I wrote a few days ago about how the Delaware State Education Association was not going to come out and support the override of the veto on House Bill 50. I would like to take this moment to publicly apologize for my reaction to this. As well, I want to clarify some things.
Nobody from DSEA has contacted me in regards to this. Nobody is forcing me to write this. It is coming from my own conscience. I am a very firm believer in parental rights. As someone who experienced the stripping of those rights, on more than one occasion, I truly understand what it feels like to have no say in matters concerning my own child in an educational setting. Those defining moments can leave scars that harden the soul.
I did reach out to DSEA, both publicly on this blog and to their President, whom I have met on a few occasions. I understood that DSEA publicly supported a parent’s right to opt their child out of standardized testing. They acknowledged this publicly last spring. What I could not understand is why they were not saying anything about the override of the veto on House Bill 50. They supported the bill last year.
I have no doubt DSEA has many everyday tasks and priorities and HB50 just isn’t on their radar right now, for whatever reason. That does not give me the excuse to completely lambaste them. So I would like to apologize to Frederika Jenner, Jeff Taschner, and Kristen Dwyer. My comments were way out of line. I reacted in the heat of the moment in a very limited time to post something. I should have waited, reached out, and sought out your side of the story. I can’t take back what was said, but I sincerely hope you will accept my apology.
It is my wish that DSEA would support the override, but it is their choice. My article about DSEA was not a reflection on the opt-out community in Delaware and I apologize to them if others felt that way. I know some may view me as the “leader” of the opt-out movement, but I firmly believe this is an individual choice each parent makes. There are no true leaders in this movement, it is individual parents making decisions for their own children. Once again I acted in haste and anger, and there truly are no excuses. I deleted the post, and I encourage others to do the same. Thank you.