I touched on this last week, but it is essential that the citizens of Delaware not believe the final recommendations of the Senate Joint Resolution #4 Education Funding Improvement Committee. Their report is due to the General Assembly by Thursday, June 30th. In a public meeting, one of the members of EFIC (as it is commonly known as in the halls of power in Delaware) stated the committee could not agree on any of the recommendations brought forth at their final committee. No formal vote was taken on any specific actions.
The Senate Joint Resolution 4. We had our meeting yesterday and the reality is they have approved zero motions and zero recommendations for the unit count. Because they spent the whole year trying to convince the committee to throw out unit counts and put in what the DOE and Governor Markell want. And they were totally unsuccessful in convincing the committee to do so. So I don’t know what the report is going to look like when it comes out. At the end of the month it will be turned in to the legislators but they definitely approved zero recommendations and zero anything. Nothing was ever voted on for approval or exception. So that committee produced nothing this year.
That sounds like a very clear statement to me! I expect the Delaware DOE to post the final report any day now. Like the Assessment Inventory Committee final report issued yesterday, I do not expect this report to be a complete record of what really went down at these meetings. I still don’t understand why former State Rep. Darryl Scott is allowed to run committees like this and have a seat on the Southern Regional Education Board when he is not now an elected official, but this is Delaware. If we see a weighted funding formula recommendation for education coming out of this report, it is a lie. This is what happens when a committee is stacked with Markell sympathizers coming out of Rodel and the charter sector.
As predicted, the final hours of the Delaware 148th General Assembly are going to be a hotbed of activity. It will be Governor Markell’s last chance to get the legislation HE wants passed while he is still Governor. For the Senate Joint Resolution #2 Assessment Inventory Committee, no date has been scheduled for their next meeting. The final report is due 6/30/16. And just now, the Delaware Senate passed Senate Concurrent Resolution #56. This concurrent resolution which will most likely get passed by the Delaware House of Representatives today, extends the due date for the final report of the Education Funding Task Force. This group was formed from Senate Joint Resolution #4 last year.
These are the kinds of shenanigans where transparency goes out the window. Rules are suspended so bills aren’t heard in committee and bills fly in and out of Legislative Hall on the last day of session. The Governor will sign them because he is the one calling all the shots. And on so many of these kinds of bills, we see the same names: Sokola and Jaques. The education bullies of the state. The ones who treat the Delaware DOE and State Board of Education like they are the royalty of Delaware. The ones who treat parents and their rights as if they are a fly to swat away. The ones who take good education bills and make mincemeat of them (or try). Enough. Someone run against these two education thugs. Please! If I were a betting man, I would say the results of these two committees are a foregone conclusion and the legislation that will come out of them was written a long time ago. They just want to ram it through in the wee hours of June 30th, possibly into July 1st. When everyone will be going nuts over the budget, Markell will take advantage of this and get his usual legislative accomplices to do his work. WAKE UP DELAWARE!
Delaware State Rep. Earl Jaques and Senator David Sokola introduced Senate Joint Resolution #4 which creates the education improvement commission. I am always suspicious of the two education committee heads down at Legislative Hall, but we definitely need to take a very hard look at education funding in Delaware. There are just too many problems.