I get newsletters from the House Democrats and the House Republicans. In the email from the House GOP, legislators on the Republican side weighed in on the latest Delaware Department of Education stunt with the former Race To The Top positions the DOE funded out of vacancies in their budget.
Delaware State Rep. Deborah Hudson today introduced House Bill 161 in Delaware, allowing parents of special needs children to use funding from their residential school district to an “educational program of their choosing” according to the bill. This is a bit different than the school voucher legislation introduced last year around this time. This is designed for students with disabilities, and the funds would go towards any non-public school or private school within Delaware. Below is the actual legislation:
All I can say is with the year my son has had, this might be a very welcome law!
House Bill 61, the Kilroy’s bill, would mandate all school boards must digitally record their meetings and place the audio on their website within seven business days. I’m crossing my fingers that the third time is the charm on this one! Come and support Kilroy’s legislation as sponsored by State Rep. Deborah Hudson on May 6th at 2:30pm!
HB 61 AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Sponsor : Hudson
HB 96 AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SILENT ALARM SYSTEMS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Sponsor : Miro
HB 82 AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. Sponsor : Lynn
*agenda courtesy of http://legis.delaware.gov
Delaware State Representative Deborah Hudson has once again introduced a bill which would demand ALL school boards in Delaware digitally record their board meetings and make them available to the public. It was also introduced in the 147th General Assembly as House Bill 23, but was never put out for a vote. So let’s do the time warp again and pray this bill gets a full vote by the House and Senate and passes! With all of the shenanigans made public by various charter schools in the past year, this is needed and transparency needs to rule the day as Kilroy would say. I think this bill has much stronger muscle in the House this time, but the Senate will need some work.
What is interesting is who sponsored it last time and who is doing so now. We have Hudson and Karen Peterson as a co-sponsor. Dukes, Baumbach and Kim Williams from the House stayed on. From the Senate we have just Greg Lavelle. Gone as sponsors from the House in House Bill 23 are D. Short, Miro, Peterman, Mitchell, Bennett, and Wilson; and from the Senate, Hocker, Simpson and Townsend have left. But House Bill 61 does have new sponsors from the House: Briggs King, Hensley, Yearick, Bolden, Jaques, Lynn, Matthews, Osienski and Paradee, and the Senate: Bonini.
The actual wording on the bill looks the same as House Bill 23. The only additional language is the part about executive sessions, workshops and retreats not being included as their are no votes at these sessions.