The clock is ticking fast for the last days of the Delaware General Assembly’s legislative session. June 30th is the last day, and House Bill 50 has one last stop before it either goes to Governor Markell or gasps its last breath on the Senate floor. Many folks have been emailing the Senate, and I would love it if everyone reading this in Delaware could do the same if they haven’t already.
Here’s the latest: Senator David Sokola, the Chair of the Senate Education Committee plans to add an amendment to the bill adding all state assessments as well as district-wide assessments that parents “can” opt out of. This bewildering move is strategic on his part. The Senate may pitch a fit over this thinking parents can opt out of any test. They can, but they are only choosing to opt out of one test: The Smarter Balanced Assessment. The Senate doesn’t release their committee votes, but all eight agreed to release the bill with one unfavorable.
The Senate is an unknown enigma in this opt out saga. I had a feeling it would pass the House, but not with a 36-3 vote! The problem now is Senate Joint Resolution #2. I can see someone saying “But we are already doing the assessment inventory.” Well played Sokola. Not really, it was a shady plan you and Jaques cooked up there, fully backed by Governor Markell I’m sure. But now it is time to put this to the test (no pun intended). Let the Senate decide. Put this up on the agenda this week. And don’t do it with any backroom deals. Be a Senator, but more important, be a man and put this up!!!