The AG’s office and the state Board of Education | Delaware Ed
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We posed some questions to the AG’s office and the state Department of Education.
Question: Why is the AG’s office writing back on behalf of the state board of education?
Answer: Each agency and board in the state of Delaware is given an attorney from the AG’s office for representation. [Speaking in the first person here for a minute: I knew the state board had an attorney because I’ve seen her at meetings. What I didn’t know until today is that technically she’s from the AG’s office. If you’ve been to a state board of education meeting before you’ve seen the attorney general who wrote the note. Typically she sits at a table to the right of the audience.] From the AG’S office’s Jason Miller, a spokesman: “every agency has an assigned Deputy AG. Some of the Deputy AG’s work physically at the location of the agency they represent, some work physically in one of our DOJ offices.”
Question: Why did the attorney say that the state Board of Education won’t read the emails?
Answer: Here’s what the state Department of Education’s Alison Kepner, a spokeswoman: “They are allowed to write to whomever they want. (This is a very inviting parent-centric statement, I am very glad the DOE spokesperson will “allow” me to write an e-mail to a paid public official) I think she was just trying to point out that as part of this process that is spelled out in code (You mean this part: Written and electronic comments must be received by the Education Associate for Charter Schools no later than the beginning of the public hearing to be included in the record(section 3.10 of Delcode Title 14 Section 200)…..How about the DOE spokesperson be helpful and tell us who this Education Associate for Charter Schools is and, better than that, streamline a communication pathway for taxpayers and parents, aka stakeholders, to get their concerns onto the record as defined by code no matter how onerous said code is)., the board members aren’t allowed legally to consider their emails (this is an insane product of an obviously flawed code. Any code that alienates stakeholders and insulates a public body from scrutiny is bad law) in their decisions, so [she was] advising the writer to submit it through the proper process so that members are allowed to consider it. If it was a different topic or wasn’t part of this process or if they didn’t want it as part of the record, then they could email.” ( Unfortunately this is typical DOE condescension spun by the spokesperson du jour)
Sad. Dr. Lowery is better than this, much better. Jack, not so much.