The Christina Board of Education may have approved the Memorandum of Understanding for the three priority schools within their district, but the Christina Educators Association (CEA) is a different story. To date, they have not approved the MOU. Tonight, the Christina Board will look at the plans for the three schools, but if the CEA doesn’t approve either than this will put Delaware Governor Jack Markell in a position of breaking up a teacher’s union in order to implement the priority schools for Christina.
This is a no win situation for both Christina School District, the teachers, the students, and the CEA. Markell doesn’t seem to care because he has two years left in office, can’t be re-elected as Governor, and will move on to greener pastures when his time is done. The DOE would like nothing more than to put an end to teacher’s unions so they can continue to push their pro corporate education reform agendas. It is my belief this is what they have wanted all along. This is the Achilles Heel they found and are doing their best to utilize this advantage.
Add in the Wilmington Education Committee’s reform education in Wilmington plan, which is led by one of the most pro-charter school individuals in the state, and this is a recipe for disaster. One item that hasn’t even come up in any of these conversations is the voice that will soon roar. The parent opt out moment will be the talk of the state in coming weeks, and this is the situation the DOE has desperately been trying to avoid for months now. The legality behind parent opt out is being questioned at very high levels at this very moment. Everything Markell, the DOE, and the Wilmington Education Committee are doing rests on one test. This is not what education should be about. Our children are more than test scores. Our schools are more than test scores. And Delaware should be more than test scores.