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The president of the Delaware State Education Association resigned Wednesday over blog posts he wrote roughly a decade ago.

DSEA executive director Jeff Taschner says Mike Matthews resigned on his own Wednesday afternoon, prior to a meeting of the teachers’ union’s executive board.

 

The president of the Delaware State Education Association has resigned over blog posts he wrote in roughly a decade ago.

 

Mike Matthews stepped down Wednesday night after the blog posts he wrote between 2006 and 2009 resurfaced.

 


In the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 students and teachers, the issue of guns and school safety is once again front and center.

There’s a renewed, and often heated,  debate over what lawmakers at all levels should do, including President Donald Trump and other proposing teachers be armed.

And that’s not the only reason teachers find themselves in the middle of this debate.   As students nationwide plan school day protests this month and in April, that raises the question of what role teachers will play in those protests, especially if their districts say they won’t OK walk-outs.

Delaware Public Media political reporter Sarah Mueller spent some time this week talking to Delaware State Education Association President Mike Matthews about arming teachers and the guidance DSEA is giving First State teachers on how they should respond to student protests during class time.