What Is The Joint Sunset Committee & How They Could Hold The DOE Accountable

There is a mechanism already in place within the Delaware General Assembly to hold a state agency accountable and to even see if they are really needed.  While this process wouldn’t begin until June of 2016 at the earliest, it would last way past Governor Markell’s remaining term as Governor.  And without his protection, and God willing, a new Governor that believes in true accountability, we could actually do the right thing here.


What is Sunset?

    Sunset is the periodic legislative review of agencies, commissions or boards. The purpose of the review is to determine whether or not there is a genuine public need for the agency and, if so, determine if the agency is effectively performing to meet that need. Typically, an agency, board or commission is reviewed once every seven years.

Who Guides the Sunset Process?

    The Joint Sunset Committee (JSC) is responsible for guiding the sunset process. The JSC is a 10 member legislative body composed of 5 members of the Senate appointed by the President Pro Tempore; and 5 members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House. Assisting the JSC is a staff analyst who develops the reports used by the JSC to draw conclusions about the agencies under review.

Joint Sunset Committee (JSC) Sunset Review Process Timeline


Who are the members of the Sunset Committee?


Senator Nicole Poore, Chair (D)
Representative Gerald L. Brady, Vice-Chair (D)
Representative Andria L. Bennett (D)
Representative Stephanie T. Bolden (D)
Representative Timothy D. Dukes (R)
Representative Jeffrey N. Spiegelman (R)
Senator Ernesto B. Lopez (R)
Senator Brian G. Pettyjohn (R)
Senator David P. Sokola (D)
Senator Bryan J. Townsend (D)

Time to get a petition going… stay tuned!

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

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