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School & Education Cape Gazetle CHEF Winterjam fundraiser reset for March 19 Convc Winterjam the Cape Hen- lopen Educati, real Foundation's biggest year]y fundraiser, is rescheduled fr( )m 7 to 11 p.m., Fri- day, March 19, at the Rehoboth Beach Convenl ion Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door for  15 each. Tickets purchased cartier for the previ- ous date may b used for the new date. Members of the Funsters, Comfort Zone, 33 1/3 and the Cape Henlopea School District's Hindsight 20/20 will perform. Guests can check out more than 50 items in the silent auc- tion, buy a rfle ticket for two tickets to a Philadelphia Eagles game, win dopr prizes, dance, gather with ape alumni and have fun to benefit the Cape Henlopen School District stu- dents and teachers. All proceeds support the Cape Henlopen Educational Founda- tion's (CHEF's) teacher mini- grant progra m , Cape's home- less/at risk program, a student performing arts grant and future programs for the Cape schools. For more information about the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation anal how tO help, vis- it the website capeeducation- The following community ntion center is venue iliiI'1!tilI! i! members and busindsses are contributing to CHEF' Winter- jam event: A&B Ceations, Abraxas, Ancient Art Tattoo, Artistic Day Spa & S lon, Are- na's, Backyard Jams altd Jellies, Bad Hair Day, Bari, ta Caf, Beach Jetty, Below Bq)ok Auto and Service, CAMP lq ehoboth, Cape Gazette, Child's P ay by the Bay, ConCierge by the ;ca, Clear Space Productions am[ Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, D{,mino's in Milton, Eric M. Blon ]in State Farm, Essential Chef a ad Beach Baker, Fisherman's Wh aft, Flow- ers by Mayumi, Food Lion of Milton, Giant, Irish Eyes of Mil- ton, Lewes Gourmet, Linda Fern, Mario and Matt DiSabatino, Mi- ki and Susan Math, the Milton- ian, Milton Subway, Oyster House, Kids Cottage, Kim Klabe, Nassau Valley Vineyards, Pat Staby Designs, Quest Fitness, Re- hoboth Yoga Center, RE/MAX Realty Group, Resort Paints Benjamin Moore, Sandy Moore, Sandy Roskos, Shorebreak, Shore Electric, Sign-o-Rama, Surf Bagel of Lewes, Sussex Family YMCA, The Bake Shoppe, The Rookery and Tina Nigh-Johnson. pros and cons of national standards TimF to examine the ecretary of Education this initiative will support a billion in federal aid, also known The district is also part of the S Arne Duncan recently state-led movement toward as the Title I program, initiative. Texas and Alaska are asked the National Gov- common standards. This is not a There are two ways that the not. Kentucky this month be- ernor's Association to new concept but one that is White House and the education came the first state to decide to stop lying to c1 them to look c and tell the tru theatrics? The tration wants t regarding the t building block dards. In 2002, Gec into law No C1 (NCLB). This i based on stanc ability with ck student achier NCLB states a: own standards with the critici many states h dards to help s law's testing m ......... .requirements. a move toward fildren. He wants !ildren in the eye th. Why all the Obama adminis- change the rules ,asic educational - academic stan- rge Bush signed did Left Behind fistoric law is ards and account- ar guidelines for ement. Under 'e free to set their for achievement, sm being that ve lowered stan- ehools meet the td accountability o.what started as. excellence has now sunken to a race just to stay in the game and viable. President Barack Obama and Duncan are interested in creat- ing national standards. Accord- ing to Washington Pos reporter Nick Anderson, "President Oba- ma will seek to raise academic standards across the country by quite groundbreaking since states have always retained the right to develop and manage their own individual systems. But that is the problem: there are so many different standards that the current expectations for chil- dren vary widely across the country. Arkansas curriculum is quite different from Arizona or Delaware. In fact, many in the educational community feel as if common standards would help our students be better prepared for college or career. Also, they would not allow states to dumb down the curriculum in order to requiring states to certify that manipulate test results. their benchmarks for reading State standards will be judged .and mathematics put students as college and career ready. If on track for college oracareer." ........ states meet this expectation, As a revision of NCLB law, then they would qualify for $14.5 department officials have de- fined for states to show that they meet the criteria. They can adopt standards that have been created by a consortium of states or by certifying in a process that involves universi- ties. The higher education insti- tutions will develop guidelines for determining if the existing standards are high enough. Just last year the governors and the state school chiefs began an initiative to draft new bench- marks for math and English lan- guage arts. According to the Washington Post, "Forty-eight states, including Maryland and Virginia, are part of the initia- tive, although it is unclear how adopt the standards, after offi- cials reviewed a late draft." Delaware has a well-devel- oped set of state standards that have been in place for many years, but there have been at- tempts to reach out to other states and form collaborative groups because of the high cost of developing and sustaining vi- able standards and effective test- ing. Change can be good. It may be time to take a closer look at the pros and cons of national stan- dards. ._.manywill adoptthe final draft ........ writingsvisit her biog.t to be released in coming weeks, dalbanese.edublogs,org. Diane Saienni Albanese is a writer, parent and teacher in the Cape Henlopen School District. For previouscolumns and other