I will be voting for Jack Markell and I urge everyone to vote for Jack Markell! Pretty much all my previous negative attacks against Jack Markell were rooted in my concerns with his association with the Rodel Foundation aka Vision 2015. He has received thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from the founders of Rodel and many involved in Vision 2015. I felt because Jack was on Vision 2015 bandwagon he would repay Rodel for their contributions by promoting Vision 2015 when he became governor. I get pissed every time I hear or see a new save the world education reform program! Many of the same business people associated with Rodel were behind DSTP and those dammed 3 Tiered Diplomas. I was labeled a misguided parent back in 1997 when I started to speak out against DSTP. Make note DSTP didn’t roll out until the spring of 1998. Some of you may remember my war with Senator Sokola over DSTP. Even with Sokola it wasn’t just a blog rant. I met with him hours upon hours one on one.
I started warming up to Markell after the Lead Report pretty much picked apart public school finances and revealed the possibility of million of dollars in savings. Well, somebody was hearing my concerns on how are we going to pay for Vision 2015. So my negativity toward Markell was rooted in concerns with education.
My good friend Mike Matthews questioned me as to my dislikes of Markell and said, “why don’t you just talk to him?” So what the hell, I E-mailed Jack Markell and we had a nice chat by phone and a few E-mail exchanges. I told him straight up how I felt and that I couldn’t say I was sorry for feeling that way. Jack Markell has a grasp on the concerns with public education and knows we need to find balance with charter schools, magnet schools and choice schools. But I feel he has concerns with the entire picture and knows public education needs to be fixed. I feel he agrees that there is mismanagement from the top down and certainly poor management of school finances. Many of you know I go into rant about the achievement gaps and minorities issues in education but during my conversation with Markell he touched on these issues. He went into a rant himself on the issues and wow, somebody actually gives a shit! My involvement in politics and blogging is pretty much centered on my concerns for public education. Don’t ask me why a guy with a GED and pocketful of college credits gives a crap about education. Maybe it’s because I realized how much potential I had but blew it! Maybe I want to see other not give up and push the system to not give up!
Senator Charles Copeland! Many think I must be suffering from a multi personality disorder. I was for Copeland then against Copeland and then for Copeland. Yes he did piss me off and I walked from my involvement in the Delaware GOP because of him.
Charlie and I use to communicate quite often on education issues particularly on Red Clay concerns. We chatted at many GOP functions and pretty much he accepted me for who I was and under stood my passion. In my opinion many people latch on to Copeland because of his social status. When yout poor you surely can identify your friends but when you’re of Copeland status it must be a bitch to tell real friends apart from ass kissers. Though many will not believe it there is a regular guy side to Copeland.
Our rift came as a result of Red Clay School District’s 2007 financial meltdown. As a regular at board meeting and close ties I knew before some others all wasn’t well. As Copeland was pushing his school finance transparency legislation I was pushing Red Clay to establish a community finance review committee. I made a public request and lobbied board members. They really had no choice because Red Clay was on the verge of being placed under DOE Financial Recovery and they would have required a committee. However, my vision for the committee and what Red Clay agreed on exceeded any requirements of DOE. It came to a point Red Clay was baulking on moving towards full financial disclosure. Trying to get requested data was like pulling teeth and the district refused to provide monthly object code of expenditure reports and continued their monthly reports based on IBU’s. Then Red Clay pulled a stunt approving charter school applications in violation of state laws governing the approval of charter schools. To this day Red Clay denies the fact they did not provided the required 15 day public notice and denied public input prior to the board’s vote May 1997. The public record clearly has the facts documented. The charter schools in question gave their initial public presentation the same night as the board vote. After the presentation, the board waived its rules and put the charter school vote on that night’s action items and proceeded with the vote in favor of these applications in clear violation of the law.
With the letter of the law in my hand I communicate to DOE, legislators including Charlie Copeland. I was counting on Copeland to step up because he was big on school reform. However, DOE snub me and Copeland said in couldn’t infringe on local school board control. Throw in the bullshit with Red Clay and the games they were playing with the Community Financial Review Committee and sticking their asses at the charter school laws with DOE wiping their asses; I was just left there like some private in a battle zone with commanders nowhere is sight. So, excuse my language but said “Fuck it” to the review committee and “Fuck it” to the Delaware GOP and “Fuck it” to Copeland.
I went onto months of blog rants against Copeland to vent out my feelings. But, why in the hell did I flip back to supporting him for Lt. Governor? No doubt Copeland may be part of the problem in Dove however; they all are part of the problem down there. Markell is our next governor that’s a given! However, I see Denn as Lt. Governor just creating another Minner-Carney administration. Denn has all these plans but has no power to implement them and they pretty much mirror Markell’s plans. We will still have the political gridlock in Dover between democrats and republicans. I feel it’s time for real change that may force both parties to get their heads out of their asses.
Education represents the largest portion of the state budget tipping the $$ at over one billion dollars. No way in hell is Vision 2015 going to implemented until there is money. In fact with more declined is state budget forecasted, the school districts have been warned future cuts may be coming in 2009. There is so much waste and mismanagement of public education funding its unbelievable. DOE is a waste in itself! Financial transparency is needed statewide for all agencies. So let’s start with public education the biggest expense to the state budget. It will not happen with a Markell-Denn administration because Markell nor Denn has the pull to bring the Republicans to the same table. Here’s were Copeland comes in! Copeland can bring the republicans to the table and hammer out legislation. But more importantly, we would tie a Republican and a Democrat to the governorship. When was the last time we had a Lt. Governor holding the Governors feet to the political fire.
It’s time to stick it Dover and what better way then tie them up with each other. Now for the crack-heads, who think Copeland would challenge Markell in 2012, put down your pipes. No doubt in four years the economy of the U.S and Delaware will be on the upswing. Markell of course will take credit for it and will be reelected. Also, the laws of averages are with Markell as the last four Delaware Governors served two terms. Also, if things are still screwed up it would be blamed on the Markell-Copeland administration. Charles Copeland given the chance would rather be a Delaware U.S. Congressman. Now let’s think hard, who do we know that is a Delaware U.S. Congressman? Perhaps someone tall, old (sorry Mike) and is a very good friend of Charlie Copeland?
What do I get out of this? Let’s see, maybe Copeland will make me his communications director? No that won’t work my grammar sucks and I might slip with the fuck word every now and then. Let me run his printing business? Nope, I might print money. Dinner with the DuPonts? Well maybe only if Mike Matthews could join us. Wait, I doubt it! Last time I had dinner with a wealth family I got kicked out for driving the servants crazy by stepping on the come here you peasant button under the dinning room table.
My reward would be seeing full financial disclosure of public school finances! Now if Copeland wanted to name a school after me that would be fine. But, it better not be a charter school!
Good people of Delaware get your head out of your asses and vote for a Markell-Copeland administration. The purpose of electing a governor and lt. governor separately must have be for securing the balance of power! Let’s take the power and let’s force them to work together for once!