On the Rick Jensen show, Delaware State Senator Colin Bonini just told Jensen he would have signed House Bill 50, Delaware’s opt out bill that Governor Markell vetoed last year. He agrees with many people in this state that the federal government is too involved in education and decisions are best left to the state and local districts. Bonini said he doesn’t agree with getting rid of testing altogether, but the high-stakes involved are too much. He thinks there needs to be some type of measurement to compare students and how they are doing.
He mentioned he will have a Delaware State Education Association interview next week but he doesn’t expect their support since he is a Right To Work guy. Jensen joked that he could agree with everything they said but would still endorse a Democrat even if that Dem disagreed with them on different things.
Bonini said the recent bill passed by the Feds (ESSA) is a healthy thing, but I would encourage all candidates for any public office in Delaware to read up on the nasty regulations U.S. Secretary of Education John King is trying to roll out. Which basically gives the feds a lot of the accountability power the bill was meant to get rid of. This WILL be a major thing during the next four years, guaranteed! I would also urge the candidates to look into the Delaware DOE supporting those regulations and their already shameful Delaware School Success Framework which was custom-designed for this legislation and the regulations King introduced.
All four Gubernatorial candidates in Delaware need to read between the lines on some of this stuff. They will be facing whatever comes out of the Every Student Succeeds Act when it is implemented into law next year. Wrong answers could, and most likely will, come back to haunt them.
Last week, Delaware Public Media released videos with the four candidates for Delaware Governor. With issues ranging from education to the budget to jobs to healthcare to violence, this was an excellent way to hear what Colin Bonini, John Carney, Sean Goward, and Lacey Lafferty truly believe. I think John Carney may have some severe competition, and not from the corner you think. Goward delivered excellent responses to the questions. Bonini was very vague with a lot of his answers. Both Carney and Bonini played up their past job titles. I did not agree with some of the education aspects Bonini and Lafferty support. The only candidate who even touched on special education was Goward. Failure to address special education while talking about behavior in the classroom makes me very worried if Bonini or Lafferty won. I heard a lot of talk from Carney about getting kids ready for college. All but Bonini said they want to reorganized the Department of Education. All seem to think education funding is a big concern.
I don’t like how Carney just wants everyone to mend fences and get along. That isn’t a solution, that’s the Delaware Way. Education is very divisive because the most important sides to education have been ignored for years in favor of corporate education reform. I do respect how Carney wants to recalibrate the DOE into a liason between the feds and the local school districts. But he seems a little bit too embedded in the Delaware Way. By ignoring the issues, he is setting himself up to be ineffective.
In my eyes, and I listened to all the issues, Goward won this hands down. He has some very interesting ideas. He isn’t bought by the system and he has unique perspectives on a lot of issues that actually make sense. Thank you to Tom Byrne at Delaware Public Media for putting these videos up. I still want to hear more from all the candidates on their ideas for education, but any candidate who mentions the OECD is already way ahead of the game!