## DE State Reps Beat Up The DOE In House Education Committee Meetings!!!

“Why are we doing this?”

The House Education Committee had the Delaware Department of Education at several of their meetings this year, to explain the ESEA waivers and Race To The Top spending.  At the March 10th House Education meeting, Delaware State Rep. and Chair of the committee Earl Jaques and several State Representatives slammed the DOE on many occasions.  Ironically, this was around the same time Jaques was blasting parents over opting their children out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

“He explained that the committee seldom makes requests as serious as this, and he asked DDOE to take it seriously.

It is painfully obvious the Delaware DOE likes to deflect from questions by either blaming the US DOE or stating they will have to get back to the committee.  They are notorious for this type of action.  Which is painfully obvious from the February 18th meeting when they presented DOE accountability for Race To The Top funding to the committee.

“Vice-Chair Williams then asked how the \$5.8 million of “unspecified spending” was used. DDOE said that they do not have details of those expenditures and will have to report back.”

While the focus was not on the DOE at the March 18th meeting, there was very interesting conversation around school nurses, locked doors, and implementation of rules and regulations.