Mike Matthews, a teacher in the Red Clay Consolidated School District just updated his Facebook page with the following information:
UPDATE: I’ve heard from a very good source that since our swarm this morning, legislators have made this a priority and that they were livid this was even being considered. The Secretary of Education, Dr. Steven Godowsky, was communicated to multiple times today and told this was unacceptable — the reshuffling of District funds to go to charters. I am told that this plan is now dead and that Dr. Godowsky is backing down.
I’d love to see the mainstream media cover this from beginning to end. And even though this seems to be dead at this point, I think people deserve to see how our Department of Education continues to act under Gov. Jack Markell and his parade to privatize our schools.
Thank you first and foremost to Kevin Ohlandt for writing the article that got it all started. And thanks to all of you for sharing it hundreds of times on your walls and commenting up a firestorm. Legislators listened today and we got the action and outcome we desired.
Now, we have to CONTINUE to fight for a better school funding system that provides MORE for our neediest learners and gives them the opportunities they need to succeed!
No thanks are necessary. I do something like this quite a bit. But this was a really big deal that would have affect a lot of people. This was the kind of article I hate to write. Because it means it will seriously affect students. I’m not saying Delaware education is perfect. Far from it. All our schools need help. But this… this wasn’t fair and it wasn’t honest. I’m glad our legislators did the right thing here and fought for the kids of Delaware. This fight would have gotten really ugly. But I will reserve victory until it is official. I hate to blast on Godowsky so much, but he went back on his word about the opt out penalty last year. One week he said he didn’t foresee a scenario where it would move forward and a week later, after he was confirmed by the Senate, he did a complete turnaround. And we all know Jack Markell won’t take this sitting down. But for now, this is great news.