Why Won’t Matt Albright Call It “The Smarter Balanced Assessment”? Are These Toxic Words Now For Jack Markell?

I have to crack up when I read the News Journal these days.  In an article about school funding, Matthew Albright with the News Journal started talking about how city kids did on the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  But he doesn’t call it by name.  This is what he says:

On the state’s tough new standardized test…

Call it by name Matthew Albright! It’s called the Smarter Balanced Assessment!  Did Markell call you guys and tell you to call it that cause he doesn’t want people Googling “Smarter Balanced Assessment”?  Too bad Jack!  They can come here to read the actual words.  Own it News Journal!  Own it Jack!  Especially since Jack said it was “the best test Delaware ever made” last summer at New America.  I also see the words Common Core starting to fade in favor of “the state standards”.  Stop pussy-footing around and take ownership of the monster you created Jack!

Hey Jack, why no comment on the Delaware Met?  You certainly had a lot to say about the priority schools, but we have a school where a student had their hair put on fire and you go strangely mum.  Would that be because you don’t want people to see this as YOUR failure?  Along with the Smarter Balanced Assessment?

Hey Jack, how is it going?  Seriously.  We never talk.  What are your plans after you leave your Governor job?  Inquiring minds want to know.  I know you’ve been busy.  You know, working the rounds so to speak.  Making calls.  I get it.  You have your plans, and you will do anything to get them completed.  I get that.  Don’t agree with whatever you are planning I’m sure, but I understand.

By the way Jack, opt-out season is fast approaching so I may jump ahead on it this year.  I look forward to the new crazy ideas you come up with in 2016 to try to stop opt-out.  They will fail, and I will laugh, but I admire your attempts.  It reminds me of a phrase from “It’s A Wonderful Life”.  “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets it wings”.  Or something like that.  You can equate that with the opt-out movement any way you like.  Are your opt-out guard dogs ready?  They have a big season ahead and they will need to be at the top of their game.

I emailed you the Santa Claus opt-out proclamation, but I didn’t see a response.  Maybe you sent one to Santa.  Good luck trying to turn that guy over to your side!  He sees greed 22,000 miles away!  I don’t think Santa is going to opt out of liking opt-out Jack.

I posted some old videos you put up from your 2008 campaign for Governor.  Love how you talked about the horrible Delaware student test and how bad it was and teachers need to teach and not to the test.  You have come a long way since then Jack.  I’m not sure how this went from the News Journal to you Jack, but what the heck!  It’s a Saturday night (at the time of this writing), I’m tired, and I like free-writing sometimes.  No research, just letting it flow.  Alright, if I’m talking about writing, it’s time to bid adieu.

.@GovernorMarkell Happy Holidays Mr. Enigma, Here’s Your Present @KilroysDelaware @ed_in_de @RCEAPrez @Apl_Jax @ecpaige @nannyfat @Roof_O @DelawareBats @Avi_WA @TNJ_malbright @RodelDE @DeDeptofEd @DEStateBoardEd #netde #eduDE #Delaware #edchat

I can’t figure you out Jack Markell.  Especially after seeing that video Kilroy put up last weekend from 2008 when you talked about all the segregation going on at the charter schools.  Flash forward to the present when you are holding six public schools hostage to the charter school agenda.  When did you change Jack?  Or were you just trying to please potential voters when you ran in 2008?  Personally, I think it’s the latter, given that you and Rodel did your blueprint for education back in 2005.  But here’s some presents for you to view and think about before you make a big decision in the coming weeks.

As your governorship draws to a close in the next couple of years, Delaware will remember your legacy.  Will you be a Bailey or a Potter?  Cause right now, most of us in this state see you as a Potter.  This clip from It’s A Wonderful Life is the best comparison to the priority schools initiative.  Dangle some money at them, make a big spectacle and flashy presentation, entice them, and draw them in.  That’s what happened on September 4th.  Like Potter, I’m sure you thought they would jump at the chance.  But there are too many Bailey’s in Delaware that know better.  That what you were offering comes at a very steep price.  Too many lives are affected by this decision.

If this is the future of education in Delaware, threats and dangling carrots, then I think Delaware has become a very awful place to raise our children.  Are you a Rodel man or a Delaware man?  Cause guess what Jack, you can’t be both.  I would rather pay more in state taxes than kiss the feds ass when it comes to education.  Take their measly 10% in education funding and send it back to D.C.  Because at the end of the day, it’s not about the money.  It’s about the students, who shine in the darkness, who try to overcome adversity to become more than what society says they are.  The problems in Wilmington won’t go away, not any time soon.  What happens when all these kids are in charter schools and start dropping out?  All you are doing is repeating the cycle, over and over again.  These children are more than test scores.  All the students in Delaware are more than test scores.  Stop treating them like data, and see them as unique and individual creations of God.

The teachers in the priority schools ARE doing the right thing.  They are teaching these students, going the extra mile for them.  They have a passion for helping these kids.  They could go somewhere else, but they choose to stay.  What does that tell you?  Why would you ever want teachers on a fast track degree with very little experience educating these most vulnerable of students?  And nobody cares more about these students than the principals at these schools.  They are given a very heavy task, and while they may not be perfect, they are irreplaceable.  It makes no sense, unless there is a financial payoff down the road.  As my second gift for you Jack, I proudly present the students of the priority schools.

Remember this Governor Markell, if you take these schools away from their rightful districts, you will ALWAYS be remembered as a Potter.