Faced with some difficult decisions regarding the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission’s redistricting plan, the Delaware General Assembly gave a response to the very critical funding issue: skirt around that minor detail and just approve it. That is essentially what House Bill 390 does. This isn’t a train wreck. The train crashed a long time ago. Now it’s a matter of surveying the damage done to the building it crashed into. That building just so happens to be called Wilmington Education. Nobody wants this plan to stick to them. Not during an election year. So everyone is backing away from it while saying “Great plan, we need to do this now.” But no one wants to own it. I imagine the House Education Committee meeting today which does NOT have this bill on the agenda, just House Joint Resolution #12 which would allow the General Assembly to approve the redistricting plan, will be mighty interesting. But does House Bill 390 have to be approved before HJR #12? And what happened to just sticking an amendment on HJR #12? They have to do a whole other bill? While the intent behind this whole thing was pure, it has turned into such a political landmine. Who does take responsibility for how much this costs and who approves the funding?
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! View all posts by Kevin Ohlandt