One of the key Rodel Foundation of Delaware board members wrote a letter to the Editor in the News Journal last weekend. As usual, we see these letters in the News Journal right before some big Vision Coalition Hocus-Pocus. Of course, this letter appeared two days before the annual Vision Coalition conference.
Rodman Ward III urged newly-elected Governor John Carney to put forth the Vision Coalition’s Student Success 2025 plans in his education policy. And to pick a Secretary of Education that will incorporate that vision. Governor Markell has followed the Rodel script for the past eight years. The only vision provided by this outfit is one that is in desperate need of glasses. It is corporate education reform at its worst. Designed to produce magic but we have yet to see the rabbit come out of the hat. Carney needs to listen to the rest of Delaware. Rodel didn’t get him elected, the people did. Rodel isn’t the master of education in Delaware. They are pretenders, along with the rest of the cash in the trash companies that want to fix education by continually breaking it so they can make more money. Snake-oil salesmen from the days of old but with a nicer suit and tie.
Dr. Paul Herdman, the CEO of Rodel, makes $350,000.00. That’s more than anyone in Delaware public education makes. More than Carney, more than Godowsky, even more than the highest-paid figure: Brandywine Superintendent Dr. Mark Holodick. Why are we fattening the coffers of the likes of Rodel and their Bill Gates funded buddies across the country? Isn’t it time to finally put this absolute bullshit to bed once and for all? Governor Carney: Are you a Rodel Man or a Delaware Man? You can’t be both. You need to decide. The future of Delaware students as well as the future direction of this blog will be determined by your decision. I have a vision for education: stop having corporations profit off bad education policy that they initiate.