Delaware State Rep. Paul Baumbach will be moderating an education forum Monday evening at Newark High School from 7pm to 9pm. Questions will be asked of the following: Senator David Sokola, Newark Charter Head of School Greg Meece, new Christina Superintendent Richard Gregg, Christina Board of Education President Elizabeth Paige, and Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting.
Given the article on HS1 for House Bill 85 from yesterday, this forum could not come at a better time. I challenge Greg Meece and Senator Sokola to explain WHY they didn’t want Christina’s Wilmington students included in the removal of the 5 mile radius legislation. Yesterday, the Delaware House passed the bill with 27 yes and 13 no.
If you are able to get to this forum, I would strongly suggest doing so. Especially if you are a parent of a Christina Wilmington student.
To clarify on the article from yesterday, I do not believe every legislator who voted yes on the bill is a racist. I believe it was more political than anything else. But, the unintended consequences of this bill will lead to more de facto segregation.
Education funding will also be a hot topic at this forum, as it should be. I, for one, would like to know why the charters feel they should be able to keep their portion of the educational sustainment fund while local school districts don’t. I would also like to know why there is talk that the charters will keep their transportation slush fund (extra freebie money they get to keep if they spend less than their budgeted transportation amount).