House Concurrent Resolution passed the Delaware Senate a short time ago with amendment by Delaware Senator to take charter schools out of the district consolidation task force’s discussion. A prior amendment in the House from State Rep. Earl Jaques included charter schools in the task force discussion. Oddly enough, Senator Bonini’s amendment didn’t remove a representative from the Delaware Charter Schools Network from the task force.
Senator David Sokola said this bill did not have to be heard in committee but felt it was an important enough topic to have that voice.
Senator Bryan Townsend expressed hope that charters would be a part of the task force’s review. He said the intent of the legislation is a coordinated school system. He recognized Delaware’s unique education system and understood the ideological discussion of Senator Colin Bonini but still felt all Delaware public schools should be part of that system.
Senator Bonini’s amendment passed with 12 yes, 8 no, and 1 absent. For the concurrent resolution, it passed with 17 yes, 3 no, and 1 absent. I imagine it will come back to the House tonight.
Senator Townsend’s Senate Concurrent Resolution #39, requesting an advisory opinion from the Justices of the Delaware Supreme Court on the efficiency of Delaware’s public school system, was defeated in the Delaware Senate with 9 yes, 10 no, 1 not voting, and 1 absent. House Bill #142, dealing with training for School Resource Officers in situations dealing with students with disabilities, passed the Senate with 20 yes and 1 no. The Kim Williams sponsored bill goes to Governor Carney for signature.
This is a concurrent resolution, but an important one. For years, Delaware has been floundering public education in our state. Senate Concurrent Resolution #38 would seek the opinion of the highest court in our state to find out if we are even following our own Constitution with what has been going on. For some reason it was left on the table during consideration in the Senate, which means they will get back to it at another time. But this is timely and necessary. Sponsored by Senators Bryan Townsend and David Sokola and State Rep. Sean Matthews.
To read the full text of the legislation, please go to the below document.
On Tuesday, the Delaware Senate passed Senate Bill 285, the FY2017 budget bill, with a vote of 15 yes and 6 no. The Delaware Constitution requires 3/4 of both the Delaware House of Representatives and the Delaware Senate to vote yes in order for the budget to pass. The Delaware Senate did not get the necessary 3/4 vote. It was a little bit over 71%, not 75%. But they passed it anyways and sent it to the House who did pass it with the required 3/4 vote. Now it heads to Governor Markell’s desk. As El Somnambulo pointed out on Delaware Liberal this morning, only the General Assembly can declare this unconstitutional and could send it to the Delaware Supreme Court. This is the dark side of shady Delaware Politics as El Som pointed out:
The question, of course, was moot when the budgets passed almost unanimously. But that’s not the case this year. I don’t care whether the R’s are doing this just to be pains in the ass. The idea that the General Assembly would willfully pass, and the Governor would sign, a budget that might not meet constitutional standards is, well when you think of it, not surprising. Just depressing and sorta outrageous. And business as usual.
The absolute corruption and fraud in Dover continues. It isn’t just education folks, it is everything. This General Assembly has no respect for the Delaware Constitution or those who came before them. They set up laws to allow illegal activity in our state. Yes, that is an oxymoron, but it is what they do. And we still keep voting the same people in, year after year. At least Senator Karen Peterson has the good sense to get the hell out of there before they do something even more stupid. The same day the Senate illegally passed the budget, WBOC reported a federal judge ruled Delaware’s abandoned property collecting practices violate due process law. Amounting to revenue for the state to the tune of almost $500 million dollars on an annual basis. That is about 1/8th of the state budget folks. How can we, as the citizens of Delaware, allow this to continue? When will the people rise up and take control? Are we just as guilty as the politicians that look the other way on illegal activities by electing the lawmakers who violate our Constitution?