Gotta love the Delaware State Board of Education. Only they are arrogant enough to consider their “not an approval or a denial” of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission redistricting plan an action. Don’t believe me? It’s on their own website: Statement from the State Board of Education with regard to action taken on the WEIC plan – January, 21, 2016. And yes, they did put a comma after January. For a group that takes action all the time (usually to the detriment of public education), why are they now sitting on the fence?
The State Board is now in violation of the law as dictated by Senate Bill 122. I wrote about how they were in danger of breaking the law last Friday. As of today, there is no notice of a public meeting by January 31st on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar. The State Board, by not taking action on the WEIC plan, has failed to give WEIC the sixty day window to make improvements in the plan. What happens if they vote no at their March board meeting? They have to vote by this coming Sunday, but without putting an agenda up for a meeting a week prior, they can’t have a meeting without violating Delaware State Code in regards to public meetings. Meanwhile, State Rep. Kim Williams found some other potential violations that went on at last week’s State Board meeting.
Who watches the Watchmen? In Delaware, in terms of the State Board of Education acting (or not acting in this case) without impunity, it seems nobody does…
To read their official statement on their
action inaction taken at last week’s State Board meeting with WEIC, read below: