That was weird. Today, Delawareonline published an opinion piece by Salome Thomas-El, the leader of Thomas Edison Charter School and three other people. The big problem is Thomas-El didn’t write any such letter. Did the other three?
The letter was a critique against newly christened Delaware State Education Association President Mike Matthews. With Mike’s Facebook comments taken completely out of context in relation to Governor Carney’s veto of HS1 for House Bill #85, the five-mile radius bill, the piece made it seem like Matthews is anti-charter and wants them all to close. But the true mystery is the addition of Thomas-El as a writer. I posted a comment on their Facebook page to which Thomas-El just responded with this:
Bam! They didn’t wait a full two weeks for Matthews to break in to his new role. But who exactly wrote this letter? If I were Thomas-El, I would be pretty ticked off that he was given top billing in a letter he never even wrote. Not sure how a mistake like that can just happen. That’s pretty major. This is an odd group to begin with, but when one them is fake, that is serious cause for concern. Did Erica Dorsett, Daniel Walker and Cyntiche Deba also contribute to this letter? I’m at the State Board of Education meeting and Walker is sitting a few seats in front of me. I’ll ask him during the next break.