School climate is becoming an issue again. We have a couple bills pending in the Delaware General Assembly. We had a brutal murder at one of our high schools two and a half weeks ago. What if we all got together and really took a look at all of this? We did that 24 years ago in Delaware. There are some interesting suggestions in here. If you are confused about the Department of Public Instruction, don’t worry. This is the former Delaware Department of Education.
I found an old document. Very old. It’s so old I was nine when it came out. The first Star Wars movie was two years old. Empire Strikes Back wasn’t even out yet. The Smashing Pumpkins sang about this year. 1979. At this point in time, a very young Steven Godowsky was working at what was known as the State of Delaware Department of Public Instruction. We know this now as the Delaware Department of Education. And Steven Godowsky is now Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Steven Godowsky. Back then he was a supervisor in the Exceptional Children Programs. When he was first nominated to replace Mark Murphy last year, I thought it was impressive he was a Supervisor back then. But in looking at this document, everyone who worked in that department was a Supervisor. What was the DPI like 37 years ago? Check the below out, when it looks like Delaware was trying to create the Individualized Education Program, what we now call the IEP.