On 2/19/15, United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Delaware for the 5th time. He went to Howard High School which was also included in his first visit to Delaware. He spoke to the Wilmington Rotary Club about the “gains” Howard H.S. has made since that first visit.
Two Delaware State Representatives, Sean Matthews and John Kowalko, wrote Duncan a letter the day before his visit asking him to visit one of the six priority schools. Duncan did not acknowledge the letter at all.
In his introductory speech, Governor Jack Markell spoke about the “vitriol” in education talk. There would be no vitriol if there was true stakeholder input Mr. Governor. Instead, Delaware had education “initiatives” forced on school districts with strict and fierce warnings of non-compliance. In my world, we call that bullying.