While the June 1st issue of the Registrar of Regulations has not come out today, the Delaware Department of Education just issued a press release on what the changes to Regulation 225 will be including a copy of those changes within the regulation. Continue reading
On June 1st, a new issue of the Delaware Registrar of Regulations will come out. Included in this will be a revision to Regulation 225. Apparently the changes will address the issue of parental involvement which caused a substantial amount of resistance to the regulation when it came out last fall.
When the revision comes out tomorrow, the public will have 30 days to give public comment on the regulation.
The original Regulation 225 limited the ability of schools to let parents know about issues when a transgender student sought help from the school. The Delaware Department of Education said they put this in there so as not to cause an issue where students could be in danger due to the school notifying the parent.
Some parents in Delaware had issues with the entire regulation and voiced their discontent. I don’t think this regulation will ever make everyone happy but it sounds like the Delaware DOE did make changes. We will find out tomorrow what they are.
A picture of an email sent to the Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education is making the rounds on social media today. In the email, a high school Junior alleges Scott Wilson cursed at a parent about school walkouts planned in response to the Parkland school shooting two weeks ago. Continue reading
At Del-Tech in Dover last evening, anywhere from 250-300 people showed up for a meeting on the highly controversial Regulation 225. Some of what I saw defied explanation. But what I saw this morning could bring the whole thing to a crashing halt! Continue reading
11,000 Public Comments. Huge PDF files. It must be Regulation 225, the very controversial regulation dealing with transgender student discrimination. Today, Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting announced the Development team will reconvene on January 31st to discuss what to do with the regulation going forward.
UPDATE: Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 – The Development Team will meet from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the Del-One Conference Center on Delaware Technical Community College’s Terry Campus, 100 Campus Drive in Dover. (Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 – Secretary to reconvene Development Team to review public comment on proposed antidiscrimination regulation)
I tried to read all the public comments. There is not enough time in the day. I can say those “against” the regulation are much higher than those “for”. The PDF for Delaware residents in the “for” category is 17 megabytes (mb). The one for “against” is 136mb. That is a mammoth pdf file! There is another huge file for out-of-state residents. That PDF is 21mb. They are all against and seem to be put in a format where all you had to do was put your name and where you are from and that you are “against” the regulation. Yet another file with unknown residency is over 3mb, and a file described as “other” is only half a megabyte. Most of those were blank emails or asking the Secretary questions about when the vote was.
Last week, I was listening to the Rick Jensen show on WDEL. It was when they were doing their “Weasel of the Year”. Of course it went to this controversy with a huge amount of votes. But during the show, Jensen made it sound like Delaware Governor John Carney had some problems with the wording when it came to parental rights. Which I find interesting since he never mentions the words “opt out” when it comes to standardized testing or the Smarter Balanced Assessment. But I digress.
I am predicting a HUGE crowd for this. Probably why they are using the conference center at Del-Tech. But with the amount of public comments, they might want to consider renting out the Dover Downs Speedway.
Ever since Regulation 225 hit the Delaware Registrar of Regulations, I’ve been scratching my head over it. I’ve gone back and forth on it a few dozen times. To be crystal clear, I support any anti-discrimination measure for ANY student. No questions asked. Some of the Facebook comments I’ve seen from some who oppose the bill are filled with hate and misunderstanding. I’ve wondered what the purpose behind all this was, and today I may have received an answer. Continue reading