I wish I could say I was shocked, but I really can’t. In just another incident showing where the Delaware Department of Education’s priorities are, we see they invited Rodel, a non-profit corporation, to meetings about the Every Student Succeeds Act. On the right side of the picture are the “scheduled” meetings. Who isn’t on the list? The Delaware General Assembly. They can’t give the excuse about the legislators not being in session. They met with a lot of them one-on-one a year ago to discuss the Smarter Balanced results weeks before they were released to parents.
That has to be a great feeling for elected legislators in Delaware, knowing that a State Department would rather talk with the Rodel Foundation before them. Especially since they will be the ones getting the most complaints calls when this whole process goes haywire. At the State Board of Education meeting today, when asked by State President Dr. Teri Quinn Gray, Delaware Deputy Secretary of Education Karen Field Rogers did indicate they will be reaching out to the legislators. Note that she was specifically asked this question and didn’t bring it up herself. This is not a good start to what should be all parties at the table. This does not count the State Board Workshop last week. These are private meetings with these groups of stakeholders.
I would love to know which local boards had these meetings. For all the board members out there, feel free to message me privately if you have had these consultation meetings. Or send me a message on Facebook.