Delaware DOE Blows Off Legislator’s Request For Information

Looks like legislators don’t get anywhere with the Delaware Department of Education.  I’m sure if Rodel called, they would have any information for Dr. Herdman lickety-split.  A few days ago, I threw down the gauntlet for the DOE and Governor Markell, and State Rep. John Kowalko joined in!  The current row started when I asked for some information about the Smarter Balanced Asssessment and which Delaware teachers participated in the achievement level settings.  The DOE’s Public Information Officer, Alison May, treated it as if it were a FOIA request.  But she knows damn well if I want to submit a FOIA I will go through the actual form.  This set me off, and I included several people in an email response to Alison May.  As a result, State Rep. John Kowalko asked for the very information and said he expected it the next day.  What he received back, while not shocking, was certainly symptomatic of the arrogance and hubris those infected with temporary power have become at the DOE….

From: May Alison <>
Sent: Friday, October 9, 2015 11:06 AM
To: Kowalko, John (LegHall)
Subject: RE: Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Setting

Rep. Kowalko,

Thank you for your message.  I will be happy to include you as a recipient of  DOE’s response to Mr. Ohlandt’s request for information.


Note the key words in her email- DOE’s response.  She did not respond to my email at all.  Is that how we are operating now Alison?  Really?  You don’t have to like me and you don’t have to understand me.  But what I damn well expect is that you acknowledge my request with a real answer.  Not this farce of a response.  Like I said the other day, your days are numbered at DOE along with the other power-hungry denizens at the Townsend Building.  You may think you and your buddies hold all the cards, but mark my words, the day is coming when all your actions will be revealed.  I really hope you all have to stand before a grand jury and I can’t wait to see if you give the same cocky and smarmy answers then.  Your armor is rusting and falling apart over there DOE.  Your Emperor won’t be so quick to throw you a lifeline when he has to answer for his actions as well.  Remember these words, remember them wisely…