The Joint Finance Committee of the Delaware 148th General Assembly will be meeting in special session to discuss education funding in Delaware. The meetings will occur on November 30th and December 2nd from 10am to 4:30pm in the JFC Hearing Room at Legislative Hall in Dover, DE.
As the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission moves ever closer to final plans for the redistricting of Wilmington public schools, funding is coming up as the number one priority in this initiative. The legislators on this committee will assuredly discuss this crucial component of the legislative approved measure. House Bill 148 created WEIC and Senate Bill 122 gives the State Board of Education the authority to change the boundaries after WEIC gives a concrete plan to do so. Following any decision the State Board makes, the 148th General Assembly must approve the redistricting by a joint resolution.
As Delaware media and the blogosphere ignites over this issue, many questions raised about funding are valid. This will impact everything concerning education in Delaware at a time when projected deficits will blow up next year. I find it ironic the JFC can meet in special session to discuss education funding, but not take measures against the DOE over their test, label and punish tactics which could easily be prevented by overriding Governor Markell’s veto of House Bill 50.
The members of the Joint Finance Committee consist of the following:
Rep. Melanie Smith (Chair)
Senator Harris McDowell (Co-Chair)
Rep. William Carson
*Rep. Debra Heffernan
Rep. JJ Johnson
*Rep. Harvey Kenton
*Rep. Joseph Miro
Senator Brian Bushweller
Senator Bruce Ennis
Senator Karen Peterson
Senator Katherine Cloutier
Senator Dave Lawson
*means these members serve on the House Education committee, JFC has NO members from the Senate Education Committee within its membership.