I won’t get into all the rants but at the end of the day the comments Mike Matthews made on his blog 2006-2009 were prior to entering the teaching field in Red Clay. He had the state credentials and license. Red Clay knew of his blogging and content, “many” legislators knew of his blogging and content in including those he may have offended. He violated no law and no civil suits were filed against him.
There is a current call for DE DOE to revoke Mike’s teaching license by the same group who used past comments on a blog to take Mike down knocking him out of President of DSEA ( Delaware’s teachers union).
In the big picture, the political alignment of DE DOE with the Wall Street education wrecking ball creating tests after test after test and realigning standards and curriculum three times for one generation of students is more obscene than a few distasteful shock and awl blog comments Mike made.
If anyone needs to go it should be decentralizing the Delaware Department of Education laced with Markell planted Rodel clones. Starting with Delaware Secretary of Education Bunting.
The Odyssey charter school board of detectors’ blunders via their coup d’etat of former school leader to put one in one of their own in has caused a ripple that could cause damage to the charter school movement in Delaware.
Apparently Odyssey’s teachers have voted to unionize and join DSEA. With the out of control egos of the school board I can’t blame them for unionizing. The question now is, will DSEA create a charter school representation seat on their executive board?
Personally I see this historic event as a double win. One for charter school teachers being bullied by their board and for organized labor.
One thing is quite clear is obviously the political underhanded hit on Mike Matthews may have been tied to the fall of Odyssey’s total control over its teachers. Say what you want about Mike but he was a true blue union boss and knew there is strength in numbers. Mike doesn’t have a poker face but rest assure he kept his cards close to his chest during the recruitment of Odyssey’s teachers. Mike took the ultimate hit for doing his job. And Odyssey’s boards blunder that set things into motion will damage the Delaware Star Chamber’s goal of busting the teachers union that for the most part control the political button during election time. I am hear to tell you! If Mike Matthews was President of DSEA and a strong advocate for unions Odyssey teachers would have never come this far and organize labor wouldn’t have such a big win.
As much as I was right about DSTP and RTTT I am right about the charter hit on Mike Matthews. DSEA I am sure is celebrating the Odyssey win that will be played off as win for teachers and students and no them directly. Sadly a man’s career has been victimized by a bitter take-down by those bent on taking down traditional public education and prevailing wages.