H.B. 61 signed by Gov Markell Re: all school boards must record meetings


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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:

Signed   On  05/25/2016

Date Governor Acted:

05/25/2016 Effective Date:

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Actions History:

May 25, 2016 – Signed by Governor
May 11, 2016 – Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 20 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
Mar 23, 2016 – Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in Senate with 1 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits
Mar 10, 2016 – Assigned to Education Committee in Senate
Mar 10, 2016 – Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 40 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 1 ABSENT 0 VACANT
May 06, 2015 – Reported Out of Committee (EDUCATION) in House with 4 Favorable, 7 On Its Merits
Mar 24, 2015 – Introduced and Assigned to Education Committee in House

Section 2.  This Act shall become effective 90 days after enactment.

So pretty much effective date will state with September 2016 board meetings. 

Though there are still naysayers is the house, recordings of school board meeting will afford, parents, community, legislators and the Delaware Department of Education the opportunity to listen is and better engage.

It’s been a long journey but with the State Board of Education and all school boards, traditional, votech and charters schools required to record the public sessions of their board meetings the level of transparency moved up a notch.

We have a long long road to true transparency such financial reports and budget reports going beyond IBUs and expose the MBUs. Also, every school district, voctech district and charter schools should be  required to list P-Card expenditures by cardholder on monthly financial reports like Colonial School District.

At the end of the day, schools don’t fail but those who run them do!


6 responses to “H.B. 61 signed by Gov Markell Re: all school boards must record meetings

  1. I was wondering when you were going to get around to this! Hope you had a good break!


  2. Publius e decere

    Representative Hudson has been Kilroy’s consistent messenger on this. I hope he can see his way to recognize her for it.


  3. Kilroy not at bill signing? SNUB! Publius, now that your boy Jack signed it, it’s good law right?


    • No thanks to residents–sad


    • Publius e decere

      It is diminutive statutory law. Could and should have been administrative law. But we have an R rep currying favor with an R blogger so statutory it is..

      When “statutory law” comes down to proscribing audio recordings we have arrived at the point of diminishing returns. Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison would not be impressed with the “transparency” that studio recordings might provide. They would expect outsized actions by the executive, not this “not-bold” gubmint nanny-state nonsense.

      Now that we have recordings what will change? Certainly, we will see exceptional rants about small issues. But recordings are mostly about “gotcha” and nitpicking, and less about substantial and meaningful transparency.

      Go ahead you Unwashed Masses Of “Transparent” “Exceptionalism”, shoot your vitriolic objections. It is all in my rear view mirror. Which is consistent with your being in many peoples’ rear view mirrors .— maybe us drivers are even a budding majority.



    • lastDEconservative

      As dysfunctional as the average volunteer board of directors is now … the average board results today will appear brilliant by comparison as the fear of being ridiculed (or worse) supercedes the urge to speak up or out for the good of the game by the individuals and the collective. Pub is correct, the Kwacko types will see the mic as an opportunity to export brilliance beyond the rightfully circumscribed world said Kwacko types daily inhabit. That fact only serves to make the result of this action doubly devastating. Another sad day here in the Republic of.

      Sounds like Pub is joining me in the Exodus?