My Final (Hopefully) Letter To The Delaware House of Representatives on House Bill 50

House Bill 50, Parent Opt-Out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment
Good evening Delaware House of Representatives,
There isn’t much more I could say about House Bill 50 that the Delaware PTA’s Laurie Howard hasn’t said already.
I wouldn’t be shocked if the General Assembly retires #50 on all bills so you never have to hear HB50 ever again!  So all I will say is this:
Don’t opt-out of voting yes tomorrow for that parent opt-out bill, amendments and all. 
And please, DO NOT add any more amendments unless you want to guarantee you will hear more on this bill in 2016.  And Reps. Dukes, Barbieri and Jaques, it is not too late to change your mind.  Do the parents of Delaware proud and show them your support this go-around!  That’s all folks!  See you tomorrow!
Kevin Ohlandt

If You Thought The First Delaware PTA Letter Sent To The House Was Great, Wait Until You See This One! Slam Dunk!

House Bill 50, Parent Opt-Out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment

I have to say I am extremely impressed!  Delaware PTA made a very wise choice when they chose Laurie Howard to represent them with the House of Representatives on tomorrow’s House Bill 50 vote.  She tackles the very controversial issues of parent opt-out affecting federal funding and the implications of standardized testing for urban minority kids.  What she essentially did was take all the crap the DOE, Markell, Rodel, and civil rights groups have been throwing our way, put them in a blender, and made some delicious opt-out soup!

This says submission 2 of 3.  What is #3 going to say?  I can’t wait for this!

National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing


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time out from testing

This resolution is modeled on a resolution passed by more than 819 Texas school boards in 2012 representing 80% of the districts and endorsed by 88% of the students. It was written by Advancement Project;Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; FairTest; Forum for Education and Democracy; MecklenburgACTS; Deborah Meier; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; National Education Association; New York Performance Standards Consortium; Tracy Novick; Parents Across America; Parents United for Responsible Education – Chicago; Diane Ravitch; Race to Nowhere; Time Out From Testing; andUnited Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries.

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to publicly endorse this resolution. Organizations can modify it as needed for their local circumstances while also endorsing this national version.

National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing

WHEREAS, our nation’s future well-being relies on a high-quality…

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Delaware PTA’s Very Awesome Letter re: HB50 To House Representatives! Amazing!

House Bill 50, Parent Opt-Out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Delaware PTA has done it again!  This time courtesy of one of their VIP members, Laurie Howard.  This letter MUST BE READ by every single House Representative as well as the opponents of House Bill 50.  This letter will make anyone want to opt out of saying no to this bill!

What Is The New Castle County Education Project? Find Out Here!


Recently, a report for the New Castle County Education Project completed.  This is another report centered on students in Wilmington.  It covers school busing, drop-outs, and charter schools.  Commissioned by Wilmington Mayor Denis Williams and New Castle County Executive Thomas Gordon, this report seems like it is very pro-charter school.  Is something in the air?  Might we expect to see something happening outside of our knowledge?