The saga of the 5-mile radius legislation beats on in Delaware! Today, State Rep. John Kowalko introduced an amendment to the bill which would remove the language concerning the Wilmington students in the Christina School District not a part of the enrollment preference for charter schools within the non-Wilmington portion of the district.
Yesterday, at the House Education Committee meeting, legislators and speakers alike shared concerns with that portion of the bill. House Substitute 1 for House Bill #85 would remove any 5-mile radius enrollment preferences in Delaware charter schools. At present, only two charters have the 5-mile radius, Newark Charter School and First State Montessori Academy. But Newark Charter School exists in a district where the Wilmington part of their district is not land-locked and is actually an island in the middle of the city. One State Representative, Joe Miro, said he will not vote yes for the bill if it has the amendment on it.
Wow! Meg Mason resigns from the Christina Board of Education a week ago, the New Castle County Department of Elections announces the seat will be part of the May 9th election, the deadline for candidates to file is April 20th, and three women file today!
Who are these brave souls?
Looks like we have a race! The only name I am familiar with is Monica Moriak, who serves on the Christina Citizen’s Budget Oversight Committee. At this time, Christina will have two three-way races for board seats. All I can say is look for A LOT of campaign signs all over the place in the Greater Newark area as well as the Wilmington section of Christina in the coming weeks!