On May 25th, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed House Bill 61 into law. All public school boards in Delaware must record their board meetings when they are in public session and make them available on their website within seven business days of the meeting. The law goes into effect 90 days after signature, so by August 25th this is the law of the land!
This is a true victory for Kilroy’s Delaware, the godfather of education blogs in Delaware. For the very few who might not know, this has been Kilroy’s mission for the past fifty billion years or something like that. Many helped along the way, but he carried the flame. And with only a pocket full of college credits!
Kilroy promised his readers that after this mission was done he would release his long-awaited story about how “Johnny can’t read”. I can’t wait to read it! Congrats to the main man, the man who has inspired so many of us, who has been doing this much longer than I have, and keeps on going, the one, the only,
I warned them, numerous times. Get House Bill 61 to a vote. Allow school board meetings to be recorded and put them on public web sites 7 business days after. I told them this was the third year in a row it was on the ready list but never got to a vote. Do they listen to me? Hell no!
In hockey, if someone gets three goals, they call it a hat trick. Well, State Rep. Schwartzkopf and State Rep. Hudson are both the hat trick recipients for NOT getting Kilroy’s bill to a vote. For three years in a row. And he is NOT happy! Hudson sponsored the bill three years in a row, and Speaker of the House Schwartzkopf let it sit there, gathering dust, three years in a row.
I would not want to be on the receiving end of whatever comes next. And I’m guessing he will leave no stone unturned. I get a lot of information from people and I’ve only been doing this for a little over a year. Kilroy has been doing this for 10 years…fair warning once again…watch out!
The obvious answer to my title would be “because it’s easy”. It’s not like I create these stories. They do it themselves. I just bring them to light for all of Delaware to see. Take Prestige Academy, and their board meeting at a tavern where they didn’t have a quorum and voted on stuff anyways. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. I knew Jack Perry was “resigning”, so I thought I would see what their board minutes say. I wasn’t looking for anything sinister. By the time I got to their board minutes, and I saw what I saw, it was just another example of a Delaware charter school doing whatever the hell they want, regardless of the law.
I get a great deal of flack on Kilroy’s Delaware in the comments section when I say something negative about charters. There’s one guy named Publius. You would think the charters could no wrong, and because the ability for “choice” is out there, it is the charters God-given right for any type of pre-assessment before a prospective student is selected. Another guy, named lastDEconservative, will side with Publius every chance he gets. They have their opinion, and I have mine. But because I want to try to help people, I have a big head and I won’t agree with anyone’s opinion but my own. Or so they say. I think they are hoping I will just go away, but that just encourages me to fight harder.