On January 27th, Delaware Governor Jack Markell issued Executive Order #57 dealing with a Delaware Open Data Council. In November, Executive Order #55 concerned a Delaware Cyber Security Council. So where is Executive Order #56? I can only imagine what it might have been. I have some thoughts though. Given the timing of the other two, I can easily picture an Executive Order dealing with high school juniors taking the SAT instead of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This did happen, but not from the lips of Markell. Perhaps an issue like that didn’t fall into the legal definition of an Executive Order.
Perhaps he was going to issue an Executive Order mandating all students take the state assessment and outlawed opt-out. That wouldn’t have gone over too well with parents, schools, and legislators. Maybe it was WEIC related. I could foresee him issuing some type of Executive Order on that, after all, that is how the whole thing began to begin with. What would have been really nice is if he issued an Executive Order mandating funding for basic special education for students in Kindergarten to 3rd Grade.
The likely reality is something could still come out with the number 56 on it. This happened before during his Governorship, back in 2014. I would expect to see this in the next couple weeks. Our legislators have skipped around with bill numbers in the past as well. What usually happens is something is pre-filed, but isn’t ready for full release. It will be interesting to see what it is. Any guesses?
This is all conjecture on my part.