Tonight I appeared on Community Crossfire on Comcast channel 28 with Norman Oliver. I was asked about several issues and at one point made a comment that “Governor Markell is bad for education”
I just want everyone who reads this to know: I meant every word of it.
Governor Markell has sold Delaware out to common core standards and has bought into corporate school reform which has at its core completely unproven methods to fix schools. He has given us a bunch of trumped up, poorly attended roadshows to suggest that there is widespread support for Race to the Top when in fact there is just plain ignorance on Race to the Top. The bankers and billionaires have control of the message and Gov. Markell appears to be the messenger. To top off a “successful” 2010 for Gov. Markell, he is now proposing a 10% slash to transportation for schools and is also recommending the elimination of funding for bus routes deemed to be “unique hazards” in his 2011 budget proposal.
The Christina School District is actively seeking to make the Partnership Zone a wild success under the leadership of Dr. Lillian Lowery, but make no mistake about this: the Governor’s support for failing ideas to fix failing schools will make this work very very hard in my opinion.
I would also like to add that I ardently believe that Gov. Markell cares very deeply about children, has honest and good intentions about whether or not students in DE do get a meaningful, useful, modern and thorough education. I just do not see the answers to the questions that need to be answered about how to do that having any real research base or any demonstrable efficacy.
So, unfortunately from where I sit: Governor Markell is bad for education in Delaware.