Not sure how I missed this one, but on the day of the Delaware Governor Markell veto of the parent opt-out bill, House Bill 50, the Delaware State News wrote an article with awesome quotes by Senator Dave Lawson where he said the following:
“This action by Gov. Markell proves, without a doubt, that he and the ‘We know best’ bunch have NO regard for what parents and the legislature approve.
“It is sad that the Governor decided to veto a piece of legislation supporting parents’ rights,” he added.
Gov. Markell had opposed the bill since the beginning, but the measure passed the House by a 31-vote and the Senate by 15-6 vote.
As one of the co-sponsors of the bill, alongside State Rep. John Kowalko, Lawson has stood of for parents rights and has been a strong parent advocate during this whole process of opting out. During a press conference in early April, he referred to opt-out as a “God-given right for parents” and I couldn’t agree more. In the past year, Lawson picked up the education baton and ran with it. He served on the IEP Task Force which led to the passage of Senate Bill 33 to give parents more rights during the IEP process. As well, he is the chair of the taskforce for the blind which came about from hard-hitting public comments during the IEP Task Force.