In an article today by Melissa Steele in the Cape Gazette, Delaware Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf emphatically said no to any type of veto override for House Bill 50.
On the House side, Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, said he will not support an override attempt. He voted yes for the bill in June, but he said he would call no special session to override the veto, and he will vote no for the override if it comes up after the legislative session resumes in January.
How does that song by Cyndie Lauper go, “I’ll see your true colors, shining through…”. It sounds like he swallowed the poison pill that is Senate Joint Resolution #2 as well. This is the statewide assessment inventory resolution that was always meant to counter House Bill 50. Schwartkopf even said so in the article:
Schwartzkopf said based on the joint resolution, a task force is being established, and a lot of concerns of over testing may be resolved by its recommendation.
“Let’s give the task force a chance to look at this,” he said.
For those who may not recall, I was livid when SJR #2 was introduced, and even beforehand. Once Markell announced his “overtesting” initiative, I knew this would be his huge attack against parent opt-out. I even called allies out in their support of SJR #2, because I knew what it was meant to do. And here we are, with a veto of an opt-out bill and a push for SJR #2. If ANYONE thinks Smarter Balanced will be a major discussion point in the assessment inventory, in terms of eliminating that test, they are going to be fooled. The talk will last for five minutes until someone says “We can’t get rid of it, it’s a federal requirement.”
Perhaps the day has come where Schwartzkopf shouldn’t be able to run the show anymore on the House side in Dover. Maybe the House Bill 50 veto isn’t the only thing that needs to change down there.
Meanwhile, Delaware State Senator Ernie Lopez is very much in favor of overriding the veto.
“Smarter Balanced has been the culmination and been on the receiving end of frustration on all levels,” he said. “All of us are disappointed in the governor’s response.”
Now that is a legislator quote I can agree with! Once and for all we will see which legislators side with parents and which side with Markell in any veto override attempt in January. And yes, as Senator Bryan Townsend said during the final senate vote on House Bill 50, legislators are being tested with this vote. And with 11 out of 21 senate seats and all 41 of the House Representative seats open for re-election in November 2016, you better believe it! Parents are watching what our legislators do like never before.