Breaking News: Governor Carney Tells CNN He Believes Schools Will Be Closed The Rest Of The Year; State Budget Expected To Take A Major Hit This Year

“Looking at the guidelines it looks like that is where we end up.”

These were the words Delaware Governor Carney just told CNN in an interview when asked if Delaware schools will be closed the rest of the academic year.

Looks like Delaware is going to have to do a lot for Seniors over the summer in my opinion.

In addition, Carney told non-profits today he expects the state budget to now have a deficit of anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion in the state budget.  For a proposed state budget of $4.6 billion for Fiscal Year 2021 this is going to put a major crimp in that.  He also earmarked $893 million for the Bond bill for capital infrastructure projects.

Will education get further cuts in the budget?  After the devastating FY2018 budget crisis, these cuts will be even more painful for school districts and charter schools in Delaware.

With unemployment claims hitting record numbers in Delaware and the Small Business Loan administration running out of money for their stimulus loans, look for some very rough times for the next year or two in Delaware.

A growing chorus of folks in Delaware are already planning a rally to get the Governor to open the economy faster despite the danger of Covid-19 spreading further in Delaware.

We live in a time of unknowns and the answers will hurt.

3 thoughts on “Breaking News: Governor Carney Tells CNN He Believes Schools Will Be Closed The Rest Of The Year; State Budget Expected To Take A Major Hit This Year

  1. As a parent of two seniors, my heart is breaking. No prom. No graduation. No special senior award, activities, etc. No summer job to help pay for college. Reduced hours and job loss for parents. Yet, somehow, we had to put deposits down for college – with no idea if they colleges will be able to open. The Class of 2020 will be the forgotten class – the one with no senior group shots, no graduation pictures, no senior activities in the yearbooks. Think of everything that you did or dreamed of doing in your senior year and just stomp on that for a bit. Oh, and then to be really ‘nice’ tell this year’s seniors that they are selfish and unthinking for wishing that they had proms and graduations – because that is what some are saying to these kids. Yes, we know that there is a serious pandemic going around. Yes, we know that there have been tragic loses. But, let the kids be kids and let them mourn the loss of activities and awards that they have worked for and dreamed about.

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    • 2020 will not be the forgotten class. They will be the legendary one. Much like the generation that came of age during the Great Depression, their grit through the most turbulent of times will be a badge of honor. There’s was not the average or customary- that is for sure. They will be the exceptional ones.

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  2. Don’t forget these Seniors never get a chance to say goodbye & give well wishes to their friends before heading off in all different directions. Heck, they have yet to have recieve their yearbooks… imagine a yearbook with no signatures & funny jokes only a few get.

    To whoever started the whole “Let’s stand with 2020 seniors by posting our senior pics” just stop it! You think you’re helping but you are causing more harm than good. You have a ton of memories; good, bad & indifferent surrounding those pics. Some of the 2020 seniors haven’t received their Senior pictures yet. While you’re laughing down memory lane about how much hair you’ve lost or weight you’ve gained/lost or her how about that boy/girl you crushed on…. These kids have none of that. They were pulled out of school a whole marking period & a half before school should have ended. You are all making this WORSE for the class of 2020, not better.

    For those non-seniors, congratulations. Your children are going to be raised to the next grade level without learning what they needed to learn to get there. Or there is going to be so much crammed into next year, students will have a difficult time keeping up.

    Of course, that’s all based on the Governor allowing the kids to pass with over 12 weeks of grades missing. There are school districts in other States giving everyone an A & passing. Other are saying the last 2 marking periods have to be made up (this includes Seniors).

    There are some hard laws on the books stating students must attend 180 days of school & IEP/504 laws have to be met. I know teachers who are saying they teach 400 students a day but 30-40 students are turning up for Zoom or turning in the work. Not because the can’t (as in no internet) but because they don’t want to & have said as much.

    I have no idea how this is going to be handled, I’m still hoping for a graduation ceremony but that’s for me, I want to see her cross the stage.

    In a way, I now consider myself lucky. My daughter went to a charter school that closed last year. She has a yearbook (signed by almost everyone even teachers), was prom princess and had their own little goodbye ceremony & more than a few parties. The only thing that didn’t happen was a graduation ceremony & she wasn’t looking forward to a ceremony filled with people she didn’t know. I wanted the ceremony. So in an odd spin of life, she lucked out. She also completed meet pathway in 11th grade & she finished her 12th grade English & Math classes so she lucked out all the way around.

    I wish all the 2020 Seniors the best of luck because I know all aren’t as lucky as mine. Strange, who knew a year later what I thought was a disaster, a fortunate event.

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