US Secretary of Education submitted his resignation letter earlier today. I have to admit, when I first saw the headline, I was deathly afraid to read the article. Why? Because a couple years ago there was a rumor Duncan was going to resign then. And one of the names put forth as a possible replacement? None other than Delaware Governor Jack Markell. Markell has been one of the chief proponents of Duncan and Obama’s education reform agenda. He embraced the Common Core like a nail to a magnet. So it was with great relief when I read the article and didn’t see his name. That relief was soon replaced with horror as I read the name of the replacement: former NY Commissioner John King. Make no mistake, King is probably worse than Duncan.
Today, Markell put forth a statement on Duncan’s resignation. I feel obligated to give it the Transparent Christina Red Pen edition.
Governor’s Statement on Secretary Duncan Stepping Down
Wilmington, DE – Governor Markell issued the following statement in reaction to today’s news that U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will leave his position in December:
He really wished he could put forth a statement indicating he would have been appointed, but failure is well-known in the halls of D.C.
“Secretary Duncan stepped into his role at a challenging time, when our changing economy means that the level of education and training our young people receive, from pre-school through postsecondary programs, is more important than ever,” said Governor Markell. “He recognized that we must improve the resources available for our schools to do their jobs, while doing more to hold our system accountable for serving all students.
So what he did, and Markell helped him out on this and don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise, was engineer programs and policies to come up with Common Core and very high-stakes standardized assessments based on that curriculum. Duncan and Markell definitely improved “resources for our schools” by allowing companies to come in and try to “fix” our “failing” education system. All for the grand goal of destroying traditional public education in an attempt to get more charters out there. We see how that is working out in the First State.
“As a country we can be grateful that he never shied away from this hard but necessary work. As a Governor, I particularly appreciate his focus on challenging states to find new ways to increase opportunities for students, while providing unprecedented opportunities for us to implement innovative solutions through initiatives like Race to the Top and the Early Learning Challenge. His determination to get more of our youngest kids the opportunities they deserve raised awareness about the importance of high quality early childhood programs and raised expectations for what should be available to kids from communities that have long been underserved.
Which country are you living in Jack? We know you appreciate it! When can we see your stock portfolio? You and Race To The Top. You will never let us forget Delaware’s absolute complicity in that, will you? And those communities that have “long been underserved”? You helped perpetuate that by cutting key funding before Race To The Top, never replacing it, and then holding a sword to the throats of every school district in the state with Race To The Top. Embrace or die! You are a hypocrite of the highest measure Governor Markell. You let Rodel and corporate education reformers destroy Delaware education. And they are still here. Meanwhile, after the results came back from the “best test Delaware ever created”, we see students with disabilities, low-income students, and minorities are even further behind than their peers. But let’s be innovative and emulate what is “working” in our schools: the ones with selective and preferential enrollment practices that marginalize and segregate the most vulnerable students in the state. You crapped on teachers so much that they hate you with such a passion you can’t see straight. All in the name of the students, right Jack? You are such a horrible Governor and I can’t wait until you leave. You are just as corrupt as Arne and one day you will be held accountable.
“During numerous visits to Delaware, Secretary Duncan showed a commitment to seeking out what’s working and what needs to be improved in our schools, and Delaware students are better off for his efforts. I thank him for his service and wish him and his family well in whatever comes next.”
Two of his “numerous” visits to Delaware were to the same school Jack. If Duncan truly gave a crap about our schools he would have gone to different ones. He would have actually engaged with students instead of watching you suck up to him. On his last visit, it was the day after YOUR Department got grilled by the House Education Committee and the Joint Finance Committee over all the wasted money that was Race To The Top. I do not thank Duncan for his service. I lament every second of his service that has given us an immeasurable amount of Federal control over education, horrible and crappy tests, a curriculum that makes no sense, and countless taxpayer dollars going to countless companies that didn’t even exist twenty-five years ago. I can’t wait until you do the same thing and hand in a resignation letter before your time. Please make it happen. I opted out of your belief system years ago, and more Delawareans are doing the same every day. Veto that Jack!