I’ve been wondering if he would dare show his face in front of all the parents supporting House Bill 50, which would allow parent opt-out of state standardized assessments in Delaware state code. If you look at his daily schedule you can see his last public appearance prior to the House Education Committee meeting is at 2pm in his office at Legislative Hall. So he will already be in Dover. I can picture him arrogantly giving a big speech about why parents shouldn’t opt out. This will be THE education meeting of the year whether he shows up or not!
He is also making an announcement at Appoquinimink High School tomorrow at 9am to talk about something related to this “Pathways to Prosperity” initiative. Markell talked about this during his State of the State address in January. I am very curious what bomb he will drop on an unsuspecting Delaware this week….
I would highly encourage any parents who do come to the House Education Committee to follow House rules. It is a very controversial issue, but this is a location that demands respect. While we may not agree with what some folks may have to say, they do deserve their say. If you do wish to give public comment, I would recommend coming with prepared remarks which you can submit to the committee and would become part of the public record. I will also be giving them all the signatures from the petition to support House bill 50, which you can still add your signature on here: https://www.change.org/p/delaware-house-education-committee-pass-house-bill-50-to-allow-parent-opt-out-2
The meeting will be live on the legis.delaware.gov website starting at 3:30pm, which is very unusual for a House Education Committee meeting.