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.
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.School improvements need time to develop.
Here’s the problem with their analysis: Race to the Top is a prescriptive, VOLUNTARY, federal competition. Saying that he didn’t make the rules is an answer to a question not asked. The correct question for Ed Board’s with intellectual curiosity would be “Why did we apply/should we have applied?” No doubt that News Journal would answer yes to those two questions given their amazing conclusion that “School improvements need time to develop” when no other sincere effort since 1983 has been given time. Truly amazing ignorance going on right there. So the choking and the evaluation of success based on tests move on, damn the consequences, with the News Journal’s ignorant blessing. I hope you enjoy your future job applicants, here’s a preview:
Jack Markell has done some very good things for Delaware and has championed citizens with disabilities and he has supported progressive reforms in state hiring and discrimination. He’ll be re-elected easily. Preferably he could win his lame duck term without the News Journal Editorial Board’s blathering ignorance.