History lesson for Red Clay School Board and the Wilmington cowards

CHAPTER 287

FORMERLY

HOUSE SUBSTITUTE NO. 1

FOR

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.

And the action the legislators took was, defer final decision to the Delaware State Board of Education who let Red Clay manipulate process allowing them to deny Wilmington’s children traditional “neighborhood”  middle and high schools. However, Red Clay continues to add more suburban elementary schools that serve predominately white students. Red Clay continues to have seats open in Red Clay city elementary schools but won’t dare bus suburban students to those schools. At the end of the day it comes down to, the hell with fair and equitable education for city children. 

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One response to “History lesson for Red Clay School Board and the Wilmington cowards

  1. Greg MAZZOTTA

    It appears that the voices of Quality Education – from 1993 to present – is missing. Delaware is surrounded by states that enjoy the leadership of at least one role model school.

    A rules (2012) change require that interested organization collaborate
    with the state-level Quality Program; the “on-ramp” to the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. In a few weeks, we will learn the
    2015 Baldrige applicants leading up to a milestone – the 100th Baldrige Award recipient!

    Having been a young (Fortune 50) executive and admirer of Dr. Deming’s work (1983) book Out of Crisis and recall his sharing of stories with
    school superintendents and “systems thinking”.

    Delaware leaders; please consider adding the Voice of Quality to this
    critical initiative. We” be presenting a Quality Matters workshop in August.

    ~ Greg | GFMAZZOTTA@gmail.com

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