I received a letter from Governor Carney in my email today. So did over 900 other Delaware citizens. Two months ago, a push was made to send letters to Governor Carney concerning House Substitute 1 for House Bill 12. This is the pending legislation which would provide Basic Special Education Funding for students with disabilities in Kindergarten to 3rd grade. The state provides extra special education funding for all other students with disabilities who have an IEP, so why not these students who are just getting their start in elementary education?
For years, I have been advocating for this funding. So has Rep. Kim Williams. This is the second go-around with this legislation. House Bill 30, from the 148th General Assembly, sat around in the Appropriations Committee from early 2015 until June 30th, 2016 and died. I have yet to meet anyone who thinks this bill is a bad idea. I understand we have a deficit Governor Carney, but the purpose of state funding should have a top priority of those who need it the most. These students fit that criteria. Response to Intervention does not take care of these students’ needs, nor as it designed to. Please don’t perpetuate this myth. You did not include it in your proposed budget and I am calling foul on that oversight. I pray our elected officials in the General Assembly have the common sense to put children first when they approve the budget for Fiscal Year 2018. They are the future of Delaware.
The letter was dated March 7th, 2017, but I just received it today. I won’t bicker about that, but it is noteworthy. What I will mention is Governor Carney’s refusal to commit to this funding. I just don’t get it. It is a no-brainer and everyone knows it. Who is lobbying against this bill behind the scenes?