For 2015, Dr. Paul Herdman was a busy Rodelian! Between the Vision Coalition, Student Success 2025, sponsoring the Imagine Delaware forum on education, fighting against House Bill 50, and potentially dealing with the fallout from his 2014 hissy fit, Herdman earned his exorbitantly high pay in 2015! He also helped the State Board of Education and the Delaware DOE with the Smarter Balanced toolkit!
Herdman’s most public appearance this year was at the Senate Education Committee hearing on House Bill 50. He told the committee he never spoke out on legislation at Legislative Hall but it was very important for him to do this. His public comment basically said we are stuck with the Smarter Balanced Assessment and there should be no opt-out. I was not impressed by what he had to say.
In September, the Rodel-backed Vision Coalition launched Student Success 2025. Broken record time… because Vision 2012 and Vision 2015 and Ed25 worked out so well…
In March, Rodel sponsored the Imagine Delaware Education forum at the Chase Waterfront Center in Wilmington. The forum was between Tony Allen, Senator David Sokola, Lamont Browne, Dr. Merv Daugherty and Mike Matthews. It came down to a WEIC infomercial and how great East Side charter is.
Rodel certainly did their fair amount of lobbying at Legislative Hall this year! It wasn’t just HB50 they opposed! With an election year on the horizon, I fully expect Rodel to plant themselves firmly in the election pool with their own candidates! But what in the world will Dr. Paul and his merry band of corporate education reformers at Rodel do once Jack Markell is no longer Governor?