OMG Exceptional Delaware attempting to out someone! Kevin not good dude!

I’ve never blogged a reblog, but today is a first for many things. I appreciate Kilroy’s point of view on this matter. To clarify, it was not an attempt, it was done. For all to see. And I would do the same in a heartbeat. I’ve received numerous emails in regards to this from various individuals. I’ve seen comments on the original post, and on here. To those who are berating me about this, where are your comments about what was done? Those things don’t matter in the realm of “blogger honor”?
When I started Exceptional Delaware, it wasn’t to have a virtual table as Kilroy calls his blog. That is certainly Kilroy’s right, and I would never tell him how to run his blog. My blog has always been about getting to the truth in this crazy Delaware education arena. To say it has been surreal would be an understatement. But I have always attempted and done my best to deliver that truth. The lines of truth became very fuzzy in two situations recently: the Smarter Balanced scores and the Christina School District. In both these areas of controversy, I was given misleading and false information. It was very convincing information, and I acted on it. I truly didn’t know who to believe until I brought it up at the Christina board meeting the other night in public comment. As I stood directly in front of Harrie Ellen Minnehan, and lobbied an accusation against her and another board member, and gave the information that was presented to me as best I could, I saw the look in her eyes. It was that of betrayal, like I shot her through the chest. It didn’t register at first, because she stopped me from continuing to talk and denied the allegation. It was at this moment I realized I had been bamboozled. I also knew, based on my comment, it wouldn’t be very difficult for anyone to figure out where I got my information from. I received a Facebook message from Harrie Ellen that night, very upset. And I don’t blame her. And I want to apologize to her, right here, right now, and say I’m sorry. And to Shirley Saffer as well. I believed Donna Johnson over them, and I was wrong. I took the information provided to me and ran with it because it made sense in an odd and twisted way based on the delivery of the information and the timing. I had communicated with Donna in the past, but never over the phone. But I now realize I was wrong. I struggled all day on Wednesday with what to do with this information, and how to go about it. Do I call Donna Johnson? Do I respond to Harrie Ellen? I knew if I called Donna it would give her a major heads up and she would cover her tracks very fast. I didn’t know what to say to Harrie Ellen cause I was embarrassed. As I struggled to figure it all out, I went back and read all of it, everything Donna had said in comments on my blog, and in emails, and more recently in texts. I realized I was being played, and to the unseeing observer, it wouldn’t look like much. But I knew, and I knew I had to do something about it.
If it were anyone else, I would not have outed them. But I write about education, and when the Executive Director of the State Board of Education is giving me false information, there is no easy way to handle that. I made a call, and I stand by that call.

I could have outed our good friend Publius a thousand times, but I never have. But that does not mean he has carte blanche to attack me anytime he wants. Kilroy stated in the below article on how he will intervene if comments get too personal. But yet he allows this Publius to constantly say whatever he wants to insult others, and Publius keeps doing it. So I’m sorry Kilroy, but I don’t really see you doing this based on the fact that Publius seems to get this pass from you. If that is blogger honor. A few weeks ago he went after me as a parent of a special needs child, and now he is making comments about my family and employer? What do either of those have to do with anything? Publius doesn’t draw attention, he draws disgust, from many.

This was not a decision I made lightly, and I knew I would get heat for it. And I shoulder that responsibility. But at the end of the day, at least for me, my blogging has always been about informing parents. For a long time, I didn’t even get many comments. But I didn’t care, because I knew articles were read. But somewhere along the way, people like Donna, as well as others, thought they could use my blog to not only discredit me, but also to get their agendas going, which I am vehemently against. Not because it isn’t good for me. It’s not good for my son, it’s not good for teachers, and it certainly isn’t good for the students of Delaware. As more and more parents eyes open and realize, without any help from me, what is really going on with education, they seek me out. They seek Kilroy out, and Kavips, and all the rest. They find us. It’s how I started. And that is what Exceptional Delaware is, a place to find the truth in education. As is Kilroys. But my blog is not a haven for any government or education official to use me or my blog to further the very same things I write about. I will stand by that until the end of time. And that’s why I did what I did.

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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 “OMG Exceptional Delaware attempting to out someone! Kevin not good dude!”

  1. IN DEFENSE OF KEVIN OHLANDT A MAN OF CHARACTER
    In response to a recent Kilroy post regarding the sacrosanct/sanctimonious preservation without reservation of blog commenter anonymity I authored the following comment:
    Kilroy says: “Blogs should and must be a safe-haven for those working in education and government to engage the public and many have reasons to protect their ID’s as in they’ll get fired or reprimanded”.
    “When professionals employed by the government opine anonymously on any blogs to manipulate and disenfranchise the public and the truth and deliberately try to instigate imbroglios to distract from a legitimate dialogue on policy then perhaps they should be fired. Maybe they can grab a job with the “National Enquirer” although they would have to probably lose their cowardly cloak of privileged anonymity. Case in point would be the disgusting and unsubstantiated “anonymous” rumor-mongering that cast aspersions on a seriously ill Freeman Williams implying that his leave of absence was provoked by some unidentified wrongdoing. Any of you despicable and cowardly buffoons of anonymity should feel free to call me on my cell (That will preserve your identity from the public) and attempt to justify your petty and mean-spirited, insignificant right to malign and berate those who are much more moral than you’ll ever live to be”.
    Representative John Kowalko 302 547 9351
    I believe that it is now appropriate to pen a few words of support on behalf of a blogger and a man of principles and scruples who chooses to fight for others with a fervor and dedication uncommon on most sites. Kevin shouldn’t have to suffer the criticism of those independent authors of opinions known as “bloggers” who have become purveyors of false rumors, whispered innuendos and outright manipulation of honest rhetoric under the guise of some self-aggrandizing code of anonymity that only Joe McCarthy could truly appreciate. Allowing and encouraging participation in conversation by having reasonable protections against unjust punishment can be acceptable to an extent. But when it is discovered that these identity protections have allowed the unscrupulous and unconscionable ones to manipulate the truth and slanderously attack legitimacy for their own agenda then it is incumbent that these social media hosts identify the miscreants and expose their narcissistic motives in order to protect their own integrity and that of others.
    I truly believe that it is not that Kevin needs my defense as much as blanket and unfettered anonymity by commenters needs to be reexamined. Enabling people to express a position or opinion cannot be used as an excuse for emboldening people to spew invectives and lies and assassinate character.
    When I was growing up in a row home in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia I remember many times that my mom would be hanging laundry or beating rugs in the tiny cyclone fenced-in backyard. In this densely populated neighborhood there would invariably be two, three or even four adjoining yards with similar activities. These women would go about their chores and as a tight-knit group of friends they would converse about events that happened, might happen, to whom and by whom. It was almost like a morning coffee klatch and few topics were off limits. Information not gossip usually prevailed and sometimes it merited serious tones. What was striking, however, was the almost reverential exclusion of accusations, false presumptions or condemning rumor-mongering about others who weren’t there. At first I thought that there was a code of honor of sorts. I have since realized that throughout these exchanges, (over clothes-prop and clothes-pin installation), the atmosphere of cordiality and respect was engendered by the fact that they all could see each other and knew each other and stood and worked face to face with each other. There was no cloak of anonymity that would/could embolden them to a subjective, vindictive or false attack on someone’s integrity or foment some rumor that would harm not help a situation or person. This is what blanket identity immunity on blogsites can condemn society too if left unchecked and unfettered.
    So Kevin, with all sincerity, I say to you that you are a man of intelligence and indisputable honor who has exercised his right to occupy the moral high ground by revealing motives and agendas and identities of the unscrupulous. Understand that when you closely scrutinize some of those tiny moving creatures that appear to resemble piss-ants scurrying to and fro, that they are in fact piss-ants, often busying themselves with what’s left to them of societies concern for their existence and vice-versa. And if you put your ear down very close to listen you will often hear the sounds of nothing. You don’t need me to say this but you are a man and a father of impeccable and impeachable character and I love you for that.
    Your friend,
    John Kowalko

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  2. JK, there have been so many hurt by this story, minnehan, saffer, williams, ohlandt, and the csd tax payers and children. It was a ruse to further erode the trust between the locally elected and the public they serve. Shameful.

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  3. Kevin, great work, my friend. I am going to go kind of off topic like I do but here goes. All of us have been played in other ways (how Common Core snuck into our state and during the HB50 journey, etc.). God always prevails over evil even when it doesn’t appear that way. The enemy also likes to try to place people against each other that have the same compassionate and common goal, improving the life of a public school student. If you’re a blogger that writes about the subject of improving public school education, stand united with your fellow bloggers, not divided. It’s okay to have differing opinions but the common goal is the same. Stand united. We should be praying for all involved in the decision making of education. It’s easy to become disappointed when those in charge have been taking advantage of our children and parents. The chess game that has been played needs to end and we all need to stand united. It’s more respectable to admit a mistake or failure than to trying to use white out. I, again, commend Senator Townsend for doing that on the Senate floor. That takes character and courage. Thinking about the next chess move is not the solution as those moves have failed every time (ex. HB50 journey). We also should be praying for all of our teachers in Delaware as the new school year begins. They are on the front line and they need our support especially through a failed education policy. I don’t care how many articles there are about DE public education being good, it’s not good and we can do better. Teachers can show you how their kids are doing and what they need from K-12 to 12th grade. And if we need school and teacher accountability ratings, just ask a parent. Not an unreliable standardized assessment. I rate our teachers for school year 2014-2015, 10 out of 10 and school 8 out of 10. Feedback is simple and feedback costs nothing. I realize that many, even from the school I am referring, will read this. There needs to be accountability of all school staff and there is a dangerous absence of it and a standardized assessment will not produce an improved pathway forward. One verse out of others I have been reminded this past school year, Jeremiah 29:11. There is a divine hope.

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