I can’t believe we have to beg for this. Delaware State Rep. Kim Williams organized a letter-writing campaign for House Bill 12 which would provide basic special education funding for students in Kindergarten to 3rd Grade. So far, 729 letters have been sent to Delaware Governor John Carney. Williams’ goal is 1,000. My goal? 10,000.
It is utterly ridiculous that these students do not get special education funding at the onset of their educational foundation. All this obscene lack of funding does is set up failure. This is the cardinal sin in education: failure equals more money for corporations to come in and “fix” education. It also helps with future lawsuits and students getting behind the 8-ball from the very beginning. It is stupid and immoral. Yes, Delaware has a $385 million dollar deficit. We get it Governor Carney. But you need to make this happen. We hear the talk about students becoming college and career ready. How about making these students with disabilities elementary school ready? I see all this money getting dumped into early childhood education, which I am sure is needed. But you can’t pump them up and pull the football away when they get into elementary school. Doesn’t that defeat the purpose for nearly 20% of Delaware students?
Thank you to all who have signed this letter which can be found here. If you haven’t signed it yet, let’s make Governor Carney’s office very busy today!