I will offer comments in Red to today’s editorial contribution from our Governor.
(Editor’s note: Sept. 17 is the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. To observe Constitution Day, we asked Gov. Jack Markell to reflect on the meaning of the Constitution’s Preamble.)
While the preamble to our national constitution sets out the mission for our federal government, its vision cannot be realized without the leadership of states. DID YOU KNOW THAT THE 10TH AMENDMENT RESERVES TO THE STATES THOSE THINGS NOT EXPRESSLY GIVEN TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT? I HAVE AN IDEA, DO A WORD SEARCH OF THE CONSTITUTION: TYPE IN “EDUCATION” AND HIT RETURN. THEN STARE AT YOUR RESULT: “phrase not found”
Our brave first responders help to insure domestic tranquility, while the National Guard is called upon to provide for the common defense. State courts are necessary to establish justice. And we promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty by providing access to housing, health care and schools.
In the process, states’ roles in advancing our society transcend their borders. We act, in the words of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Who also said this other thing our Governor says he embraces while empowering secret charter bill task forces with no minutes that the AG said broke FOIA laws: https://twitter.com/GovernorMarkell/status/385913871707684864 as “laboratories of democracy.” As Brandeis explains, a “state may, if its citizens choose Pay attention to this phrase folks … try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.”
The Affordable Care Act, based on Massachusetts’ health care reform, AND NOT CHOSEN BY DELAWAREANS TO BE A LAW is perhaps the most prominent recent example of a state innovation guiding national efforts to address our country’s challenges. Earlier this year, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy visited Delaware to highlight our efforts to clean up power plants and reduce dirty air emissions, including through a partnership with neighboring states. That work helped shape the President’s new Clean Power Plan.
Delaware has a special obligation to serve as a laboratory of democracy – to innovate and figure out what works BUT ONLY IF WE LET PEOPLE CHOOSE, RIGHT? LIKE FISKER, RIGHT?. We are small and nimble, with the ability to quickly bring together public and private sector leaders to solve problems IN SECRET ROOMS WITH LOCKED DOORS. But we’re also diverse, with varied economies and lifestyles represented in our different geographical regions, as well as among our urban and rural areas. What works in Delaware can work anywhere. WHAT? IN ALASKA? HAWAII? ALABAMA? I DON’T THINK SO…
At a time when the country faces increasing competition from abroad and the quality of one’s education and training is more important than ever PROOF?, our state can help secure the blessings of liberty for America’s posterity OR SUCCESS, TAKE YOUR PICK, HUH?. The hard work of our educators – from preschool through high school and beyond – has given us that chance, if we are willing to make the long-term commitment to the innovations we have begun.PLEASE DON’T UNDO MY REFORMS WHEN I LEAVE, PLEASE!
First, we can transform the opportunities for low-income children to have access to the early learning they need to start school, ready for success. By raising the reimbursement rates that early childhood programs receive for serving these kids, and by paying higher rates to high-quality programs AS I DETERMINE BY MY SPECIAL RUBRIC, we’ve already seen the number of low-income children in the best programs more than double in three years WITH NO FOLLOWUP TO CONTNUED SUCCESS AND WHILE BLACKLISTING HIGH QUALITY PROGRAMS UNWILLING TO SUBMIT TO THE OPPRESSIVE YOKE OF FEDERAL DOLLARS YOU CONSUME SO VERY REGULARLY. We must continue to ensure programs have the resources they need to improve, recognizing that high-quality early learning has shown to be the best investment our country can make in economic development.
Second, Delaware is effectively transitioning to the Common Core education standards thanks to the leadership of our administrators and the educators in our classrooms CHOSEN BY DELAWAREANS? OR WONKS LIKE YOU AND THE DOE AND THE SBE? NO REAL NEED TO ANSWER, WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWER.. They have benefited from a voluntary statewide initiative called Common Ground, BENEFITTED HOW? BECAUSE YOU SAY SO? BECAUSE PHOTO OPS? BECAUSE FEEL GOOD? HOW? which meets individual school needs for resources and support for teachers. That program has also brought together educators throughout the state to share best practices and develop lesson plans. Raising expectations for our students to be ready for college or career is critical across the country and Delaware can set an example by tackling this issue successfully. ANY EVIDENCE THAT CCSS IS A NECESSARY PREDICATE FOR YOUR STATEMENT REGARDING COLLEGE AND CAREER READY? DIDN’T THINK SO.
Finally, while college isn’t for everyone, it’s clearly important for the next generation to have access to higher education. Delaware leads the country in identifying assistance that students need through our advanced data system that tracks student progress DELAWAREANS CHOSE THIS? OR YOU DID?. In addition, our program to offer free, school-day SAT testing to all high-schoolers helps us know who is on track for college. We provide all of our college-ready students with the information and resources, including application fee waivers to those who qualify. And students receive assistance with their applications and financial aid forms in schools. Last year, every college-ready student in Delaware AS DETERMINED BY YOU AND YOUR ARBITRARY 1550 CUT SCORE ON THE SAT YOU GAVE FOR FREE (READ TAXPAYER MONIES) THUS ELIMINATING THOUSANDS OF COLLEGE READY APPLICANTS SCORING BELOW 1550 applied, and 98 percent enrolled, compared with only 82 percent to 86 percent in prior years.
Delaware has a long, honorable tradition of leading progress in our country. A desegregation lawsuit brought by our state’s first African-American attorney, Louis Redding, helped pave the way for the Brown v. Board of Education case that outlawed racial discrimination in schools nationwide. Delawareans invented and operationalized the nation’s first flour mill, resulting in a surge of economic growth. And the successful Jobs for America’s Graduates program, founded by Gov. DuPont, has effectively helped many of the most at-risk students across the country to graduate and pursue careers.
Now, Delaware has an opportunity to help America become a more perfect union by securing our nation’s future. I’m confident we are up to the task.BUT YOU SAID BECAUSE WE CAN CHOOSE THESE THINGS, BUT THEN YOU LISTED THINGS YOU DID UNDER THE COVER OF DARKNESS, THE OPPOSITE OF SUNLIGHT. SURE COULD USE SOME LYSOL RIGHT ABOUT NOW…YEAH,