As executive director of the Vision Network for the last two years and a former teacher, Mr. Murphy has been a front-line participant in overcoming the challenges facing public education in Delaware
But Mr. Murphy will be taking on the leadership of 19 school districts with multiple administrative personalities and parent constituents. In Mr. Markell’s eyes, he is apparently that someone with a “teacher’s heart,” a “principal’s perspective” and a data-driven mind that the governor was looking for.
As a result, Mr. Murphy should be able to pick up where Ms. Lowery left off in spreading the gains in student achievement.
From his favorable comments about understanding classroom pressures, expect more help for teachers in mastering the data to correct their student learning deficiencies and their own instructional weaknesses.
Among the first winners of the Obama administration’s Race to the Top competition, Delaware has become a recognized leader in public education reform.
(a) The administrator and head of the Department shall be the Secretary of Education, who shall be a graduate of an accredited college and shall have not less than 5 years’ experience in teaching and administration, with experience in each such category.
A teacher from 1997-2000 makes 3 years of teaching, 2000-2002 an assistant principal makes 2 years as an AP. But how did he get a year’s credit for teaching 2000? So less than 5 years teaching? Per Delaware law that makes him disqualified. “Bachelor’s in physical education.” 6 years as administrator. So was he fired or quit his principal’s job? Any little skeletons in the closet ? However, though Mr. Murphy is highly qualified in Vision 2015 and adopted the latest Wall Street reform tactics, It appears his “teacher’s heart” isn’t seasoned. No experience running a school district or senior responsibilities. But don’t worry folks, the Delaware State Legislators will approve Markell’s selection because Markell owes them all but one. The republicans will stand-down because of the prominent republican connection at the Rodel Foundation. Wilmington community leaders won’t dare stand in Markell’s way. The real question is, don’t we want the most proven seasoned educator we can fine or do we want a person who is so aligned to Vision 2015 to the point they were the executive director?