Delaware Charter Schools Network Removed From District Consolidation Task Force Membership

It was one of those blink and you miss it moments.  In the midst of budget negotiations in the early hours of July 1st, the Delaware House of Representatives voted again on House Concurrent Resolution #39 after Senator Colin Bonini added an amendment in the Senate.  The bill passed the Senate but because the amendment was added, the House had to vote again.

Bonini’s amendment removed charter schools from being a part of any district consolidation discussion.  When the bill came back to the House, State Rep. Kim Williams added another amendment which would remove the Delaware Charter Schools Network from membership on the district consolidation task force.  It was a logical amendment.  If charters didn’t want to be a part of the discussion, why would they want membership?  The amendment barely passed with 21 yes and 20 no.  The sole Republican yes vote came from State Rep. Jeff Spiegelman.  Democrats who voted against it were Earl Jaques, Melanie Smith, Larry Mitchell, Quinton Johnson and Pete Schwartzkopf.  None of those Dem votes really surprise me.  Some who voted yes surprised me, but I have seen similar votes with charter related bills this year so perhaps there could be a shift in thinking on that front.

The Delaware Department of Education is the support agency for this task force.  While no meetings have been scheduled at this point, the final report is due to the General Assembly by January 30th, 2018.  I expect this task force will get going at some point later this summer.

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3 thoughts on “Delaware Charter Schools Network Removed From District Consolidation Task Force Membership

  1. Hi Kevin — Great job on covering the budget negotiations this year! What’s your take on Pete’s vote against Kim’s amendment? When I look at this vote, plus Pete’s vote against the amendment to eliminate the transportation slush fund, I can’t help but think Pete is in someone’s pocket when it comes to charter schools. There aren’t any charter schools in Pete’s district. I would love your thoughts on this. Thanks — Don

    On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 11:36 AM, Exceptional Delaware 2017 wrote:

    > Kevin Ohlandt posted: “It was one of those blink and you miss it moments. > In the midst of budget negotiations in the early hours of July 1st, the > Delaware House of Representatives voted again on House Concurrent > Resolution #39 after Senator Colin Bonini added an amendment in t” >

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    1. Ha! That was one of the funny moments actually. I was in the balcony, and in the row next to me was Kendall Massett from the Charter Schools Network. During the vote, I saw Pete looking up an Kendall and he was saying no with his face. Kind of like an “I can’t believe they are doing this” kind of look. Read into that what you will!

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