The group leading a call for change in Wilmington’s schools is urging state lawmakers to start the process now of redrawing the city’s school district lines.
The Wilmington Education Advisory Committee recommends removing the Colonial and Christina school districts from the city and giving their students and schools to the Red Clay Consolidated School District.
In a letter sent to lawmakers Wednesday, committee chair and Bank of America executive Tony Allen urged action before this legislative session ends June 30.
“Now is the time to act,” Allen said. “Over the next six weeks, the 62 members of the General Assembly must act.”
So Bank of America donates an office building to the DuPont Longwood Foundation to use for charter school and to rent space to the Rodel Foundation, Urban League and other team-players and now want to push state legislators into hasty decisions!! Only a blind clueless state legislator would into introduce legislation to accommodate this political BS.
I agree 100% real change is needed but one thing for sure is “the plan” needs to be in order before acted on! Didn’t we learn anything by buying into Race to The Top another plan developed after everyone drank the kool-aid.
Allen laid out a plan for how to go about redistricting. Lawmakers would pass a bill this year that would give the State Board of Education the authority to change district lines.
That authority would last only a few years and would be limited in scale.
The Legislature would also create a Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, for which the first responsibility would be developing a plan for how to make the switch.
OMG !! Giving the state board such power is nothing more than expanded Governor Markell’s powers. I say hell with that! Now is the time to formulate a detail plan with all stakeholders within each district. Our state legislators need to wait until Governor Jack Markell is out of office!
New commission might mean paychecks for those on it! However, if our state legislators want to help address these concerns sure, establish this commission and nothing more. Lets see the plan first before we made radical changes in laws and regulations.
Many local leaders, especially those in Red Clay, said a host of details need to be worked out before redistricting can happen, such as how staff will be switched to districts and who will pay the cost of the transition. The commission would work out those details and recommend a plan to the state board.
I agree! A plan first than legislative action.
The second would adjust the state’s school funding system to give schools with high concentrations of poverty more money. While most agree that high-poverty schools could use the extra help, a tight state budget means it will be hard for the state to find enough money to pay for the increase.
This should of already happened! It shouldn’t take moving school district boundaries to what is morally right!
The third would expand the state’s services for special-needs students. The state pays for those services starting in the fourth grade only, which some lawmakers and special-needs advocates say leaves a glaring hole.
Markell rather use the money to expand is his Chinese dual language immersion program! If we don’t have adequate funds to effectively teach English to all children why spend it teaching Chinese where odds are only 1% of the students will grow up and apply in a business environment?
Filling the gap is expected to cost an estimated $11 million, another big-ticket ask of a state with little extra cash to spend.
So now its not for the kids! Amazing!
At the end of the day show us the plan re: realigning school districts before you ask us to buy it or pay for it.