HS1 for House Bill #287 unanimously passed in the Delaware Senate today after some rough waters when it was on the House side. Thank you to all the Delaware Senators and House Reps who passed this bill and recognized it’s importance. A huge thank you to State Rep. Kim Williams and Senator Nicole Poore for getting this out to begin with. And then thank you to the Special Education Strategic Plan Committee for making this a huge priority to begin with.
This is a landmark bill for students with the most severe disabilities in our schools. Provided Governor Carney signs it, we will no longer have these students get a certificate but an actual diploma. It was an archaic and outdated thing in our public education system. Students with disabilities are just as important as their peers and the bulk of our General Assembly gets it. And it looks like the Delaware business community began to recognize why this is important as well.
The Delaware House of Representatives just passed HS1 for House Bill #287 which would allow for a small portion of special education students who would otherwise be given a certificate of performance to be given a diploma with modified standards. The vote count was 34 yes, 4 no, 2 not voting, and one absent.
The representatives who voted no were Stephanie Bolden, Rich Collins, Deb Heffernan, and J.J. Johnson. Those who refused to vote were Gerald Brady and Charles Potter. Only one Republican voted no and the rest were Democrats.
The next stop for the bill will be the Senate Education Committee. If it is released from there, it would go up for a full Senate Vote. Should it pass in the Senate, it would go to Governor Carney for signature. Upon signature, it would go into effect for the 2018-2019 school year. A great day for this segment of our special education students!
I am predicting now Kim Williams will have a HUGE year in 2018. Judging by a draft bill she sent into circulation for sponsors yesterday, she is already starting off 2018 on a high note for me! Continue reading →