Momentum is building for change in Delaware schools – particularly those in Wilmington.
As we close in on Monday’s Imagine Delaware exposition and forum on education at the Chase Center, there are possibilities percolating for new funding formulas at struggling city schools, new district boundaries for schools within city borders and serious talk about a new city high school.
“We think the best solution is to come up with a new system,” said Tony Allen, chairman of the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee. “But we realize that’s a pretty big challenge politically. So at the very least, we’re asking the state to come up with some way to acknowledge the challenges these schools face.”
If the state can manage to create a system that funnels more money to high-poverty schools, it would not just impact Wilmington. Urban Dover schools and rural schools downstate would all see help dealing with their own needs.
But unless the new system takes money from more affluent suburban schools so city schools can afford the extra resources – a politically risky move – poverty-weighted funding would require a significant infusion of new money into the system.
That could be a tough sell to state leaders who have complained for years of tight budgets that don’t allow much new spending.
“I hate to say that it’s dead on arrival, but I would acknowledge it’s a tough sell,” said Sen. David Sokola, long-time chair of the Senate Education Committee.
On March 7, Ledford blowing the horn $$$$$ help is on the way and on March 8, the Chairperson for the Delaware Senate Education Committee Senator Dave Sokola says, ” I hate to say that it’s dead on arrival”.
Folks, the News Journal has been part of the problem for years by manipulating their reporters to push Markell, Rodel and Skipper’s bias reporting. So now the News Journal’s imagine tour bring all the can kicking down the road to the wall! This is it folks years upon years of kicking the can down the road and preaching to the choir will yield tangible results! DREAM ON ! Perhaps Perry White is sucking up to Markell in hopes to be Markell’s presidential press secretary when Markell is elected president :).
Kilroy won’t attend this controlled event that screens questions and pre-selects those who will ask the question.
Folks Wilmington’s minority leaders will all lineup spouting their degrees and accomplishment before getting on topic. The time has come to stop looking for answers and demand action. The Neighborhood Schools Act has failed Wilmington’s children. For years after the lifting of the desegregation order force-busing continues and its outbound Wilmington with buses full of minority children. No traditional high school in Wilmington and not enough traditional middle schools. Charter schools with specific interest locking out the most at-risk students. Calls for transferring Christina’s priority school to Red Clay when Red Clay has their own priority schools failures to deal with!
Wilmington needs it’s own school district with power to create charter and magnet schools that don’t discriminate based on intelligence, a school district with a blend of “choices” lead by real men that are subservient to the white status quo.