My little blog is now one! This year flew by fast. I still remember that Friday night, creating this monster. The name Exceptional Delaware just popped up in my head. And the main picture on this has raised questions from a few folks. What is it? Why do you have it? It’s from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. I chose it to show how so many different folks can come together for a common goal. And that’s what we all should be doing. Parents, teachers, and schools should all be joining forces to eviscerate and destroy the corporate education reform scams going on in our schools.
In the past year, I’ve made many new friends and I feel very blessed for that. I couldn’t have done most of this if it weren’t for them. As my readership continues to grow, I often forget I have new readers, so I want to start doing recaps about what’s happened, where we are at now, and where we could be doing and where we should be going.
The enemies of public education think they are winning and they can just get stuff past us. Sure, we might pitch a fit, but we can’t stop them. Right? WRONG! As more of us join forces and fight this money-making debacle that is killing schools and morale, we are finding out more and more everyday.
For all of Governor Markell and Arne Duncan’s false threats, we are still here. We are still fighting the fight. Some of us have won battles only to get our gut punched shortly after. And so it goes. But we have something the bad guys don’t: transparency, honesty, and a great deal of resolve.
In my eyes, special education will be what gives the final kick in the ass to the corporate raiders. I’ve always sensed this. It has certainly given me the motivation to do what I do. Because nothing pisses a parent off more than watching their kid not get something they are entitled to. Parents of special needs parents have their bad days, but do something to our kid, and we are on it like white on rice. We are all wising up to the games being played in that arena, and we will do what we have to do.
A year ago, Legislative Hall had the Smarter Balanced bill as the huge education bill on the homestretch. Sadly, it passed. This year there are two kinds of education bills that will have immense implications: the opt-out bill, House Bill 50, and Senate Bill 122, which would give the UNELECTED State Board of Education the power to change district lines. SB 122, as written now, may give the General Assembly authority over this. The key word is may. A lot of games are playing out with both these bills. One has drawn out for over four months while the other has already passed the Senate in a matter of days.
All will eventually be revealed with all of this, and I will do my best to find the missing pieces of the puzzle. But I can say this… a picture is forming and the missing pieces are becoming easier to find. In any event, Happy Birthday Exceptional Delaware. Here’s to another crazy year!