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Delaware Godfather of Delaware charter schools and Kilroy agree on one thing re: school choice transportation
The Red Clay school board voted unanimously to submit its choice-based Neighborhood Schools Act plan to the state Board of Education with the apparent expectation that it will require General Assembly support to implement. The earliest it could go into effect is September, 2003.
Another provison calls for “state-funded transportation” for ‘choice’ students. The state’s public school choice law presently requires that students not attending the school to which they are assigned using traditional attendance zones must provide their own transportation. Red Clay pays for some, but not all, such transportation with local funds.
Board president William Manning said a choice program is “meaningless” without a transportation component because, as a practical matter, poorer students are unable to take advantage of it.
I’ll repeat my contention that to reduce de facto segregation in Red Clay our legislators must provide Choice transportation funding for Wilmington Red Clay students to level the equity field. Also, give Red Clay city middle and high school students first choice of suburban middle and high schools student over in-district suburban students and siblings with accommodating transportation.
And the Don goes on to say;
Manning said he finds it ironic that people are objecting to the district’s choice arrangement on the grounds that it will foster racial resegregation. Inability to attend schools where they wanted their children to go was the underlying motive for black parents to file the suits which led to both the desegregation of Delaware public schools and the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, he noted.
“What surprises me is criticism which now said giving people a choice is a bad thing,” he said.
So now we’re at a point where Christina’s city schools are being “forced” on Red Clay. No court yet but at the hands of Governor Markell and city leaders who are creating their own stoical justice. For the record, there is no re-segregation of public schools in Delaware because of school Choice law even and the Neighborhood Schools Act. What we have is “de facto” segregation due to the inequities in Choice transportation. One must ask, why do Red Clay’s two magnet schools receive transportation funding if both those schools are “all choice”. meaning no feeder-pattern?
Fair warning to Red Clay school board, as you see our state legislators created Choice schools that left an equity divide and you can bet the farm Red Clay will be holding the $$$$$$$$$ bag on taking-over Christina city schools!
HOUSE SUBSTITUTE NO. 1
HOUSE BILL NO. 300
AS AMENDED BY SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 9
§ 223. Wilmington Neighborhood Schools Committee.
(a) The Wilmington Neighborhood Schools Committee shall consist of seventeen (17) members as follows:
(1) Two members designated by the Mayor of the City of Wilmington;
(2) Three members designated by the President of City Council for the City of Wilmington;
(3) One member designated by the Governor with such member being a resident of the City of Wilmington;
(4) One member designated by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate with such member being a resident of the City of Wilmington;
(5) One member designated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives with such member being a resident of the City of Wilmington;
(6) Two members representing the Wilmington business community designated by the Mayor;
(7) One member from a community based organization designated by the Mayor;
(8) One member from a community based organization designated by the President of City Council;
(9) One member from each of the four school boards with such persons serving from a Wilmington nominating district; and
(10) One member residing in the City of Wilmington and representing the New Castle County Vo-Tech School District.
(b) Each member shall serve at the pleasure of the holder of the office or the entity having the authority to appoint the member to the Committee. The Chairperson of the Committee shall be designated by the Mayor from the seventeen members and serve as Chairperson at the pleasure of the Mayor. The majority of the Committee shall constitute a quorum and no motion or resolution of the Committee may be adopted without the approval of a majority of its members.
(c) The Committee shall not be compensated but shall be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary travel expenses incurred in connection with the performance of its official duties. Funding for the research and analysis required by this section shall also be provided by the Department of Education.
(d) The Committee shall review and analyze current public school feeder patterns, current resource allocations among the districts, current populations of children residing in the City of Wilmington attending public schools and population projections for children residing in the City of Wilmington likely to attend public schools in the future.
(e) Based on the information and analysis, the Committee shall submit recommendations to the Mayor of the City of Wilmington and the City Council by January 3, 2001 concerning the creation of a Wilmington School District, neighborhood schools within the current district configurations or neighborhood schools under some alternative district configuration. The recommendations shall identify specific time-lines for implementation as well as specific actions, legislative or otherwise, required to implement the recommendations. The recommendations shall also estimate the costs or savings both in terms of capital expense and/or operational expense based on existing unit count allocations and the required local match. Prior to submitting the recommendations, the Committee shall hold at least five (5) public hearings to take testimony and questions from members of the public and other interested stakeholders.
(f) Upon review and consideration of the Committee’s recommendations, the City Council and the Mayor of the City of Wilmington shall forward their plan on behalf of the City of Wilmington to the General Assembly by March 15, 2001. The plan shall identify specific time-lines for implementation as well as specific actions, legislative or otherwise, required to implement the recommendations. The plan shall also estimate the costs or savings both in terms of capital expense and/or operational expense based on existing unit count allocations and the required local match. The General Assembly shall act on the plan by June 30, 2001.