The name is familiar to folks associated with Legislative Hall or Caesar Rodney’s Board of Education. Bill Bush filed to run for Trey Paradee’s seat in the 29th Representative district. Bush, who serves as a House of Representatives attorney, also has his own law firm. As well, he is the Vice-President of the Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education. Can the Democrat win?
He has no challengers… yet! I expect that to change in the coming months. Paradee usually had challengers for this seat so I don’t expect anything different this time. This is a seat that typically goes blue. Bush has a lot of clout in Dover and at Legislative Hall as a House Attorney. But many folks don’t want to see another “insider” at Legislative Hall and Dover Republicans are hungry for change. The 29th district includes parts of Wyoming, Dover, and Smyrna.
I’ve seen him in action down there. He knows his stuff and what they can and can’t do. I don’t always agree with him 100%, such as what happened with the opt out veto override. The way it all went down could have and should have been handled differently from a legal perspective. When State Rep. John Kowalko talked to Bush about bringing it up again at the end of the 148th General Assembly, it was found the procedural rules for the override should have been handled differently. But at the end of the day, there was no way in hell Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf was going to let Kowalko do anything with it.
From Caesar Rodney’s website:
William Bush is the vice president for the Caesar Rodney School Board. He and his wife Carrie reside in Wyoming and have three children. Mr. Bush received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Finance from the University of Delaware and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Widener University School of Law. He currently works as an attorney in private practice.
The September 7th Discipline Hearing for Student J at Smyrna Middle School had two very big witnesses about to testify. After Smyrna Middle School Associate Principal John Camponelli and Principal Steve Gott gave their testimony, it was time for the Smyrna School District Assistant Superintendent Patrik Williams to testify in the discipline hearing against student J. J’s entire future depended on what happened next.
According to Jenna Pizzi with the Delaware News Journal, the Midtown Brandywine Neighborhood Association in Wilmington is ready to do battle with Freire Charter School. Concerned with the amount of traffic coming into their neighborhood, many residents have formally hired an attorney and sent a letter to the Wilmington Department of Licenses and Inspection based on a lack of parking spaces for the school, scheduled to open in the upcoming school year. The group has also stated if their official letter does not receive a response in their favor, they will vote whether to file for an injunction against the charter school, on formal review with the Delaware Department of Education before it even opened.
At the Charter School Accountability Committee meeting last week, the school announced it has met its enrollment targets as of May 2015. State law requires any charter school to have 80% of its enrollment by April 1st before the new school year starts. Freire missed that number, but has since gone over it. The State Board of Education and Secretary of Education Mark Murphy will make a decision about the school’s formal review on June 18th. Some members of the Neighborhood Association have already filed charges against the school stemming from an incident in March, and association member Lyn Doto publicly acknowledged this a few days ago.