On Facebook tonight, former Delaware State Education Association President Mike Matthews talked about his resignation from DSEA in light of the “uncovering” of blog posts he made a decade ago. Matthews talks about who was behind it.
As I get ready for bed on this very productive Sunday evening, I continue to be heartened by the support I’ve received from so many of of you. In the last few weeks, I’ve received many messages from friends who continue to repeat the same things about what happened to me, some with very interesting and seemingly irrefutable inside information, including who some of the key players who were involved in this happen to be. Some of them are the usual suspects. Others, however, are a complete shock to me. Of course, the trained journalist in me will never reveal what I’ve heard because there’s no hard evidence or records of just what went down and I’m not about to fight libel charges!
It’s clear that this was a coordinated hit. And from what I’ve heard from more than a dozen individuals in recent weeks, the parties who lobbed this attack against me didn’t actually care about the trash that I blogged about a decade ago.
Based on my conversations with those in the know, this happened 1) Because I have an audience and 2) Because I and others disrupted an ideology and power structure funded by wealthy elites whose own attempts to “turn education around in Delaware” were being stymied due to their own ineffectiveness to sell their agenda.
According to one source of mine very involved in education policy in Delaware, I “had to be taken out because DSEA was the only organization fighting against the insanity that is the education reform agenda and [I] being the head of the organization made for a natural and very easy target,” considering my past writings.
Is this the end of the line for me in the education business? I hope not. I have another fight forthcoming to clear my name and keep my teaching license from being suspended. Barring that hurdle, I hope to return to the classroom someday.
Until that point, I’m hopeful more educators will continue to stand up loudly and fearlessly and demand accountability from the education players throughout the state so students can get what they need to succeed. In other words, build your own audiences within your schools, communities, and right here on social media. And then disrupt that power structure set up by elites who want only to see the destruction of public education. As one leader at NEA always proclaims, it’s time to raise some “good trouble!”
The more who speak up and raise some hell, the harder it will be to silence you! Do it for yourselves and our profession. But, more importantly, do it for the students who need you fighting for them!
I like fighting Mike. Give ’em hell Matthews! While Mike may not want to name names, I’ll name a few: Paul Herdman. Atnre Alleyne. Susan Bunting.