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Delaware State Education Association President Resigns

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Mike Matthews (Photo: DSEA) Mike Matthews (Photo: DSEA)

DELAWARE- Delaware State Education Association president, Mike Matthews, resigned from his post Wednesday following years-old blog posts on his social media.

According to the association, the executive board met Wednesday to talk about several blog posts that Mathews wrote from 2006-2009. The posts were part of Matthews' blog called “Down With Absolutes!” Several reportedly contained  sexist and racist content or made light of sexual violence, according to internet archive website Wayback Machine and recent reports from public radio station WHYY.

DSEA Vice President Stephanie Ingram wrote in a letter to members that those posts were "completely inappropriate and contrary to the views or values of the educators who make up the DSEA."

Ingram said that this decision comes regardless of the fact the Matthews wrote those blog posts before becoming an educator and member of the association.

“The educators who lead the Delaware State Education Association take seriously our responsibility to our members, their students and our community," Ingram wrote.

Following bylaws, Ingram now takes over the president position throughout the remainder of the term, which ends in July of 2020. 

WBOC made several attempts to reach Matthews for comment Thursday morning. A call to one of his listed numbers went straight a to a voicemail box that has not been set up. However, a message was left for Matthews at another number that went to a voicemail in which he identified himself. 

Ingram said in the statement: "Since 1919, the members of DSEA  have dedicated their lives to supporting children and public education and we will never falter in that mission.  I am committed to helping DSEA to continue moving forward, building on the important partnerships with parents, community leaders, and elected officials, and maintaining our focus on the goal of providing all Delaware children with a quality education.”

 

 

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