Delaware Legislators Add More Education Bills: Librarians, Charter School Audits & School Board Voter Eligibility

In the final month of the 148th General Assembly before they take their six month recess, three new education bills are on the plate.  These ones deal with school librarians, a clarification on a pending charter school audit bill, and new rules for voter eligibility in school board elections.

State Rep. Paul Baumbach wants to make sure no school librarians lose their jobs.  I fully support this bill, but we also need them for art, music and other classes that all children used to enjoy but are on the cutting floor in many of our schools.

More from Kim Williams with Delaware charter school audits.  This is good, but we are still waiting on results from at least three charters and their audits in the state auditor’s office.

I’m not sure how I feel about this bill.  I’m going to have to digest this one.

2 thoughts on “Delaware Legislators Add More Education Bills: Librarians, Charter School Audits & School Board Voter Eligibility

  1. The librarian bill is not going to fix the problem, it will exaggerate it more. As written, it’s unfunded. The methods of funding proposed in the bill are already existing funds being utilized 100%. If this were to pass, it would require a larger portion of our Unrestricted Local Funds, the bucket of money that just got shot down again for a revenue increase with Referendum 2.0, to convert to restricted local funds (legally protected and required, cannot be used for any other purpose).

    Taking that money out of unrestricted means less money is available to then pay for arts, music, drama and band instructors, classroom supplies, building budgets, and any other discretionary spending buildings are able to do. CSD has 29 schools if memory serves. That’s 29 new required positions that will not be funded by State money, unless Districts take money out of any or all of the 3 listed funding sources. As it is, more would have to be cut out of the budget or more non-library staff would have to be RIFd to secure the new required $ for 29 librarians.

    It’s the exact same funding problem we run into every year when RIFs and excess notices go out. Except now, instead of librarians, other teaching positions would be subject to RIFs/excess notices.

    What they needed to do was make librarians an earned teaching unit position which would compel the State to pony up 60% of the funding for each librarian position.

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    • I actually though of that as I was just mowing my lawn Brian! They just need to take a look at all education funding, and see how much DOE money is going to wasteful stuff and reallocate those funds to the districts. Every time the DOE has a big idea, you better believe there will be an RFP for a contract going up in a week. Cause they don’t know how to implement their big ideas and we have to pay for it.

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