State Senator Dave Lawson is calling for Smyrna Superintendent Patrik Williams to resign. Lawson reached out to the Smyrna Education Association, the Smyrna School District Board of Education, and Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting asking for their help in getting Williams to resign. He will reportedly be speaking to the Delaware State Education Association to make the same request to them.
The heart of the issue appears to be a combination of things. Last summer Williams found himself in a mess due to Tweets he put out calling for retaliation against Trump supporters. Earlier last fall he apologized during a board meeting for his comments. In addition, some in the Smyrna community are upset about curriculum material the district began using this school year. They are saying the parent company of the textbooks is run or supported by Black Lives Matter.
I will provide more details on this as they come in what will assuredly result in some turmoil in the Smyrna School District. The decision to “make someone” resign rests on the shoulders of Patrik Williams. It would take the Smyrna Board to terminate his contract if they are able to do so.
Apparently the curriculum in question is run by a company called Akoben which some in the Smyrna community believe is a Marxist term meaning “War”. The publishing company called American Reading Company and is providing the textbooks, according to sources, supports Black Lives Matter.
I’m just reporting what I’m hearing folks. The Smyrna community seems to be deeply divided on this issue at present with half supporting Williams and the other half supporting Lawson.