Lazarus Mike Matthews Comes Out Of His Facebook Sabbatical With Big News!!!

Well over a year after former Delaware State Education Association President Mike Matthews resigned from his position, he announced last night he is seeking a seat on the Executive Board of DSEA.

Hello, friends. Hope you’re doing OK. Not going to take a lot of your time.

Just reaching out to all of my friends and Delaware educators on here to let you know I’ve just submitted my petition to DSEA to run for a seat on their Executive Board. New Castle County gets 16 seats and 8 of those seats are up this year.

As a former state and local leader, I want to continue to be an advocate for educators and students in Dover. Times remain turbulent in education today and we need assertive voices in the mix to make sure our concerns are front and center with both our state union leadership and elected officials in Dover.

The election will be in January. You should receive your ballot by email. If you’re a DSEA member, I would love having your vote and I would love it if you would consider sharing this message to let your friends know I’m running.

This is not a statewide election. Only members who work in New Castle County will be able to vote in my election. I would be humbled to earn your vote.

Thank you all for your continued love and support over the last year. It has gotten me through a really tough time, but I like to think I’m back and my engine is fired up again.

In Solidarity,

Mike

I wish I could say I was shocked but I’m not.  Matthews is not one to stay quiet for too long.  I couldn’t believe he managed to stay off Facebook for seven months.  But the Red Clay teacher isn’t quite done with his union work.  Will Matthews get back into DSEA?  Could this be a sign of Matthews seeking the Presidential seat again at some point?  Time will tell!

2019 September 30th Numbers Show Special Education Is Up But Another Key Demographic Is Decreasing

The Delaware Department of Education released the 2019 September 30th Unit Count report earlier this month.  Special education numbers are rising each year.  This is now the 6th year I’ve written about this report.  This covers everything: special education, demographics of each district and charter school, and enrollment trends in Delaware’s public education.  One of the demographics in Delaware public schools is actually decreasing which came off as shocking to myself. Continue reading

Board Meeting 11.5.19: Public Comment

Nothing better than a former board member ripping his own board with a public comment for the ages!

Transparent Christina 2.0

Below is my public comment submitted to the Christina Board of Education

Tonight, as you prepare to re-vote
for the open board seat due to your flagrant, ill-informed, and seemingly ill-intended
desire to hide your voting behind a secret ballot that resulted in district
counsel being forced to confirm that you indeed flouted Delaware’s open meeting
laws, which you each took an oath to uphold, I thought it would be a good time
to remind the board that the public that elected you has deep, abiding concerns
with some of your recent behaviors.

Here’s a short list:

  • Permitting a school grow a 5-foot weed garden in its front yard, facing
    the community, with taxpayer monies
  • Permitting your special ed director to leave without a replacement, causing
    serious special education concerns in the district to grow.
  • Conducting top secret meetings with NCS leadership absent board assent, necessary
    granted authorities, or fellow…

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