So much for my daily “Best of Publius” series. Mice and men and all that! But I will make up for it. Two and a half years, the shot heard round Delaware happened on the steps of Warner Elementary School in Wilmington when Governor Markell announced the priority schools initiative. Take six “low-performing” schools and turn ’em around! The planning for it was horrible as was the community reaction. Legislators jumped on the Governor and the Delaware Dept. of Education. Teachers and parents rallied at board meetings. No one liked the idea of taking six inner-city schools, hiring new leaders, and replacing half the teachers. Lest we forget, the definition of “failing” was based on standardized test scores. Everyone hated the idea. Well, except for Publius e decere over on Kilroy’s Delaware. He had plenty to say about the debacle.
Yes, we should all bow our heads to the master, Publius himself. I would shudder to think what would happen to Delaware education if his rantings ever bridged into an actual elected office!