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.