As If Holding SBAC Results Weren’t Enough, DOE Is Meeting w/Legislators Individually! Divide And Conquer Strategy!

The Delaware DOE.  How crafty they are.  I announced yesterday they would be meeting with the legislators from the General Assembly to go over the Smarter Balanced results.  Today, I am hearing the DOE is scheduling individual meetings with each legislator.  Why not just get them all together, or even do a few group sessions?  Why meet with them individually?  It is a divide and conquer strategy.

I’m sure they have pretty thorough personality dossiers on each member of the General Assembly.  They probably know how each one of them has voted on every single education bill that came on the floor of either the Senate or the House.  They are working them.  They want them on their side when the scores are released because they probably don’t have a clue how to let parents know how bad the results are.  They are probably also very concerned about opt-out next year given how bad the scores are.  They do not want House Bill 50 coming back to life in an override of Governor Markell’s veto.  They are in panic mode, and they now know we (Delaware) knows they have the results.

They have underestimated parents time and time again.  Why should this be any different?  You would think after all the grief they have received in the past year from parents, teachers and legislators, they would grow up.  But no, they are still playing their silly little games, as if they know best.  Or maybe they are scared of what also comes with the results: the opt-out numbers.  I don’t think Delaware will come anywhere close to Washington, New York, or New Jersey percentages.  Not even close.  But I’m sure they are higher than the DOE let on in their presentation to the State Board of Education last month.  Opt-out was in it’s infancy in Delaware last school year.  But it’s growing up fast, and it is now a toddler, wanting lots of attention.  I’m pretty sure parents will give lots of love to opt-out this school year…

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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!

7 thoughts on “As If Holding SBAC Results Weren’t Enough, DOE Is Meeting w/Legislators Individually! Divide And Conquer Strategy!”

  1. This takes “circling the wagons” to dazzling new heights. I’d love to be a fly on the wall when they meet with the Journal…


  2. But… here is where it backfires…. We also know who voted against it…. and we WILL know who switches after they meet with “the Head”…. this is a good opportunity for Delaware to clean house of the Delaware Way… There is no way any legislator can survive a tag of pimping out children for lots of money… Isn’t that called child trafficking?

    Any legislator who flips, is dead pretty much… And those individuals who got it wrong the first time, don’t flip the away from the SBA, is dead pretty much.. When primary voting occurs in September, this will be the only thing the electorate can remember about the past 4 years…..

    I hope most legislators politely decline the invitation. Except for John Kowalko. I hope he attends and informs all of us of what they say…


  3. My invite must have gotten lost in the mail or maybe it was sent to my secret account Seriously though, there is a definitive risk in this “divide and conquer” strategy. There will be an obvious “blood-letting” which is unbecoming for any politicians legacy. It also further cements the image of egotistical bullying and “my way or the highway” heavy-handedness that can only be viewed as a totally and inexcusably ignoring of the legitimacy and benefits of the policy/legislation itself. This is not a disconnect but a deliberate and myopic view of what should be and can be good leadership. Some would posit that this administration has consistently diminished its own chances of building a legacy, (certainly as regards public education), and chooses to view a sense of accomplishments, force fed by cajoling and coercion, as proof that it is, in fact, leadership. I would suggest that any administration hoping to create or leave a legacy would appreciate that earning respect is ultimately the perfect reputation to be left with.
    Representative John Kowalko


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