Delaware Senator David Sokola openly lied in a debate with his opponent for the 8th Senate District, Republican Meredith Chapman. WDEL covered the event which included a lot of talk about opt out and districts vs. charters. When confronted with the question of opt out, WDEL reported the following:
Longtime incumbent state Senator David Sokola does not fully support an opt-out provision.
“If it said opt-out of Smarter Balanced, I’d probably support it,” said Sokola. “But if just said opt-out of the state tests–then I’d have a problem because I think we will be moving to a different assessment within a couple of years anyway.”
As Senator Sokola knows, House Bill 50 in its original incarnation was for all state assessments. However, prior to the House voting on the bill, State Rep. Sean Matthews added an amendment limiting the legislation to just the Smarter Balanced Assessment. It overwhelmingly passed the House and went to the Senate Education Committee, chaired by Senator Sokola. When it was released from that committee, it went to the floor for a full Senate vote. Sokola added an amendment to the bill to include all district assessments. The amendment passed but Sokola voted no on House Bill 50. After another Senator put on an amendment which was taken off by the House, it went back to the Senate for a second vote and Sokola voted no a second time.
David Sokola is a flat-out liar. Some have attempted to sway me into supporting Sokola because of his track record on other issues, but I see him for what he is. He is no longer fit to represent the people of his district, much less any child in the State of Delaware. He can’t even own up to his own decisions and be honest about it. Vote for Meredith Chapman in the 8th Senate District. A quarter of a century of this liar is far too long…