I support the Governor’s position.
Thank you Matt Bittle with the Delaware State News for covering the budget talks in Dover yesterday. Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Steven Godowsky wants to increase the education budget by $87 million for more funds to go towards the general operating budget and an additional $5 million for the capital portion of the education budget. The article explained how the education portion of the state budget is currently $1.3 billion and the proposed increase would bring it to $1.39 billion. Of the requested increases, $44.7 would go to salaries, $15.8 towards “projected growth”, and $9.5 to “technology initiatives”, “safety measures”, and funding for “ELL students”.
The article also reported Godowsky does not stand with parents and educators on the controversial opt-out legislation, House Bill 50. The bill passed the House and Senate earlier in the year, but Governor Jack Markell vetoed the popular legislation. As predicted, he talked about the whole assessment inventory and how there are too many tests. But no one with the ability to change things is talking about getting rid of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. That will be number one with a bullet for me in 2016! Godowsky’s whole claim about communicating and sharing information better is a crock!
That’s our big priority, that we communicate better, share information and get a good sense of where we’re going,” he said. He described himself as “optimistic” that cooperation would be improved.
I have yet to see this renewed sense of transparency Secretary Godowsky…