The Christina School District Board of Education voted 5-2 to table the Memorandum of Understanding between the Christina School District and Delaware Governor John Carney’s office. In a nutshell, this means it isn’t dead but will most likely come up at a future board meeting. Carney’s office gave Christina a deadline of February 28th to approve the whole thing, even the portion which would consolidate five schools into two. The two no votes belonged to board members John Young and Elizabeth Paige.
Carney is going to be one pissed off Governor tonight! In my opinion, this MOU was a bait and switch to begin with. Now that the Christina Board has essentially said “screw you and your MOU”, he can REALLY go after the district. Which means he will bring out the big guns and threats of charter conversion. These are predictions on my end with nothing to base them on. Nothing but history. To see the latest draft, please see below:
Aside from State Rep. Paul Baumbach, I have yet to hear from one person in support of this legislation. Zero. Zilch. Nada. But in the 24 hours or so since I posted this story, I have had many sidebar conversations with Baumbach, as well as many other crucial conversations.
The biggest advocate against human sex trafficking in Delaware had a very busy year! Yolanda Schlabach, the Greenwood, DE native, made sure key legislation on human sex trafficking in The First State passed in 2017.
One Democrat State Representative in Delaware turned the cart upside down in the late days of June when she voted no on tax hike legislation. She also put forth legislation that mandates cursive be taught to Delaware students in their early elementary years. Andria Bennett definitely had an impact in 2017.
4 out of 21 Delaware State Senators are women. 9 out of 41 Delaware State Representatives are women. Which gives women a small 21% portion of the Delaware General Assembly. I am predicting that number will rise in January of 2019 after many women win seats in the upcoming Delaware General Election. From Laura Sturgeon to Donyale Hall, from Elizabeth Lockman to Krista Griffith and Rachel Blumenfeld, we are seeing fresh new faces running for office. We even have Kathleen Davies taking on her former boss for the Delaware State Auditor. Factoring in the shameful season of men getting blacklisted from Hollywood and the media over sexual harassment of women, the time is ripe for a major shift in politics.
When Delaware State Senator Brian Bushweller decided not to run for reelection in 2018, people started showing interest in the vacancy. Within a couple of months, Donyale Hall put her hat in the ring for the 17th Senate District. The Republican hails from south Dover and has made impressive headway with her campaign in a short time. She could be facing a primary against fellow GOP member Justin King, the mayor of Camden, DE. Which would bring her to a General Election against the only Democrat who has filed: Trey Paradee, currently the State Rep. for the 29th House District.