Governor Markell has used up his bag of tricks to prevent opt-out. I’m sure he will have more, but anything he does now will be looked at with an immense amount of disdain and contempt. At this point, he is very worried about the veto override. If it goes through, all of his hidden agendas on education and his eight year legacy go down the drain. He brought Delaware to this point, where parents and the testing regimen are in opposition. He underestimated parents and their love for his children, and that will haunt him for a long time to come. Up until opt-out, he had a pretty clear run at getting what he wanted. He used, and continues to use, anyone and everyone he can to promote his messed up ideology. I can’t even call it that since his ideology is about power and money. The opt-out revolution began last year, but his actions are ensuring it continues. No matter what law is passed, parents will opt their children out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. It will grow each year until it is gone.
The funny part about all of this? I have sent multiple requests to Jack Markell to sit down and talk about all of this. He responded to me once to let me know “we won’t always agree but we are in it for the children”, or something to that effect. My door never shut on that opportunity. I’m sure he views me as an “over the top” incessant whiner, because people like that fail to see what is right before their very eyes.
Here’s the deal though. Our schools are about to erupt into chaos if House Bill 50 doesn’t have it’s veto overridden. Beholden by the defeat of the bill, schools will flex their administrative muscles and start issuing threats and then implementing them over opt-out. We will hear tales of kids being suspended, told not to come to school, or just told to sit alone while all the other kids are taking the test with NO instruction whatsoever. Parents will be coerced or threatened into not opting out. Lies will be told. Some parents will fight and eventually the lawsuits start. This is the environment our cowardly lion of a Governor has created. And the best part? He will be gone, leaving this mess in the hands of the General Assembly.
Every pissed off parent is going to be intimately aware of who voted yes and who voted no. Parents talk, more than legislators seem to think. Once all the bull crap Markell has slung as obstacles to opt-out show parents they really didn’t mean squat to their kids, opt-outs will increase. It isn’t a question of if, it’s a matter of how soon. Things are about to get VERY UGLY. Jack doesn’t care. He’s like the kid who throws a sandwich in the cafeteria starting a foodfight, and then he scurries off to the side and watches and laughs. That is Jack Markell. And chances are, he is going to get some huge financial incentive out of all this. Delaware has turned into Markellaware under his reign, and our General Assembly let it happen. They can end this, by the end of the month. But far too many of them have their head in the clouds, dreaming of power and prestige. I hope those pipedreams carry them into the election, cause that might be all they have left next November…
And for any member of the House, if you are getting major advice from anyone in the Senate not to vote yes, stop and think why they are telling you that. Could it be they don’t want to have to worry about voting on this and they are dumping the burden on you?