But the task force itself gives me the opportunity to address the fact that in Delaware you have to have an organization to get ahead:
Let's first notice that you cannot apply directly to be on this task force. You must be appointed by an "authority"--that is, a specific special interest group recognized by the Delaware government.
Most of these organizations have extensive and known agendas, and can be counted upon to use their opportunities to appoint to add the usual suspects and avoid anyone with really divergent ideas.
For example: don't look for DSEA to appoint Mike Matthews, for the Chief School Officers Association to appoint Dr. Freeman Williams, or for the Delaware School Boards Association to appoint Harrie Ellen Minnehan.
Also, don't look for any parents on the task force (where, one wonders, is the DE PTA?), or any students, or even any representatives from higher education.
Here's why it is often very difficult to get anything important done in Delaware: we love stakeholders.
Set up a meeting, and somebody will remind you that "we need to get all the stakeholders involved."
And, inevitably, the only stakeholders who matter will be the representatives of special interest organizations.
Here's where most of the critics of "education reform" go wrong: we haven't organized the Delaware School/Community Partnership, the Delaware Association of Parents with Low SES students, the Delaware Alliance for Alternative Assessment, or even the Delaware Marching and Chowder Society for the Educationally Skeptical.
(And unfortunately, blogs don't count.)