Mike Matthews Facebook page is one of the first places I go when I am looking for information on education in Delaware. Today, I found this:
This post is directed at the House Democratic caucus, which will be meeting tomorrow to determine leadership positions for the next General Assembly: House members, for the past two years our education system has continued to remain under attack by a Department of Education and Governor that refuse to address the real issues impacting our schools and instead rely on punitive labels and bad pieces of legislation driven by the #edreform movement. I’m going to be very frank: Current House leadership has generally aligned itself too closely to the governor’s agenda. There has been little pushback on matters of education outside of a cabal of reliable Democrats who’ve rightly voted against the Governor’s education agenda. Regardless of how the leadership vote goes tomorrow, all in the House — and Democrats in particular — must do a better job in 2015 of introducing and debating education legislation that’s good for kids.
I’m in full agreement with Mike. I have to add Republicans need to do a better job. If Greg Lavelle seriously wants to run for Governor in 2016, he needs to step up his game big time. When Markell’s house of cards crumbles, people will be looking at who aligned with him. The first place people will look is how legislators voted on key education bills. In particular, the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The legislators never received the chance to vote on Common Core, but they had their chance with Smarter (as the DOE now calls it).
We need the voices of sanity in our legislature. I would love to see Senator Dave Lawson on an education committee. I know this hasn’t been his forte in the past, but he has shown a keen interest in education in the past year. It wouldn’t shock me to see him run for Governor in 2016. He introduced legislation on the last day of the 147th Assembly to ban common core and everything that goes with it. It was a futile effort, and he knew that, but he planted the seed. Now it just needs to grow.