Why I Accepted An Invite From The Delaware DOE To Join An ESSA Discussion Group

Because it’s time.  We have all heard the phrase, “If you aren’t part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.”  To many of the stakeholders in Delaware education, they believe this.  I’ve pretty much operated this blog as an outsider looking in.  I’ve vowed never to join anything.  But this isn’t a situation where I’m joining something permanent.  It is a temporary group and I will be one of just thirty people.  I will be on the “Student and School Supports Discussion Group.”  I would have preferred to be on the “Measures of School Success and Reporting” group, but I will take what I can get.  I don’t know who else is in my group or what stakeholder groups they represent.

I fully plan on being a part of a group and behaving as one of many.  But I will also do my due diligence on the issues and offer my voice.  For some out there, they may see this as a betrayal.  Like when celebrities do commercials for a company.  This is not me selling out.  It is getting in there and lending my voice.  These meetings will be open to the public, for both groups.  So it’s not like these are backdoor meetings.  I urge parents and teachers to attend these meetings.

The first meeting for both groups will be held at the John W. Collette Conference Center, 35 Commerce Way, in Dover from 6pm-8pm next Wednesday, October 5th.

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7 thoughts on “Why I Accepted An Invite From The Delaware DOE To Join An ESSA Discussion Group

  1. No betrayal at all and anyone that considers it so is also part of the problem. As long as you stand by your principles and do not become one of them you will have done a great service for our children. Sometimes we have to infiltrate the enemy camp in order to make our voice heard.

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    1. They know I would never sign such a document unless it was only pertaining to a particular student whose rights would be violated under FERPA if I disclosed such a thing. But there should be no instance in a public forum where such an activity would take place.

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