The very controversial HS1 for House Bill 85 gets a full Senate vote today. This is one of the thorniest education bills in the Delaware General Assembly this session. It would remove the 5 mile radius enrollment preference for charter schools but there is a loophole. For the Christina School District, which has a non-continguous section in Wilmington, those students would not get a preference to get into Newark Charter School. That is Delaware’s largest charter school.
It was released from the Senate Education Committee two weeks ago but not without controversy. In the House, it prompted a long debate over the issue last month. Those who opposed the bill alleged it would cause even more de facto segregation of Wilmington students.