Delaware Governor Jack Markell has a big mess on his hands, but it isn’t on his desk. Most people thought Markell has ten days to sign a bill or it becomes law. This is NOT the case. The Governor has to request the bill and then the 10 day clause kicks in. He could let this bill linger until the end of the 148th General Assembly, which won’t be until June 30th 2016. What this means for all the supporters of parent opt-out and House Bill 50 is we are not done with our work!
We need to massively email bomb Governor Markell. We need to post on his Facebook account, and tweet him all day long with the hashtag #SignHB50NOW so he gets as much exposure as possible. If you want to see his public schedule and you are in the area, please go. He needs to understand how hard parents fought for this bill, and every day he goes without requesting it is a slap in the face of parents and students. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org and his Facebook page can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/GovernorMarkell?fref=ts
Even Diane Ravitch wrote about Delaware’s opt-out legislation. I’ve already commented asking her readers to do the same thing we need to do. We can’t afford to wait, because the longer we do, the longer nothing happens. And before you know it, the Smarter Balanced Assessment will be back in our schools and parents will be intimidated over opt-out, schools will be held accountable for the test, and all our fight would have been for nothing.