Governor Jack Markell Has 10 Days To Sign Opt-Out Bill AFTER He Requests It @Governor Markell #SignHB50NOW

Delaware Governor Jack Markell has a big mess on his hands, but it isn’t on his desk.  Most people thought Markell has ten days to sign a bill or it becomes law.  This is NOT the case.  The Governor has to request the bill and then the 10 day clause kicks in.  He could let this bill linger until the end of the 148th General Assembly, which won’t be until June 30th 2016.  What this means for all the supporters of parent opt-out and House Bill 50 is we are not done with our work!

We need to massively email bomb Governor Markell.  We need to post on his Facebook account, and tweet him all day long with the hashtag #SignHB50NOW so he gets as much exposure as possible.  If you want to see his public schedule and you are in the area, please go.  He needs to understand how hard parents fought for this bill, and every day he goes without requesting it is a slap in the face of parents and students.  His email is and his Facebook page can be found here:

Even Diane Ravitch wrote about Delaware’s opt-out legislation.  I’ve already commented asking her readers to do the same thing we need to do.  We can’t afford to wait, because the longer we do, the longer nothing happens.  And before you know it, the Smarter Balanced Assessment will be back in our schools and parents will be intimidated over opt-out, schools will be held accountable for the test, and all our fight would have been for nothing.

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

4 thoughts on “Governor Jack Markell Has 10 Days To Sign Opt-Out Bill AFTER He Requests It @Governor Markell #SignHB50NOW”

  1. At the Hockessin parade I shook the governor’s hand wished him a “Happy Fourth, and sign the opt-out bill.”. He didn’t seem too appreciative but the message got delivered. One of the benefit of living in Delaware.

    Also, I hope the DE PTA will continue the fight until the bill is signed. I was amazed at the PTA involvement, especially since they initially accepted payment to evangelize Common Core, $40K I recall, and in fact the first I heard of it was from Yvonne’s travelling slideshow presentation.

    I am not opposed to Common Core itself, but I have come to realize that the test is the Achilles heel of the privatization, charterization, and segregation agenda, so I have found common cause with opponents of SBAC.

    My fifth grade daughter took SBAC in the spring and didn’t have any problem with it. Of course, the scores still aren’t back. My son is will be scheduled for SBAC in the 11th grade this year. I will offer both of them the choice of opting out from now on. She is in Dickinson’s new IB program, and he is taking a boatload of AP and honors classes. They will both have a ton of actual schoolwork, so the last thing they need to worry about is SBAC.

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    1. He probably had the same look on his face I saw when I first met him a month and a half ago in his office at Legislative Hall. When I said my name, his face just sort of changed from the perma-grin…

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