So much for my daily “Best of Publius” series. Mice and men and all that! But I will make up for it. Two and a half years, the shot heard round Delaware happened on the steps of Warner Elementary School in Wilmington when Governor Markell announced the priority schools initiative. Take six “low-performing” schools and turn ’em around! The planning for it was horrible as was the community reaction. Legislators jumped on the Governor and the Delaware Dept. of Education. Teachers and parents rallied at board meetings. No one liked the idea of taking six inner-city schools, hiring new leaders, and replacing half the teachers. Lest we forget, the definition of “failing” was based on standardized test scores. Everyone hated the idea. Well, except for Publius e decere over on Kilroy’s Delaware. He had plenty to say about the debacle.
Yes, we should all bow our heads to the master, Publius himself. I would shudder to think what would happen to Delaware education if his rantings ever bridged into an actual elected office!
Does Publius believe in vouchers? I would say he does based on this comment over on Kilroy’s Delaware from last year.
While not coming out and supporting vouchers wholesale, Publius was promoting a credit or rebate to taxpayers for kids in private schools. Why? To reduce the tuition for parents. A voucher is a voucher no matter how many different ways you try to shape it Publius. You put a pig in crap it is still going to get filthy no matter how you do it. That reminds me… how do our school board candidates feel about vouchers?
It has been nine months since the adventures of Publius came to a close over on Kilroy’s Delaware. But such filings and mementos never truly disappear in this age of the internet. I thought it was important for the citizens of our democratically elected state to remember what Publius stood for, what he believed. He was not a man of simple words. Nor was he a man for holding back how he felt. He was a man of controversy and hypocrisy, sarcasm and hard to understand wit. He poked fun at others without reservation. While we are concerned about such trivial things like school board filings and Vitamin C rings in schools, we should hear the words of he who would be senator but instead seemed to be constantly board. The master of the obvious and the not so subtle one, I give you fair readers, the Best of Publius. Most of his comments over on Kilroy’s seemed to focus around the Red Clay area. If you want, you can vote on his stances!