The Wilmington Education Improvement Commission’s redistricting plan to move the Christina schools in Wilmington over to Red Clay has entered its final leg in the long journey. House Joint Resolution #12 was filed today with primary Sponsors State Rep. Charles Potter and State Senator Margaret Rose-Henry with the following co-sponsors: State Reps Baumbach, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Jaques, J. Johnson, Keeley, Lynn, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Paradee and Viola; and State Senators Marshall, McDowell, Poore and Townsend. There are some names I thought might be on here but aren’t. Including any House Republican. Kim Williams is also absent, but I suspect that has a lot to do with the fact House Bill 30, which would provide basic special education funding for students in Kindergarten to 3rd grade has, for the most part, been ignored by the General Assembly.
This is where it will get very interesting folks! Since it is a joint resolution, it must go before the education committees in both Houses of the General Assembly. Unless they should happen to suspend the rules, but with legislation as controversial as this, I would tend to doubt they would do that. All of this rides on the final budget numbers. What do you think? Will the General Assembly move forward with the WEIC redistricting plan? Or will Tony Allen’s “once in a generation” moment disappear?