Sam Golder is the Director of Secondary Education for the Red Clay Consolidated School District. He is also one of the three candidates for the Christina Superintendent position. Last night, at a community forum, Golder was asked about parents opting their kids out of standardized testing. Golder’s response was “Opt Out! Everyone opt out!” The other two candidates believed it comes down to a parent’s right, but Sam Golder unequivocally and enthusiastically wants parents to opt out. Which would be good for opt out supporters. He needs to take that show on the road and hit every single school board, be it district or charter school, and tell them this energetic burst of good news. Since he believes in opt out so strongly, he needs to get a letter in with the News Journal promoting that same amount of opt out energy he showed last night.
Oddly enough, I don’t recall seeing Golder at any of the House Bill 50 hearings at Legislative Hall back in 2015. Oh well. He came out as the opt out supporter of 2017 last night though! Since I am not as active on this blog as I once was, I strongly urge parents who are curious about opt out to contact Golder so they can gain his infectious spirit and spread the news!
Should Golder get this lofty education leader position in the second largest district in the state, I sincerely hope he leaves some of his entourage back in Red Clay. You know, those who claim to be “in the know” but just want to see who can make the loudest thud in public education. I just wrote about some of those people. Yes, I promised to be nice this year. But I don’t like shenanigans, at any level. Crypticism is not completely dead on this blog.
For years, the commenter going by the name of Publius e decere haunted the comment section of Kilroy’s Delaware. Last summer, he vanished without a trace claiming the “sign was in the yard” and it was a “Capitol” move. For those of us who know who he is, it is very easy to put the pieces together. Why he left and why he doesn’t want to stick his neck out there anymore. But make no mistake, the spirit of Publius is alive and well in Delaware. Those who support school choice to the exclusion of minorities, the impoverished, and the disabled. Those who want to get their people in at district levels or on a school board. These are the same shakers and movers that allowed Charter School of Wilmington and Newark Charter School to have the demographics they have. They have their hooks in with legislators and state leaders. They are non-profits, for-profits, charter school board members, and even some are so embedded into the state education system it would take a work of God to get them to leave.
They are the wolves in sheeps clothing at times. But if you look close enough, you can see the Publius clones out there. They are hob-knobbing with those wolves in sheeps clothing. They attempt to placate those whose vote can make a difference with statements that are not so genuine but think they have the ability to dupe those who know better. They try to speak the corporate education reform Kool-Aid drinking lingo but come across sounding like a mini-me of Jack Markell. They talk about gaps like there should be a different word behind every potential gap out there. When the only thing they truly know about the Gap is the stores in every mall in America.
In this season of change, we need to be very mindful about who is attempting to get on our school boards. We need to know who wants to advance their own cause or truly make change in every school district. And no, I will not be one of those vying for a school board seat. I will say to watch out for what happens in Wilmington districts. Very carefully.
It looks like someone is going through political withdrawal before they even left office. Thanks to Delaware Liberal for getting this up. Who is Jack Markell trying to impress with this? He really doesn’t want to be forgotten. Even though he is actually already starting to fade away in my memory.
Delaware Governor-Elect John Carney and State Senator Brian Pettyjohn held a question and answer session at J.D. Shuckers in Georgetown this morning. The packed restaurant submitted many questions. A few of them dealt with Delaware education. Carney’s answers provided some insight to one of his recent decisions. Continue reading John Carney Q&A Reveals Thoughts On Education In Delaware: Susan Bunting, Labor Day, and Test Scores