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No Confidence in Delaware Education Secretary, Say Two Teacher Unions

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Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy and the state Board of Education got a no confidence vote from teachers unions in the two biggest school districts.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Red Clay Education Association and the Christina Education Association say that state leaders have “slandered” Delaware’s traditional public schools.

The paper reports that they charged the administration has done this through the over reliance on standardized test scores and imposing mandates on teacher without their input.

In addition, they took aimed at the millions of dollars spent on consultants and internal department positions.

The two districts have facilities that have been declared “Priority Schools” that are to be dismantled based on test scores.

News Journal reports that many teachers felt they were being faulted for low test scores as they tried to deal with such problems as hunger and violence along with other poverty related issues. 

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.