Everything Comes Full Circle…

I’ve always had this dream of a huge debate with Markell, Murphy and Herdman on one side, and John Young, Mike Matthews and Diane Ravitch on the other.  That will never happen, but it could have…

From: YOUNG JOHN <JOHN.YOUNG@christina.k12.de.us>
To: Murphy Mark <Mark.Murphy@DOE.K12.DE.US>
Sent: Thursday, October 1, 2015 12:00 AM
Subject: Re: Welcome aboard

Secretary Murphy,

Sorry it didn’t work out like we both wanted. Good luck in the future.


From: Murphy Mark
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2012 9:35 PM
Subject: RE: Welcome aboard

Hello John,
I just learned that the staff already set up my state email… and I log on to find a few messages.  I was pleasantly surprised to see and read your note.  Thanks for the supportive words.  I am eager to start, and to work with all around the state who value the quality of the education our children receive. 
Yes, I have read and listened to many of your critiques.  And often, I believe that I understand them (there are those who say we share some ideas and orientations).  Certainly, I may not always agree with your ideas, tone, or the strategy you use.  But, I also believe that people – like you – who invest huge amounts of their time reading, learning, thinking, and contributing are people who approach our educational challenges with the goal of making a positive impact.  So I assume positive intentions.
I hope we have the opportunity to meet sometime soon.
All the best,

Sent: Thu 5/10/2012 7:37 PM
To: Murphy Mark
Subject: Welcome aboard

Mr. Murphy, 

Welcome to your new role. You may be aware, I am one of the fiercest critics of DE policy. Sometimes this leads people to believe I am against them, personally. This is not the case, ever. Should you ever be interested in how or why I am reacting to policy, feel free to call or e-mail, anytime. I am open to return criticism and challenge since I am willing to offer it into the public arena, I have to take it too. My criticisms are specifically and almost always based on the efficacious aspect of policy, followed closely by sustainability.
I wish you the best of luck and success in your new and critical job, for our kids: the thing we have most in common.

John M. Young
Member – Christina School Board

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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!

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