The Delaware Senate just passed House Bill 50 by a vote of 15-6. The very controversial parent opt-out bill now travels to Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s desk. Will he sign it? Veto it? I just asked his Education Policy Advisor Lindsey O’Mara and she does not know what he is going to do.
If he vetoes the bill, he faces the wrath of many Delaware parents. If he signs the bill he is sure to tick off US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and a legion of corporate education reformers in Delaware. Whatever the result, the passage of this bill in the 148th General Assembly honors a parents right to opt their child out of standardized assessments in Delaware. It will also prevent schools or the state Department of Education from bullying or intimidating parents when they choose to opt their child out. It shows respect and tolerance of parent wishes which is the heart of the legislation.
Thank you to State Rep. John Kowalko and Senator Dave Lawson for sponsoring the bill, along with the Delaware PTA who came through time and time again. As well, the Delaware State Educators Association, and the hundreds of parents who fought very hard for this bill. This is a major victory and you should all be proud!
On Saturday May 16th, the Tourette Syndrome Association will be holding it’s first Tourette Syndrome Awareness Walk of Delaware. The location is Glasgow Regional Park in Newark, Delaware. You can either participate as an individual, join a team, or create a team.
Sponsored by the Tourette Syndrome Association, this walk will help spread awareness and understanding of the disability that is widely considered to be one of the most often misunderstood disabilities in the world. Please come out and help spread awareness! To register, please go to the following website:
As a father of a son with Tourette Syndrome, I can say this disability is extremely challenging at times. It can manifest itself in many different ways, and is usually accompanied by several co-morbidities which can include ADHD, OCD, ODD, anxiety, depression and others. While nobody knows the exact cause of Tourette’s, whether it is genetic or environmental, those involved know there needs to be more public awareness and tolerance of this disability.