Delaware Senate Joint Resolution #2, directing the Department of Education to do an inventory of assessments and to form a “discussion group” surrounding these issues unanimously passed the full Delaware Senate today. As well, Senate Bill 122, directing the State Board of Education to look at reorganizing school boundaries and district lines passed the Senate 19-1 with one member not voting.
What is interesting about this is these two bills, along with House Bill 50, were all part of the agenda for the Senate Education Committee yesterday. House Bill 50 took up most of the meeting, Senate Bill 122 was given public comment by Tony Allen with no other members of the committee present except for Senator Sokola, and SJR #2 was not even discussed except as a counter to HB50 by opponents of the opt-out bill. But Senate Bill 122 and SJR #2 were both released from the committee in time for the Senate Legislative Session yesterday, put on the agenda for a full Senate vote today and passed. Meanwhile, no word on House Bill 50 being released from the committee.
At this point, I do not believe anything coming from Senator Sokola. He is railroading this bill. I know others will vouch for him, but this is deliberate. I am not going to be patient, nor should any parent who has endured the disrespect and intolerance by the heads of both education committees in our General Assembly who will side with corporate interests and the DOE over fundamental parent rights. I had a long conversation with Sokola last evening, and at no point did he come out in support of HB50 or did he state why he wanted district assessments added to HB50 as an amendment.
These people do not want parents to exercise their rights for their children, and they have bought off legislators to continue to peddle their outright lies and intimidation. We all know who they are: Rodel, the Delaware Business Roundtable, the Delaware Chamber of Commerce, and more. NO MORE!
We need as many people as humanly possible to email Senator Sokola and cc the Speaker of the House, Patti Blevins, and feel free to unleash your displeasure with the Senator who would care more about data and rigor than the best interest of children and parental rights. This is ALL on Senator Sokola’s dirty hands right now, and the Speaker of the House needs to see this. Their emails are as follows: