If Markell vetoes the HB 50, then what…

  • Everyone yells and gnashes their teeth..
  • There may be a special session to override it, but if not, then what….
  • The Standard Balanced Assessment goes forward another year.
  • Last years scores add gasoline to the embers still glowing with indignation and defeat.
  • The Opt Out movement, now much stronger than ever, again fires up the presses and urges parents to opt out. Bolstered by the knowledge that 90% of people support opting out, supported by some big organizations in education, this time they start early and pull their kids. Against which the Governor and Mark Murphy have no new ammo…  Opt out totals will triple over this past year; maybe go even higher…

All Summer, all fall, all winter we will have the constant battering of Common Core. of the Smarter Balanced, of Mark Murphy. of charter schools.  More charter corruption stains the daily papers.  More ineptitude as charter scores come out lower than public.  Everywhere all begin muttering how Markell has been the worst governor they’ve ever seen in office…

The General Assembly runs the other way from him starting the second week of January…. and we really will have no leadership at the helm of our state as every legislature scrambles to save himself, until the next session begins under new leadership in 2017.

Not a pretty picture….

But… if he signs the bill …. all of that goes away… There will be two minutes of celebration and we move onward… By September we will have forgotten Common Core.  We will have forgotten the smarter balanced. we will have forgotten who got in the way, and who helped immeasurably…   Instead there will be new songs on our radios.. New shows on cable, and new shenanigans surrounding the race for president that will suck all energy out from every other minor detail….

Sometimes it is best to go with the flow, especially when you do not have a game plan to counter it…

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