Because most of the Senators in the Education Committee were not present during the actual meeting, the bill has to be circulated to each one of them. According to Senator David Sokola, he expects this to happen tomorrow. It is also expected, not that I’ve heard this from Sokola, that House Bill 50 will be released from committee. With that being said, a new wrinkle has come up. Apparently, and this is coming straight from Sokola, he is considering adding an amendment to the bill. What would happen with that is the Senate would vote on the amendment, which would kick the bill back to the House if the Senate passes it. If the House passes the amended legislation, it would then go to Governor Markell’s desk. At this point, he could do one of three things: sign the bill, veto the bill, or do nothing and in 12 days it would become law. If the House passed the amended vote by June 30th, Markell would have 12 days to make his decision.
The parent opt-out bill saga never ends. And this has just been confirmed by Yvonne Johnson with the Delaware PTA: the amendment would allow opt-out of district-wide assessments.