Delaware PTA Pokes Finger in Eye of Delaware Governor Markell

From: John Kowalko

Sent: Monday, January 4, 2016 11:54 AM
To: Kowalko, John (LegHall)
Subject: Fwd: Fw: message to be sent to my email list

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Representative John Kowalko

Dear friend,
I want you to be aware of a PTA organized rally scheduled for January 14th, at Legislative Hall in Dover. I hope you can find the time to attend in support of parental rights regarding HB 50. 

Included in this notice is a link to a petition started by the Delaware PTA which encourages a veto override regarding HB 50.

Delaware PTA To Host Override House Bill 50 Veto Rally At Legislative Hall On January 14th


Delaware PTA

Override House Bill 50 Veto Rally

January 14th, 2016

2:00 PM

Legislative Hall

Dover, DE

The Delaware PTA wants ALL parents, teachers, and students who support the opt-out movement to come to Legislative Hall on January 14th, 2016 at 2pm. We need to send a strong message to our legislators that we do NOT support Governor Jack Markell’s veto of House Bill 50.  We also want our legislators in the House and Senate to override the veto.  More details to come, but please make every effort to come, whether or not you are in the Delaware PTA.  Every single voice counts!!!!

This is not about reducing assessments in Delaware.  This is about a horrible state assessment inflicted on our children.  We say no more!  We do not like the whole environment associated with the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Yes, the overall goal should be getting rid of the test altogether, but until then, opt-out is the preferred path for those who choose to do so.  Overriding a bill made for parents showed a severe lack of disrespect on the Governor’s part.  Nowhere in his press release on the veto did he talk about parental rights and honoring those rights.

link to petition:


3 responses to “Delaware PTA Pokes Finger in Eye of Delaware Governor Markell

  1. Publius e decere

    Just curious — is the “severe lack of disrespect on the part of the Governor” an accurate statement? PTA says it is not about Smarter Balanced, the blog post above (not sure if it is Kilroy or Kowalko) says that is is about Smarter Balanced, and then we have a severe lack of disrespect overlaying everything. Enough to confuse anyone. Let’s not even get into compulsory education. Or (un oh) accountability for some semblance of 21st century student-schooling results after spending hundred of millions of dollars each year of Delaware taxpayers’ funds on public education.


  2. That was from my blog post Publius. Bottom line: SBAC’s gotta go. If it doesn’t, parents will opt out. The legislators can agree or disagree. They can protect parental rights and their CHOICES, or they can stick with Jack. You of all people should understand this battle!


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