Very Odd Writing Credit Given To Critique Against Mike Matthews On Delawareonline But One Of Them Didn’t Write It

That was weird.  Today, Delawareonline published an opinion piece by Salome Thomas-El, the leader of Thomas Edison Charter School and three other people.  The big problem is Thomas-El didn’t write any such letter.  Did the other three?

The letter was a critique against newly christened Delaware State Education Association President Mike Matthews.  With Mike’s Facebook comments taken completely out of context in relation to Governor Carney’s veto of HS1 for House Bill #85, the five-mile radius bill, the piece made it seem like Matthews is anti-charter and wants them all to close.  But the true mystery is the addition of Thomas-El as a writer.  I posted a comment on their Facebook page to which Thomas-El just responded with this:

Bam! They didn’t wait a full two weeks for Matthews to break in to his new role.  But who exactly wrote this letter?  If I were Thomas-El, I would be pretty ticked off that he was given top billing in a letter he never even wrote.  Not sure how a mistake like that can just happen.  That’s pretty major.  This is an odd group to begin with, but when one them is fake, that is serious cause for concern.  Did Erica Dorsett, Daniel Walker and Cyntiche Deba also contribute to this letter?  I’m at the State Board of Education meeting and Walker is sitting a few seats in front of me.  I’ll ask him during the next break.

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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!

11 thoughts on “Very Odd Writing Credit Given To Critique Against Mike Matthews On Delawareonline But One Of Them Didn’t Write It”

  1. My question would be what’s the response from TNJ about not fact checking their publication? Followed closely by who DID write the letter?

    Pretty sure those are rhetorical questions. Pride goeth before the fall, anonymous nonsense-writer.

    Thanks for this article, Kevin. Did you get an answer from Mr. Walker?

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      1. I’m beyond disgusted that someone would pen a nasty letter like this, taking comments well out of context, and attribute it to people who didn’t write it. Who DOES that? Integrity is sorely lacking. Ugh. I’m really sick about this. That’s some middle school bullying shit right there. Grow up.

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        1. This doesn’t surprise me at all. I expect many attempts by TeenSharp/DelawareCan to take down public schools, and those associated with them, in support of charters. It’s pretty crazy that they tried to use another persons name to add credibility to the letter.

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          1. Three of the four writers are associated with them in some way and the fourth said he didn’t write it. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to say this. I asked Daniel Walker about this. He claimed it was a misunderstanding.

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          2. Isn’t Atnre Alleyne involved with them? I would NEVER have expected he would be involved in falsifying an op ed like that. Wow.

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