The redistricting of Wilmington’s schools is officially underway after Gov. Jack Markell signed two bills into law Tuesday morning.
One new law grants the State Board of Education the authority to re-draw district lines, removing the Christina and Colonial school districts from the city and giving their schools and students to the Red Clay School District.
The second law created the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, a group of school, city and community leaders that will work out a plan for how to make the transition smoothly. The change won’t take place immediately, and the General Assembly must sign off on any redistricting plan before it happens.
Giving the politically appointed State Board of Education members such power is dangerous.
I am all for a solution to address the disparities in all high poverty schools. However, handing-over Wilmington’s poorest schools to Red Clay is an insult to poor minority children. I’d rather see a county-wide school district.
So now the Red Clay school board can play the Super’s card, “our hands are tied.” I just love the photo of this event! There they are, the Red Clay bigwigs getting their mug in the picture.
Hear well, Red Clay will fold in upon itself! But on the bright side, The Red Clay Wilmington Campus will revert back to a rational school.
Needs based funding is the real solution not another Markell plan!