Delaware Business Roundtable’s Die-Hard Opt-Out Opposition Is Worrisome, Should Lobbyists Be Allowed To Give Public Comment Like This?

To be fair, this was not the only registered lobbyist at the Senate Education Committee to give public comment in opposition to opt-out, but it was definitely the most biased in my opinion.  Below is Bob Byrd’s public comment, who introduces himself first as a member of his lobbyist firm and not the organization he is representing.

Bob Byrd, Delaware Business Roundtable 27:54-28:55

Thank you Chairman.  My name is Bob Byrd, of the Byrd Group.  I’m here today representing the Delaware Business Roundtable.  I’ve had the privilege to represent the roundtable education reform for more years than I want to tell you.  And we are very much opposed to House Bill 50.  We think it goes in the wrong direction.  We are very much in favor of your joint resolution.  We feel the pain of the parents out there, we understand there’s always questions about testing.  But we think this is the wrong thing to do at this particular time.  We totally agree that we ought to do an analysis of testing and see what’s out there and then come back with legislation next year, maybe doing something else.  And we understand that a lot of people are opposed to the current testing.  But were opposed to House Bill 50 at this time.  I have a letter from our chairman, Ernie Dianastasis.  I’d rather read it, and take up a lot of time but I’m just gonna put it in the record.  But the Roundtable, they’re much opposed to House Bill 50.

I’m sorry, but this guy is a registered lobbyist. If the Delaware Business Roundtable truly felt the pain of parents, they would do much more than oppose a bill that gives them dignity in the face of brutal opposition. These guys are all about the money. Don’t believe a word they say. Of course big business would be against something that wouldn’t provide more money to big business. That’s what it’s all about!

5 thoughts on “Delaware Business Roundtable’s Die-Hard Opt-Out Opposition Is Worrisome, Should Lobbyists Be Allowed To Give Public Comment Like This?

  1. I was working on a post, but I will just share what I have so far on here since it is appropriate.
    RE: Delaware Online Ad Opposing HB50
    1. The ad was paid for by the Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee: Who are these companies and how are they stakeholders in HB 50?

    Delaware Business Roundtable members include: AAA Mid-Atlantic, Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children, Artesian Water Co., Inc., AstraZeneca, Bank of America Card Services, Barclays, Bayhealth Medical Center, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware, CAI, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Christiana Care Health System, Citibank, N.A., Citizens Bank, Colonial Parking Inc., DaimlerChrysler Corporation, Delaware Community Foundation, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Delaware State University, Delaware Technical & Community College, Delmarva Power, Dover Downs, DuPont, EDiS Company, General Motors Corporation, George & Lynch, Inc., The Glenmede Trust Company N.A., Hercules Incorporated, I.G. Burton, Inc., Lyons Companies, McConnell Development Inc., Nationwide Financial Network, PNC Bank, University of Delaware, Valero Energy, Verizon Delaware, Inc., Willis Auto Group, Inc., WSFS Bank, and Wilmington Trust Company.

    “The Delaware Business Roundtable and the Rodel Foundation of Delaware are the principal private sector investors in Vision 2015” According to VisionNetwork2015, the “Leaders of member companies in the Delaware Business Roundtable pledged $400,000…”

    According to Delaware Department of Education’s website, “Prior to his appointment, Mark served as Executive Director of the nonprofit Vision Network in Delaware, focusing on leadership development at more than two dozen schools across the state.” So, this clearly shows a monetary connection to our Secretary of Education. Mark Murphy.

    .State of Delaware Chamber of Commerce:

    “Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given over $10 million in the last seven months, to help the “implementation and parent support for the Core. Grant details on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s website shows that this figure includes $3.7 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to support the Common Core.

    Bill Gates’ donations may come with little surprise to some. The founder of Microsoft turned philanthropist has spent aa few billion dollars over more than a decade to promote school reforms that he favors. These initiatives range from national policies like the Common Core to creating new teacher evaluation systems, the Post reports.”

    2. Rodel Foundation of Delaware:

    Here is the Bill Gates/Rodel Corporation Connection:
    Site name: The Open Database Of The Corporate World

    RODEL CHARITABLE FOUNDATION – AZ > All officers
    STEVE SELEZNOW
    Company: RODEL CHARITABLE FOUNDATION – A
    Position: director Start Date: 2010-04-14

    “April 10th, 2013: Steven G. Seleznow is president & chief executive officer of the Arizona Community Foundation (Rodel), a statewide philanthropy whose mission is to lead, serve and collaborate to mobilize enduring philanthropy for a better Arizona. Founded in 1978, ACF has more than 1,200 funds and $550,000,000 in charitable assets under management today, and is one of Arizona’s largest statewide grant makers, largest private provider of scholarships to students, and among the nation’s largest 30 community foundations. Headquartered in Phoenix, the ACF has made close to $500,000,000 in charitable grants across its statewide network of 13 affiliate community foundations.

    Prior to leading the Arizona Community Foundation, Seleznow served for nearly five years as deputy director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s U.S. Program in Education, managing the implementation of a $2.5 billion investment portfolio and leading grant making for states, districts and networks throughout the country.”

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