Almost two weeks after the Delaware Senate narrowly passed a bill which would mandate all Delaware schools would begin after Labor Day, the bill is heading to the House Education Committee on Wednesday, June 28th. The underdog of the 148th General Assembly received a boost of life when the Senate passed the bill with an 11-10 vote. The majority of the votes were not split between party, but rather location in Delaware. Most of the New Castle County Senators voted no while their counterparts in the Kent and Sussex counties voted yes. If we see a similar pattern with the House, this bill is going to Governor Markell’s desk by July 1st at the latest! It will be interesting to hear the state union’s (DSEA) take on the bill since they will have to represent each school district. Out of Delaware’s 19 school districts, only 6 reside in New Castle County.
Other bills that will be heard are House Bill 374 which would limit the term of school board seats to four years instead of five and Senate Bill 199 dealing with educator licensure and certification.