On the Rick Jensen show, Delaware State Senator Colin Bonini just told Jensen he would have signed House Bill 50, Delaware’s opt out bill that Governor Markell vetoed last year. He agrees with many people in this state that the federal government is too involved in education and decisions are best left to the state and local districts. Bonini said he doesn’t agree with getting rid of testing altogether, but the high-stakes involved are too much. He thinks there needs to be some type of measurement to compare students and how they are doing.
He mentioned he will have a Delaware State Education Association interview next week but he doesn’t expect their support since he is a Right To Work guy. Jensen joked that he could agree with everything they said but would still endorse a Democrat even if that Dem disagreed with them on different things.
Bonini said the recent bill passed by the Feds (ESSA) is a healthy thing, but I would encourage all candidates for any public office in Delaware to read up on the nasty regulations U.S. Secretary of Education John King is trying to roll out. Which basically gives the feds a lot of the accountability power the bill was meant to get rid of. This WILL be a major thing during the next four years, guaranteed! I would also urge the candidates to look into the Delaware DOE supporting those regulations and their already shameful Delaware School Success Framework which was custom-designed for this legislation and the regulations King introduced.
All four Gubernatorial candidates in Delaware need to read between the lines on some of this stuff. They will be facing whatever comes out of the Every Student Succeeds Act when it is implemented into law next year. Wrong answers could, and most likely will, come back to haunt them.