Much misalignment of the Minner administration has been forthcoming since she left office. Much of that is puffed up. There is one thing she did very well. That was to allow the building of a consensus for bringing wind power offshore to Delaware.
Hearings were held up and down the state. Everyone was allowed to speak. And extra hearings were even scheduled when the demand for talk outweighed the time allowed!
What came out of that, was a thorough knowledge resonating throughout the entire public, that establishing that operation though risky, would benefit Delawareans so much, so that going forward was better than going backwards….
We need the same openness with Common Core. Because without that openness, we have the stigma of having something horribly bad for us being shoved down our throats!
We need to hear all the good that Common Core will do… No, not in some op-ed piece whose factual basis is torn apart by experts within hours, if not the next day…. But if there is anything good in Common Core, it needs to be vetted out into the public where it can be cross examined on the spot..
Likewise we need to hear from everyone, including those who don’t like Common Core. Even those those who have no other gripe than to say it is unconstitutional! If that is what they believe, they are citizens too and have just as much right as citizen Alan Levin or citizen Mark Murphy, to speak before any commission.
Whereas the Public Service commission handled the hearings for wind power, the Department of Education is not altogether neutral in this contest. The secrecy with which it alchemied SB 51 and HB 165 last year, precludes it from holding neutral hearings on Common Core. Simply put, if allowed, it will hold… “one sided” hearings regarding Common Core, by selecting the participants, instructing them what to say, and cutting them off with no questions being asked by concerned parties differing in view.
No! General Assembly! We need an independent commission…. Their job will be primarily not to make the final decision, but to allow the public within the state to speak. Education is very important, if not the most important responsibility a state has to its citizens. Yet we have more oversight over our toaster ovens than we do over Common Core coming into our classrooms.
We need a commission and we need to pause the further advances towards implementing Common Core until we have heard back from that commission…
We need this commission.