Power is free for the taking! However,our community must retake the power re: public education

(a) Each school board member shall, before entering upon the duties of the office, take and subscribe to the following oath or affirmation:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States of America, the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and the laws of Delaware governing public education, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of school board member according to the best of my ability; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that I have not directly or indirectly paid, offered or promised to pay, contributed, or offered to or promised to contribute, any money or other valuable thing as consideration or reward for the giving or withholding a vote at the election at which I was elected to said office, so help me God (or I so affirm).”

(b) The oath or affirmation shall be administered by the president or vice-president of the school board of the school district or in the case of a newly constituted board by a person appointed by the Secretary of Education to administer said oath.

14 Del. C. 1953, § 1053; 56 Del. Laws, c. 292, § 6; 73 Del. Laws, c. 65, § 14; 77 Del. Laws, c. 45, § 1.;

 

CHAPTER 45

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 76

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE OATH OF OFFICE OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE :

Section 1. Amend § 1053(a), Title 14 of the Delaware Code by striking the phrase “America and the Constitution of the State of Delaware” and by substituting in lieu thereof the following:

“America, the Constitution of the State of Delaware, and the laws of Delaware governing public education,”.

Approved June 16, 2009

“and the laws of Delaware governing public education,” Though its not much however, these few words were added to the school board oath of office via my request for the can in which  I wrote the origin draft. Does it make a difference? Maybe not to some. However, it should add some sense of ethics to the oath. I was like WTF ? Affirming one’s self to the U.S and State Constitution has no value!

At the end of the day, the oath is shallow and once again, the power to install or uninstall board members is in the hands of the public.

Would it help to align school board elections with the general elections? Should school board members be limited to two four-year terms? And the bonus question of the day, should state board of education members be an elected position? 

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