Dr. Teri Quinn Gray wrote an editorial in the News Journal called Summing Up the Courage to “Stay In”. I had to get some Maalox after I read it. As President of the State Board of Education, Dr. Gray can certainly have her say. Doesn’t mean I’m going to listen. My favorite line in the whole letter:
How can we truly know where our strengths and weaknesses lie? How do we improve that which we cannot measure?
Dr. Gray, that’s pretty much how I feel every time I file a FOIA request with the DOE! Want to know a secret Dr. Gray? Shhh, don’t tell anyone. You ready? Okay. Here it is. In the mid 1990’s I lived in Sweden for a couple years. Apparently, they put this stuff in the alcohol there that makes you automatically throw up if you drink too much. That scenario is very similar to how most of Delaware feels right now. The “sunshine” coming from all these opponents of opt-out is so nauseating and unpalatable. I truly think I would rather stab my eye out with a pencil than to hear about all this gap closing and rigor and standards and the whole “that’s why were looking at other assessments”.
It’s hard for me to value your opinion when you weren’t publicly elected. At least with the Governor I have a choice. I’m not sure which was worse, this letter or the speech you gave the Christina Board of Education when the DOE was on their priority schools rampage. Are you guys done with that hissy fit? Probably not….
“…to determine which schools should be recognized for success or slated to receive additional support to address low performance…”
If you want to stay in with this dying corporate education reform movement, be my guest. I’m sure when the new Governor is done with this State Board you will get some STEM job somewhere. And when Smarter Balanced is a distant memory, just remember, you pushed it. Delaware’s greatest failure. As for me, I’m opting out!
If you want to read this, thing, just go here: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/06/01/summing-courage-stay/28323159/
If you want to read valid and well thought-out reasons why House Bill 50 is awesome, go here: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/05/31/truth-parent-opt-hb/28267687/