Delaware Senator David Sokola attempted a Kill Bill style execution of House Bill 50 today in the Delaware Senate. By adding his amendment to the parent opt-out legislation, he guaranteed this bill will go back to the House of Representatives even though it passed the Senate. Senator Bryan Townsend, who at least had the courage to vote yes, also added an amendment allowing high school juniors to not take the assessment. Both of these amendments will stall the bill, and should Governor Markell choose to veto it, he can do so safely when the legislators aren’t in session.
Senator Sokola: Why introduce an amendment on a bill you don’t support and have never supported? You are a hypocrite when you say you value opinions from your constituents. You are a public school back-stabbing liar of epic proportions.
And the DOE’s new boy toy: Jessie Parsley. He should be on every public school teacher’s most wanted list because he sold all of you down the river tonight. This is a Rodel guy through and through. He has big aspirations and what we saw tonight was him trying to kiss his ass up to the top.
What shocked me was Senator Colin Bonini’s statements concerning, when you boil it down, smart kids being encouraged to take the test and dumb kids being encouraged not to. Interesting he received the classic slip-it note from Governor Markell’s education policy advisor, Lindsay O’Mara before it all began. And this guy wants to run for Governor? He lost my vote with this.
The following NO votes do not support parental rights and believe all the crap the DOE and Markell have been shoving their way:
HB 50 w/HA 1 + SA 1, SA 2 Kowalko Passed
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO EDUCATION ASSESSMENT.
Date: 06/17/2015 07:44 PM Passed
Vote Type:SM Yes: 14 No: 7 Not Voting: 0 Absent: 0