Hey, I know I got some districts and charters moving last weekend when I posted how they were not following state law in putting up their board audio recordings, but some of you didn’t get the message!
So… Laurel School District, Charter School of New Castle, Delaware Academy of Public Safety & Security, Delaware Military Academy, Eastside Charter School, Early College High School, and Freire… I will do this as much as I can until you are COMPLIANT with the law!
State law says you must record your board meetings and put them on your website within seven days. No excuses, no exceptions, just do it! I would have loved to go to your websites and not have to write this article. Yeah, I know, I’m a pain. But guess what? I’m not breaking the law! And until someone from the state calls you out on breakin’ the law, I’ll continue my citizen audits! Transparency Rules!
And Laurel, you need to put up your board agenda. That is a big FOIA no-no!
On May 25th, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed House Bill 61 into law. All public school boards in Delaware must record their board meetings when they are in public session and make them available on their website within seven business days of the meeting. The law goes into effect 90 days after signature, so by August 25th this is the law of the land!
This is a true victory for Kilroy’s Delaware, the godfather of education blogs in Delaware. For the very few who might not know, this has been Kilroy’s mission for the past fifty billion years or something like that. Many helped along the way, but he carried the flame. And with only a pocket full of college credits!
Kilroy promised his readers that after this mission was done he would release his long-awaited story about how “Johnny can’t read”. I can’t wait to read it! Congrats to the main man, the man who has inspired so many of us, who has been doing this much longer than I have, and keeps on going, the one, the only,
Kilroy’s School Board Audio Recording bill, sponsored by State Rep. Deb Hudson, passed the Delaware House of Representatives unanimously just now. The final vote was 40 yes and 1 absent. House Bill 61 is the second time this bill has been in the General Assembly. House Bill 23, from the 147th General Assembly, never got a full House vote.
This is Kilroy’s legacy to Delaware. He has fought hard for this bill for years. The first time I ever went to Legislative Hall was for my failed attempt to get House Bill 23 up on the agenda. This was my thanks to Kilroy for letting me write a very long story about my son on his blog before I started this one. A lot has happened since then and the need for transparency from our school boards has never been greater. It still has to go through the Senate, with the Senate Education Committee first. But there is no reason why it shouldn’t pass there.
Congrats Kilroy! I’m glad I got to hear it live!
State Rep. Earl Jaques said it was a great bill!
State Rep. Kim Williams thanked State Rep. Hudson for sponsoring the bill!
I emailed Kilroy a VERY BAD audio recording of the vote on the school board audio recording bill!