It’s been a while since I’ve done this. Happy first day of Spring. As the snow comes down, I see change coming up but I also see the past rearing it’s ugly head. This is education in Delaware. I’ve been doing this a little over 9 months now, or 10 1/2 if you count my story on Kilroy’s. But enough babbling from me, let’s get down with the countdowns!
Top 10 Articles from the past nine months:
1. I wrote this a few days before Thanksgiving. Another blogger wrote about US DOE Secretary of Education Arne Duncan changing special education code in Federal regulations, and I jumped on it and expanded it a bit. This one angered a lot of special needs parents, and for good reason.
2. This is what happens when every 5th grader in public school America has the same confusing Common Core math homework on the same night!
3. This one shot up the charts fast. When a Missouri circuit court judge made a ruling against the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a wave of excitement spread throughout America. Nothing has happened since, but I am still waiting on a legal opinion from our own Attorney General Matt Denn.
4. This one had a little bit of rumor, a little bit of fact, and a lot of opinion. Which will stand the test of time?
5. This was my biggest Family Foundations Academy story. Getting a nod from Newsworks certainly helped this one to grow. This story is still read on an almost daily basis.
6. Rodel and Markell, a symbiotic theme in Delaware. Find out the full scoop here!
7. After hearing complaints from parents for weeks over how they were being treated in regards to opt out, I took the bull by the horns and said enough is enough and sent this long email. I had NO response from anyone on this list.
8. The whole opt out continues to bring a lot of new readers to this blog, and they see things you don’t typically see in mainstream media. This is a wake-up call to the DOE, Schools and Markell: Parents are like a bear you really shouldn’t poke!
9. I think this was a pivotal moment in the Delaware opt out movement. It was the first organized gathering in Delaware to discuss this, and parents and teachers reacted. When a major organization supported parent opt out, parents started to rise!
10. Apparently Dr. Holodick still hasn’t understood the message as I had to write another article a couple nights ago. Parents DO understand, they just don’t agree with you. Deal with it.
Top 10 Referrers to Exceptional Delaware:
1. Facebook (Many “comments” on stories take place here among many different groups and individuals)
3. Kilroy’s Delaware https://kilroysdelaware.wordpress.com/
6. Children & Educators First http://elizabethscheinberg.blogspot.com/
8. Kavips https://kavips.wordpress.com/
10. Delaware Way http://delawareway.blogspot.com/
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Top Ten People Who Wish I Never Started This Blog 2015 Edition
1. Delaware State Rep. Earl Jaques
2. Dr. Mark Holodick
3. Governor Jack Markell
4. Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy
5. Dr. Lamont Browne
6. Dr. Paul Herdman
8. Brian Touchette
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Top Ten Exceptional Delaware Predictions for 2015
1. Mark Murphy is either terminated or resigns
2. Mark Holodick takes his place
3. Office of Civil Rights comes back with scathing report against Delaware
4. More charter schools get scrutiny over finances
5. At least 3 districts won’t meet the 95% benchmark for standardized test participation rates
6. Delaware parents become a force to be reckoned with in the education conversation
7. Bullying and discrimination will become BIG issues
8. More bills will be introduced AND passed to limit the power of the Delaware DOE, Secretary of Education and the State Board of Education
9. US DOE will approve extension for teacher accountability and the Smarter Balanced Assessment
10. The four Wilmington school districts will become two and Brandywine will cause major problems during the process