It is coming. Do you want to know a secret? Do you want to know who it is? I’ll bet you do… I’m going to call him the “starter”. The one. One man, who changed everything in education. For now…
Vision 2012, er, uhm, Vision 2015, uh, Ed25, Vision 2025, whatever they are calling themselves these days is apparently still alive. Now they are getting ready to launch Student Success 2025, brought to you, the audience that didn’t demand it, by the Vision Coalition. For those who thought they morphed into Schools That Care, maybe they did, maybe they didn’t. Can anyone keep track of this nonsense anymore?
In any event, they are having a shindig at Delaware Technical Community College in Dover on Wednesday September 16th, from 10-11:15am. It’s free, so you can go and see what the fine folks at Rodel, er, uhm, Vision 20??, what the hell, the corporate education reform supporters in Delaware have up their sleeves now. You can read about it and watch the video they didn’t even put up on Youtube and get absolutely no answers to this plan concocted on them asking 4,000 Delawareans about education. I’m sure it was a survey, or maybe it was the form you had to fill out at the Imagine Delaware forum back in March in order to ask a question. I don’t think Rodel ever put me on their email list (gee, I wonder why) so I really don’t have a clue. But you can see their updated website with some new names on their working groups. I think I see some parsley and a fox. What a complete shocker! And it looks like everyone’s favorite opt-out superintendent is there too! Otherwise it’s the same group of people led by the Rodel guy, waiting to launch the next best thing on us. And how much do you want to bet the DOE will pay for this little fiesta?
And of course they would have this when Delaware educators and students are, you know, at school. And most Delaware parents are, you know, working. So who is the crowd? Who is the target audience here? You guys aren’t fooling anyone!
Synchronicity is defined as “the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.” Fate is pre-determined occurrences that are determined to happen. As I have been on the blogger journey in Delaware education for over a year now, I have to wonder if the fates are guiding me or if there is an unusual amount of synchronicity going on. To be completely honest, I stumble on more information than you realize. Sometimes I just happen to be at the right place at the right time. It continues to astound me how much information I obtain by sheer luck. But then I think there must be some purpose to all of this. Like some unknown force guides me to the information I find. The more you learn the more you understand, or so they say. I don’t know. I just hope when all is said and done I am able to make a difference. That all this work means something, for not only my own son but all the students of Delaware. There are times when I just want to quit and others when I feel like I can’t stop no matter what. I get a huge rush when a story is really cooking, like an article is coming alive before my very eyes. Synchronicity or fate…
The Delaware PTA has been a HUGE advocate for parent opt-out in 2015. They hosted Parent Opt-Out Town Halls in Newcastle County and Kent County. They have gone to many meetings at Legislative Hall. They passed a resolution supporting parent opt-out. Now Delaware PTA’s own Yvonne Johnson is on the media circuit.
Tomorrow, May 5th, she will be on WDEL with Rick Jensen at 2:30pm. This should be a very interesting interview based on Governor Markell’s potential veto of House Bill 50. When I say potential, that’s if it passes the Delaware House and Senate.
Then, in a pre-recorded segment, she will appear on Larry Mendte’s Delaware Way on Me-TV on Saturday May 9th (time to be announced). If you don’t live in Wilmington, Mendte puts all his Delaware Way videos up on Youtube a few days later.
Is Yvonne running for Governor? Just kidding on that one. I’m glad to see the PTA being so active in this movement. It’s all about parent choice and their rights!
If you are coming to the Parent Press Conference on Wednesday, April 1st, outside Legislative Hall in Dover at 5pm, this is what you can expect:
-Parents talking about the damaging effects of Common Core and standardized testing
-A legislator talking about House Bill 50
-Delaware PTA talking about Parent Opt Out
-a potential other organization talking about their stance on parent opt out
Some have called this a rally. We are rallying for a good cause: change in education. If you believe that your child is more than a test score, please come. If you are against teachers being rated based on a standardized test score, please come. If you are tired of Common Core and other subjects either diminishing or disappearing in your school, please come. If you are against your taxpayer dollars going to needless programs and services in our schools, please come. If you are tired of paying school taxes so the Department of Education can sign contract after contract with companies that are interfering in education, please come. If you want to save public education, please come.
You can find out more information on this event here:
As the number of parents joining the Parent Press Conference on April 1st grows by the hour, members of the media were sent the official press release for the event. This was a massive press release sent to all the major media outlets in the tri-state area. Parents can look forward to a very well-attended event with a lot of coverage. If you would like to speak at the press conference, please arrive 15-20 minutes early, or feel free to contact me at the email in the press release. Parking can be tight in this area, so you may want to arrive early.
I’m hearing snippets of snippets that Kilroy’s Delaware will be posting a VERY BIG story about education in Delaware very soon. He’s dropped cryptic hints in his usual Kilroy style for a while now, but I would pay very close attention to this blog in the next 24-48 hours.
All I can say is that it involves a test…