat food not the name brand.
John Kowalko
2016-03-18T16:08:03-04:00 john kowalko
As regards the "Commitment (of taxpayer money) To Innovation Act" please read the following:

I certainly have not and will not support any of these corporate tax welfare bills. DuPont/Dow moved the majority of research and other jobs in the agricultural spinoff to Iowa and Delaware taxpayers are left with some extremely costly crumbs (headquarters only) in Wilmington. Let me point out to all that there was and will continue to be opposition to this ravaging of the taxpayers' wallet and I certainly will do my best to expose my colleagues to the illegitimacy of such policies that offer no return on investment for Delaware taxpayers.
My point is that making a product (Oreos for instance), moving 600 jobs from Chicago to Mexico across the border for dirt cheap wages and rueful working conditions benefits only those multi-billion dollar corporations and their CEOs (see DuPont/Dow $80 million bonuses) while idling thousands of American workers who no longer have spendable income to support the consumer spending that is needed for local businesses to survive. Ross Perot was right about that sucking sound. For example: DuPont $200 million factory built in China (recently opened) employing thousands of Chinese workers manufacturing solar panels for sale back here, or Johnson Controls recently constructed and opened battery manufacturing facility ($150 million) in China for distribution from the Delaware distribution center in Middletown that taxpayers invested millions in infrastructural and road improvements. For example DuPont spinoff headquarters staying in Wilmington while a significant majority of the actual jobs of the agricultural research branch goes to Iowa leaving Delaware with 1700 layoffs of well-paid positions and only a potential for job growth with a price tag of $16 million for Delaware taxpayers. The list goes on and on.
The “Corporate Welfare” policies of this Administration have cost the Delaware taxpayers $250 million during Governor Markell’s term. This irresponsible wasting of the taxpayer dollars has resulted in no discernible return on investment and has stopped absolutely no job losses from these wealthy corporations. Further compounding this administration’s erroneous economic missteps is the recent policy that was passed, despite my and Representative Williams objections, labelled the Delaware Competes Act. This corporate giveaway will cost over $48 million in lost revenue to Delaware with absolutely no appreciable effect to retain or grow jobs. Now the Administration has filed more legislation branded as “The Commitment to Innovation Act” that will further erode necessary revenue that provides basic, necessary services to Delawareans. Neither of these misguided economic policies will reinforce local business growth or stability and will leave a gaping hole in Delaware’s budget that this Administration will attempt to fill on the backs of state employees, seniors and the poorer families in Delaware. Adding to the insult of these types of corporate giveaways is the actual statistical proof that these types of bribes and irresponsible economic policies have been marked by failure after failure at an unaffordable expense. Read the linked article and please note that $22 million went to JPMorgan which profited to the tune of $24.5 billion last year with “promises” of job growth that would inevitably have occurred without this taxpayer outlay. Note also the proposed $14.16 million to DuPont which totally dismisses the fact that there has been 1700 well-paid jobs recently and irretrievably cut by DuPont in Delaware. And the bulk of its future jobs with the newly created agricultural spinoff (Pioneer) will be lost to Iowa. Consider the $11 million gift to Incyte Corp. with the promise of creating 130 jobs in the future on the heels of the announcement by Incyte that they were laying off 137 Delawareans. The Fisker and Bloom debacles speak for themselves as monuments to irrational and irresponsible wastes of taxpayer dollars. One tenth of that $250 million diverted to supporting locally based businesses for job growth, infrastructural investments and production improvements via tax credits and subsidies would ensure a healthy and robust growth in our local communities and not end up in the pockets of corporate profiteers. Call your legislators and demand that they resist this callous and flawed attempt to redistribute and divert revenues from Delaware families into the coffers of wealthy corporations.
2016-03-18T10:40:42-04:00 john kowalko
Better yet try to email Jack for help if you can find his most recent private email identity.
John Kowalko
2016-03-01T16:33:20-04:00 john kowalko
$100 million of the $119 million RTTT money (sent to Delaware) documented as going to these types of auctioneers/snake-oil salesmen and that is a disgrace that should be included in a certain someones legacy of harm to children. Some recipients include RODEL, Gates, Teach For America and a myriad of others with no backgrounds, experience or credentials as educators and no intentions to improve anything other than their own financial circumstances. Disgraceful!
Representative John Kowalko
2015-10-23T10:00:28-04:00 john kowalko
"her letter of resignation; for which the Board was disheartened to hear". I hope any selection committee has a better grasp of English grammar than this particular letter composer.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-10-21T12:46:27-04:00 john kowalko
Crawling out of the woodwork is one thing but when they destroy the woodwork with their mindless burrowing than pesticides should be applied to destructive insects no matter how powerful they are.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-10-20T15:55:27-04:00 john kowalko
The most disgusting fact of the matter is that this Governor, Jack Markell, and his anointed State Board of Education are encouraging and allowing this Charter School rampage to grow and they are directly responsible for the woeful treatment of thousands of children. Malfeasance in office and abuse of power are prominent causes of the disease they are spreading. They must be stopped and stopped now before any more children are irreperably damaged. You'd have to be soulless to not realize what you are doing.
representative John Kowalko
2015-10-17T23:26:42-04:00 john kowalko
My apologies but I cannot help myself from commenting in what might seem a bitter indictment of the lack of morality by all of these players. So here goes.
RODEL, Herdman, Massett, countless well-heeled lobbyists (descending like a plague of locusts who feed off of taxpayer monies), Delaware Charter Network, Greg Meece, Publius, Chamber of Commerce, Delaware Business Roundtable, Longwood Foundation, Bank of America, Arne Duncan, DDOE, State Board of Education, Governor Markell, (others) and Corporate America are representative of an incestuous, greedy and venal alliance that they've constructed to enrich their own special interests while blithely and deliberately harming generations of children who can never recover from this attack on their educational opportunities. Shame, shame, shame on you all.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-09-30T13:38:09-04:00 john kowalko
On Sunday at my Newark Community Day booth I was approached by a father and his 4th grade daughter. He insisted that she relay her thoughts and experiences with the smarter balanced assessment. I was shocked when she told me that she (and her class) had literally spent 14 school hours "taking" the English portion of the test and countless other hours in prep time which, she adroitly pointed out, deprived her of the necessary teaching and attention to her needs. In fact, this young lady was so well-spoken and obviously bright that I was shocked to hear that when she was confronted with her perceived failings judged by these tests her father employed a tutor for her. This was a genuine and real encounter spelling out the foibles and problems with these "education reform" programs that are actually harming our children.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-09-23T11:56:29-04:00 john kowalko
I was at the 2010 Klien/RODEL fest and should have been paid much more than $50 for that torturous and circuitous "propaganda for privatization" session.
Rep. John Kowalko
2015-09-21T10:05:32-04:00 john kowalko
John kowalko
September 13, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Jack Markell supports the “Relays” and the added costs of unproven alternative route programs because he is hellbent on spending taxpayer money on “resume” building non-educator programs such as TFA. Before any voters or organizations such as PTA and DSEA support any ambitions of pols who choose to move up the ladder you better consider their support for TFA and their acceptance of the “TEMBO” report as anything other than srap-paper worthy. Even “TEMBO” winning an RFP with no experience or credentials couldn’t obscure the multiple failings (and they tried like hell) of TFA and its ineffectiveness and harmful results in educating the neediest students. Always judge someone’s ambitions with a circumspect view of their agenda. If they prove time and again to hold the wrong view regarding something as important as public education combined with no apparent willingness to experience or learn important intimacies of the subject than please support another for the childrens’ sake.

Representative John Kowalko
2015-09-19T19:40:48-04:00 john kowalko
Since German based Daimler is the company that took over Chrysler more then a decade ago and since Daimler was a rapidly deteriorating corporation at the time and since Daimler sucked the financial resources and pension monies from the American based Chrysler Corp. as soon as it could sink its corporate fangs into the Chrysler company's assets and since it then sold Chrysler at a bargain basement price to Daimler/Benz/Chrysler (no relation LOL) right around the 2007 closing of the Delaware Chrysler assembly plant (in my newly acquired district) maybe the Governor's headed there to beg them to send some of those assets back to Delaware. Maybe he's writing an economic development check to give them to entice them to even consider it. Maybe he's going to ask DuPont to bring their newly constructed ($250M) solar panel manufacturing facility to Delaware via Germany or maybe encourage Germany to help bring the newly constructed "Johnson Controls" (recipient of $8 million in taxpayer money to upgrade their distribution facility in DE. to distribute those batteries manufactured in China) battery manufacturing facility recently built (more hundreds of millions in construction jobs) in China. Or maybe he's just there to price a nice Mercedes Benz as a going away gift to Alan Levin and Mark Murphy. How does it go? Good public education begets good jobs and if that don't work then we can always sell public education to the highest corporate bidder and have them fund a new manufacturing facility with that plundered money.
John Kowalko
2015-09-14T21:07:57-04:00 john kowalko
This is evidence of corruption of epidemic proportions. Unbelievable,
Representative John Kowalko
2015-09-11T20:15:56-04:00 john kowalko
Isn't also funny how all of those "nonprofits" have well into six figure compensated managers/directors/opportunists.

John Kowalko
2015-09-07T13:27:58-04:00 john kowalko
The unbelievably biased attempt by the TEMBO report to legitimize TFA couldn't even make a case for this pathetically inept "educator" group. For the most part it is a resume building culture for ambitious and untrained pretenders whose teaching skills and dedication can often impede the progress of the lower performing students. Read the report and you will see the statistical proof of that despite the fact that TEMBO seems to be another of the less qualified RFP submitting consultants created by DEDOE and this administration hell bent on spending every taxpayer dollar anywhere but in the classroom
John Kowalko
2015-09-04T20:58:42-04:00 john kowalko
People/shills such as you are the embarrassment. I've toured that site in 2009 at DuPonts request and raised many "unanswered" questions at that time. You are the ignorant and agenda driven party here and no one can possibly respect your unabashed and shrill defense of a potentially catastrophic situation. My responsibility is to protect the people of Delaware and the environment against business driven excesses that place peoples health and welfare in harms way. You'll not find too many apologists supporting your attempts at character assassination on "this" site so why don't you quit embarrassing yourself and accept a "good try" from whoever put you up to this nonsense you're spewing. I've already agreed to meet with Chemours governmental affairs rep at his request. I'm still awaiting his return message. Perhaps you'd like to join me.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-08-29T22:54:33-04:00 john kowalko
Tax
Troll somewhere else you vermin like shill for polluters.
John Kowalko
2015-08-29T14:40:41-04:00 john kowalko
It's time for Governor Markell to stop the indecencies being perpetrated and foisted on our public school system, educators, children and legislators and publicly put the entire Delaware public education system out for bids. Unseal the winning envelope and allow all of us to turn our attention and consciences away from the needs of the neediest and those burdensome issues of responsibility we might be urged to satisfy. Maybe the General Assembly can apply for outside "consultant" status and then we would be allowed to get engaged by actually reviewing and opining on any of these DOE and State Board regulations that have become carte-blanche permission slips to abuse. How about "Rodels House of Representatives" Although RHOR isn't as smooth off the tongue as IHOP. Senate by PCG has a convenient enough ring to it. This would then allow for a total denial of any FOIA requests or open-government requisites since DOE and the administration could be identified as private businesses not subject to such inane and bothersome demands such as FOIA or law.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-08-16T12:57:37-04:00 john kowalko
IN DEFENSE OF KEVIN OHLANDT A MAN OF CHARACTER
In response to a recent Kilroy post regarding the sacrosanct/sanctimonious preservation without reservation of blog commenter anonymity I authored the following comment:
Kilroy says: “Blogs should and must be a safe-haven for those working in education and government to engage the public and many have reasons to protect their ID’s as in they’ll get fired or reprimanded”.
“When professionals employed by the government opine anonymously on any blogs to manipulate and disenfranchise the public and the truth and deliberately try to instigate imbroglios to distract from a legitimate dialogue on policy then perhaps they should be fired. Maybe they can grab a job with the “National Enquirer” although they would have to probably lose their cowardly cloak of privileged anonymity. Case in point would be the disgusting and unsubstantiated “anonymous” rumor-mongering that cast aspersions on a seriously ill Freeman Williams implying that his leave of absence was provoked by some unidentified wrongdoing. Any of you despicable and cowardly buffoons of anonymity should feel free to call me on my cell (That will preserve your identity from the public) and attempt to justify your petty and mean-spirited, insignificant right to malign and berate those who are much more moral than you’ll ever live to be”.
Representative John Kowalko 302 547 9351
I believe that it is now appropriate to pen a few words of support on behalf of a blogger and a man of principles and scruples who chooses to fight for others with a fervor and dedication uncommon on most sites. Kevin shouldn’t have to suffer the criticism of those independent authors of opinions known as “bloggers” who have become purveyors of false rumors, whispered innuendos and outright manipulation of honest rhetoric under the guise of some self-aggrandizing code of anonymity that only Joe McCarthy could truly appreciate. Allowing and encouraging participation in conversation by having reasonable protections against unjust punishment can be acceptable to an extent. But when it is discovered that these identity protections have allowed the unscrupulous and unconscionable ones to manipulate the truth and slanderously attack legitimacy for their own agenda then it is incumbent that these social media hosts identify the miscreants and expose their narcissistic motives in order to protect their own integrity and that of others.
I truly believe that it is not that Kevin needs my defense as much as blanket and unfettered anonymity by commenters needs to be reexamined. Enabling people to express a position or opinion cannot be used as an excuse for emboldening people to spew invectives and lies and assassinate character.
When I was growing up in a row home in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia I remember many times that my mom would be hanging laundry or beating rugs in the tiny cyclone fenced-in backyard. In this densely populated neighborhood there would invariably be two, three or even four adjoining yards with similar activities. These women would go about their chores and as a tight-knit group of friends they would converse about events that happened, might happen, to whom and by whom. It was almost like a morning coffee klatch and few topics were off limits. Information not gossip usually prevailed and sometimes it merited serious tones. What was striking, however, was the almost reverential exclusion of accusations, false presumptions or condemning rumor-mongering about others who weren’t there. At first I thought that there was a code of honor of sorts. I have since realized that throughout these exchanges, (over clothes-prop and clothes-pin installation), the atmosphere of cordiality and respect was engendered by the fact that they all could see each other and knew each other and stood and worked face to face with each other. There was no cloak of anonymity that would/could embolden them to a subjective, vindictive or false attack on someone’s integrity or foment some rumor that would harm not help a situation or person. This is what blanket identity immunity on blogsites can condemn society too if left unchecked and unfettered.
So Kevin, with all sincerity, I say to you that you are a man of intelligence and indisputable honor who has exercised his right to occupy the moral high ground by revealing motives and agendas and identities of the unscrupulous. Understand that when you closely scrutinize some of those tiny moving creatures that appear to resemble piss-ants scurrying to and fro, that they are in fact piss-ants, often busying themselves with what’s left to them of societies concern for their existence and vice-versa. And if you put your ear down very close to listen you will often hear the sounds of nothing. You don’t need me to say this but you are a man and a father of impeccable and impeachable character and I love you for that.
Your friend,
John Kowalko
2015-08-14T10:44:30-04:00 john kowalko
My invite must have gotten lost in the mail or maybe it was sent to my secret account Seriously though, there is a definitive risk in this "divide and conquer" strategy. There will be an obvious "blood-letting" which is unbecoming for any politicians legacy. It also further cements the image of egotistical bullying and "my way or the highway" heavy-handedness that can only be viewed as a totally and inexcusably ignoring of the legitimacy and benefits of the policy/legislation itself. This is not a disconnect but a deliberate and myopic view of what should be and can be good leadership. Some would posit that this administration has consistently diminished its own chances of building a legacy, (certainly as regards public education), and chooses to view a sense of accomplishments, force fed by cajoling and coercion, as proof that it is, in fact, leadership. I would suggest that any administration hoping to create or leave a legacy would appreciate that earning respect is ultimately the perfect reputation to be left with.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-08-11T10:57:16-04:00 john kowalko
Amazingly he received the bill at 11:57 AM vetoed it and his bought and paid for supporters still had time to get together and craft and release their press statements less than two hours later.
John Kowalko
2015-07-17T23:42:00-04:00 john kowalko
Thanks to last years epilogue language courtesy of the Joint Finance Committee usurping existing code to the contrary Odyssey Charter was allowed to keep $234,006 in unspent and unused transportation funds with no strings attached. I will do everything in my power to remove that epilogue language from this years budget. Over $1.1 million in unused transportation money allocated specifically to charters for transportation expenses and required in Section 508 of Title 14 to be returned to the taxpayer was kept because the JFC has once again (6 consecutive budgets and counting) put epilogue language in the budget that contradicts and contravenes existing code despite my repeated and persistent requests to remove it. Corruption, malfeasance, arrogance and a great big punch in the mouth of the taxpayer is the gift of the JFC to the citizens of Delaware.

Representative John Kowalko
2015-06-24T23:04:17-04:00 john kowalko
john kowalko

Anyone reading this site should reflect on the 11 yes votes for Sokola’s amendment and question the commitment and consideration these self-proclaimed senatorial “education experts” have for the children and parents of Delaware. That amendment didn’t pass itself and I’d be curious as to rhyme or reason for either of these contrived additions to HB 50. Anyone? anyone? Beuller?

Representative John Kowalko
2015-06-19T16:50:41-04:00 john kowalko
Both bills scheduled to be heard in the House Revenue and Finance Committee tomorrow. HB 181 and because of an error in the Title reference HB 182 was struck and replaced by HB 196

John Kowalko
2015-06-16T21:03:07-04:00 john kowalko
Paul Herdman is an overpaid ($270,000/year) propagandist for a non-profit (Rodel) who thinks he can get away with making up absurdly inaccurate statements and statistics to aid and abet his corporatist driven agenda to privatize public education "funding" and access (to those monies) for his business friendly allies and the, (horribly insensitive to the needs of children), Chamber of Commerce. These impoverished children do not need more unproven and time-consuming assessments nor do they need a corporate crafted Common Core curriculum created by "for-profit" corporations to engorge their profit margin and the taxpayers don't need to pay the bill for creating these tests/standards and curricula. If the Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable members could be honest for one moment than they would cancel their self-aggrandizing "principal for a day" photo-op and spend two to three afternoons each week mentoring these students individually or in small groups. Additionally, the ones whose afternoons are busy might ride the school buses a couple of times a week to reassure those children from these blighted and foreboding areas that are there to safely accompany them on their journey through those neighborhoods. But what you don't want to do, (Paul, Rodel and the Chamber lobbyists), is show up at a meeting to pontificate about how much you and your well heeled organizations care or know about public education and poor children. Have you no sense of shame. Have you know feelings of responsibility to "help" not hinder the neediest children in their quest for opportunities to grow to their full potential?
You all have my number, address and know where I work if you wish to discuss your plans to mentor these children or reassure them. I will help facilitate your efforts and join you.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-06-12T15:17:47-04:00 john kowalko
No it is not legal and they would have to give the money to the State to dole it out by existing formula. Unlike Charters that also host multi-thousand dollar fundraisers that goes right to them with no State oversight. Way to ride that horse (Jake & company) to a successful public education plundering.
John Kowalko
2015-05-28T16:01:49-04:00 john kowalko
Deplorable outcome facilitated by no effort at all to support the children being expended by some legislators (for shame, you know who you are) and half-hearted spasms of support dulled by constant and unwarranted condemnations of Christina by others (you also know who you are--as do I) Sleep well. You must be exhausted from turning your backs on so many.
State Representative John Kowalko
2015-05-27T23:56:32-04:00 john kowalko
I've read and considered that $7.5 million proposal and the entire $7.5 m package should be rejected as not effective and/or beneficial. No part of expanding DeDOE (especially under the guise of continuing ill-founded RTTT initiatives) will get my support. I arrived at that decision after much thoughtful consideration and many dialogues and cannot fathom the 6 votes for it. Extremely disappointing behavior by JFC in a bitterly tight economic situation.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-05-22T11:22:57-04:00 john kowalko
You're absolutely right governor. There's an honesty gap that is being perpetuated resulting in irreparable harm to children and public education. Some might suggest that "Achieve", like-minded governors, the business community and you should gather around a mirror and see if that dishonesty cabal appears..
Representative John Kowalko 25th District
2015-05-16T14:18:38-04:00 john kowalko
If Superintendent Daugherty is violating the school boards voted policy or ignoring it he should be fired by that board for insubordination. They arer his employers.
Rep. John Kowalko
2015-04-30T21:30:30-04:00 john kowalko
Kevin
Know for certain that the cowards that cloak themselves in anonymity also cloak their vitriolic musings from public consideration and that printing garbage and unfounded trash musings by anonymous dolts only casts the shadow of stupidity on those same people. They seem very anxious to confirm their obvious lack of intellect and respect for others so one would think that they would be proud to acknowledge their true identities
John Kowalko
2015-04-30T14:27:49-04:00 John Kowalko
Do these simpletons actually believe that the top tier schools in the nation will toss out the SAT and other established measurement criteria for their snake-oil product of assessment (SBA)? Hope none of you parents out there, who still believe this Administration's and Schwinn's delusional disregard for your child's welfare, are promising your son or daughter Harvard, Yale or Brown or any of hundreds of other middle too top tiered Universities if they forgo SAT's, AP's etc. Examine your conscience Ms. Schwinn and resign now for the sake of all Delaware children.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-04-17T00:03:21-04:00 john kowalko
Congratulations Red Clay Board (and you also Kevin). All of those Districts and organizations (PTA, DSEA etc) and individuals who have refused to succumb to the voodoo education reform efforts of this Administration and De. DOE have shown themselves to be the true champion of the children and, for what it's worth, I am proud of you all and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at the Education Committee meeting. HB 50 deserves and must get a full floor vote.
Proud of the privilege to represent you and yours,
Representative John Kowalko
2015-04-15T23:48:50-04:00 john kowalko
So an unproven, untried, standardized test purported to measure student ability and capability is accepted by these institutions of higher learning as valid? Who the h**l made that call and what carrot was dangled by this DOE and the Administration to get such an irresponsible concession. More money? Veto of the UoD and Delstate FOIA bill? Is there no limit to unconscionable behavior in the corporatist takeover of public education funds? Murphy's quotes in the press release are further evidence that stepping down would be in the best interest of the children and public education,.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-04-14T15:10:22-04:00 john kowalko
Everyone who values honesty and public education and parental/child rights needs to show up on Wednesday 4/22/15 at Leg Hall to support HB 50 and make the statement that coercive, bullying and poorly conceived and contrived unproven standards will not determine an honest evaluation of all Delaware children's abilities and accomplishments.
Thank you,
Representative John Kowalko
2015-04-14T13:24:58-04:00 john kowalko
Avi should have invited the other legislative perspective to achieve any meaningful dialogue.
Rep. John Kowalko
2015-04-12T19:20:52-04:00 john kowalko
Kendall Massett and Rep. Ramone are two unabashed and unapologetic supporters of the Charter School movement who hold the taxpayers of Delaware in such disdain that they would deny any accountability by charter schools that could expose the criminality involved in the “charter schools independence”. Ms. Massett has a vested interest in protecting the atmosphere of secrecy that surrounds every charter school and its use of public taxpayer money since it guarantees no scrutiny or determination of legitimacy as to where the public funds eventually are gathered. Rep. Ramone’s sanctomonious bleatings about business models and business privilege belie the reality that he is supporting and contributing to an atmosphere of abuse of public funds and a total disregard for accountability and transparency owed to our taxpaying public. Massett’s attitude toward the rights of the public, families, children and taxpayers of Delaware is immoral and indefensible. Shame on her and those ill-informed and uninformed supporters in the General Assembly.
Rwepresentative John Kowalko 25th District
2015-04-08T23:55:00-04:00 john kowalko
Kevin,
God bless you for your ability to do what's right for your child and all the parents and children in Delaware. Petulance and arrogance are words way to kind to spend on Earl. Your child has infinitely more courage than Jaques and his words bring shame to his position as an elected official.
Rep. John Kowalko
2015-03-12T21:38:25-04:00 John Kowalko
Dear Rep. Jaques,
I find your comments and attitude toward parents and children that choose to opt out as beyond offensive. Your condescending attitude and obvious lack of consideration and knowledge of individuals' motivations and agendas is disturbing and I suggest you review your conclusions and comments and withdraw such attack verbiage in the future.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-03-12T20:23:55-04:00 John Kowalko
Ruszkowski's position at a six figure salary is one of the ones that the Governor (in his DOE budget proposal) wants to take from RTTT and make permanently funded by the budget. Call every member of the Joint Finance Committee and raise your voices in objection or just open your wallets and marvel at how such an unabashed hater of educators and children can stay in your employ.
representative John Kowalko
2015-03-08T00:37:16-04:00 john kowalko
Kevin,
In that context I must admit you are right, It is those who disregard the feelings and emotions of children and the rights of parents who are pushing these half-a**ed compromises and their sole intention is to attempt to diminish the awful reality of this horrid test. Unfortunately they have manged to mystify the gullible and naive with the politics of distraction.
John Kowalko
2015-03-04T22:13:30-04:00 john kowalko
The letter is not about opt-out but it and the discussions with the House Chair, Governor, DOE and others is an obvious attempt to kick the can of "smarter balanced" worms down the road while keeping it alive and well and credentialing it with. "well we've had it now for a number of years so it must be OK". And by the way "we've assuaged the teachers with this cooperative delay but "eff" the children who still must suffer the consequences of being put in this bull-crap pressure cooker" I've seen this type of "concession and compromise making" enough times to make that gift horse open its mouth in front of witnesses.

Representative John Kowalko
2015-03-04T21:07:12-04:00 john kowalko
Kevin,
I am also very upset with the less than open negotiations that some of my colleagues are engaged in with DOE and the Governor. Being forced off of the Education Committee does not give anyone, Speaker, committee Chair or even the Governor the right or excuse to not invite me and all General Assembly members into the dialogue, especially on the subject of purported education and testing reform. My constituents deserve and demand this inclusion.

Representative John Kowalko
2015-03-04T18:10:29-04:00 john kowalko
With all due respect, the Chair of the House Education Committee is only one vote of 41. If "General Presumptuous" thinks he has some authority other than as one of 41 equals he should voice that assertion and quote the authority he claims. Other than that he should answer to his constituents and all of those parents who demand their parental authority and rights and consider the authority and rights of the other 40 members of the duly elected House of Representatives or consider his options for an orderly withdrawal and reconsideration of his attitude and stance on public education matters. To paraphrase an old saying "you're not in the Army/Nat.Guard now, you're not eating Army chow you'll never get rich by digging a ditch you're not in the Army now" Climb out of that ditch and face the troops/parents and do some explainin'
Representative (one of forty-one) John A. Kowalko Jr.
2015-02-25T21:31:43-04:00 john kowalko
john kowalko, on February 6, 2015 at 1:08 am said:

The TEMBO authored report titled “Evaluation of Delaware’s Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification” commissioned after Sokola and Schooley’s last attempt to make TFA permanent (and permanently funded in Delaware) that we just received contains some TFA data re effectiveness and career longevity that shows with much certainty that TFA participants receive significantly less training, do not perform any better than traditional teachers and in fact, “TFA teachers are less effective than traditional teachers in elementary math {-0.07SD, p<0.05)" Also "Two thirds (68%) of TFA novice teachers persist to year three as compared to 79% of novice teachers from traditional routes". By year six only 33% of TFA teachers remain in Delaware's public education system (spoiler alert with DOE or RODEL or Charter Networks etc.or in general the Penny Schwinns) compared to 63% 0f traditional novice teachers. Cautionary note here: TFA are not University of Delaware Alternative Routes to Certification (UD ARTC) which are also measured in the report. And by the by you may want to look into the motives of those sponsors before you canonize them as education specialists. Read the "report" before you buy the car.
John Kowalko
2015-02-06T02:19:57-04:00 john kowalko
More importantly, in Delaware, what will Jack Markell's education legacy be. What he pronounced in the tight 2008 primary race or what he is obviously intending to do and has done now. Demean existing public education, denigrate qualified, experienced and caring educators and administrators and ultimately replace them with hand-picked, uncaring non-educator theorists who shill for the corporate agenda. Ignore the realities of the poverty entrapped inner-city poor and their needs and instead make available every public taxpayer dollar, intended to help these children, to the RODELS, INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS, BOAs, VISION (whatever millennium) unqualified and untrained TFA (replacements for real teachers). Harangue and threaten honestly elected (not appointed) citizen volunteer school-boards (who actually have children in our public schools) to deliberately and unconstitutionally usurp their authority granted them by law and the ballot box. What legacy Jack, what legacy are you willing to be left with and through what prism do you wish to be viewed.

Representative John Kowalko
2015-01-10T13:27:33-04:00 john kowalko
Upon further reflection I feel my comment regarding Ms. Schwinn exceeds the bounds of respect that I should hold myself to and respectfully request that the comment be removed with my sincere apologies for the unnecessary vitriol it contained.

Representative John Kowalko
2015-01-09T13:32:30-04:00 john kowalko
Penny Schwinn does not have the legal or moral authority to issue this ultimatum which clearly defies the description and definition of an MOU. Injunctions should suffice to shut down this abusive, non-educator narcissist who is intent on a corporatist agenda of privatization and charterization of public schools in America. Stop the madness Ms. Schwinn. You have no credentials, authority or principles and should resign immediately for the sake of the children
Representative John Kowalko
2015-01-08T13:09:57-04:00 john kowalko
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Just to clarify the "No" is the only honest response to the "school voucher" question posited in this post.
Representative John Kowalko
2017-03-05T22:25:58-05:00 john kowalko
NO!
Representative John Kowalko
2017-03-05T17:14:55-05:00 john kowalko
Pencadermom,
I'd suggest you take a reading comprehension course if you interpret my comment as "questioning WHO can post comments here?"
Representative John Kowalko
2017-02-24T12:03:28-05:00 john kowalko
Merely a rhetorical question for M Ryder although he'll probably need to google "rhetorical"
John K.
2017-02-18T22:47:54-05:00 john kowalko
Should idiotic, brow-beating. hate-mongering racists be allowed to continue posting inane, off-topic comments that distract attention from the reality of an important issue and are intended to convince fellow fear-mongering bigots that their cause is "just" and "patriotic"?
John Kowalko
2017-02-17T20:22:16-05:00 john kowalko
There is NO MILITARY DRAFT
John Kowalko
2016-10-14T23:32:42-04:00 john kowalko
Now, now M Ryder, perhaps a course in reading comprehension would help you better interpret the "repulsive" and bigoted attitude that is obvious in Lastde con-artists above remarks. Unless, of course, you agree with that base and hate-filled type of post. And to your point. I happen to be able to multi-task so I can protect the taxpayers money from the corporate leeches and still manage to enjoy some light-hearted banter with the various intellectual deficients who troll these waters.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-06-17T18:07:58-04:00 john kowalko
Now, now Pencader m. There's a "repulsive" statement made by a "repulsive" person (lastDE) with a "repulsive" hate complex. One of your inner circle of friends apparently.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-06-16T11:30:09-04:00 john kowalko
Congrats M Ryder, you've once again won the Cinderella shoe fitting award. Buildings under constant use for over 50 to 70 years are worn out from that usage and in need of upgrades and repairs almost constantly. Even a blind man could see that. How about that---a "blind" Cinderella wins this years "shoe fits", "walks and quacks like a duck" awards.
John Kowalko
2016-06-14T11:49:39-04:00 john kowalko
If the shoe fits...........
John Kowalko
2016-06-13T13:10:35-04:00 john kowalko
LastDEcon-artist,
You are incontrovertibly an idiot.
J.K.
2016-06-12T14:37:33-04:00 john kowalko
I've never said I agree with feeding all children rich or poor without adequately funding such initiatives but to exclude charters from any such requirements is a ridiculously unequal treatment of TPS's. Furthermore M Ryder, whoever you are, you are a grossly misinformed, uninformed and factually ignorant purveyor of misinformation and falsehoods. Charters are absolutely, incontrovertibly and actually fully and equally funded as all public schools in Delaware are. In fact they typically had no funding allocations for capital expenses because all charter buildings are privately or non-profit owned with absolutely no ownership claim (whole or in part) by taxpayers if they fold their tents and sell or lease their buildings. Despite this incontrovertible truth the general assembly passed legislation (despite my and multiple others no votes) that allows millions of taxpayer dollars to be applied for and distributed to these buildings and infrastructures under the guise of "minor-cap improvements". it is over a million and a quarter that is distributed to relatively new and newer constructed facilities "NOT" owned by the taxpayers-- depriving the dilapidated and aged structures that are learning centers to 90% of our public school children, )wholly owned by the taxpaying public), of needed funds to keep them from collapsing. So in conclusion my friend, M Ryder, you are an abject moron so willing to remain misinformed of reality or to deliberately promote misinformation that I am forced to believe that you are an insufferable a***hole who should exercise and practice removal of your head from your own orifice. Welcome back indeed.
John Kowalko
2016-06-10T20:56:52-04:00 john kowalko
An amendment has been filed to remove the "charter school" exclusion. Make sure all of you contact all of your legislators demanding they vote for fairness and equality of services for all public schools by supporting the amendment.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-06-10T00:04:44-04:00 john kowalko
M Ryder,
I have an suggestion for someone with your obvious obliviousness to your own cowardly anonymity. Move into my district and run against me. Oh that's right, you'd have to reveal the quivering and trembling lip that goes with your pseudonym. Bring me your collection and I'll autograph them for you.
State Representative John Kowalko
2016-04-13T21:12:44-04:00 john kowalko
My, my, the petty little man, cloaked in his cowardly anonymity, (known to his closest friends as "pubie"), is now going to expand his unproven and untrue theory of public education success stories from the local wealthier and diversity challenged hallways of his pet charter to the shores of the obscenely wealthier and restricted student bodies of Shanghai, Singapore etc. in his latest failed attempt to somehow genetically merge apples and oranges into the same species (for arguments sake?). Your specious arguments are so obviously constrained by your personal agenda to belittle the American public education system in order to reinforce the lie that charters and corporate privatization are a viable alternative to the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-socioeconomic challenges that America faces and meets every day that any reasonable and knowledgeable person must conclude that you are not a very bright person.
That genetic flaw combined with your obvious disdain for the common child suggests that you are morally irredeemable. A "true inspiration" to the Trumpeters and Rodelites of the world seems to be your goal. Congrats petty-man you're an unqualified success in your black-hole of a universe.
John Kowalko
2016-04-02T12:46:09-04:00 john kowalko
Some Germans were worried that Hitler would get elected and he had his "brownshirts" quiet them didn't he? Maybe they were guilty of disrupting his hate-spewing rallies and deserved a "gettem outta here" ala Trumpman
Rep. John Kowalko
2016-04-01T23:19:12-04:00 john kowalko
There is a very, significantly small portion of mainland Chinese who even get an education let alone a successful one so let's drop that "public education success" bulls**t.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-04-01T23:15:01-04:00 john kowalko
Pubie,
Charter schools are "free" private schools, exclusionary and lacking minimal diversity for the most part.
John Kowalko
2016-03-31T12:44:49-04:00 john kowalko
Donald Trump will end all public education. He's a spiteful, hateful, fascist bigot who wouldn't know a textbook from a text message. Why do any of you prolong his fifteen minutes of shame/fame.
Rep. John Kowalko
2016-03-30T20:36:00-04:00 john kowalko
Dear lastDEtroll/conartist
Yeah, but "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" can become a tedious exercise when the donkey's derriere is so big and obvious. Maybe it wouldn't be so obvious if you didn't share it with Pubieous.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-03-24T14:34:37-04:00 John Kowalko
Good Lord, you are a waste of keystrokes aren't you?
John Kowalko
2016-03-24T12:12:10-04:00 john kowalko
Pubie,
Hundreds of shoes worn over your trolling career and they all seem to fit. "IF THE SHOE (size A*) FITS, WEAR IT.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-03-24T09:56:19-04:00 john kowalko
lastDeconartist
When you are on the winning side of a contentious debate you should always embrace the other side's viewpoint to see if you and they have mutual ground. It's called accepting responsibilities with a certain class and open-mindedness and honesty, none of which qualities you seem to possess. So please move forward with your "Trump-like" low-class attitude and I'm sure you'll become a voice/person of influence to some rabble skulking about somewhere in the shadows of resentment and hatred that you choose to live in.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-03-24T09:52:05-04:00 john kowalko
I just want to take a brief moment to thank each and every one of you who voted to support the Christina referendum and the children who will benefit from your decision. I also want to take this opportunity to invite those who opposed the referendum to contact me and allow me to be a facilitator of dialogue with Christina District administrators and board members so that together we can assure and reassure you that this success is in the best interest of public education and the children.

Once again thank all of you for exercising your civic responsibility and coming out to vote. All of you should be proud that you participated in the democratic process.

Respectfully,

Representative John Kowalko
2016-03-23T23:42:56-04:00 john kowalko
Publius
You are an unmitigated, unapologetic and uninformed a**hole and your unforgivable and belligerent attitude toward public education and the welfare of children in public education can only lead to one conclusion. Your are a petty little man with absolutely no convictions or courage of convictions (that you might choose to reluctantly embrace). You have no moral compass or moral fiber and you are a pathetic shell of a cowardly figure who hopes no one will notice the vapid and remorseless attacks on true "public servants" that you espouse. Begone waste of human flesh before you infect the healthy tissue of a productive and caring society with your societal necrosis of hatred.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-03-22T21:29:53-04:00 john kowalko
There have been some very dishonest and disingenuous tactics used by certain groups outside the Christina community to disenfranchise and misinform you, the voting public, and sway you to oppose the welfare of the children in Christina. A pattern has emerged of persistently and falsely stating that the district is swollen with an unnecessarily large bureaucracy. The documented truth is that in recent years Christina has trimmed its administration staff by a huge number and has markedly fewer administrators than districts with smaller student populations and special needs obligations.
As of March 4, 2016 the District had 2,615 Employees, and a total of 84 administrators, the majority of whom are professional leaders of schools and programs. Here is the current list of administrators. “Special Schools” include the statewide programs at Delaware School for the Deaf, Delaware Autism Program, and REACH program for students with severe special needs. “Supervisors” oversee operational areas such as transportation, child nutrition services, financial services, and other services that are tied to students.
As a District, Christina has less Administrators this year than last year. Specifically, they have reduced the Central Office by 6 Administrators, and have 2 Senior Administrative positions authorized and unfilled. Currently they have 65 Administrators paid with a combination of State and Local Unrestricted Funds (Operating Tax). This breaks down as:
Superintendent 1
Assistant Superintendent 1
Director 3
Principal 23
Assistant Principal 24
Supervisor 7
Manager 6
Grand total 65
They also have additional Administrators funded with a combination of Federal Funds, Restricted Local Funds, or 100% State programs. These programs include the Delaware School for the Deaf, the Delaware Autism Program; REACH/ILC Programs; Adult Education; and Parent Early Education Program. This breaks down as:
Special Program Director 2
Special Program Principal 4
Special Program Asst. Principal 8
Special Program Supervisor 5
Grand total 19
You can see from the above (both tables) that the vast number of Administrators (70%) are directly tied to Schools.
These numbers reflect a very efficient and bare bones administrative staff that is absolutely necessary to ensure a quality education for all of our children.
Rep. John Kowalko
2016-03-19T14:01:20-04:00 john kowalko
My God, seems to be a gathering of uninformed, psychologically challenged "dolts" on this site. What do you call a gathering of "dolts" ? Let's see a "murder" of crows, a "gaggle" of geese. How about a "wit" of "nits"? (Half and dim e.g.)
John Kowalko
2016-03-18T22:13:06-04:00 john kowalko
Anonymity is the last refuge of the cowards and liars and the uninformed losers who would even dare to attack the legitimacy and thoughtfulness of dedicated public servants like Kim Williams. Pubie, some free advice for you. Before you come out of your mud wallow to squeal so annoyingly and plaintively about matters you know nothing about remember those squealing hogs aren't any more recognizable or respected when they're in a package of Oscar Meyer bacon.
"Not anonymous" John Kowalko
2016-01-21T13:19:44-05:00 John Kowalko
Murphy was not appointed with any House of Representatives approval and I will not be considered as complicit in any of this Administration's abhorrent, irresponsible and ego-maniacal decisions or behavior.
Rep. John Kowalko
2015-08-19T19:19:21-04:00 john kowalko
It’s time for Governor Markell to stop the indecencies being perpetrated and foisted on our public school system, educators, children and legislators and publicly put the entire Delaware public education system out for bids. Unseal the winning envelope and allow all of us to turn our attention and consciences away from the needs of the neediest and those burdensome issues of responsibility we might be urged to satisfy. Maybe the General Assembly can apply for outside “consultant” status and then we would be allowed to get engaged by actually reviewing and opining on any of these DOE and State Board regulations that have become carte-blanche permission slips to abuse. How about “Rodels House of Representatives” Although RHOR isn’t as smooth off the tongue as IHOP. Senate by PCG has a convenient enough ring to it. This would then allow for a total denial of any FOIA requests or open-government requisites since DOE and the administration could be identified as private businesses not subject to such inane and bothersome demands such as FOIA or law.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-08-16T12:59:39-04:00 john kowalko
IN DEFENSE OF KEVIN OHLANDT A MAN OF CHARACTER
In response to a recent Kilroy post regarding the sacrosanct/sanctimonious preservation without reservation of blog commenter anonymity I authored the following comment:
Kilroy says: “Blogs should and must be a safe-haven for those working in education and government to engage the public and many have reasons to protect their ID’s as in they’ll get fired or reprimanded”.
“When professionals employed by the government opine anonymously on any blogs to manipulate and disenfranchise the public and the truth and deliberately try to instigate imbroglios to distract from a legitimate dialogue on policy then perhaps they should be fired. Maybe they can grab a job with the “National Enquirer” although they would have to probably lose their cowardly cloak of privileged anonymity. Case in point would be the disgusting and unsubstantiated “anonymous” rumor-mongering that cast aspersions on a seriously ill Freeman Williams implying that his leave of absence was provoked by some unidentified wrongdoing. Any of you despicable and cowardly buffoons of anonymity should feel free to call me on my cell (That will preserve your identity from the public) and attempt to justify your petty and mean-spirited, insignificant right to malign and berate those who are much more moral than you’ll ever live to be”.
Representative John Kowalko 302 547 9351
I believe that it is now appropriate to pen a few words of support on behalf of a blogger and a man of principles and scruples who chooses to fight for others with a fervor and dedication uncommon on most sites. Kevin shouldn’t have to suffer the criticism of those independent authors of opinions known as “bloggers” who have become purveyors of false rumors, whispered innuendos and outright manipulation of honest rhetoric under the guise of some self-aggrandizing code of anonymity that only Joe McCarthy could truly appreciate. Allowing and encouraging participation in conversation by having reasonable protections against unjust punishment can be acceptable to an extent. But when it is discovered that these identity protections have allowed the unscrupulous and unconscionable ones to manipulate the truth and slanderously attack legitimacy for their own agenda then it is incumbent that these social media hosts identify the miscreants and expose their narcissistic motives in order to protect their own integrity and that of others.
I truly believe that it is not that Kevin needs my defense as much as blanket and unfettered anonymity by commenters needs to be reexamined. Enabling people to express a position or opinion cannot be used as an excuse for emboldening people to spew invectives and lies and assassinate character.
When I was growing up in a row home in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia I remember many times that my mom would be hanging laundry or beating rugs in the tiny cyclone fenced-in backyard. In this densely populated neighborhood there would invariably be two, three or even four adjoining yards with similar activities. These women would go about their chores and as a tight-knit group of friends they would converse about events that happened, might happen, to whom and by whom. It was almost like a morning coffee klatch and few topics were off limits. Information not gossip usually prevailed and sometimes it merited serious tones. What was striking, however, was the almost reverential exclusion of accusations, false presumptions or condemning rumor-mongering about others who weren’t there. At first I thought that there was a code of honor of sorts. I have since realized that throughout these exchanges, (over clothes-prop and clothes-pin installation), the atmosphere of cordiality and respect was engendered by the fact that they all could see each other and knew each other and stood and worked face to face with each other. There was no cloak of anonymity that would/could embolden them to a subjective, vindictive or false attack on someone’s integrity or foment some rumor that would harm not help a situation or person. This is what blanket identity immunity on blogsites can condemn society too if left unchecked and unfettered.
So Kevin, with all sincerity, I say to you that you are a man of intelligence and indisputable honor who has exercised his right to occupy the moral high ground by revealing motives and agendas and identities of the unscrupulous. Understand that when you closely scrutinize some of those tiny moving creatures that appear to resemble piss-ants scurrying to and fro, that they are in fact piss-ants, often busying themselves with what’s left to them of societies concern for their existence and vice-versa. And if you put your ear down very close to listen you will often hear the sounds of nothing. You don’t need me to say this but you are a man and a father of impeccable and impeachable character and I love you for that.
Your friend,
John Kowalko
2015-08-14T10:40:21-04:00 john kowalko
Kilroy says: :Blogs should and must be a safe-haven for those working in education and government to engage the public and many have reasons to protect their ID’s as in they’ll get fired or reprimanded".

When professionals employed by the government opine anonymously on any blogs to manipulate and disenfranchise the public and the truth and deliberately try to instigate imbroglios to distract from a legitimate dialogue on policy then perhaps they should be fired. Maybe they can grab a job with the "National Enquirer" although they would have to probably lose their cowardly cloak of privileged anonymity. Case in point would be the disgusting and unsubstantiated "anonymous" rumor-mongering that cast aspersions on a seriously ill Freeman Williams implying that his leave of absence was provoked by some unidentified wrongdoing. Any of you despicable and cowardly buffoons of anonymity should feel free to call me on my cell (That will preserve your identity from the public) and attempt to justify your petty and mean-spirited, insignificant right to malign and berate those who are much more moral than you'll ever live to be.
Representative John Kowalko 302 547 9351
2015-08-14T00:32:13-04:00 john kowalko
Charters get the same amount of unit count funding as traditional schools, not a penny less and they get approx. $850 per student in transportation money compared to approx. $550 per student in traditional schools. Both are required to return unspent transportation allotments by law except traditional schools never have any and must bill the local funds for the difference while charter schools have had the law contravened by a little trick called "epilogue language" in every budget since 2009 which upon budget passage permits the charters to keep an unaccounted windfall sum of the taxpayers' dedicated money which has averaged out to in excess of one and a quarter million each year since. Then there's also the little matter of the "Charter School Performance Fund" another slush fund accessible only to charters which has been distributed to some well off charters. $3 million last budget and $imillion this budget while Christina is forced to layoff 100 teachers. There are other little pots of gold that charters access although they receive an equal amount by unit count formula. So if you wish to debate fairness, equability and honest proportionate distribution of money for public get down off your high-horse/jackass of ignorance and educate yourself with the facts. That's as polite as I will ever be with anyone whose intemperate comments with no basis in facts and truth are tossed at the blog wall to see what sticks.

Representative John Kowalko
2015-07-23T19:28:41-04:00 john kowalko
Dear Cinderella and her footman,
If the shoe fits wear it.
I think the governor has pretty well proven how little he cares about poor children when on the same day he vetoes this bill the state awards $1/4 mill to a wealthy charter while Christina, a district with the highest number of poor children in the state, unable to pass a referendum, lays off 100 teachers. Last i checked all of Christina schools were also public schools with tens of thousands more students and much less money from your corporate masters. Certainly not enjoying a "performance/slush" fund available only to charters. Bye the way those charters can and do accept generous endowments from private and non-profit (Ha!) entities that traditional overcrowded schools cannot accept. I don't need to call either of you insulting names since your ideas of equitable and fair treatment for all Delaware children is obvious to all and provides a perfect description of your attitude and malevolence,
John Kowalko
2015-07-17T23:31:24-04:00 john kowalko
Pubius,
No ranting or tails in hand (unless we hand you yours). We bring it back for an override vote in January, as the people have demanded, and move on despite the Markells and other corporate flacks such as you, Jed, would like the story to end. Next time you visit Disneyland try some other attraction besides "fantasy-land"

Representative (for all the public school parents) John Kowalko
2015-07-17T20:47:12-04:00 john kowalko
In the BOND BILL Go to page A 6-7 Polytech HS gets $4,225,000 cap improvements with local share of $2,275,000 local share sans referendum.

3) NCC Vo-Tech Howard HS gets $13,174,000 from bond with local share of $7,093,000 again sans referendum because of bills we passed allowing them to up the tax without referendum.

4) Now the denouement: Christina District has aging, decaying buildings and teacher, para and other staff cuts because it cannot get a referendum passed.
2015-06-29T23:23:11-04:00 john kowalko
"and from my hidden place under the bridge I will continue to troll the fetid waters of discontent that I find most satisfying to drink"
leastDEconversationalist
2015-06-28T20:35:23-04:00 john kowalko
You're the uninformed, name-caller who chose to describe parents in an unforgivably insensitive and unfair manner. I certainly do not regret calling you out and if you believe you have a right to hide behind your cowardly anonymity and call thousands of Delaware parents vicious names than I certainly have the right to use my actual name and accurately describe you as what you are. You are 100% correct about one thing. You have "EARNED" more disparagement.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-06-28T12:30:16-04:00 john kowalko
"Screaming Goat Constituency", You sir are an ass. Not unenlightened but rather unsalvageable intellectually. How dare you speak of those parents whose engagement, knowledge and willingness to fight for their rights and that of their children puts your bitter and petty-minded self indulgent attitude to shame and exposes your stupidity which you seem to want to proclaim. You're a disgrace and a coward.

Representative John Kowalko
2015-06-26T21:01:19-04:00 john kowalko
Publius
You are obviously frustrated that despite the position you occupy on behalf of a charter you cannot mount "any" honest or legitimate rebuttal to the real fact that taxpayer money is being misused despite the fact that Section 508 (try having someone read it for you) explicitly requires a return of unused transportation money. Your pathetically plaintive wailings and diatribes notwithstanding you are embarrassing yourself as being unable to read or understand the written word in Delaware law and instead resort to fabrication and misrepresentation of facts on a blog site while concealing your identity to ensure no one will be able to associate the actual you with such an utter lack of honesty or fairness.
John Kowalko
2015-06-26T09:10:52-04:00 john kowalko
Apples to oranges, dumb to dumber. You're over your head even in the shallow end of the reality comprehension pool. As a dyed in the wool Grover Norquist acolyte, even you with minimal intelligence available, should be able to comprehend that allocation of taxpayer money is and should be a very serious concern for them. Specificity and accountability of those allocations are and should be of paramount importance to those legislators that have been elected by that public to protect their investment in paying for state services. If you cannot or refuse to see that reality than you are woefully mired in a fantasy world of your own making conjuring up bogeymen and flailing blindly at the wind.
John Kowalko
2015-06-25T10:27:53-04:00 john kowalko
Thanks to last years epilogue language courtesy of the Joint Finance Committee usurping existing code to the contrary Odyssey Charter was allowed to keep $234,006 in unspent and unused transportation funds with no strings attached. I will do everything in my power to remove that epilogue language from this years budget. Over $1.1 million in unused transportation money allocated specifically to charters for transportation expenses and required in Section 508 of Title 14 to be returned to the taxpayer was kept because the JFC has once again (6 consecutive budgets and counting) put epilogue language in the budget that contradicts and contravenes existing code despite my repeated and persistent requests to remove it. Corruption, malfeasance, arrogance and a great big punch in the mouth of the taxpayer is the gift of the JFC to the citizens of Delaware.

Representative John Kowalko
2015-06-24T23:06:00-04:00 john kowalko
Thanks to last years epilogue language courtesy of the Joint Finance Committee usurping existing code to the contrary Odyssey Charter was allowed to keep $234,006 in unspent and unused transportation funds with no strings attached. I will do everything in my power to remove that epilogue language from this years budget. Over $1.1 million in unused transportation money allocated specifically to charters for transportation expenses and required in Section 508 of Title 14 to be returned to the taxpayer was kept because the JFC has once again (6 consecutive budgets and counting) put epilogue language in the budget that contradicts and contravenes existing code despite my repeated and persistent requests to remove it. Corruption, malfeasance, arrogance and a great big punch in the mouth of the taxpayer is the gift of the JFC to the citizens of Delaware.

Representative John Kowalko
2015-06-24T23:05:15-04:00 john kowalko
Sorry Kevin, those colors have been in plain view for a long, long time. I believe it's "puke-green" tea that's the color most often being displayed at your local intellectual "landfill"
John Kowalko
2015-05-28T16:05:28-04:00 john kowalko
Pmom
You are also welcome, anytime, to a conversation with me. Probably more civilized then your comments re Kevin O. but welcome nonetheless. if you wish to have a dialogue about issues or policies I've always encouraged that. Your occasional sarcastic efforts to defend Arthur's attempts at some type of investigatory journalism could also be part of the discussion since I have always welcomed an open dialogue intended to discourage personal attacks.

John Kowalko
2015-05-16T12:12:30-04:00 john kowalko
Here's a question: How many monkeys in a room typing randomly would it take to produce a better argument than Arthur has ever made on this blog?
Answer: probably one relatively bright monkey.
John K.
2015-05-15T23:39:15-04:00 john kowalko
Bye the bye Artie you may wish to read the comment section again and see that my son made those remarks in response to another woefully uninformed and unable to comprehend troll (who at least identifies herself). Make no mistake about it my son is quite capable of defending his own statements, but I had to point that out to your holiness sorry, (shallowness)
Representative John Kowalko Jr.
2015-05-15T18:59:48-04:00 john kowalko
Oh Arthur! your so charmingly uninformed and unable to comprehend things that I'm beginning to enjoy your childlike curiosity. It's like that curious cat thing. Maybe someone should buy you a catnip soaked toy to amuse you or how about little bells installed in your keyboard to assist in your own manufactured bewilderment. Of course your not a cat so you could dial a phone and ring me for a civilized dialogue re all of your queries. Bye now.
Representative Kowalko
2015-05-15T18:41:15-04:00 john kowalko
Published in today's News Journal

The Sunday “Our View” article entirely missed the point of House Bill 50, the parental opt out bill, in a number of ways that continues to muddy the waters of education reform. To proclaim that “Testing Vote Still Avoids Real Solution” in your headline shows that your editorial board has either failed to read or comprehend the legislation. The bill does not purport to be any “solution” offered to correct or attempt to correct flaws in Common Core, the Smarter Balanced Assessment or the education reform movement being foisted upon the local governments by Arne, Gates or President Obama himself. It is certainly not a hidden “power play” by the author, yours truly, but may be called a “power play” by the parents of Delaware’s public school children In order to wrest back their rights as parents from the feverish grasp of the non-educator salesmen who produce product after product in an isolation chamber in a never ending attempt to sell said products under the guise of education reform tools.
Particularly insulting and ridiculously lacking in any serious attempt to draw a logical conclusion and compare relevancy were the two paragraphs in the piece that started with “What was interesting” and ended with “opting out of the traditional school systems." Allow me to explain more clearly to readers. It was and is a vote/legislation for “parental rights” (it doesn't just claim to be) and that is expressly obvious in the legislation. The bill is limited and specific to opting out of the “Smarter Balance Assessment” and even a cursory reading of the bill and its amendment would make that obvious. And to respond to the ridiculous notion that HB 50 could “actually catch on” and be used indiscriminately belies the fact that this legislation is specific and pointedly refers only to the SBA, foments an absurd notion with no reasonable logic to claim any such thing. Furthermore if the professionals at the newspaper, wish to assert that they “know of no other issue where parents have a right to opt out” I would suggest that they take a look at the over 1,000 households that legally home-school in many cases without a skilled or professionally trained educator as oversight.
There is no implication or authorization of a “parent trigger” in Delaware law and especially not in HB 50. To somehow imply that the “parental right” reaffirmed in HB 50 should be immersed in the fertile imaginary haze promoted by your editorial board in that regard insults those thousands of parents and teachers who know their rights and demand them of this government.
Two of your article's most egregious and serious misrepresentations of facts in the HB 50 discussion are your construction that this is a product of the teachers’ union to protect their members and- even more appalling- the reference that this bill somehow deconstructs a system that would validly assess performance of minority students and they would “slip through the cracks”. Although your editorial board was obviously not in attendance at either the committee hearing or the floor debate you erroneously conclude that this argument was overlooked in the “pro opt-out campaign” since it was vigorously considered and debated yet relegated to its proper place as a straw-man argument from DOE and the Governor. Those two paragraphs merit an apology to all of the sincere and honest people who supported this legislation for what it really is not what some would imagine it to be.
In conclusion let me state that I wholeheartedly agree with your final paragraph “The current standardized testing regime is flawed and over technical. A solution that would work for all of the children and all of the parents is needed”, but little else in the article.
State Representative John Kowalko
2015-05-15T13:24:45-04:00 john kowalko
Gee Flubius and LastDecontortionist,and PM,
No witty or pithy comments. Not even a disparaging remark or name-calling. Must be a sign of the times when the anonymous and cowardly flamethrowers are silent. Unless of course if you three have decided to respect the rights and opinions of all parents and children in Delaware. Nah! Lucifer would be wearing a parka if that were the case. You must have left your writing utensils on the back seat of the "clown" car after you exited
2015-05-10T00:30:47-04:00 john kowalko
Arthur
Your question is not a question but only an an exercise in free speech idiocy spewing an irrationality which seems to be epidemic among the anonymous cowards who can't engage in a reasonable dialogue nor comprehend facts and circumstances. You are worth no more key strokes from me.
State Representative John Kowalko
2015-05-05T06:58:37-04:00 john kowalko
Arthur,
Get a grip my man. My bills have absolutely nothing to do with transportation issues or costs in charters or traditional settings. Now if you wish to have a serious dialogue re transportation costs and allocations I suggest you enlighten yourself with some facts. Charters are given $850 + per student for transportation expenses and are required by law to return taxpayer money allocated for transportation needs that is not used for transportation needs. Traditional schools receive a formulated allotment that comes to approximately $550 per pupil and is also bound by law to return any state transportation allotment unspent for contractual student transportation obligations. Unfortunately, due to cuts (imposed by this administration) traditional school districts are forced to subsidize their actual costs with local taxpayer share since there is not enough to cover the actual costs. Now here's where it gets tricky. Although existing written code/state-law responsibly declares that schools be held accountable for transportation fund spending and responsibly calls for a return of taxpayer funds specifically allocated for transportation needs when not used for that purpose, the existing laws have been superseded each year over the last 6-7 budgets by a little sleight of hand called "Epilogue Language". This language is written into budgets time and time again and when the budget is passed this "Epilogue Language" becomes the law for that fiscal year superseding and contravening existing law which remains on the books albeit unenforceable. I have been to JFC hearings, numerous other meetings, hundreds of personal meetings with colleagues and written amendments to remove this ethically (if not constitutionally) challenged language to no avail. My basic argument has been that it disallows any accountability that the taxpayer deserves and violates the principle of specific allocations of taxpayer monies for specifically intended usage. Here's the beauty in it. The last two budget dollars amounts (total) kept by charter schools of unused transportation funds: Based on information submitted by the charter schools to the Department of Education, the amount of unused transportation funds for FY 2014 was $1,108,020 (out of an allocation of $8,953,675) and for FY 2013 it was $958,275 (out of an allocation of $8,337,667). This information is statewide for charter schools and the FY 2015 data is still in development.
This is irresponsible and unethical and it appears again (Epilogue Language to that effect) in this Governor's proposed budget for this year. This time I will not be deterred from attempting to amend the budget (if it remains in the final draft) and hope you'll urge and cajole your legislators to support such an amendment. If the language endures and the amendment is defeated I will be forced to pull a Colin Bonnini and vote against the budget and all of the hundreds of good things in it. I hope you can appreciate just a little bit why I'm not able to give you answers on what NCS provides by way of transportation to its students but rest assured that they have pocketed nearly and sometimes more than a quarter million dollars each year in transportation money not spent for transportation expenses. You can confirm by checking the allotment vs the checkbook account. Hope this helps you evaluate the situation and my position on these matters.
State Representative John Kowalko
2015-05-04T20:58:48-04:00 john kowalko
You should contact Mr. Meece and ask him what transportation obligations his school has and provides for its families.
John Kowalko
2015-05-04T16:09:49-04:00 john kowalko
Here is my explanation to a query from a parent in the Newark area who is concerned that her future grandchildren will be denied access to Newark Charter if HB 83 passes.

Thank you for your correspondence. To be perfectly clear I have never disparaged excellent schools such as Newark Charter and applaud those parents who have chosen to place their children in that wonderful and successful learning environment that Newark Charter provides. This bill (HB83) in no way whatsoever reflects on the performance of Newark Charter or any other charter school (successful or failing). I also applaud your daughter's choice to move into a vicinity of a successful school system. My wife and I did exactly that when we chose the Newark area to live in. Both my children attended Christina schools from K-12 and were bussed back and forth the entire time and managed to go on to very successful higher education programs. One receiving a Doctorate from Harvard and the other successfully completing Law School at American University. My point is that this bill does not attempt to dissolve any charter school, (especially not Newark Charter), nor impede any parent from accessing any charter school. Your daughter's children will not be penalized by this bill nor denied access to the lottery currently used. The school does use a lottery but the 5 mile radius exclusion does exclude access to some of those children within the Christina District, (not the entire county), from accessing that lottery. I applaud you and your daughter's efforts to do what's best for your children but HB 83 does not preclude or deny any access to families living within the 5 mile radius and therefore does not penalize your daughter's efforts to better position her children for public educational opportunities. I have no choice (as an official responsible to the public taxpayers), but to consider the fact and reality that all public schools, including charters, are funded by State taxpayer money and a large portion of local taxpayer money. These taxpayers are the residents of the entire Christina district and their contribution to the operating expenses of Christina schools and Newark Charter school is over 39% of the operating budget for the traditional schools and Newark Charter. If these taxpaying families are denied access from being allowed to be included in the lottery by geographical circumstance than it raises a serious question to equal accessibility for those children of taxpayers whose money supports the charter schools and public schools but whose children cannot be placed in the lottery if they chose to do so. It's not a matter of penalizing your daughters future family but rather permitting a penalty of equal access denial to a publicly funded school imposed upon those public school children residing outside of the 5 mile radius. Once again I want to thank you for your willingness to share your concerns and I hope I have been able to clarify some of the misperceptions surrounding HB 83.
2015-05-04T14:52:00-04:00 john kowalko
Fublius,
The DOE agreed to these terms with the Feds, without the General Assembly's approval ergo the reason for HB #108. That's no JOKO
John Kowalko
2015-04-27T16:40:24-04:00 john kowalko
Hey Arne,
With all due and earned respect, "go bleep yourself"
Delaware State Representative John Kowalko
2015-04-25T22:30:55-04:00 john kowalko
Arthur
New Castle County charter schools get over $850 per student for transportation. Traditional schools average $less than $525 per child for transportation and that often has to be supplemented by local share money. Both are required by law to return transportation allocations that are unspent. Unfortunately traditional schools do not normally have excess money and have to supplement transportation costs with local share so there is nothing to return. Every charter school in the state (save two) have transportation expenses that are less than the per pupil allocation. Newark Charter is even more unique since it serves an area only 5 miles in radius (counting what overlaps in to Maryland where there are no students attending, (legally anyway). So with an ever burgeoning population at Newark Charter the state money allocated (by per pupil formula) has climbed well over $1million and Newark Charter has underspent by $250,000 to $350,000 each year and by law should have returned that unused transportation specified allocation back to the taxpayers/general fund. Instead the Governor has proposed in his last six or so budgets that epilogue language be written that contravenes State Law. The Joint Finance Committee has allowed this windfall to be kept by the charter schools despite testimony that I've given every year that this leaves millions of dollars in taxpayer money, to be had, with no accountability and no requirement for the specific use of a million dollar plus ($1.108,020 in FY 2014) that is kept by the charter schools. This is an irresponsible abuse of the public trust and leaves the taxpayer checkbook open on the kitchen table for anyone to empty it.
Representative John Kowalko

P.S. You sound like you are genuinely interested in the dialogue so do yourself a favor and seperate yourself from the denizens of idiocy that invade this blog.
2015-04-18T20:59:33-04:00 john kowalko
302 547 9351 Sorry, I await your call Jed. You could mask your voice but I already know you. Equally unimpressive in person and on blogs.

Is there no end to the privilege your pet project and others like it extracts from the taxpayers to benefit a few at the cost to most?

John Kowalko
2015-04-18T10:41:21-04:00 john kowalko
In the last five budgets Newark Charter (and all other charters in Delaware), despite being mandated by code to return money from their very significant transportation allotment, have been excused from the lawful requirement (in Delaware Code Title 14) to return money allotted specifically for transportation expenses and have been allowed (by the Joint Finance Committee decision to use "epilogue language" to contravene that chapter in Delaware code requiring the return of unspent transportation funds) to keep the unspent (for the allocated purpose) transportation funds averaging in excess of $1 million each year despite my protestations and efforts to address this misappropriation of taxpayer money. So let me summarize for your uninformed benefit. Newark Charter has been, by formula, allocated over $850 per student for transportation expenses (by law) and has been (as all charters have been) required by law to return that portion of funds unused for contractual transportation obligations to the general fund and have been excused from accounting for those funds and/or using those funds for the specificity of allocation with the full and unadulterated permission of the Governor (in his proposed budget) and the Joint Finance Committee (chaired by Rep Melanie Smith and Sen. Harris Mcdowell) and permitted to keep those unused for transportation funds (in excess of $1 million for Newark Charter) as they choose. Do not try to construct a "straw-man" argument in defense of the indefensible and pretend that you speak from a position of authority or knowledge. The taxpayers are being"screwed" and there is no polite verbiage to describe that reality.
If you wish to discuss this issue and others with an open-mind and an honest willingness to listen call me on my cell at 302 5347 9351.

Representative John Kowalko
2015-04-17T20:44:37-04:00 john kowalko
Arthur,
You are a pathetically unendowed creator of references and arguments that have absolutely no legitimate reason for being proffered in an intelligent dialogue or discussion. Recuse yourself or risk the embarrassment of your own words.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-04-17T19:09:29-04:00 john kowalko
Please note and alert all potential participants that the House Education Committee will convene at approximately 3:30 on Wed. not 2:30 as previously reported. This should give extra time for those parents, children and teachers to get away from their work day a tad latter and be there. Urgent that you are all there and all (with your friends and neighbors) contact every legislator who sits on the Ed. Committee and tell them to release HB 50 for floor consideration.

Respectfully yours,

Rep. John Kowalko
2015-04-16T16:37:56-04:00 john kowalko
Congratulations Red Clay Board (and you also Kevin). All of those Districts and organizations (PTA, DSEA etc) and individuals who have refused to succumb to the voodoo education reform efforts of this Administration and De. DOE have shown themselves to be the true champion of the children and, for what it's worth, I am proud of you all and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at the Education Committee meeting. HB 50 deserves and must get a full floor vote.
Proud of the privilege to represent you and yours,
Representative John Kowalko
2015-04-15T23:49:54-04:00 john kowalko
Everyone who values honesty and public education and parental/child rights needs to show up on Wednesday 4/22/15 at Leg Hall to support HB 50 and make the statement that coercive, bullying and poorly conceived and contrived unproven standards will not determine an honest evaluation of all Delaware children’s abilities and accomplishments.
Thank you,
Representative John Kowalko
2015-04-14T23:01:12-04:00 john kowalko
So an unproven, untried, standardized test purported to measure student ability and capability is accepted by these institutions of higher learning as valid? Who the h**l made that call and what carrot was dangled by this DOE and the Administration to get such an irresponsible concession. More money? Veto of the UoD and Delstate FOIA bill? Is there no limit to unconscionable behavior in the corporatist takeover of public education funds? Murphy’s quotes in the press release are further evidence that stepping down would be in the best interest of the children and public education,.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-04-14T22:59:52-04:00 john kowalko
Kendall Massett and Rep. Ramone are two unabashed and unapologetic supporters of the Charter School movement who hold the taxpayers of Delaware in such disdain that they would deny any accountability by charter schools that could expose the criminality involved in the "charter schools independence". Ms. Massett has a vested interest in protecting the atmosphere of secrecy that surrounds every charter school and its use of public taxpayer money since it guarantees no scrutiny or determination of legitimacy as to where the public funds eventually are gathered. Rep. Ramone's sanctomonious bleatings about business models and business privilege belie the reality that he is supporting and contributing to an atmosphere of abuse of public funds and a total disregard for accountability and transparency owed to our taxpaying public. Massett's attitude toward the rights of the public, families, children and taxpayers of Delaware is immoral and indefensible. Shame on her and those ill-informed and uninformed supporters in the General Assembly.
Rwepresentative John Kowalko 25th District
2015-04-08T21:51:47-04:00 john kowalko
Two of the House members voted against raising the ceiling allowing New Castle Vo-Techs to unilaterally raise taxes without any "public taxpayer" approval.
John Kowalko
2015-04-08T16:58:24-04:00 john kowalko
Dear Jed,
Shame you didn't find gold in them there Beverly Hills, guess you've found it with your current responsibilities with a certain school. You don't "know" me at all but I know you and the type of petty, vitriol spewing small-minded person you are. But here's the conundrum you face. You lecture people and consistently beat a drum that you hope will cause people to look at efforts to provide "all" Delaware public school children with a good education opportunity as a DSEA self-preservation tool. You hope to distract attention from the reality that your support on behalf of a particular school (and type of "public" school system) that you are intimately engaged with will be favorably regarded despite the fact that it is completely lacking in real diversity of any stripe and is molded from a selective and exclusionary practice that is the right of "private" schools and not "public" schools. You hide your identity but fail to appreciate the harm you have caused the charter/corporatist school models when you are ultimately exposed. Even the most ardent supporters of the charter model do not think that the vitriolic, vindictive and unsubstantiated attacks you make on CSD, John Young, Kevin Ohlandt, DSEA and all the tens of thousands of families and children that populate our public schools will do anything other than to muster and succor outrage and resentment against even the most wonderful charters. You disgrace yourself and the position and school you represent.

Rep. John Kowalko
2015-04-03T23:26:23-04:00 john kowalko
Publius
Stick to promoting your exclusive and elitist publicly funded private school admission policy and declare your freedom from the other 90% of public school children in Delaware's public education system that I feel responsible to. You're a very unpleasant little man who refuses to disclose his identity lest the reflections of his personal interest become apparent.
Representative John Kowalko (no cowardly AKA needed)
2015-04-03T17:38:09-04:00 john kowalko
8th and French loser 2015-03-27T11:51:50-04:00 john kowalko
john kowalko | March 4, 2015 at 9:07 pm | Reply

The letter is not about opt-out but it and the discussions with the House Chair, Governor, DOE and others is an obvious attempt to kick the can of “smarter balanced” worms down the road while keeping it alive and well and credentialing it with. “well we’ve had it now for a number of years so it must be OK”. And by the way “we’ve assuaged the teachers with this cooperative delay but “eff” the children who still must suffer the consequences of being put in this bull-crap pressure cooker” I’ve seen this type of “concession and compromise making” enough times to make that gift horse open its mouth in front of witnesses.

Representative John Kowalko
2015-03-04T20:11:52-05:00 john kowalko
I recall an article that had a legislator ask for Eminem's and Schwinn's resignation.
John Kowalko
2015-02-27T20:56:44-05:00 john kowalko
Pandora,
Thank you for the very knowledgeable and realistic take on the P-Mom queries. Good job
Rep. John Kowalko
2015-02-21T20:49:51-05:00 john kowalko
Greg
You should be careful when you spew that hate-filled vitriol at me. Tests have shown that the type of bile that emanates from the bowels of insecure individuals can be highly corrosive to that sanctimonious cloth they’ve wrapped themselves in and might result in exposure to the bitter truth of those individuals petty and bizarre compulsions to advertise their own self-loathing.
Representative Kowalko
2015-02-19T11:30:23-05:00 john kowalko
Arthur
No, that's the report formula listed in the report. You'll have to contact TEMBO for the specifics of that calculation. It wouldn't have been in the report as it is listed if it was that insignificant a difference.
John k.
2015-02-06T11:13:39-05:00 john kowalko
The TEMBO authored report titled "Evaluation of Delaware's Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification" commissioned after Sokola and Schooley's last attempt to make TFA permanent (and permanently funded in Delaware) that we just received contains some TFA data re effectiveness and career longevity that shows with much certainty that TFA participants receive significantly less training, do not perform any better than traditional teachers and in fact, "TFA teachers are less effective than traditional teachers in elementary math {-0.07SD, p<0.05)" Also "Two thirds (68%) of TFA novice teachers persist to year three as compared to 79% of novice teachers from traditional routes". By year six only 33% of TFA teachers remain in Delaware's public education system (spoiler alert with DOE or RODEL or Charter Networks etc.or in general the Penny Schwinns) compared to 63% 0f traditional novice teachers. Cautionary note here: TFA are not University of Delaware Alternative Routes to Certification (UD ARTC) which are also measured in the report. And by the by you may want to look into the motives of those sponsors before you canonize them as education specialists. Read the "report" before you buy the car.
John Kowalko
2015-02-06T01:08:47-05:00 john kowalko
Listen Jed, I'm sorry your oil find didn't last long enough for you to stay in Beverly Hills but you might want to stay out of arguments that you know nothing about or answer for your rabidly disrespectful hyperbole by risking exposure to your own cause that other members might not appreciate.
John k.
2015-01-12T23:29:15-05:00 john kowalko
Your use of derogatory inference does not merit a response but I'll answer your desperate search to justify a legitimate criticism of me with the facts.
Yes, both my son and daughter attended Downes, Bayard, Shue and Newark H.S. contentedly sharing their young lives with children of all stripes from the suburbs, inner-city, upper, lower and middle class, black, white, Asian special-needs and gifted, every moment of their 12 years in Delaware education spent growing in tolerance and understanding of others. My daughters Newark High School valedictory address spoke specifically to the fact that her educational experience was widened immeasurably by the opportunity to meet and get to know all of these diverse children and young adults that shared her life. She received a standing ovation from her class-mates who also appreciated every moment of their own experiences unfettered by some imaginary fear that serves only to provoke animosity. She has successfully completed her Doctorate at Harvard in Evolutionary Genetic Biology and is currently a biology professor at Iowa State University where her husband also teaches and runs a research lab. My son recently graduated from American University's Washington College of Law "cum laude" with a special award for his law review piece judged as the best article in American University's "Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law" entitled "Critical Lessons of al-Kidd: Respecting the Dignity of Material Witnesses Through the Special Needs Doctrine" He recently passed his Maryland bar exam and works for a congressionally authorized non-profit that reports on prison conditions in federal prisons that house Washington D.C. prisoners. So yes I talk the talk through personal experience and although I realize you are much younger than I and probably much stronger don't call me a POS again unless you can muster up the courage to say it to my face. Boorishness and a lack of any concept of class will not win you any votes if you can muster up the courage to run against me. To paraphrase that esteemed Hollywood philosopher "a man's got to know his limitations" maybe it's time to recognize yours.

Representative John A. Kowalko Jr. 25th District Newark
2015-01-10T14:15:15-05:00 john kowalko
Greg,
You are a remarkably classless individual and probably don't deserve more than a handful of keyboard strokes but since you asked...out of all of the votes cast in the 25th district I attained 75.4% although I was unopposed. I out-polled Coons by 637 votes, Carney by 552, Denn by 930, Barney by 1927 and Mayrack by 2097. Maybe you ought to stand a little further from your dog's dumps so that the fumes do not affect your mental capacities or you might instead choose, (if you have the courage), to meander up to 8th and French Sts. Fourth floor, with a check and file to run against me. Your tasteless and boorishly immature diatribes probably wouldn't earn you much support or many votes but you could consider registering your pooch to vote so that you would have at least one equal intellect supporter voting for you.
2015-01-09T20:32:04-05:00 john kowalko
As have you 2015-01-08T23:20:11-05:00 john kowalko
Disrespect MacArthur??, Laud Hirohito??. My! my! you certainly have an extravagantly, delusional imagination that might best be served writing graphic novellas in the margins of comic books. What else infests that fertile imagination of yours. Gleeful admiration for the precision-like torpedo-bomber attacks that sunk the Yorktown. By the way bitter man, (cursed forever with a closed mind), my father served a 23 year active duty career as a U.S. Marine in both WWII and in Korea and he was stationed on the Yorktown as Admiral "Bull" Halsey's orderly so take your spiteful little misrepresentations of my analogies and shove them in your selfish, bigoted excuse for a mind.

Representative (of all the people) John Kowalko
2015-01-08T22:51:53-05:00 john kowalko
Careful my friend, your personal interest is showing through and your jealous and spiteful little personality has further impaired your comprehension skills as evident in your misinterpretation of my WW II analogy. Sad, pathetic little men should appreciate their anonymity and certainly not attempt to be more clever than their intellectual genealogy permits.
John Kowalko (still a State Representative)
2015-01-08T22:07:45-05:00 john kowalko
Kevin
That's because publius is a player with an agenda.
2014-12-31T17:34:08-05:00 john kowalko
Kilroy
Please establish a category for nattering. I have a nominee in mind.
John K.
2014-12-31T16:35:43-05:00 john kowalko
Nelia Dolan,
You are on point with many of your observations and hopes. Ignore the plaintive squealing of the "do nothing" intolerants who infest the dialogue while contributing absolutely no positive direction or context to suggest a path forward. Spiro Agnew (God bless his sordidly corrupt soul) enunciated a description of the lDc and his anonymous ilk thusly: "nattering nabobs of negativism".
Keep the faith Nelia, stay engaged, informed and demanding of all Delaware electeds, and know that the more those nabobs criticize your efforts the closer you must be getting to a successful outcome.

Representative John Kowalko
2014-12-31T12:37:29-05:00 john kowalko
I don't give vague answers or tell anyone only what they want to hear. I take very seriously my responsibility to find the right answers and do the right thing so I'm sure you weren't referring to me in your broad-brush opinion of "all" politicians.
Regards,
John Kowalko
2014-12-23T00:00:55-05:00 john kowalko
No Christina High School teachers? Shame on this promotional scheme.and its shills. If the News Journal wishes to regard Rodel as an "influential Delaware education advocacy group" than the editors should ask that Rodel spend some of its non-profit money in the inner city schools and replace some of the $40 million in unrestored cuts made to traditional public schools since 2009. No disrespect intended, but I'll seek my advice and information on the state of Delaware public education from "educators", administrators, school board members and parents and I don't even have to pay them.

John Kowalko
2013-09-11T11:53:52-04:00 john kowalko
I make no claims of innocence or abdication of responsibility. You apparently know nothing about me or the policies and situation being discussed here. I obviously have the right and responsibility to bear witness to truths I have seen firsthand and would encourage you to look for that experience yourself

John Kowalko
2013-04-13T12:38:47-04:00 John Kowalko
Comment by John Kowalko on 12 April 2013 at 12:08 pm:

Not only is today’s editorial content disingenuous and rife with a one-sided misrepresentation of the situation but it was concocted from either hearsay or deliberately misleading guidance from DOE. I can say this very assuredly since I have attended and participated in three recent board meetings and a private meeting (along with two of my legislative colleagues) where I asked direct questions and received deliberately evasive answers from Chris Ruskowski, Sec. Murphy, Mary Kay McGlaughlin, Rebecca Taber and other Administration and DOE staff which I in turn relayed to Supt. Williams and the full board asking them to meet face to face with these same people. The Supt. and Board and DSEA agreed and I (along with my two colleagues)was in attendance at that meeting to attempt reconciliation and seek a compromise. At that meeting I was astounded by the total disregard given to any of Christina’s good faith attempts and the abject intransigence of Mr. Ruskowski, Sec. Murphy and Ms. McGlaughlin to even consider the obvious validity of the Districts proposal. I followed up at the next board meeting with my eyewitness, first-hand knowledge of all that transpired at all the meetings (you may listen to the Board meeting minutes.

Now, the very real point that should be considered in reading and analyzing this subjective and biased “editorial” is the absolute fact that the Editorial Board states that “the governor and some equally miffed STATE REPRESENTATIVES understand the implications of what’s at stake locally” without naming one (and I challenge them to do so) state representative that has knowledge of or personally attended any of the meetings with both parties (as I and my colleagues did) who is willing to express support for the Administration and DOE’s and the News Journal’s editorial boards position.

I certainly have taken a very vocal and firm position that the DOE and Administration position (from personal eye and ear witness participation) is wrong, incomprehensibly obstinate, dis-serving to the teachers and most importantly selfishly ignorant of the needs of the children and an insult to every fiber of intellectual honesty that seems to be woefully lacking here. So let me publicly add my name, (State Representative John Kowalko), to that editorial, (which chooses to blithely ignore the tenets of any journalistic integrity), but please pencil my name in as a “state representative” who “understands the implications of what’s at stake locally” and sides with the reasonableness of Supt. Williams and the Board and against the overreaching, bullying and disingenuous political tactics chosen by the administration and DOE.

State Representative John Kowalko
2013-04-12T23:14:45-04:00 John Kowalko
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Hickory, Dickory, Dockery the GOP is a total Mockery
When the clock strikes Ten and they've lost again
They'll revert to their "puppet" sockery.
They'll Harangue and Harass
Letting no fear-mongering pass
Offering policies with all the substance of "laughing gas"
2016-10-24T11:25:14-05:00 john kowalko
Please make sure everyone is aware that HB165, SB 51 and HB334 were all acted on in the 147th GA and HB186 was in the 148th GA. I don't want my votes against the garbage bills and for the good bill to be misconstrued by someone who takes a cursory vist to the Delaware State Legislature sight. You may also recall that I was an original prime sponsor of HB165 (in the 147th) until it was distorted and manipulated into the most harmfully intended assault on "traditional" public schools and unfettered access for all children to the public school of their choice. It is one of the most disgusting legislative abuses foisted upon the taxpayers and their families.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-08-16T14:26:28-05:00 john kowalko
TPP---AN ABDICATION OF WORKER RIGHTS AND AMERICA'S ECONOMIC FUTURE
All Americans should absolutely and resoundingly oppose the American worker-rights concession known as the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement. It has numerous, irreconcilable flaws and will cause much horrible damage to working families and American businesses. I will only list a few of the nearly dozen reasons that all should oppose this dereliction of duty. First, the current TPP text allows multinational companies to challenge U.S. laws, regulations and safeguards through a provision called "investor-to-state dispute settlement" (ISDS), a private justice system that undermines our democracy. Through ISDS, foreign investors can seek compensation from the United States for enforcing regulations and safeguards designed to protect America’s working families. Additionally China’s refusal to join the agreement has left them with a significant advantage to monopolize the manufacturing aspect of the TPP without any constraints or regard for fair-pay, environmental harm, worker safety, or human rights. The TPP’s weak rules of origin benefit China and other non-TPP countries. The rules of origin in the current TPP text are weak and allow China and other nonparticipating countries to reap the agreement’s benefits without having to follow its rules. In fact, the TPP’s auto content requirement allows the majority of the auto content to be Chinese and manufactured outside the trade agreement’s rules. This has the effect of promoting jobs in China while destroying U.S. auto supply-chain jobs http://www.aflcio.org/Issues/Trade/Trans-Pacific-Partnership-Free-Trade-Agreement-TPP/Ten-Critical-Problems-with-the-Trans-Pacific-Partnership. I personally spoke with individuals who participated in the creation and drafting of this proposed agreement and was told and assured that nothing in the TPP forbade any of the 11 signatories from having their products manufactured in China and sold as TPP goods to American consumers through the member nations. In fact there is no reporting or regulatory option for such behavior once the pact is signed. Finally be aware that Malaysia’s horrible human rights rating of a 3 precluded them from even being part of the negotiations until the United States and President Obama downgraded them to a less severe 2 rating with no apparent justification, that permitted them to be included in the pact. Corporate America, the President and most supporters of this agreement have forfeited the moral conscience of the United States for profit.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-07-31T20:49:03-05:00 john kowalko
China was one of the original twelve Asian nations that we were negotiating this deal with.
John Kowalko
2016-07-28T15:58:30-05:00 john kowalko
One correction, China was not shut out. China withdrew from the negotiations although it was originally a participant.
representative John Kowalko
2016-07-28T11:13:25-05:00 john kowalko
Education reform, Corporatist involvement, Common Core, Charter proliferation, standardized testing, RODEL, Vision ???, Gates etc. are all symptoms/perpetrators of a greedy and insatiable appetite for money that is obviously consuming all of these shills and promoters of this disaster for America's children. Their only benefit to society will be in a billion years after they've been relegated to the tar-pit and their decomposition transform rhem into a quart of oil. Hopefully we'll have weaned ourselves off of fossil fuels by then but the greedy bastards will have their shot at immortality nonetheless.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-05-11T15:19:56-05:00 John Kowalko
Yeah and Hillary should still keep shilling in California with the Clooney's et al to cram her pockets with another $380,000. Keep those blinders on delacrat reality can be frightening
Representative John Kowalko
2016-04-18T14:36:55-05:00 john kowalko
The biggest threat to a Sanders’ primary victory is the taint of the “super-delegate” process, a perjorative of the status quo within the party that intends to preserve an aristocracy of power within the party that hinders any outside challenges to policies or power-brokers.
Nothing is more threatening to a representative democracy than discouraging voters or disenfranchising them. Another incarnation of voter suppression and denial of access to the ballot box has surfaced in one of the most unlikely places. It is created within the Democratic Party by party rules and under the guise of the privileged “super-delegate” appointment. Clearly a creation of homage to a bygone era of aristocratic recognition within the party powerful it allowed those at the top of the pyramid of power, often beholden to the status quo of party politics, to be given access to the party convention and front row seats from which to preen. This mimicking of the English style of a “House of Lords” and a “House of Commons” would seem harmless enough until the “super-delegates” presumed that their appointment precluded any vote of the party faithful yet to come.
Although legally placed as a democratic party rule it is no less offensive than abrogating the party memberships’ vote or simply putting a match to the ballot box when these “super-delegates” preempt the primary election and pledge their allegiance and delegate vote to one candidate or the other before the votes have been cast and counted.
Let me make it perfectly clear that my challenge to this system is not based, in any way, on the individuals who are seeking the nomination. I do not care, in the least, about which candidate or candidates will be named or chosen for this benefit. It is the fact that preemptive pledging of a delegate vote will result in voter disenfranchisement, discourage voters from going to the polls, (viewed as an exercise in futility thereby suppressing the vote), and render the ballots yet to be cast as meaningless. It is an almost arrogant presumption on the part of those appointed “super-delegates” to think that they have the right and/or privilege to force their personal choice (or that of the party apparatus that they feel allegiance to) upon the voters of record before their votes are recorded.
They can still enjoy the honor and recognition of their positions within the party but they should have absolutely no right to pledge their delegate vote anywhere other than to the majority dictate of the people who actually vote.
Representative John Kowalko
2016-04-11T12:33:30-05:00 john kowalko
Beware of the reality that the "State Board" in Delaware is not a reflection of the local elected boards so any power ceded by the feds remains in the hands of Jack (the public education auctioneer) Markell.
Rep. John Kowalko
2016-04-01T22:07:25-05:00 john kowalko
In support of your commitment to a "YES" vote:

There have been some very dishonest and disingenuous tactics used by certain groups outside the Christina community to disenfranchise and misinform you, the voting public, and sway you to oppose the welfare of the children in Christina. A pattern has emerged of persistently and falsely stating that the district is swollen with an unnecessarily large bureaucracy. The documented truth is that in recent years Christina has trimmed its administration staff by a huge number and has markedly fewer administrators than districts with smaller student populations and special needs obligations.
As of March 4, 2016 the District had 2,615 Employees, and a total of 84 administrators, the majority of whom are professional leaders of schools and programs. Here is the current list of administrators. “Special Schools” include the statewide programs at Delaware School for the Deaf, Delaware Autism Program, and REACH program for students with severe special needs. “Supervisors” oversee operational areas such as transportation, child nutrition services, financial services, and other services that are tied to students.
As a District, Christina has less Administrators this year than last year. Specifically, they have reduced the Central Office by 6 Administrators, and have 2 Senior Administrative positions authorized and unfilled. Currently they have 65 Administrators paid with a combination of State and Local Unrestricted Funds (Operating Tax). This breaks down as:
Superintendent 1
Assistant Superintendent 1
Director 3
Principal 23
Assistant Principal 24
Supervisor 7
Manager 6
Grand total 65
They also have additional Administrators funded with a combination of Federal Funds, Restricted Local Funds, or 100% State programs. These programs include the Delaware School for the Deaf, the Delaware Autism Program; REACH/ILC Programs; Adult Education; and Parent Early Education Program. This breaks down as:
Special Program Director 2
Special Program Principal 4
Special Program Asst. Principal 8
Special Program Supervisor 5
Grand total 19
You can see from the above (both tables) that the vast number of Administrators (70%) are directly tied to Schools.
These numbers reflect a very efficient and bare bones administrative staff that is absolutely necessary to ensure a quality education for all of our children.
Following is a statement from Superintendent Andrezjewski which I hope you’ll take the time to read and share with your families and friends and join me and my family on Wednesday March 23rd to vote yes on the referendum and for our kids
Message from Christina Acting Superintendent Dr. Robert Andrzejewski
Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to participate in dozens of discussions about Christina School District’s upcoming referendum on March 23rd -- from impromptu meetings at coffee shops to business round-tables to public forums. I am encouraged by the responses from the community and appreciate all who are bringing their questions, concerns, suggestions, and critiques to me and all of our Christina professionals. Every interaction has been productive and positive as more members of our community are sharing our common vision for success for every student we serve.
There are some members of our community who are frustrated and who have expressed their concerns and questions about issues related to taxes, the District’s budget, and our plans for the future. I am open to having a conversation with any of Christina’s residents about the work our professionals are doing to provide a quality education to all students. I would like to share with as many Christina community members as possible the vision we have to give our students the best advantage possible for their future. You may email me at [email protected] or call me at 302-552-2630.
To everyone in the Christina School District, I ask that you continue to stay informed about the referendum, what it will achieve for children and schools, and what is at stake if we are not successful. I encourage you to visit the referendum website at www.CSDPavingTheWay.com to get information about the referendum, and to direct others with questions to that website or the district website at www.christinak12.org/referendum .
As Acting Superintendent, I am proud of our schools, our teachers, our students, and our community - and I am committed to working with everyone as we build a New Christina together. I want to work with all segments of the community to address concerns and develop our vision for the future. Please vote in the Christina School District referendum on March 23.
2016-03-19T19:39:26-05:00 john kowalko
Yeah it's uniting. It's like tying a rope around Trumps feet, attaching it to a slab of concrete and pushing it into the deep Blue (pun intended) sea forgetting to unshackle your own ankles from the weight. What a clown-car.
John Kowalko
2016-03-02T17:19:01-05:00 john kowalko
He has absolutely "NO" educational background and is profiting enormously from the corporatization of public education with this "reform" bull. Please do not ever applaud his efforts or motives to me since I have an extreme resentment for what he is doing and allowing to be done in harming children. Unabashed greedy manipulation of the entire American public education system is the best way to describe this person.
Representative John Kowalko
2015-10-11T13:16:41-05:00 john kowalko
I was not Chair just a member for eight years. Removed as a member of the Ed Committee and Chair of the Energy Committee and Chair of the Joint Sunset by "Big Boy Pete" 2015-09-30T20:01:11-05:00 john kowalko
And there was legislation introduced to do exactly that. Require that all DOE or State Board ESEA waiver flexibility applications be approved by the General Assembly but leadership blocked it obviously at the urging of the Governor.

John Kowalko
2015-09-11T22:11:17-05:00 john kowalko
Hear, hear! HB 181 and HB196. Passed out of the Appropriations committee last year so let them come to the floor, Mr. Speaker, for an up or down vote.
If either bill were to pass an individual (husband or wife) who earns $250,000 (that's a quarter million) in taxable AGI will be a total extra tax of $625 (that's not a quarter million or even a thousand dollars) a year.

If either bill passes an individual earning $500,000 (yeah that's a half million) in AGI will pay an additional $2,625, (that's not quite a quarter million either) a year in taxes.

Will raise somewhere near $100 million a year.
Do it, and do it now Pete.

John Kowalko
2015-09-06T18:01:53-05:00 john kowalko
Did you add in the $1 million Charter Performance/Slush Fund allocated by the Joint Finance Committee (I guess less, therefore more acceptable than the $3 million last year), taxpayer money only accessible by charter schools (regardless of their own wealth). How about the $1.3 million in excess transportation money that they will keep thanks to the generosity of the Joint Finance Committee. There are many other little pockets of taxpayer money that charters via HB 165 are able to dip their fingers into not the least of which is the multi-million dollar "Minor Cap Improvement" fund accessible to corporate, non-profit, and for profit charter buildings that are not owned in any way shape or form by you taxpayers who are supplying this money. Not to worry, when the buildings go away the taxpayer monies invested will make a handsome profit for resale of those buildings by Bank of America, Rodel (Herdman $250,00 per annum), Nemours or any of the other investors who so willingly invest your money. Scandalous is too kind a word, political and criminal corruption is more appropriate. Ask your JFC members to enunciate specifically how much and why they are giving away your money with total disregard for you (the taxpayer)

Representative John Kowalko
2015-08-10T20:25:28-05:00 john kowalko
Anyone reading this site should reflect on the 11 yes votes for Sokola's amendment and question the commitment and consideration these self-proclaimed "education experts" have for the children and parents of Delaware. That amendment didn't pass itself and I'd be curious as to rhyme or reason for either of these contrived additions to HB 50. Anyone? anyone? Beuller?

Representative John Kowalko
2015-06-19T15:48:58-05:00 john kowalko
Kavips,
May I list some of your Civil Rights organizations statistics in an article I am writing. Need an answer ASAP
John Kowalko
2015-05-31T11:55:03-05:00 john kowalko
April 16, 2015 at 1:11 pm

So an unproven, untried, standardized test purported to measure student ability and capability is accepted by these institutions of higher learning as valid? Who the h**l made that call and what carrot was dangled by this DOE and the Administration to get such an irresponsible concession. More money? Veto of the UoD and Delstate FOIA bill? Is there no limit to unconscionable behavior in the corporatist takeover of public education funds? Murphy’s quotes in the press release are further evidence that stepping down would be in the best interest of the children and public education,.
Everyone who values honesty and public education and parental/child rights needs to show up on Wednesday 4/22/15 at Leg Hall to support HB 50 and make the statement that coercive, bullying and poorly conceived and contrived unproven standards will not determine an honest evaluation of all Delaware children’s abilities and accomplishments.
Thank you,
Representative John Kowalko

Representative John Kowalko

Congratulations Red Clay Board (and you also Kevin). All of those Districts and organizations (PTA, DSEA etc) and individuals who have refused to succumb to the voodoo education reform efforts of this Administration and De. DOE have shown themselves to be the true champion of the children and, for what it’s worth, I am proud of you all and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday at the Education Committee meeting. HB 50 deserves and must get a full floor vote.
Proud of the privilege to represent you and yours,
Representative John Kowalko
2015-04-16T15:31:34-05:00 john kowalko
Please note and alert all potential participants that the House Education Committee will convene at approximately 3:30 on Wed. not 2:30 as previously reported. This should give extra time for those parents, children and teachers to get away from their work day a tad latter and be there. Urgent that you are all there and all (with your friends and neighbors) contact every legislator who sits on the Ed. Committee and tell them to release HB 50 for floor consideration.

Respectfully yours,

Rep. John Kowalko
2015-04-16T15:30:45-05:00 john kowalko
Freire is the choice of those parents who. in my day, thought "reform schools" were the solution to eradicate rebellious attitudes in children. There weren't very many parents with that neanderthal attitude back then either.
John Kowalko
2015-04-16T12:17:35-05:00 john kowalko
I intend to attend this evening and will have copies of my HB 50.
John Kowalko
2015-03-03T15:18:00-05:00 john kowalko
Bill to be filed today or tomorrow
Johjn K.

SPONSOR: Rep. Kowalko & Sen. Lawson
Reps. Keeley, Matthews, Spiegelman, Yearick; Sen. Henry

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
148th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

HOUSE BILL NO.


AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EDUCATION ASSESSMENT.


BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:


Section 1. Amend § 151(k), Title 14 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions shown by underline as follows and redesignating accordingly:
(k)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision in this section to the contrary, any parent or guardian of a student in any public school or charter school shall have the right to opt out of the statewide assessment.
(2) The parent or guardian must notify the student’s school in writing at least 2 school days prior to the scheduled exam. Schools shall honor any timely request and provide alternative educational activities during testing times.
(3) There shall be no academic or disciplinary repercussions on the student’s record for opting out of participating in the statewide assessment.
(4) The Department shall maintain a data system to track the student’s opt-out decisions.
(5) The Department shall report opt-out numbers in accountability ratings to provide context and impact on school and district ratings; however, the opt-out numbers shall not factor into the accountability ratings.
(6) The districts and charter schools shall notify all parents and guardians of this right no later than 15 days prior to the start of the assessment via its website and mailing. The Department shall also post a notification on its website no later than 15 days prior to the start of the assessment.
(7) A student having reached the age of majority shall solely possess the opt-out rights under this subsection. (l) Rules and regulations pursuant to this subchapter shall be proposed by the Secretary subject to approval by the State Board of Education.

SYNOPSIS
This bill creates the right for the parent or guardian of a child to opt out of the annual assessment, currently the Smarter Balanced Assessment System.
2015-02-19T15:29:25-05:00 john kowalko
Kavips,
Matter of utmost importance to discuss with you offline. If you could email me at my I'd appreciate it.
John K.
2015-01-04T12:47:13-05:00 john kowalko
Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh my!

It's not Kansas Allison

Shysters and Shills and Frauds Oh my!

John Kowalko
2014-12-30T22:37:47-05:00 john kowalko
In case you missed this see below, but there is so much more false, misleading, erroneous and deliberately divisive lies in that one editorial that I can enumerate if anyone wishes to discuss. Please call since I am a painfully slow typist.
John Kowalko

Comment by John Kowalko on 12 April 2013 at 12:08 pm:

Not only is today’s editorial content disingenuous and rife with a one-sided misrepresentation of the situation but it was concocted from either hearsay or deliberately misleading guidance from DOE. I can say this very assuredly since I have attended and participated in three recent board meetings and a private meeting (along with two of my legislative colleagues) where I asked direct questions and received deliberately evasive answers from Chris Ruskowski, Sec. Murphy, Mary Kay McGlaughlin, Rebecca Taber and other Administration and DOE staff which I in turn relayed to Supt. Williams and the full board asking them to meet face to face with these same people. The Supt. and Board and DSEA agreed and I (along with my two colleagues)was in attendance at that meeting to attempt reconciliation and seek a compromise. At that meeting I was astounded by the total disregard given to any of Christina’s good faith attempts and the abject intransigence of Mr. Ruskowski, Sec. Murphy and Ms. McGlaughlin to even consider the obvious validity of the Districts proposal. I followed up at the next board meeting with my eyewitness, first-hand knowledge of all that transpired at all the meetings (you may listen to the Board meeting minutes.

Now, the very real point that should be considered in reading and analyzing this subjective and biased “editorial” is the absolute fact that the Editorial Board states that “the governor and some equally miffed STATE REPRESENTATIVES understand the implications of what’s at stake locally” without naming one (and I challenge them to do so) state representative that has knowledge of or personally attended any of the meetings with both parties (as I and my colleagues did) who is willing to express support for the Administration and DOE’s and the News Journal’s editorial boards position.

I certainly have taken a very vocal and firm position that the DOE and Administration position (from personal eye and ear witness participation) is wrong, incomprehensibly obstinate, dis-serving to the teachers and most importantly selfishly ignorant of the needs of the children and an insult to every fiber of intellectual honesty that seems to be woefully lacking here. So let me publicly add my name, (State Representative John Kowalko), to that editorial, (which chooses to blithely ignore the tenets of any journalistic integrity), but please pencil my name in as a “state representative” who “understands the implications of what’s at stake locally” and sides with the reasonableness of Supt. Williams and the Board and against the overreaching, bullying and disingenuous political tactics chosen by the administration and DOE.

State Representative John Kowalko
2013-04-12T22:13:13-05:00 John Kowalko