Acting US Secretary of Education John King visited Delaware yesterday. Governor Jack Markell called a State of Emergency at 5pm yesterday. My question: Did King leave Delaware? Is he hanging out with Jack planning the next wave or corporate education reform? Common Core 2.0?
Meanwhile, employees all over the state are screaming cause Markell didn’t even issue a Level 2 for the Blizzard of 2016 until just now. In Sussex County, fears of flooding when the high tide came in at 7am this morning caused a lot of anxiety. Freezing rain has turned the roadways into a slushy mess down there. Central Kent County, where I live, got pounded last night. The snow is like a thick paste here. Police are checking drivers for work IDs up in New Castle County. And Jack? Where is Jack? He said there would be an update in an hour over on his Facebook page and that just now came in, after several people already attempted to go to work but couldn’t get out of their driveways or developments and came back home if they didn’t get stuck.
This is yet another example of Governor Markell looking out for business interests over the concerns of the everyday citizens in the state he governs. These are the types of storms where everyone else is staying “STAY OFF THE ROADS”. People die in storms like this. Does anyone really think they are going to get a haircut today? Or go grocery shopping? There’s probably nothing left on the shelves! Meanwhile, all the surrounding states called their states of emergency before the storm actually hit. Why does it take people blasting him all over the place before he actually does something? During a hurricane some years back, he pulled the same thing.
I think Jack is looking at this wrong. If kids are home, with their parents who shouldn’t be working today, that’s more time to work on closing those gaps. Parents can help their kids to become college and career ready all weekend long! With the right amount of rigor and grit, we will get those kids acing the best test Delaware ever made in no time!
*The above picture is not from Delaware…gotcha!
Since the snowmageddon is upon us, I thought this might be a good time to hold the very first Exceptional Winterfest Weekend. This event will be going on ALL weekend long during the Blizzard of 2016. Below are the links to discuss education issues. I want ALL sides of the issues to feel welcome and this will be no holds barred. I encourage everyone to log in as their real name. I would avoid personal attacks for all. I would comment on this thread now to avoid your account going into moderation. If my power goes out, I won’t be able to moderate comments and release them if you are a first-time user. I would ask that if you are an elected official to send comments through your state email address to avoid any potential impersonations of elected officials.
I would love to see Governor Markell, Paul Herdman, Earl Jaques, David Sokola, Kendall Massett, Donna Johnson, Dr. Teri Quinn Gray, Chris Ruszkwoski, and Dr. Steven Godowsky come on over and comment. If any of you have the means to contact them, please invite them to this one of a kind chance to really get to the heart of the issues.
My hope is that by the end of this weekend, if this experiment doesn’t fail miserably, that maybe we can reach consensus on some of these issues in Delaware education. We are not going to agree on everything, but maybe we can understand the different sides and have more respect for each other’s opinions when all is said and done. There is no better time than a blizzard to do this, as most of us will be in our homes with our loved ones.
These are the topics, all of which will be under the title of this blog:
Corporate Education Reform
Delaware DOE/State Board of Education
Early Childhood Education/Kindergarten
Legislation in Education/General Assembly
Parents In Education
Smarter Balanced Assessment/Opt-Out
Traditional School Districts
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