This is a two-in-one article, but they are closely related. Kilroy also wrote a reaction piece to the News Journal’s article on the opt-out penalty, but his article didn’t really delve into the article. Instead, he blasted the unions and blamed them for Race To The Top. It was seven years ago Kilroy, let it go! But he didn’t stop there, he also attempted to do something with Red Clay Educators Association President Mike Matthews. I’m not sure what his motivation was with all of this, but it is obvious Kilroy has a major beef with the unions. Which got me thinking (always a dangerous thing, I know) about what might really be going on.
For all of Kilroy’s rants about Race To The Top and DSEA’s role in it, we NEVER hear one word about the charters support for Race To The Top. They had a role as well. Is there benefit for Kilroy to go gangbusters on unions and not the charters? Probably not, but then I looked at who the bulk of the commenters are on Kilroy’s nowadays. Die-hard charter and choice lovers. Led by the always controversial Publius. We know Kilroy has sidebars with a lot of his commenters. I usually talk to him every couple weeks myself. But is Kilroy being inundated with the charter special sauce? And why would someone do that? Perhaps if they were running for a local school board in the next few years. That’s right. Word on the street has it that none other than Publius himself will be running for a local school board! While some (okay, many) know who Publius really is, you won’t hear it from me.
It would greatly benefit Publius to have Kilroy turn the public against the local unions. Is Publius working Kilroy? I sure hope not, because Kilroy wouldn’t be too happy if he found out! But in my eyes, Publius on a local school board is more frightening than the last episode of American Horror Story! Say what you will about DSEA. I agree with some of Kilroy’s points on them. They could have taken a much stronger stand on opt-out. I have no clue how they really stand on the opt-out penalty and what their role is. Someone is either telling the truth or they are lying. Yeah, sometimes the truth is in the middle, but in Delaware politics, someone is usually playing someone else for their own benefit. It’s a tricky slope to sled down.
I firmly believe, that with WEIC and the redistricting effort, Mike Matthews wanted to take on a greater role because he knew the responsibilities of being President of RCEA were going to greatly increase this year. More focus and focus plus schools as well. And we all know Mike will stand up to the DOE, which is desperately needed these days, and I wish all local education associations would do this instead of sitting on the fence. Kilroy said this has never happened before. Well guess what Kilroy, the time to defend teachers against the onslaught of the DOE has never been greater!