What do you think Publius! Should I continue to fight for those school board recording?

It looks like the end of the road for Kilroy’s one man mission to require all traditional public schools, Votech school districts and charter school boards to record their board meetings.

So far we have the state board of education required by law to record their meetings and Red Clay, Christina, Brandywine,  Colonial, Appoquinimink, Capital and Delmar school districts all volunteer to record their meetings. 

I am not one for giving up and I honestly believe recording board meetings will make a different and allow the public a better opportunity to engage the issues. 

148th General Assembly
House Bill 61

 

Primary Sponsor(s):

Hudson

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Peterson


Co-Sponsors:

Reps. Briggs King, Dukes, Hensley, Yearick, Baumbach, Bolden, Jaques, Lynn, Matthews, Osienski, Paradee, K. Williams; Sens. Bonini, Lavelle


Introduced On:

03/24/2015


Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS.


Synopsis of Original Bill:

(without Amendments)

This bill requires that all public meetings of the boards of education of public school districts, vo-tech school districts, and public meetings of charter schools’ boards of directors be digitally recorded and made available to the public on the districts’ and charter schools’ websites within seven business days. The recordings will not be considered the official board minutes.
Currently the Red Clay Consolidated School District, Christina School District, and the Capital School District on a voluntary basis approved by their boards of education have been providing the public digital recordings of their board public session meetings via the district’s websites.
The Delaware State Board of Education is required by the State Board of Education to make available within one business day digital recordings of its board meetings on the Delaware Department of Education’s website.


Current Status:

Out of Committee   On  05/06/15


Date Governor Acted:

 

Effective Date:


Volume Chapter:

 


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Then this failed attempt that made it through House Education Committee and House Appropriations Committee to end with a desk drawer veto by Speaker of The House Peter Schwartzkopf. 

147th General Assembly
House Bill # 23

Primary Sponsor:

Hudson

Additional Sponsor(s):    Sen. Peterson

CoSponsors:

Reps. Dukes, D. Short, Miro, Peterman, Wilson, Baumbach, Bennett, Mitchell, K. Williams; Sens. Hocker, Lavelle, Simpson, Townsend

Introduced on :

01/23/2013

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

Synopsis of Orginal Bill:

(without Amendments)

This bill requires that all public meetings of the boards of education of traditional public school districts, vo-tech school districts, and public meetings of charter schools’ boards of directors be digitally recorded and made available to the public on the districts’ and charter schools’ websites within seven business days. The recordings will not be considered the official board minutes.
Currently the Red Clay Consolidated School District, Christina School District, and the Capital School District on a voluntary basis approved by their boards of education have been providing the public digital recordings of their board public session meetings via the district’s websites.
The Delaware State Board of Education is required by the State Board of Education to make available within one business day digital recordings of its board meetings on the Delaware Department of Education’s website.

Current Status:

Out of Committee   On   03/27/2014

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Fiscal Notes/Fee Impact:

F/N (Complete)

Amendments:

HA 1 to HB 23 – PWB
HA 2 to HB 23 – PWB

Committee Reports:


House Committee Report 03/27/13 F=6 M=4 U=0—->Committee Report
House Committee Report 03/27/14 F=0 M=5 U=0—->Committee Report

Fiscal Notes:


Fiscal Note——->Fiscal Note

Actions History:

Mar 31, 2014 – Reported Out of Committee (APPROPRIATIONS) in House with 5 On Its Merits
Jun 11, 2013 – Amendment HA 2 – Introduced and Placed With Bill
Jun 04, 2013 – Assigned to Appropriations Committee in House
Mar 27, 2013 – Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 6 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits
Mar 27, 2013 – Amendment HA 1 – Introduced and Placed With Bill
Jan 23, 2013 – Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House

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12 responses to “What do you think Publius! Should I continue to fight for those school board recording?

  1. Open, transparent and accountable government is our right. That’s why they, the Delaware education industry, fights so hard to keep everything as closed as possible. Please keep up the fight. Sunshine is the best disinfectant.

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  2. Publius e decere

    “Sunshine” Kilroy,

    You go man! Just be sure the bill is not punitive. The last time this pony ran around the playground the punishers piled on like tattletales.
    Saddle the horse and kick the dude-riders to the side.

    I still believe that a three hour recording will not serve any reasonable public purpose other than to allow a handful of exceptionally rabid gotcha people to parse, post and pump. Which, by the way, is not much different from WEIC publishing a telephone book of “material” or a task force publishing hundreds of pages of fatuous filler the way we did in high school when the teacher said “turn in a ten page paper” and we wrote one page in large print and then copied-in nine articles from the newspaper.

    🙂

    Publius

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” Which, by the way, is not much different from WEIC publishing a telephone book of “material” or a task force publishing hundreds of pages of fatuous filler the way we did in high school when the teacher said “turn in a ten page paper” and we wrote one page in large print and then copied-in nine articles from the newspaper.”

      EXCELLENT analogy, madame! Hitting the underlying note of the childish conduct of the adults, let alone the material itself. Merry ______mas!

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    • Assuming you are talking about the Enrollment Preference Task Force report, clocking in over 800 pages, I found this report to be very informative. While not all the members agreed, it produced a great deal of stimulating conversation and it can be used for future talk or legislation surrounding the controversial conversation. In regards to recordings, I posted links to the State Board audio recording from last week on the blog you love to hate, and the links going to their website were huge. I have found in most board minutes I look at there is usually something I want to hear more about, good or bad. Not all board meetings are harbingers of doom. I do have to say, most of the charters are getting better at posting their board minutes on a timely basis. So the need for transparency is being heard. We just need it to go that extra mile. I’m actually warming up to charters a little bit, believe it or not, but only in the sense that all public schools should be more collaborative, equitable, AND open.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      Never meant to be punitive! As far as charter schools, the ones forced closed are a result of poor leadership. They give charter schools the black-eye not the naysayers. I believe Pencader and even Moyer could have been saved if their board meeting were recorded. DOE and even state legislators could get a better sense of whats going on in public schools by listening to board meeting recordings at their convenience. Failure will always expose itself with or without sunshine. However, when we are talking children, waiting too long can have a serious impact on children. Adults can shuffle the tables and chairs to address leadership needs driven more by failures whereas children falling grade levels behind can’t just jump ahead. Leaders who fail just walk away but its the children left holding the bad.

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … but its the children left holding the bad.”
      Possibly Kilroy’s best.typo.ever.

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    • Publius e decere

      Kilroy said: ” I believe Pencader and even Moyer could have been saved if their board meeting[s] were recorded”

      The head of the Pencader board (Ms Minnehan) took an astounding stance at that time when she claimed that she could do nothing about the perfidies of the school head (Ms Lewis). She (Minnehan) subsequently oversaw the devolution of the school into seriously fatal review (and closure) by the state DOE. A school board leader worth warm spit could have used one of many avenues, tools, and strategies to have preempted Ms Lewis and righted the ship-of-school. But in a classic case of form-trumps-function, Ms Minnehan did not exercise her influence nor her board-head authority for any school-preserving purpose. And by the time Pencader was turned over to a likely-successful board, the die had been cast.

      She (that flawed Pencader head) is now the chair of Christina. Conclude what you wish from this fact.

      Pencader did not fail from a lack of audio recordings. Nor would audio recordings have made a difference in its fate. What would have made a difference was effective and decisive board leadership. Altrhough I lay extreme responsibility on that board leader, I also lay blame on the remainder of the board and on the community that — through complacency — permitted it.

      Let’s hope that Pencader was a school of hard knocks for Christina’s leader, and that Christina will not suffer the same fate — closure, or a state takeover. But let’s not lay this colossal school failure on a sideshow of (lack of) audio recordings.

      Publius.

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    • kilroysdelaware

      re: Ms Minnehan Pencader School Board President.

      Crawl-daddy once told me, no one board member has greater authority than another. A board president who speaks for the district on critical issues without the consensus of the other board members is improper.

      As far as Mrs Lewis, she had heart and passion. However, her down fall was putting herself in a position to defend another family member employed at the school. Odds are and I don’t know for a fact is, Minnehan were close as in friends until that event. The bitch incident seemed to be the beginning of the end it that relationship. And all so sad for the children.

      Do remember. Pencader was spared closure prior to Lewis and Minnehan and together with other board members were to be the solution to right the ship. We can rant and debate all we want but the bottom-line is, the transparency of events were not so transparent. Minnehan, “influence” was null because she was an equal number and odds are there may have been a board consensus to purge Mr. Lewis and odds are the lines were drawn and the internal war begun. Everything you say about Minnehan could apply to Pencader Frank. Rather than open the windows he pulled down the shades further. He created a playing apparently at the urging of other influential charter school leaders to bringing CSW Popeye and even Bobby. Frank took the helm of the ship and “influenced” other board members to see his distorted vision of bringing in the charter crew! Board meeting minutes that aren’t made public until after 45 days of the meeting and after action items are voted on is a disservice to the public and taxpayers.

      I see to Minnehans! One I admire as an individual for her love of public education and the other I am forced to question as a school leader. I have no loyalty to many of the player in that I won’t allow it to no question issues when need to be question. Kilroy’s mission re: transparency ins’t a game funding out who is wrong or right and /or bad or good. Its about allowing parents, community and taxpayers the “view” to create a fair assessment based on facts not assumptions or rumors. Charter school formed under corporate laws and governed by education law via a politically laced DEDOE who mission to to protect the king is a formula for disaster. Recently we’ve seen charter school leaders commit crimes involving public education funding state and federal and the are set free re: no criminal charges. Its apparent Delaware AG is still owned by King Markell. When does crimes committed by public official that school officials are classified fall under diplomatic immunity? Those who stand in the way of full transparency are likely ones who have something to hide.

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    • Publius e decere

      Well, I guess we look at the situation differently. As for audio recordings, get someone to propose a clean bill which can not be turned punitive by rule nor by exception. I’m pretty sure that the bad actors at certain charter schools were not discussing their misuse of public funds in board meetings, but if adding on more regulations for the sake of looking like action is being taken, to make the public at large and the legislators feel better, then go for it. The answer to prevent another Pencader and FFA and more … was and is not audio recordings.

      Publius

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … adding on more regulations for the sake of looking like action is being taken, to make the public at large and the legislators feel better, then go for it.”

      This would be a much more apt (and honest) slogan or ad campaign for the People’s Republic of, or for Williamston, than any currently or recently in use; to wit, Home of tax free shopping (an outright lie), A place to be (shot by) somebody (incompletely stated).

      PS: Signs out on I-95 touting DE as the — Home of Mandatory School Board Meeting Recordings Within 7 Days — doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue either.

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  3. Remember lack of transparency does not help our children, keep being a pest.

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