H.B.23 returns from the dead re: H.B. 61

148th General Assembly

House Bill 61

Primary Sponsor(s):


Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Peterson


Reps. Briggs King, Dukes, Hensley, Yearick, Baumbach, Bolden, Jaques, Lynn, Matthews, Osienski, Paradee, K. Williams; Sens. Bonini, Lavelle

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Synopsis of Bill:

This bill requires that all public meetings of the boards of education of public school districts, vo-tech school districts, and public meetings of charter schools’ boards of directors be digitally recorded and made available to the public on the districts’ and charter schools’ websites within seven business days. The recordings will not be considered the official board minutes.

Currently the Red Clay Consolidated School District, Christina School District, and the Capital School District on a voluntary basis approved by their boards of education have been providing the public digital recordings of their board public session meetings via the district’s websites.

The Delaware State Board of Education is required by the State Board of Education to make available within one business day digital recordings of its board meetings on the Delaware Department of Education’s website.

Current Status:

House Education Committee   On  03/24/15

Date Governor Acted:


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I’ll try to be hopeful! However,  for the record, Brandywine, Delmar and Colonial School District join the list of districts who voluntarily record their public sessions of board meetings Word has it Appoquinimink School District may be joining the club.

As for the Delaware State Board of Education recording their meetings, it was by legislation not independent action of the Delaware Department of Education. 

I know I’ve ranted for years about recording board meetings but we cannot have real local control withing better transparency. I just hope other legislators support bring school to the next level of transparency. Also, I hope the Chairperson of the House and Senate Education Committee support forward progress of H.B. 61 and the Speaker of The House not desk draw veto it! Parents, legislators and community members can’t always attend school board meetings. We are in the technology age and there is no excuse not to record board meetings to enhance communications and community involvement.

Publius is probably laughing his ass off and thinking Dover is just toying with Kilroy. So be it! But this is my mission and before I exit my involvement I would like to have at-least left something tangible behind.            


9 responses to “H.B.23 returns from the dead re: H.B. 61

  1. This must have escaped me, I had no idea this wasn’t a requirement and the districts that did record their meetings did so voluntarily.

    This seems like a no-brainer to me.


    • Yeah, the charters don’t like it cause it’s “too expensive”, or so they say. I say they don’t want their laundry hanging out to dry…


    • Publius e decere

      (sigh) such a low-brow view. Really Kevin, take off your attack-without-thinking foil helmet for a stretch and think about it. You are denigrating charter schools for not volunteering for a practice which the public at large is not demanding. If a charter school sees that year after year no one comes to their publically announced and accessible meetings, are they really so bad to conclude that this is not a priority? My guess is that all charter schools will readily comply with a reasonable law even if they see no need for it. Which is a different matter from declining to volunteer to enact a de facto practice for which is is no apparent demand.

      So pass the bill. Do not add on stupid punitive unnecessary amendments. And all charter schools will comply. I predict that the same lack of attendance will be manifest in a lack of listening. A few bull-headed bloggers might glom onto the recordings and try and tell the rest of the public what they should think. But please don’t confuse such ideologic editorializing as “transparency”.



    • Hold on, before I write I have to get this darn foil helmet off… Hold on… Okay, got it! I think the State Auditor’s office would love to hear these board meetings. And the Attorney General. I’m not saying ALL charters, but enough of them to warrant this bill. Don’t think for one second that when charters implode parents want to hear what went on there. And I would love to hear the bullying that goes on during these meetings when a parent goes to opt out. And that IS happening.


    • Publius e decere

      Are you sure you took off the foil helmet? You sound awfully (in every regard) paranoid. Maybe too many propane fumes?

      I’m pretty sure a reasonable recordings law will pass. I’m also quite sure that 99.99% of the population will find them sommnambulizing (sp?). And lastly, I’m pretty sure the the handful of anti-everything-but-their-own individual-peferences bloggers will waste hours upon hours parsing and cutting and pasting to present a nugget of non-contextual “gotchas”.

      Have at it.



  2. Joanne Christian

    Breaker–Breaker–Kilroy! Is this mike on? Appoquinimink on board. Over and Out!


  3. Joanne Christian

    Uh huh. That’s why they call us…..the Lastest of the Pack……..


  4. Publius e decere


    There are many ways to “leave something behind” if that is your goal. 🙂

    HB61 as written should probably pass. Just keep the tinkerers away from it and put it up for a vote as it is currently drafted. If people start hanging holiday ornaments on it then back to the drawer it goes.

    And recognize that Deborah is persistent in seeking to get this passed. You can certainly do that, eh?