The Every Student Succeeds Act state planning is in full swing in Delaware. After having community conversations in each county, the Delaware Department of Education formed two discussion groups, one for Measures of School Success and Public Reporting and the other for Students and School Supports. The groups met together for the first time on October 5th in a joint meeting for introduction purposes. The first solo meetings for both groups was on October 10th. The next meeting will be tonight at the Collette Center in Dover, at 6pm.
Below are the minutes for each meeting. Full disclosure, I am on the Students and School Supports Discussion Group. The Governor’s ESSA Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday evening in the House Majority Hearing Room at Legislative Hall, from 6pm to 8pm.
Because it’s time. We have all heard the phrase, “If you aren’t part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.” To many of the stakeholders in Delaware education, they believe this. I’ve pretty much operated this blog as an outsider looking in. I’ve vowed never to join anything. But this isn’t a situation where I’m joining something permanent. It is a temporary group and I will be one of just thirty people. I will be on the “Student and School Supports Discussion Group.” I would have preferred to be on the “Measures of School Success and Reporting” group, but I will take what I can get. I don’t know who else is in my group or what stakeholder groups they represent.
I fully plan on being a part of a group and behaving as one of many. But I will also do my due diligence on the issues and offer my voice. For some out there, they may see this as a betrayal. Like when celebrities do commercials for a company. This is not me selling out. It is getting in there and lending my voice. These meetings will be open to the public, for both groups. So it’s not like these are backdoor meetings. I urge parents and teachers to attend these meetings.
The first meeting for both groups will be held at the John W. Collette Conference Center, 35 Commerce Way, in Dover from 6pm-8pm next Wednesday, October 5th.