Delawareans should re-elect Markell and Denn: News Journal Opinion /Our View
Gov. Markell also has taken on educational reform. Under him, Delaware was a big winner in the federal Race to the Top money. The administration instituted a new student assessment system and an evaluation program for teachers.
Markell bullied local school boards into signing the Race to The Top MOU with threats of state education budget cuts and forcing local taxpayers to fund new state education regulations aligned with Race to The Top. As far as the new student assessment system, DCAS was already in the pipeline without Race to The Top and replaced DSTP. The only change in teacher evaluations was handing them Xanx befor bending them over. Also Markell cut a deal with Judas to help pour the Race to The Top kool-aid.
Will they work? His opponents say all he has done is create a bigger bureaucracy and a complicated system that is choking education in the state. But Gov. Markell didn’t make the Race to the Top rules and the student assessment system is a great improvement over what went before it. In addition, the administration managed to develop a teacher evaluation system with the help of the teachers union. That is something other states have failed miserably at.
Markell added six-figure $$ administration job at Delaware DOE creating the RTTT / School turnaround unit. Markell agreed to the rules for Race to The Top a federal competitive grant “NOT” a federal mandate. The new assessment system had nothing to do with Race to The Top. “The help of the teacher union” with the help of Judas who was rewarded with a DE DOE job. Shame on her!
School improvements need time to develop. The same is true for the bold strokes of the Fisker and Bloom deals. If the world’s economy were humming along, if our students all came from well-tended families that read to them and encouraged learning, Mr. Markell’s efforts could easily be dismissed. But that is not our world.
I think its time to send in the drug dogs at the News Journal to sniff-out the crack. The only bold strokes Markell is making is with his Johnson.
That is why we recommend the re-election of Jack Markell. He has brought a sense of energy to the governor’s office. He has attacked problems and he has found solutions.
The only solution Markell has found is in his hand. If Markell wants to stake his claim on successes shouldn’t we hold him accountable for the failures within DE DOE Charter School Unit re: Pencader? Markell hires a gym teacher with three years experience in teaching gym and two years as a school administrator. Doesn’t Delaware’s school children deserve a high quality proven secretary of education?
The position is more effective if the lieutenant governor worked with the administration.
Didn’t we try that with Minner / Carney and Minner rolled Carney under bus for Jack Markell. Its obvious the Delaware GOP is not serious about unseating Markell and perhaps there is a deal being cut for 2016. The Delaware GOP led by Pete and Re-Pete holds up the stop sign when confronting Markell on his flawed education plan aka Wall Street ponzi Scheme. Education represents nearly one-third the state budget and it seems to be a non issue with the right! Republicans traditionally support less federal intervention in state and local control yet, in Delaware the power brokers on the Republican Party seem to be on board with Race to The Top giving Markell a free pass. Race to the Top “grant” funding will end soon and because of state education regulation are aligned with RTTT local taxpayers will fill the financial whole left when the grant is gone.
Mr. Denn, in his own right, has been a leader in making schools more effective through cost controls and programs for all students.