Exceptional Delaware Endorses John Marino For The 10th Senate District

Let it be known, throughout the State of Delaware, that I proudly endorse John Marino for the 10th Senate District special election on February 25th.

Wait a minute, some of you might be thinking, aren’t you a dye in the wool Democrat?  Hardly.  I am an issues guy.  And I also value consistency and someone knowing what they are talking about.  I’ve known John Marino’s stances on public education for years now, since the 2014 election.  He supports opt out, wants more resources in the class-room, is not a big fan of top-down education mandates, and supports local control and teachers.  He is against Common Core and wants our students to succeed.

There will be DSEA members who will be screaming for my head right about now because of the fear of the Delaware Senate going under Republican control if Marino wins.  Right to Work could come to Delaware, but that kind of bill would need to pass the House and get Governor Carney’s signature.  The Senate could play games with the budget as well trying to get Right to Work in Delaware.  I can picture Delaware Dems sitting in Legislative Hall well into July to prevent that.  So I am not as scared of that notion as some left-leaning teachers are.  As well, I am not a teacher.  I’m a parent, and I am disgusted by many of the stunts I’ve seen when it comes to Delaware education and government.

But let’s take a look at what Democrat control has done for teachers: DPAS-II and Component V.  Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Not to mention far too many of them cowering to Jack Markell.  It is all about a balance of power.  Delaware is ripe for change, and it starts with our government.  One party control has given us far too many special interest items tucked into the state budget over the years.  Money that could and should be going to far more pressing needs in this state.  We need a balance of power, and if the Delaware Senate goes red, so be it.

As far as Hansen, she seems to change her education beliefs by the day.  She even did that on her website between January 28th and January 29th.



If I want to see flipping, I’ll go on Netflix and watch some old episodes of Flipper!  In terms of a DSEA endorsement, keep in mind what that really is.  The DSEA Executive Board decides endorsements and it is not an accurate representation of all Delaware teachers.  It is a handful of people.  What I don’t appreciate is someone not knowing the issues, like Hansen, then getting schooled on them and acting like she knows what the hell she is talking about.  Marino has always felt the same way.  I won’t even get into the bizarre issues with Hansen and New Castle County government.  I will just say it some very surreal stuff.

So how does Marino feel (and consistently) about education in Delaware?

State government has broken our school system. Due to over-testing, heavy-handed bureaucracy and a lack of support for our teachers, our local schools have to work twice as hard to provide a quality education for our young people. I support legislation to reign in and minimize burdensome state tests, as well as an unequivocal policy that parents are the only authority to decide what tests their children take. A parent has the natural right to remove their child from any test or school activity — anytime, anywhere. No government should be given even the smallest opportunity to infringe on parental rights.

I also support letting teachers teach. I support building-level control and more money in the classroom. Our education bureaucracy has only grown and grown. It’s hurting our children, costing more taxpayer money and the people in power in the Senate have encouraged that growth at every turn. We can’t get the schools we deserve unless we change the people making the decisions and restore balance to state government.

I’ve been around Legislative Hall enough to see how the one-party system is not good for our state.  We need to end the legislator locks on the budget that allow funds to go towards programs that benefit members of the Joint Finance Committee.  We need to stop the political games and get back to governing Delaware and making laws that make sense for ALL Delawareans.  We need John Marino to win this election.


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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

6 thoughts on “Exceptional Delaware Endorses John Marino For The 10th Senate District”

  1. Kevin, I agree that the Markell administration was terrible for education in DE! Perhaps the ONLY silver lining I see in Trump’s election is that Markell could not be Education Secretary! But c’mon, what evidence is there that a Republican-held Senate will be good for education? So far our beloved Republican Senators have been silent on all of Trump’s shenanigans (including the immigration ban) and they blocked Shawn Garvin’s appointment to DNREC because he was too close to the Obama administration. I fully expect them to continue their craven kowtowing to all things Trump. Given DeVos’ confirmation, there is no way that can be good. Oy!


    1. I don’t trust Hansen. That is key. She had to get educated on education to come up with issues. I’m not saying I believe in all the Republican issues. But the Dem-controlled deadlock in Dover, especially when it comes to the budget (which controls all) and the special interests that come with that are killing us. I don’t like corporate dems. I like Progressive ones.


    2. As far as Trump, I am NO supporter of him and his billionaire club we call his Cabinet. As I have always said, I am an issues guy and I have no fear about going after what I believe to be right in Delaware or America. If I disappoint people, I can’t help that. I have to be true to myself. And one-party control has severely damaged this state, financially most of all. For those who have been following this blog since the beginning, it could be easily seen that I have been Dem-leaning, but I am truly in the middle on many issues. But most important is what is important for kids. And when I see things like basic special education funding for kids in K-3 but see special pet projects totaling millions and millions of dollars going in the state budget, I have to draw that line somewhere.


  2. I live in the 10th and I am very… irritated with my options. On one hand, I have Bethany 2.0, sorry, I meant Hansen, who has sent three different door-knockers to my house in the last week. The 3rd, who came by yesterday, tried to explain politics to me. Hah! She received a long diatribe about the lack of mental health beds for kid with autism. She proceeded to tell me about all the rehab reform – to which I needed to explain that drug addiction is not the same as mental health diseases that affect children on the spectrum. She was quite uncomfortable being challenged with a real issue and desperately tried to escape down my flypaper walkway. Everywhere I look I see Hansen – tv, online news, radio, and fliers! It’s become a vomitorium of all things Stephanie.

    And then there’s Marino, who has decided this race will apparently be won and loss in Middletown. Except half of his district is in Newark and above the canal. Haven’t seen hyde nor hair, no door knockers, nada. So, I feel his campaign doesn’t care for my vote. Although I am a registered democrat, I lean independent and could be swayed if a candidate can actually hold a conversation with me. I can see merit in the checks and balances a divided Congress might bring – much to my democratic friends chagrin. (Sorry, I can’t shake the taste Markell left in my mouth.)

    Which brings me back the vomitorium – If Hansen wants my vote, she’s got to come to my door step. Don’t send the minions. Every other politician that I’ve elected, from LoFink to Jacques (really I can’t take credit for him) to Bethany 1.0, knocked on my door and asked for my vote. Hell, I took Jaques, spitshined shoes and business suit, out to the marsh behind my home and begged him to help us find solutions to our flooding creek issues. I made that man walk the Muddy Run in shiny shoes. And there’s a reason they named it the muddy run. Now, if only I could him to repave my cul-de-sac!

    The Delaware Way – a political disaster.

    As a voter in the 10th I’m starting to feel very “turned off” and “tuned out” to the special election. There is such thing as “overkill” and Hansen has saturated the market with it.


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