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.