The People Speak On The Priority Schools, Petition Delivered To Mark Murphy Today, Emailed To Governor Markell

No words can describe the beauty of citizens lending their voice to a right and just cause, so please look at what so many people in Delaware have created in response to the priority schools initiative brought on by the Delaware Department of Education.  This was delivered to Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy today, with the below email sent tonight.

And below is the email sent tonight to Governor Markell, Attorney General Matt Denn, all elected officials of the 148th General Assembly, Delaware U.S. Congress Members, the Priority School Superintendents and each member of their Boards of Education, and many more.


  • Denn Matthew (Attorney General)
  • Schwartzkopf Peter
  • Blevins Patricia
  • Colin J. Bonini
  • Townsend Bryan
  • Williams Kimberly (LegHall)
  • John Kowalko
  • Lawson Dave
  • Poore Nicole
  • Lavelle Greg
  • Miro Joseph
  • Pettyjohn Brian
  • Bushweller Brian
  • Cloutier Catherine
  • Ennis Bruce
  • Hall-Long Bethany
  • Henry Margaret Rose
  • Hocker Gerald
  • Lopez Ernesto B.
  • Marshall Robert
  • McBride David
  • McDowell Harris
  • Peterson Karen
  • Simpson Gary
  • Sokola David
  • Barbieri Michael
  • Bennett Andria
  • Bolden StephanieT
  • Paradee Trey
  • Brady Gerald
  • BriggsKing Ruth
  • Carson William
  • Dukes Timothy
  • Gray Ronald
  • Heffernan Debra
  • Hudson Deborah
  • Jr Earl Jaques
  • Johnson Quinton
  • Keeley Helene
  • Kenton Harvey
  • Longhurst Valerie
  • Mitchell John L.
  • Mulrooney Michael
  • Osienski Edward
  • Outten Bobby
  • Peterman Jack
  • Jr Charles Potter
  • Ramone Michael
  • Short Bryon
  • Short Daniel
  • Smith Melanie G.
  • Smyk Steve
  • Spiegelman Jeff
  • Viola John
  • Wilson David L.
  • Johnson JJ
  • Baumbach Paul (LegHall)
  • Senator Carper
  • Representative John Carney


  • Murphy Mark
  • May Alison
  • Johnson Donna R.
  • Eve Buckley
  • Nelia Dolan
  • Mike Matthews
  • Matthew Albright
  • Avi Wolfman-Arent
  • Williams Freeman (K12)
  • Piccio Mike (K12)
  • Bohm Adriana L (K12)
  • Fred Polaski
  • Kavips World Press Blog
  • Nancy Willing
  • Kilroy’s Delaware
  • Steve Newton
  • Pandora DeLib
  • Terri Hodges
Honorable Governor Jack Markell, Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn, Elected Officials of the Distinguished 148th General Assembly, Delaware’s Members of the United States Congress, Members of the media, Christina School District Board of Education, Red Clay Consolidated Board of Education, and everyone else:
Please find attached the Priority Schools Petition initiated by the group Delaware Parents & Educators for Public Education.  There is a description of our group on the 2nd page.  With well over 700 signatures, we are citizens of Delaware who want something better than what the Delaware Department of Education has designated for these six schools.  As we approach the time when decisions will be made for these schools, let us truly reflect on what is best for these students and the educators who teach them every single day in some of the most impoverished and high crime areas of our state.  To judge them and these schools by standardized test scores which the state no longer uses is a travesty.  We need to do more for these most vulnerable of students and closing these schools is not the answer.
Secretary of Education Murphy, we’ve had more signatures added to the petition I dropped off to your office this afternoon, and we will continue to keep it going until a decision is rendered.
For members of the media and anyone else, please feel free to share this link in Newspapers, TV, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else you feel it can gain further support.  For anyone on this email, please feel free to add your name to the petition if you have not already done so.
Delaware Parents & Teachers for Public Education
Nelia Dolan
Eve Buckley
Kevin Ohlandt
Mike Matthews 
Kris Chalfant
And if you haven’t had the opportunity to sign the petition, please go here and lend your voice:

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

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