It has almost been a year since Delaware Governor John Carney announced his intention to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Christina Wilmington Schools. This partnership between his office, the Christina School District, the Christina Board of Education, and the Delaware Department of Education has been missing one key ingredient. Until today. The Christina Education Association came up with a new MOU which was publicly released today. If this passes, the stage is set for the consolidation of the Christina Wilmington schools.
The Christina Board of Education will vote on the proposed MOU at their board meeting on September 11th. In July, the board approved a delay for this MOU until September 15th. In addition, the members of CEA will have to ratify the MOU as well.
The proposed MOU brought forth by CEA goes over extended-school year days and how many the teachers are willing to work. There is extensive language about teachers applying for city school positions and the qualifications for those teachers. Once certain teachers sign a letter of commitment to the district they would not be subject to a reduction in workforce in either 2019 or 2020. There are bonuses for those teachers as well as a reimbursement of the Wilmington City Wage Tax. Teacher Leadership programs, and how they would work, are covered in the MOU as well.
To read the full proposed MOU, please see below: