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Calling all teachers – be there or be square

August 3, 2012

The Delaware Department of Education wants to know:

Do you have specific ideas about regulations that should be modified or eliminated? If so, we want to hear from you.

DOE will hold regulatory review hearings in all three counties this month. If you have ever complained about red tape (and I know some of you have), be there or forever hold your peace.

Come prepared with a list, and take the time beforehand to figure out which of the district-level annoyances trace back to state regulations.

The meetings are on Thursday evenings beginning next week. If you are down at the beach next week, you can pop on over to Georgetown on Thursday night.

Thursday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the University of Delaware’s Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown.

Thursday, Aug. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Department of Agriculture office, 2320 South DuPont Highway, Dover.

Thursday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the New Castle County Government Center, 77 Reads Way, New Castle.

Public comment also will be accepted through Oct 1, 2012.

The hearings are being held as a result of Executive Order No. 36 which provides for regulatory review of multiple agencies including DOE. The complete schedule is here.

UPDATE: Here’s the comment submission form, for those who can’t make it or who just prefer to mail it in. Also, here’s the full text of Executive Order No. 36.

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  1. John Young
    August 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    This is where I have to disagree with a comment

    be there or forever hold your peace.

    This tired refrain is used, mostly after the fact, like RTTT, to justify the need to make lemonade out of lemons. Why, if a professional teacher, who happens to be unavailable, be forced to only complain in three narrow windows defined by the DOE. Why isn’t the DOE an organization that welcomes and sincerely considers all thoughtful input. This is the real problem, not my ability or inability to make an arbitrary meeting.

    I’m sure we’ll all be told how HUGE the attendance is after the fact, too.

    I call bullshit on that.

    However, on the off chance one is available, by all means, attend and speak your peace. If not write in by the October 1st date. If your idea comes October 2nd, well then I guess the message is: pound sand until it turns to glass.

  2. August 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    John, it’s a bit of hyperbole on my part. Of course there will be other opportunities. Here’s the comment submission form.

    Read the executive order. It’s an ongoing review process, but you get one shot every three years according to the order. It’s the governor saying it, not me or DOE:

    “the process for periodic review should be focused on and targeted at those regulations that have not been subject to review for at least three years for which substantive concerns exist…”

    And it’s for all agencies, not just DOE.

    I will admit however to a bit of frustration with teachers who claim red tape and paperwork as the reason why they can’t do [some new useful thing]. But honestly I have never seen their lists of these burdensome forms, tasks, or rules. It makes the claim of excess red tape ring a bit hollow. You’d think if it was something that tormented you so much you would at least know what it was.

    If I had such a list, as a parent I’d support my teachers by speaking up about it at every opportunity, and I would speak a lot more freely than a district employee is able to.

    So now’s the chance. Nothing makes an impression like a personal appearance, in numbers.

    If you can’t go in person, give your list to someone who can go, or (less effective), send your list in.

  3. August 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    And if you look at the comment form, you can submit a comment about anything, three years or not. I don’t know how strictly they will enforce the three-year rule in a public meeting, if at all.

  1. August 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm
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