State leaders: Urgency needed in school redistricting Matthew Albeight The News Journal March 23, 2105
Key state leaders say there is more energy now than there has been in decades to simplify the school system that splits the city of Wilmington among four different districts.
Gov. Jack Markell and many lawmakers want to capitalize on momentum and are pressing for quick action on redistricting.
Hasn’t Governor Markell screwed up public education enough? We need to wait until the next governor is seated!
Others warn that the state can’t rush into such a complicated issue without answering a lot of hard questions.
“I get that there’s energy around this and I agree with that,” said Rep. Kim Williams, vice chairman of the House Education Committee. “But this is not something that can be figured out over a cup of coffee. We’ve been operating this system for years and years and years, and it’s not going to just take a couple of months to figure out how to change it.”
Spot on Rep Williams! But we’re talking Governor Jack Markell who has been come so reckless with public education and cares more about his change agent egotistic image than what’s right for children and parents.
Redistricting was thrust to the front of the state’s educational agenda when the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee recommended it in its interim report in January. The group, established by Markell to find ways to improve education, proposed removing the Christina and Colonial school districts from the city and giving those schools and students to the Red Clay School District.
The Wilmington committee refuses to look in the mirror and realize Wilmington needs it’s own school district but I am sure they know it. The city leaders and so-called civil rights leaders won’t support a stand-alone Wilmington school district because if they fail they won’t have the white caretakers to blame. The solution is a stand-alone Wilmington school district with a school board that has the authority to be approval and oversight authority for all charter schools in Wilmington meaning current charter schools would move under that authority. The time is now for the men of Wilmington to man-up and be the guardian of their children.
In his speech at the Imagine Delaware forum, Markell called for the Legislature to sign a bill this year to remove Christina from the city. Though he acknowledged many details needed to be worked out, Markell said it was important to capitalize on current momentum around redistricting.
The News Journal needs to do some homework as this change just can’t be legislated. The current boundaries were set through federal ruling and in fact, it was the state board of education who oversaw the formation of the Neighborhood Schools Plans where they where given charge via the Neighborhood Schools Act approved by the state legislators. The legislators knew they would be stepping over legal boundaries if they themselves legislated the plans.
“I do think there’s a need for a sense of urgency,” said Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark. “There are tough logistics, there’s no doubt, but the adults have really got to be courageous and committed to finding solutions, even if they’re tough, that are in the best interest of our schoolkids.”
Let me guess, Glasgow Class of 99? The Beavis and Butt-Head generation. Slowdown rookie, left not pull the alarm so fast! And there you go saying it’s for the kids if we don’t act fast! Stop kissing Jack Markell ass! You have bright future ahead of you but please walk upright!
But Rep. Earl Jaques, chairman of the House Education Committee, says he wants to see a bill passed before this legislative session wraps up in June that would direct the State Board of Education to redraw district lines. That would get the ball rolling but still give the state enough time to answer the many questions that come with such a change, he said.
“I can’t see it happening much before June, to tell you the truth, but I have a feeling that we’re going to get it done,” Jaques said. “I think there is a lot of energy and a lot of momentum around this, and I think we can make it happen.”
Rep Jaques is clueless and the only reason he is chair of the House Education Committee is because Governor Markell pulled the strings!
Jaques acknowledges the issues are formidable.
First, the complexities of school funding need to be worked out. High-poverty schools like those in the inner city require more resources to serve students’ challenges, but districts usually receive less property tax money from the city than they do from the suburbs.
What fuck are you talking about? Red Clay extends into the city and those living in Red Clay’s portions of the city pay the same taxes as those in the suburbs. In any event, we’re back to needs based funding to address the poverty equity equation in Delaware schools.
What will happen is, the poverty shift will create financial stress on Red Clay it will need to go to referendum every four-years and during that time, the backlash on all Red Clay schools would have an negative effect on meeting academic needs.
Let’s fund traditional public school like we do votechs. The state legislators sets the local tax rates