You are an everyday normal Delaware citizen. You have two kids in school. One of them does well, the other struggles. You usually vote Democrat in elections, but you are on the fence with some issues this year. In your district, a Republican and a Democrat are running. You aren’t sure who to vote for. You get a flyer in the mail from one of the candidates. It talks about how their opponent decided not to vote yes for a bill about parental rights. You look into the issue and see it was a bill about parents opting out of standardized tests. Your one child came home stressed and miserable during those testing days. You thought about opting him out but the school pressured you into having him take it. That bill would have prevented that. You make up your mind: You are now firmly on the side of the candidate that sent the flyer.
For those legislators who are big on not voting yes for a suspension of rules, this could result in you being suspended from office: permanently. For those who wish to side with a departing Governor who WILL profit off education and the very policies he had a hand in after he leaves office, I would think twice about that. Jack Markell is a very shrewd man and he doesn’t care what happens after he gets his very excellent education job a year from now. Education is a fickle beast. It changes and morphs constantly in cycles. Todays big changes will be gone in ten years. But todays changes are things Jack Markell has been working on for the past ten years. He is a futurist. He plots and schemes with American dreams and uses people, legislators most of all. He isn’t a true Democrat. He is a corporatist through and through. He even said so during the 2012 Democratic Convention. It is his job to be against opt-out. Because for Jack, it is NOT about the students. It is NOT about the parents. It IS about the money and big business.
There may be issues among all of us about education and how to best serve the students of Delaware. But selling them out to the highest bidders and their alliance of thieves is NOT the way the students of Delaware will succeed. It is how the businesses succeed. Our children are more than test scores. Remember that today and vote with your conscience.