Last one out of Kilroy’s please turn off the light!

I started blogging in 2006 with a mission to drive transparency within our public school system. In 2006 Blogging was the centerpiece of social media. Facebook was about two years old and the Twitter bird was just coming out of its egg. Today all forms of social media drives the issues and spits out news quicker than mainstream media. By time we read the News Journal their news is old and in many case bias to the likes of Rodel and Markell. In my opinion the News Journal helped pour the tainted Kool-aid served to parents and the community in regards to the Wall Street education Trojan Horse. But in the end social media keeps the light on the truth.  
Looking back I don’t regret any of my obscenities used as I blogged. Shock and awl even in blogging has it’s place. I see blogs as virtual kitchen tables where people can just spit it out. Everyone has an equal voice no matter what even Publius!  
Kilroy was on a mission! And that mission was to see that every traditional, votech and charter school board digitally record the public sessions on their board meetings and post online. Also , the Delaware Department of Education. It was a long battle ! and with the help of my friends it was accomplished. Thank you John Young for staying by my side from day one. Rep Kim Williams, thank you for keeping my dream alive in legislative hall. Rep Hudson! Thank you for taking my rough drafts of the legislation and getting to committee and vote. I am not going to say I am sorry for pushing you hard when Longhurst and the Speaker of the House held the bill hostage. If I were to say nothing or do nothing the bill would have died. Whether or not if the public listens to those recordings is not a concern, The fact is, our legislators supported enhancing transparency which even gave themselves greater access to whats going on in public education. Also, I take pride in pushing Red Clay to establish their Community Financial Review Committee which was a result of  Red Clay’s board’s failure to properly keep track of Red Clay’s finances. That action of the board to establish this committee planted the seed for all public school districts and charter schools to have such a committee by law. Someday when the Delaware Department of Education is competent we might see action taken to require more conformity of so of those committees. However, my job is done!  
I am not leaving blogging because I give up! I am leaving because I’ll be relocating downstate and will be working from home. I have a very intense career that has mushroomed in the major responsibilities. I plan on working hard during the day and fishing, crabbing and relaxing after hours.      
Saving the world is an impossible feat! However, not trying is a tragedy! I may have only moved transparency and inch! But if was forward!
Farewell         
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16 responses to “Last one out of Kilroy’s please turn off the light!

  1. Thanks Kilroy for motivating me to stay involved in education . You have to be aware of and see a problem before you can become part of the solution. Many new happy trail to you and yours!

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  2. Kilroy I would have had no idea what was going on in DE education policy, when that first began to interest me (2012), if it weren’t for your blog. You provided an essential forum for a number of Delawareans (and beyond), and it certainly made a difference for local advocacy. Thank you for that.
    Enjoy your evening relaxation downstate!

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  3. Say it isn’t so!

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  4. Kilroy, I owe everything to you. You helped me immensely starting out and along the way. You ARE the godfather of Delaware education blogs and your legacy will not die. Thank you!

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  6. Sorry to see your kitchen table soap box go. Thank you for the contentious seat at the table. Unfortunately the other tables in this neck of the woods simply will not acknowledge the dysfunction they’ve created.
    You head for more sane, less PC, redder pastures in SC (except Rehoboth). I’m jealous.
    Good luck with your future endeavors.

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  7. Thank you, Kilroy, for all that you taught me, especially as a candidate for school board member and later as an education advocate. I will especially miss the headlines like “OMG Lizzie spitting fire !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” and “OMG! Did someone piss in Lizzie’s Cornflakes” and my favorite, “OMG!! Did Lizzie get crystal-meth in Easter candy! What a blog post!” Even though, in all these years, we never met in person, I always felt I could call Kilroy a friend. Don’t work too hard to enjoy life downstate. You are already missed!

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  8. lastDEconservative

    Good luck. Too bad. There’s at least one big untold charter story that should get out. Best wishes, Kilroy.

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  9. Sorry, my sick sense of humor coming out.

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  10. Love you, Kilroy. Do a John Young and keep typing at facebook for us.

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  11. Pencadermom

    Oh noooo. Bad news for us, good news for you. Hate to see you go Kilroy, even though you made me late for work many a mornings. I stumbled onto your blog when Pencader was first threatening to close. That must have been 2010 or so. I’ve learned so much from you and from some of your commenters… and from some of them, not so much, but enjoyed their ridiculousness and fiction. Enjoy your beach life, I’m definitely jealous. Bye Kilroy, it’s been really enjoyable
    kevin, people might count calling people out as biting, so…

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  12. Pencadermom

    bye to lastDE, Ryder, Elizabeth, always enjoyed your comments and learned a lot, thank you 🙂

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    • lastDEconservative

      Thanks, mom. It was a hoot, was it not? Keep the faith. Look how far the educrat establishment, the feckless elected, and legions of sycophants (some raising their heads here) diminished the lives of our kids while we were watching and active and nipping at their heels while Kilroy bludgeoned them. I don’t see a good future in any case, but the loss of this forum will result in another net negative.

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