Below are the minutes from the January 21st, 2015 Delaware House Education Committee meeting. The Delaware DOE presented the latest round of Elementary Secondary Education Act flexibility waivers to the House Education Committee.
They were grilled by legislators with very hard questions. Some of them were either not answered or given superficial answers without much detail. State Rep. Kim Williams asked the hardest questions:
Vice-Chair Williams commented that the Operating Budget for the previous year was amended (Sec. 154 and 155, c.1) and removed statutory authority from the legislature and allowed DDOE to “override Delaware law” and provide regulation. She questioned as to why legislators were “kept in the dark” regarding the amended Operating Budget and why was it necessary to “have chapter one removed without” the knowledge of the legislature. DDOE was unable to answer the questions due to a lack of representation from those who made the decision. Chair Jaques asked that the question be taken to Secretary Murphy and an answer will be brought back to the committee. DDOE agreed.
Vice-Chair Williams continued that she was disappointed to know she voted on the Operating Budget which gave away her authority. She asked that, in the future, the agency explain why an addition or deletion is necessary prior to voting.
The full minutes with fascinating material can be read below.