Once upon a time, in the not-so-magical land of Dover, a meeting took place. It was one of those back-door meetings that the ruler of the state liked to convene. These were not public meetings in the sense that anyone could attend. They were usually those of the secret sort where only a select few were invited to attend. But because the Governor was attending, he felt obligated to report it on his public schedule. He did this sometimes in an effort to show an illusion of transparency.
In attendance were Governor Carney, Senator David Sokola, State Rep. Earl Jaques, Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting, Dr. Paul Herdman from Rodel, and Betsy DeVos, the United States Secretary of Education.
It was Christmas Eve and all through the Woodburn the stockings were hung near the space heater with care. Carney put on his favorite Christmas album on his new record player. He loved the songs from his youth and they were all included on “Rudolph and Friends”. The eggnog was passed around to the attendees. Little did they know two others were also in attendance… of a sort. Continue reading
Governor Jack Markell is hosting a dinner at Woodburn Mansion in Dover tonight for all the legislators and their families. Meanwhile, the Board of Education for Christina School District is having their third board meeting in 15 days to go over the Memorandum of Understanding for each of their three priority schools.
The dichotomy here is amazing. How much money does it cost for a dinner at a mansion with 200 people in attendance? How many of the low-income students in these schools could be fed for a month with those kinds of funds? I highly doubt Markell ordered Taco Bell for everyone.
Meanwhile, Mike Matthews reported the following on Facebook:
This should be fun. Mark your calendars: There will be a Joint Education Committee meeting in Dover on Wednesday, January 21. I’m told that because education has been such a hot topic that both houses of the legislature will be joining forces to get an update from DoE on any host of hot messes going on right now.
That might be a meeting worth going to if it is open for the public. As of right now there is no notice of this meeting on http://legis.delaware.gov/LEGISLATURE.NSF/?open but I’m sure that will change.
I caught the tail-end of the swearing-in ceremony for the Delaware State Representatives. It was a packed house with no actual legislation discussed. I expect they will be seeing me around Legislative Hall quite a bit during the next six months.
I expect final decisions will be made by the DOE and Governor Markell within the next week on the six priority schools in Red Clay Consolidated and Christina School Districts.