Today, Delaware Governor-elect John Carney picked Indian River Superintendent Susan Bunting as the Delaware Secretary of Education when his term begins in January, 2017. This is probably the worst choice he could make and it has the potential to become ripe with scandal.Yesterday, I received a letter in the mail from “IRSD Employees” with a ton of information not even hinted at in the audit investigation performed by Tom Wagner’s office last month. I will let the pictures speak for themselves. I contacted Carney’s Chief of Staff Doug Gramiak and his Communications Director Albert Shields. No response was received from either of them even though I stressed the urgency of the matter. I apologize for the quality of the pictures, but this was done very fast without the ability to improve them.
*Updated with better scans of the letter mailed to my home yesterday, 4:46pm.
Carney announced Bunting as his pick about five minutes ago. In the press release, he wrote the following:
“Susan is among the most knowledgeable educators in Delaware, and has committed her career to improving public education in our state, and doing what is best for Delaware students,” said Governor-elect Carney. “She will help us refocus the Department of Education as a support agency to help districts keep high-quality teachers in the classroom and better address the needs of their students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. I’m confident Susan is the right person for the job.”
I tried to warn Carney but it appears I was too late. This is going to be a VERY bumpy ride and it does not bode well for education in Delaware…