It appears de facto segregation is just as okay with the majority of the Delaware Senate as it was with the Delaware House of Representatives.
The Delaware Senate just passed House Substitute 1 for House Bill 85 with 12 yes, 4 no, 2 not voting, and 3 absent. The no votes belonged to State Senators DelCollo, Henry, Marshall, and McDowell. Those voting yes were Bonini, Bushweller, Cloutier, Hansen, Hocker, Lawson, Lopez, McBride, Poore, Richardson, Sokola, and Walsh. Lavelle, who originally voted yes, switched to “not voting” and Senator Simpson stuck with his original not voting.
An attempted amendment, similar to the failed amendment in the House, would have removed the very controversial part of the bill that would disallow Christina Wilmington students to be given the same preference as the Greater Newark Christina students for Newark Charter School. Sokola argued it was an unfriendly amendment. The amendment failed with 6 yes, 8 no, 5 not voting, and 2 absent.
Senator Robert Marshall said he believed the amendment would open the preference to everyone in the Christina School District and if parents really wanted their child to get an NCS education, they would find a way to make sure their child gets there.
A representative from the Delaware State Education Association testified they would be in support of the amendment which echoed their stance at the Senate Education Committee meeting two weeks ago.
The bill will go to Governor John Carney for signature. I call on ALL to contact Carney’s office in deep opposition to this bill that I fear will set up the State of Delaware for a massive lawsuit for furthering de facto segregation. He needs to veto this discrimination factory of a bill!
To see how your legislators voted on this horrible bill, please go here: http://legis.delaware.gov/BillDetail?LegislationId=26068