The saga of the 5-mile radius legislation beats on in Delaware! Today, State Rep. John Kowalko introduced an amendment to the bill which would remove the language concerning the Wilmington students in the Christina School District not a part of the enrollment preference for charter schools within the non-Wilmington portion of the district.
Yesterday, at the House Education Committee meeting, legislators and speakers alike shared concerns with that portion of the bill. House Substitute 1 for House Bill #85 would remove any 5-mile radius enrollment preferences in Delaware charter schools. At present, only two charters have the 5-mile radius, Newark Charter School and First State Montessori Academy. But Newark Charter School exists in a district where the Wilmington part of their district is not land-locked and is actually an island in the middle of the city. One State Representative, Joe Miro, said he will not vote yes for the bill if it has the amendment on it.