At the same time, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst have criticized Republicans, who hold just 14 seats in a 41-member chamber, for blocking progress. And they have called Markell’s gas tax hike too tough a vote for many of their members facieng re-election in November.
Parents of the Bear, St Georges, Delaware City and all areas within the Delaware Representative District 15, Representative Valerie Longhurst does not want House Bill #23 to make it to the governor desk! Longhurst opposes H.B. #23 that would require all traditional school boards, votech school boards and charter school board to record the public sessions of their board meetings. She does this in-spite of the fact that Red Clay, Christina, Capital, Delmar, Brandywine and Colonial school boards voluntarily record their board meetings.
Isn’t so ironic that Longhurst criticizes others for blocking progress when she herself blocks open government from the people whom government was meant to serve and pays her wages! Get this, Longhurst is the chair of the House Ethics Committee! Though her legislative ranking aka pecking order puts her as chair of the ethics committee she is far from being “ethical” when it comes to transparent government! Perhaps this is something she picked up at AIG.
This is what Rep Longhurst’s opponent for 2014 Matt Lenzini says about his position on education:
” 2. Education: We have one of the top 10 costs per student in the country. This would be ok if we were also one of the top 10 performing states when it comes to education. Unfortunately, we are in the bottom half. Our school systems are inefficient. Its not the teachers fault, nor the students. When you take good people and put them into an outdated, broken system, you will always get poor results. We need to work on getting more money into the class room and modify our schools to allow each student to be educated in a way that best aligns with his or her learning style. More testing is not the answer, adaptability is. Education can open doors but it has to be effective – our current system is anything but that.”
We cannot take back local control of our schools unless we take back Dover and Washington. Rep Longhurst is a major roadblock in this effort. Sad to say the reason H.B. #23 is slow to make traction is because Rep. Longhurst owns Rep. Husdson the H.B.#23 key sponsor. Longhurst wants to hold H.B.#23 hostage and is committed to making sure it won’t make it to a House and Senate vote. H.B. #23 will die on the House ready list!
Folks we need change and parents of the 15th Representative District needs stronger commitment to real transparency and real shared decision-making when it comes to public education. Longhurst fails in this department! Look at Longhurst legislative track record or education nothing! But she’s proud to sponsor legislation which was successful and signed by the governor to raise personal income-tax by more than 10% on families making over $60,000.00 and sure enough she supports the governor’s call to raise gas tax!
Wake up parents and voters of the 15th Rep District! It’s time to question those who want to dedicate their lives as “full-time” elected politicians. You have options in November 2014! Explore them and educate them to the needs of the real world that lives in the center! Those who stand in the way of full transparency of public schools are not for the children! Blocking the real tools for progress should be questioned!
Longhurst, you may own Rep. Hudson but you don’t own the voice of the people! Bury H.B.#23 all you want but the power will always belong to the people and we’ll get there without you! Shame on you!