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DELAWARE FAMILIES FOR
HANDS & VOICES
"What works for your child is
what makes the choice right"

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In this issue:
Priority Schools: If my school didn't make the list, why should I even care?
Upcoming Events
Meeting Call-in Info
Coffee Dates?
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Delaware Priority Schools

ddoeDelaware Hands & Voices is not taking sides on this debate, but we do feel strongly that parents take responsibility for their children's education by being as informed as possible and speaking up when needed. Hopefully I have gathered here a wide variety of view points.

If you have a child in a Delaware public school, you need to be watching this. There are at least 2 sides to the debate here, so don't jump in until you really understand what this new legislation will mean, for the 6 failing schools on the list as well as the rest of the schools in Delaware. Since many of you have vacation today or tomorrow, perhaps you can spare some reading time. If you followed the posts I left on Facebook this morning, no new info here. As I said there, if I am missing anything, please reply to this email with links, and I will share them, or post them to our page yourself:  
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So, if your child's school has not been singled out this time, why should you care? The way this legislation goes will determine where the power to manage and direct schools will lie, either with local districts, with the state DOE, or some combination.  Many fear that these 6 schools will be only the first to fall under the direct management of the state, although the state has denied that this is the intent. Some even worry that this is a step toward the privatization of all public schools. That is especially concerning as the ACLU attacks Delaware's Charter Schools, which are the closest thing to privatized public education currently going. 

So here is how it plays out:
Back in September, the Delaware Dept of Ed gave this press release which explains what they intend to do.  At the bottom of that document you can also find links to current MOU versions from both Christina and Red Clay, although neither is finalized.

Both districts have been offering opportunity for public comment and discussion at board meetings, and more info as well as future discussion dates can be found here for Christina District and here for Red Clay District.

Here are a few of the highlights of the debate as they have appeared in the News Journal and online:







Here is the online petition to delay or stop the Priority Schools legislation entirely:  Let's Make Priority Schools A Real PRIORITY  I do not know of a petition in favor of the legislation.

For more on the ACLU law suit concerning the resegregation of Delaware's public schools, try these:



Finally, the most recent summary from Christina District ties it all together.

Happy New Year to all, and stay safe out there! 
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What is Hands & Voices all about?

We are a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. We are a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods. Our diverse membership includes those who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families who communicate orally, with signs, cue, and/or combined methods. We exist to help our children reach their highest potential.


SHOW US YOUR HANDS & VOICES!

108 2We would love to print your stories, pictures, resources, and upcoming events! To submit an article for our newsletter, you can reply to this email with it or email it to Angie at PrestonandAngie@yahoo.com. Looking forward to your contributions!  

UPCOMING EVENTS

January

Chapter meeting January 27, 6PM at TLK in Peoples Plaza in Glasgow


February

Chapter meeting February 24, 6PM at TLK in Peoples Plaza in Glasgow


March

Chapter meeting March 31, 6PM at TLK in Peoples Plaza in Glasgow


Chapter Meetings are now available by by WebEx Meetings or Phone!

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If you would like to meet online or by phone, reply to this email for instructions.
Our meetings are a great place to come meet other parents with deaf and hard of hearing children.  All of our meetings are open to the public.  If you have any trouble accessing the conference line, call or text Angie at 302-383-9890 for assistance.
Next Meeting is Tuesday, January 27 at 6pm, TLK Academy in Peoples Plaza, Newark.


Coffee Dates?

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In an effort to get members together we are discussing starting some informal coffee and conversation dates around the state. Would you be interested in a coffee meeting in your area?  Have a favorite cafe we should try out?  Let us know!
www.DelawareHandsandVoices.org
Call or Text (302)383-9890
PrestonandAngie@yahoo.com



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