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!