Daily Archives: October 11, 2015

State of Delaware News Article May 2012 – Flashback – What Folks Had to Say When Secretary Murphy Was First Appointed

I remember when Secretary Murphy was appointed, I was Vice President of the Red Clay School Board. I was not at all confident that Secretary Lowery’s replacement was a right fit for Delaware and I know others felt the same way as I did. It is interesting to see what folks had to say about the former Secretary three years ago.

Senate Confirms Governor’s Education Secretary Nominee, May 9, 2012

Delaware Department of Education playing a shell game – Delaware State News | Delaware State News

As a legislator, this is so frustrating, seeing how the positions were funded using vacant positions. How many vacant positions did the Department of Education have to use to fund these positions: 8, 10, 15, 24, 30 – no one knows.

Last spring, the Delaware Department of Education asked for $7.5 million to, among other things, continue funding 10 Race to the Top positions. The Joint Finance Committee was quite clear on the subject when we told DOE, “No.” We gave them $3.75 million as direct pass-through money to go to programs in schools and very […]

Source: Delaware Department of Education playing a shell game – Delaware State News | Delaware State News

Elect not Appoint!

Brian Stephan left a comment on another post:

Something that was brought up at the Progressive Dems for Delaware meeting last week (and frequently over the last few years) was making SecEd an electable position rather than a gubernatorial appointment. Same thing with the State Board, well, probably more so with the State Board. Boards of Ed around the state are all elected…except for the State Board. I think if Education is to change in DE, then it has to begin with Statewide Education Leadership.

I agree with Brian, I and others have been saying the same thing for some time now. We have no checks and balances in place with the Secretary of Education and the State Board Education appointed by the Governor. We need folks who are going to question and challenge education items not sit there and just agree. You see that so often, folks just sitting there and nodding their heads.