This will be one busy education week at Legislative Hall in Dover, DE. Many education bills are moving to their next phase in the legislative process. Here is what’s on the docket:
Senate Bill 33 w/Senate Amendment #3: This is the legislation that came out of the IEP Task Force. It is up for a House vote, and if it passes, it goes to Governor Markell’s desk. I like this bill with one exception: they took out a part about parent groups at schools. Originally, it was supposed to be parents who first ask for an IEP will have an opportunity to meet with newly constructed parent groups at each charter school or district. Now it is only for “existing” groups. Even if Jack signs it, it won’t go into effect right away, so I would suggest parents get these “existing” groups going now. No one knows what to look for in IEPs more than parents who have been through the process.
At the House Education Committee meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 2:30, the following bills will be discussed: Senate Bill 62: regarding transportation of students, House Bill 144: another transportation bill dealing with appropriations, House Bill 146: Kim Williams bill dealing w/waiving of teacher licensure fees, and House Bill 148: Helene Keeley’s bill creating the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission.
And last, but certainly not least, we have the Senate Education Committee meeting at Wednesday at 3pm. House Bill 50!!! Parent Opt-Out! Also Senate Joint Resolution #2: the evil assessment inventory resolution the DOE thinks will stop House Bill 50. Also Senate Bills #92 and 93, dealing with Autism, and Senate Bill #94, dealing with military identification for students w/military ties in their family.
If you plan on coming Wednesday, GET THERE EARLY and wait for the doors to open up if you want a halfway decent seat!