This won’t happen for another six months, but I thought I would get the speculation game going. I’ve heard a few names bandied about. Some who would qualify and others who would not. Even though Senator Bryan Townsend introduced what I like to call the “Murphy Bill”, to prevent former gym teachers from becoming the State Secretary of Education here in little old Delaware, there are certain qualifications the nomination has to have. The current state law states any candidate must have at least five years in teaching and administration, with experience in both. This rules out Mike Matthews for example. He would make a very fine Secretary of Education, but unfortunately, he isn’t qualified. So could someone like Capital Superintendent Dr. Dan Shelton qualify if he has only been an administrator for about a year? Yes, he was a teacher way back when and he was also a Principal at Kirk Middle School and others. It does not have to be a current or even a former Superintendent.
So who do you think will be the next Delaware Secretary of Education picked by the next Governor? For the purposes of this poll, I left out names I’ve heard who would not be able to be confirmed by the Delaware Senate because of existing state law.