I’ve reviewed the news conference Governor Jack Markell gave after the announcement about the Priority Schools (Takeover) in Red Clay Consolidated and Christina school districts. Here is a link to the Delaware Online video of it: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/09/04/poor-wilmington-schools-get-aid/15072245/
At the 30 second mark, the camera shifts over to Secretary of Education Mark Murphy when Markell started talking about how the schools will be having “great school leaders.” Murphy cannot contain some sort of jubilant feeling he is having. It actually goes on for a couple seconds, but then it looks like he checks himself, as if he’s thinking “Oops, not appropriate here.” I found this to be very odd behavior from a Secretary of Education during a press announcement that the state is essentially taking over six low-performing, low-income elementary schools.
A picture can tell a thousand words, but a video tells even more! Things I am wondering now about Murphy are 1) What does he already know about potential leaders for the schools IF the state winds up taking them over, 2) What’s in it for him? Some financial connection perhaps?, and 3) Is Mark Murphy right in the head?
In my opinion, this is just another chapter in the long book Markell and Murphy have written on their changes to education in Delaware. But I truly hope this is where the story takes over and bites them in the ass!