Almost a year since Amy Joyner-Francis was viciously beaten in the Howard High School of Technology bathroom and died as a result of those injuries, the verdict was delivered this morning against her assaulters. Trinity Carr was found guilty of both third-degree criminally negligent homicide and criminal conspiracy. Zion Snow also got the third-degree criminal conspiracy verdict. Chakeira Wright was found not guilty because of a lack of substantial evidence suggesting she was involved in the conspiracy to attack Joyner-Francis. It was also revealed she attempted to pull Carr off Amy during the assault.
Delaware Family Court Judge Robert Coonin read the verdict this morning. I can’t say I like this verdict. I never liked the official “cause of death” and found it to serve the girls who killed Amy more than the cause of justice. None of this will bring Amy back.
After six days of will they or won’t they, the Delaware Department of Education is not moving forward on any changes in the school district per pupil cost sent to charter schools out of their local unrestricted funding allocations. Perhaps now we can all take a deep breath and spend the next year changing the date on this so schools aren’t stressing out over budgets the first week of school.
Christina School District Board of Education President Elizabeth Paige informed me the district Chief Financial Officer, Bob Silber, was officially notified of this decision by the Delaware DOE earlier this afternoon.
I am pleased that the charter funding allocation will not change for this year; however, I know that we can’t expect this not to come up again and come up often. We must continue to fight for equity and not equality when it comes to funding public education in the state.
Well said President Paige! Even though there is a calm in the storm for now, this is definitely an issue I plan on doing extensive research on so when it does come up again it won’t be a shock to everyone, including myself. I still have many unanswered questions surrounding the transparency on the charter schools and the Delaware DOE with this issue. I will get those answers.