House Bill 269, sponsored by Delaware State Rep. Kim Williams, was introduced today and assigned to the House Education Committee. The legislation deals with school choice and offers some substantial changes to how Delaware deals with school choice. This bill is not expected to get a vote tonight and will most likely be looked at in January of 2018. While I have not fully read the bill, I did take a cursory glance and I like a lot of aspects to it.
It’s the middle of the day. You are at work and you start to wonder about something you read a couple days before. It was something about education, something concerning students with disabilities. Your son has a disability. Oh yeah, it was concerning suspensions and expulsions. You read it on some blog. It was alarming to you because little Johnny has been getting in trouble at school. You aren’t sure if it the disability or his bad manners. He got suspended a couple times. The State Board of Education was meeting right now to discuss a regulation about it. The blog post rattled you a bit because Johnny could easily be one of those kids. You wish you could go to the meeting, but you are out of vacation days and you certainly don’t want to use up your sick time to go to a State Board meeting. If only they had these meetings later in the day…
Delaware State Representative Kim Williams introduced a bill yesterday that would allow the above worker to attend that State Board of Education meeting at 5:30pm or later.
I fully support this bill. It would allow parents and teachers to attend State Board meetings without having to interrupt their day. The State Board isn’t exactly a paying position either, so it would benefit the State Board members as well. As well, many Superintendents and other school admins attend these meetings which takes time away from their school or district. The timing is perfect on this bill! As parents become more involved in education matters, it is important they have the opportunity to attend these kinds of meetings. About 99% of Delaware school boards meet at night because they know parents want to come. Why should our State Board of Education be any different?
There was a time when both the Delaware Department of Education and the State Board of Education did not hold as much power as they do now. They were more of a compliance body as opposed to the policy setting machine they have become. Even the role of the Executive Director of the State Board of Education didn’t have such a fancy title back then. And that position certainly didn’t run the show like our current one does. Please support this bill as parents, teachers, educators and Delaware citizens!