Following an article by WHYY earlier today, Delaware State Education Association President Mike Matthews tendered his resignation tonight. Vice-President Stephanie Ingram will take over as President until the end of the three-year term in 2020.
DSEA sent the following email to its members this evening:
Dear DSEA members,
The educators who lead the Delaware State Education Association (DSEA) take seriously our responsibility to our members, their students and our community. The Delaware State Education Association’s Executive Board convened an meeting this evening to discuss the blog posts written by Mike Matthews from 2006-2009 . Regardless of the fact that these posts were created prior to Mr. Matthews becoming an educator and member of DSEA, they were completely inappropriate and contrary to the views or values of the educators who make up the DSEA.
Therefore, Mr. Matthews has resigned as President of DSEA. We thank him for his service to DSEA and its membership.
Per DSEA’s bylaws, as Vice President, I will now assume the position of President of DSEA for the remainder of the term, ending in July, 2020.
DSEA represents more than 12,000 classroom teachers, specialists, and education support professionals working in Delaware’s public schools. As educators we are dedicated to providing the best educational opportunities possible to all Delaware public school students.
Our members provide a wide range of services to the students and the communities they live in. They teach students in classrooms from early learning centers through high school. They counsel adolescents and help them build career aspirations. They deliver instructional assistance in every type of subject, prepare and serve nutritionally-balanced meals, provide needed transportation and ensure our schools and facilities are clean and safe. They supply the professional services which help our schools run efficiently.
Since 1919, the members of DSEA have dedicated their lives to supporting children and public education and we will never falter in that mission. I am committed to helping DSEA to continue moving forward, building on the important partnerships with parents, community leaders, and elected officials, and maintaining our focus on the goal of providing all Delaware children with a quality education.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me at Stephanie.Ingram@dsea.org or call me at 302-734-5834.