The Christina Board of Education voted yes for a settlement with the 15 charter schools suing them and the Delaware Dept. of Education over exclusions in the local funding formula. Board member Fred Polaski made a motion to approve the settlement. Board member John Young said two hours isn’t enough time to digest the entire settlement. He said he wasn’t happy with the way things went down and the short notice to come up with an answer. Shirley Saffer, another board member, agreed with Young’s assessment of the situation. The vote came down to 4 yes and 3 no. The three no votes were cast by Board President Elizabeth Paige and members Young and Saffer. The yes votes belonged to Vice-President George Evans and members Fred Polaski, Harrie-Ellen Minnehan and Meg Mason.
UPDATED: The 15 Delaware charter schools must also vote on the settlement by tomorrow, December 1st. One of the conditions of the motion was that the settlement be made public once it is signed.
No details were given about the actual settlement or how much the settlement was for. I firmly believe that settlement should be made available to the public since it will be paid for out of taxpayer funds. Without knowing the details of the settlement, I think agreeing to settle is not a wise move.
Many legislators showed up for the decision: Senator David Sokola, Rep. Paul Baumbach, and Rep. Ed Osienski. Baumbach left before the board came out of executive session.
A special thanks to my ace reporter who was at the meeting! You are awesome!