By James DeChene
News this week out of the Delaware Department of Education that Secretary Mark Murphy is resigning and will be replaced by former New Castle County Vo-Tech District Superintendent Steven Godowsky. Murphy’s tenure at DOE saw many education reforms implemented, but his relationship with teachers, unions and the General Assembly could not be characterized as strong, or even at times cordial. The hope is that with a new Secretary, many of these issues will be resolved and more focus will be able to be placed where it belongs—on education issues, versus the personalities involved. The State Chamber will continue to work with the various stakeholders in the education world to insure that children in Delaware receive a high quality education that properly prepares them to enter either a degree granting institution, or to enter the workforce or military directly.
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.