And another outsider rails against the government: Miro wrote a letter to Merv! Oh, no! What’s next?
March 3, 2015
Dr. Mervin Daugherty Superintendent Red Clay Consolidated School District 1502 Spruce Avenue Wilmington, DE 19805
RE: Questions regarding procedures and policy during Red Clay School District Referendum
Dear Dr. Daugherty,
We write following numerous inquiries from constituents who have concerns regarding perceived activity by the Red Clay School District as it pertains to the recent referendum on February 24, 2015. Putting aside the policy issues associated with the referendum, we believe that the questions raised deserve consideration, and we are asking for your assistance in determining how best to respond.
1. A number of documents presented to us indicate that school activities may have been specifically planned to coincide with the February 24, 2015 election in an attempt to impact the outcome of the vote. We have attached a link to a video invitation for the “Blizzard Blues Beach Bingo” event at the Linden Hill Elementary School which is one such event that constituents have brought to our attention. Is this true? If so, who covered the cost of these events? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwMnk3nu1xE)
We understand that many other schools in the district scheduled and held similar events. We have received complaints about crowded parking lots and other inconveniences for voters trying to reach the polls. Can you please confirm the number of schools that scheduled similar events on February 24? Does the Board provide additional funding for these events or do they come out of each school’s budget? Can you provide an approximate district-wide cost of the events that were held in the district on February 24?
2. On Monday, February 23, 2015, a Red Clay School District principal utilized the District’s SchoolMessenger notification service to ask parents to support the referendum. Did the Board’s approval of the referendum also provide for the use of school resources such as the SchoolMessenger system and state email platforms to be used by District employees as campaign tools for passage of the referendum? We understand that additional emails were sent out as reminders to vote to support the referendum on the morning of February 24.
3. We have received numerous questions regarding questioning whether public outreach regarding the election was limited and may not have reached all voters who would be impacted by passage of the referendum. Could you please detail the public outreach, including the number of residents the District contacted during the course of the campaign?
4. Finally, constituents have expressed concern that campaign signs supporting the referendum were displayed well within the boundaries established by Delaware State Law that prohibits such activity within 50 feet of a polling place. We have also been told that signs supporting the referendum were located inside the polling places. Can you confirm that this did not occur?
We are sure that you will agree that public confidence in the process of our elections is of paramount importance. We appreciate your assistance in thoroughly investigating and responding to these issues, and others that might be brought to our attention, concerning the February 24 referendum. We look forward to your timely response.
Greg Lavelle State Senator 4th District
Mike Ramone State Representative 21st District
cc: Members of the Red Clay Consolidated School Board-2-
Deborah Hudson State Representative 12th District
Joe Miro State Representative 22nd District
The practice holding get out the referendum vote rallies during referendum nights is nothing new and nothing illegal. Sure it gaming the system but why hasn’t any of these legislators introduced legislation forbidding such events on referendum voting days/ nights?
So what about this charter rally in Dover promoting charter schools. Who paid for all the buses to transport these kids to Dover and taking kids out of school for political rallies!! Come on folks.
Greg Lavelle State Senator 4th District voted yes for H.B.# 334 “Smarter Balanced Assessment”
Mike Ramone State Representative 21st District voted yes for H.B. #334 “Smarter Balanced Assessment”
Deborah Hudson State Representative 12th District voted yes for H.B. #334 “Smarter Balanced Assessment”
Joe Miro State Representative 22nd District vote yes for H.B. #334 “Smarter Balanced Assessment”