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Why we lose teachers.

At a CSD elementary school in Newark a special education teacher was “observed” by a district official who gave her a poor evaluation.

Hmmmm.

The teacher asked the union if this person was allowed to evaluate her according to contract.

NO was the answer.

The union filed a complaint. The district backed off and apologized.

The eval-u- rator has been a Christina HR professional for 9 years.

She helps to run our kids education.

 

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Yesterday upon the stair
I met a man who wasn’t there
He wasn’t there again, today.
I wish, I wish he’d go away

I’m reminded of the previous childhood rhyme as I read back to the November 2nd, News Journal article titled:
State sheds vacant jobs to fix budget. (The whole article can be found here).

An experienced reporter, like JL Miller, had to be fighting back tears of laughter as he wrote the column. The opening 2 paragraphs:

Top state officials have been spending the last few months learning how to do without — without 500 to 525 employees.

They’re not laying off anyone. But what they are doing is deciding which vacant positions can be removed from the books. Once that happens, they’re gone for good. [emphasis added]

Delaware’s government is seeing a non-existent man on the stair and doesn’t know how to get rid of him, and we’re going to “save” $14 million in the process. Of course, it isn’t a simple process. As was pointed out in the article:

[S]ome positions are required by various federal mandates. Axing them could mean costly federal sanctions.

So eliminating non-existent people could cost money. Please don’t tell me that our government is not completely broken — at all levels. But let’s remember a simple set of facts:

Delaware has 851 government employees per 100K population, the second-highest rate in the nation. The state above us on the population rolls, Montana, has 576 and the state below us, South Dakota, 580. The state above us in size, Connecticut, has 537 and the state below us in size, Rhode Island, 479.

  • Delaware has 56% more government employees than the average of those four states.

Delaware’s state budget represents $7,862 per person, the fourth-highest rate in the nation. Montana spends $5,832. South Dakota spends $4,508. Connecticut spends $6,320. Rhode Island spends $6,673.

  • Delaware spends 35% more on its state government budget than the average of those four states. Delaware also has a massive state debt, including $6,105 per person in bonded state debt alone.

The simple fact is this: our government is unsustainably large.

 

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