The Morning After The Vote

You can’t predict the future.  I can make educated guesses.  It has been about 17 hours since the State Board of Education voted on the Delaware School Success Framework.  After the vote was given, I felt a wave of exhaustion sweep over me.  I’ve been fighting this opt-out penalty for two and a half months.  Add to that a hernia operation, returning to work, my other education battles, DOJ complaints, and the everyday stresses of life, and I was spent.  This vote was the culmination of years of planning and duplicity on Governor Markell’s part.  I felt like he won.  He did.  He won this battle.  But one battle does not always complete a war.  The war continues, whether I am on the forefront or not.  I know parents will win this battle.  I have much more faith in their abilities than those of Governor Markell.  They have something Jack doesn’t possess.  Love for their own individual children who are a part of this system.  I am not saying Jack doesn’t love his own children.  But they aren’t a part of this world now.  So he does not have a personal stake in all this.  He has a financial and political stake, but not a personal one.

I will refresh, regroup, re-strategize, and get back on the saddle.  The best part about all this: I know I’m not alone.  There are many others who feel this way.  And we will find a way to stop all of this madness.  But today, I’m going to chill, relax, catch up on some tv shows, do some laundry, maybe take a walk in the woods, pick up my son from school, and just be.  Or maybe something will jump out at me and I’ll write something again.  You can’t predict the future.

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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!

2 thoughts on “The Morning After The Vote”

  1. Kevin, Thanks for everything you do.  I know your efforts are appreciated by all who read your blogs. I’m sure it takes a lot out of you, and you should take one day a week off so you are not consumed by it all.  Enjoy your day today; it’s beautiful. Lorrie

    “If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.”  –  Plato   From: Exceptional Delaware To: ljog1@yahoo.com Sent: Friday, November 20, 2015 9:55 AM Subject: [New post] The Morning After The Vote #yiv5784838741 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5784838741 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5784838741 a.yiv5784838741primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5784838741 a.yiv5784838741primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5784838741 a.yiv5784838741primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5784838741 a.yiv5784838741primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5784838741 WordPress.com | Kevin Ohlandt posted: “You can’t predict the future.  I can make educated guesses.  It has been about 17 hours since the State Board of Education voted on the Delaware School Success Framework.  After the vote was given, I felt a wave of exhaustion sweep over me.  I’ve been fig” | |

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  2. Kevin,
    I applaud you for all the work you have done! Please don’t think it has been all in vain. You, Mike Matthews, Representative Kim Williams, and other staunch Delaware education advocates have raised this issue in awareness among a large group of citizens who otherwise would have remained uninformed. 2016 is an election year — let’s influence the campaign promises, and work for positive change!

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