The Education Funding Improvement Commission, which came out of Delaware’s Senate Joint Resolution #4, will have their next meeting on Tuesday, April 19th at 5pm in the Tatnall Building in Dover. Originally, the report for this was due to the General Assembly on March 31st, but Senator David Sokola had it extended until June 30th with Senate Concurrent Resolution #56.
I would still like to know why there is NO mention of basic special education funding for students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade. Are they purposely ignoring this? Governor Markell didn’t put it in the state budget proposal back in January either. I’m sorry, I can’t buy any kind of new funding for schools when this glaring omission exists. And people wonder why I feel insulted by the General Assembly at times… We have a perfectly good bill with House Bill 30 and its ignored for well over a year now. What is the disconnect here? Why is no one aside from State Rep. Kim Williams and a few others pushing for this? This is Governor Markell’s number one failure with education. But sadder is the hundreds of children who suffered because of it. No apology, nothing. I will never believe it is all about the students as long as this gaping hole in school funding exists. All the supports in the world don’t matter at all if children suffer. They can pull out all these models and put on a big show, but show those models to the students with disabilities in Kindergarten to 3rd Grade who just aren’t good enough for all these great education initiatives.
I can’t change what happened to my son. But I can try for the hundreds of others who are out there. The ones with the denied IEPs. The ones who aren’t given accommodations on their existing IEPs. I’m mad. I’m raw. I’m tired of fighting. I can show the entire state what is going on, but it isn’t enough to make a difference to those in power. We can talk about pre-school being the next big thing until the cows come home, but if we are missing the boat on the true foundation for learning right when it starts, in Kindergarten going to 3rd grade, then we are failing all those children with disabilities. All of us. Most experts agree that if these kids don’t get this foundation then, it becomes very difficult for them to acclimate in later years. So yeah, if I get angry and lash out, imagine how those kids feel.