Delaware charter schools to be exempt from new law

148th General Assembly

House Bill 408

Primary Sponsor(s):

Osienski

Additional Sponsor(s):    Rep. Longhurst & Sen. Townsend


Co-Sponsors:

Reps. Baumbach, Bentz, Heffernan, Jaques; Sens. Blevins, Henry, Marshall


Introduced On:

06/07/2016


Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST.


Synopsis of Original Bill:

(without Amendments)

This Act requires that no later than school year 2017-2018, all public school sites, excluding charter school sites, that participate in the National School Lunch Program offer breakfast through an alternative service model(s), which may include, but not be limited to, Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go Breakfast, or Second Chance Breakfast. These alternative service model(s) may be in addition to their traditional breakfast meal service. This Act also requires that every public school site, excluding charter school sites, which reach a Free Claiming Percentage Rate of 70% or higher, shall be required to offer a breakfast at no cost to every student in the school.


Current Status:

Out of Committee   On  06/08/16

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26 responses to “Delaware charter schools to be exempt from new law

  1. gesty4congress

    That’s a NO vote.

    Scott Gesty gesty4congress@aol.com

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  2. Devastating!

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  3. john kowalko

    An amendment has been filed to remove the “charter school” exclusion. Make sure all of you contact all of your legislators demanding they vote for fairness and equality of services for all public schools by supporting the amendment.
    Representative John Kowalko

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … fairness and equality of services for all public schools … ”

      So, in addition to having ANOTHER unfunded mandate ADDED, they will likewise get “fair and equal” funding by headcount, the same dollars per chile that the TPSs get. Right?

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  4. lastDEconservative

    Hey, M, start the countdown clock. How long will it take Kwacko and Co. to put the free laundry amendment into the hopper? I wonder if it will include ironing and folding?

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  5. JK welcome back. Feel free to leave at any point since your contributions are typically incontrovertibly nebulous, fallacious and sophistic. Charter’s are not provided full equal funding and as such are granted flexibility in how they utilize their limited resources. Charters are a choice. No one is making a family choose a charter. The fact that they are not fully funded means that if I choose to send my children to a charter, I do so UNDERSTANDING, they do not have the same funding and therefore I or my children may have to sacrifice in some area to attend. The education is what matters. It is my parental responsibility to feed my children. IT IS NOT MY responsibility to feed my children AND others’ children and certainly not feed them a buffet of options that would make a chef blush. Why don’t you use your Friendly’s gatherings to feed all these children a full menu rather than tell choice schools, who are focused on education, to be restaurants on demand.

    Want to show your generosity and “fairness”? Why don’t you personally pay for Michelle Obama approved food trucks to park themselves in the school parking lots to provide the food on demand at any given time. No wait, scratch that, they would only be allowed to provide one 500 calorie oat bran muffin to each student. Sounds like Venezuela. Sounds like your kind of place. Social redistribution implosion.

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  6. john kowalko

    I’ve never said I agree with feeding all children rich or poor without adequately funding such initiatives but to exclude charters from any such requirements is a ridiculously unequal treatment of TPS’s. Furthermore M Ryder, whoever you are, you are a grossly misinformed, uninformed and factually ignorant purveyor of misinformation and falsehoods. Charters are absolutely, incontrovertibly and actually fully and equally funded as all public schools in Delaware are. In fact they typically had no funding allocations for capital expenses because all charter buildings are privately or non-profit owned with absolutely no ownership claim (whole or in part) by taxpayers if they fold their tents and sell or lease their buildings. Despite this incontrovertible truth the general assembly passed legislation (despite my and multiple others no votes) that allows millions of taxpayer dollars to be applied for and distributed to these buildings and infrastructures under the guise of “minor-cap improvements”. it is over a million and a quarter that is distributed to relatively new and newer constructed facilities “NOT” owned by the taxpayers– depriving the dilapidated and aged structures that are learning centers to 90% of our public school children, )wholly owned by the taxpaying public), of needed funds to keep them from collapsing. So in conclusion my friend, M Ryder, you are an abject moron so willing to remain misinformed of reality or to deliberately promote misinformation that I am forced to believe that you are an insufferable a***hole who should exercise and practice removal of your head from your own orifice. Welcome back indeed.
    John Kowalko

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    • lastDEconservative

      “JK … your contributions are typically incontrovertibly nebulous, fallacious and sophistic.”

      It is incredible that Kwacko comes in and proves M’s precise claim, in his own poorly constructed verbiage, yet again, in such quick order. More incredible? That the boobus Delawareanus voters can’t discern his lies from reality and leave him in the seat in Dover, now to be on the dole for the rest of his life, in office or out. And with free dental for all his relatives and neighbors for their lifetimes.

      Being blessed with discernment, having not succumbed to the lullaby and brainwashing, I suffer reading his tripe that is accepted by so many as truth.

      “Charters are absolutely, incontrovertibly and actually fully and equally funded as all public schools in Delaware are.”

      I suffer knowing that people believe this and plenty other of his (and the rest of the reprobates) lies and distortions. It is but another truly sad day here in the People’s Republic of.

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    • Classy as ever, classically misconstrued, classically redirecting, & classically wrong.
      In your effort to verbally pontificate, denigrate and extol the pain of you childhood traumas, you’ve responded ever so consistently to demonstrate the incontrovertible fact that your opinions and behavior are incongruent with residents. Rude name calling is so; “12 year old”.

      “depriving the dilapidated and aged structures that are learning centers to 90% of our public school”
      Would these be the structures taxpayers have already shelled out millions and millions to build, staff and maintain under the management of politicians and educational bureaucrats?? Why yes they are, so the depravity has been at the hands of the very people you claim have been “powerless” to affect change.

      When our local school districts can demonstrate that they are indeed places of quality, high academic learning, instead of funnels of re-distributive social safety net funding (breakfast and laundering on demand), please let us know. Until then, you might want to study Chicago and Illinois, they’re ahead of Delaware in the; debt to unfunded commitments game, but with you and your party in place, there’s no doubt you’ve got the game covered to burden future residents with debts and lack of resources. Please read it if your able to get past the beam in your eye. http://biblehub.com/matthew/7-3.htm
      http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-madigan-rauner-emanuel-cullerton-edit-20160610-story.html

      Please also note that Delaware legislature refused to fully fund charters (staff and capital funding) in their nod to the DSEA and other educational fiefdoms who feared the competition and feared the result that TPS’s are hamstring by their own creation.

      Kilroy, is having one of your visitors being called a moron and an insufferable asshole acceptable to you? Shouldn’t your code of conduct, red flag go off just a little? Seems Mr. K deserves a little timeout. Maybe his childhood traumas involved NOT being put in timeout when he should’ve been.

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    • Kilroy, Doesn’t being called a moron, idiot or insufferable asshole bump your inappropriate meter just a little bit?

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  7. Children! This is about Children. And how hungry children can’t learn. You want to enlarge the “gap” between poor kids and not-so-poor kids, go ahead exempt charters from serving breakfast. Know what happens – poor families stop choicing to charters and stay in district. Know what this is – for the conspiracy theorist among us – it creates a whole new avenue for discrimination in admission practices. The poor parents will simply not choice to those schools who drop breakfast,

    And for those who want to argue the finance portion – at the close of my 3rd year managing a charter school nutrition program, I will have netted $12,000 – after all the bills and most labor is paid. It would be more, but we can’t make parents pay their bills and best practices say that hungry kids don’t get punished for their parents inability to provide. To put it in perspective – cafe funds from traditional schools are exempt from the charter tuition formula. So, yes, charters have to start up these programs on their own – actually they should all have them as that was legislated into law two years ago. If everyone is already doing it, why do we need to give charters an out? My program was expected to be entirely self-sufficient (labor included) by the end of year four. And with one more year ahead, we were well-positioned for it.

    And if you have a charter out there that hasn’t been able to net a profit in the last two years since free/reduced lunch and breakfast became law – then they have the wrong people running their cafeteria and program. And if you are a charter school reading this – I’m up for freelancing. Kilroy knows how to reach me.

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … kids don’t get punished for their parents inability to provide.”

      Hey Kwacko, what about that laundry amendment?

      ” … kids don’t get punished for their parents inability to provide.”

      Yet parents get rewarded for not providing. We all know the maxim that applies, “what gets rewarded gets done.” For the denizens, “not providing ‘a’ creates not providing ‘b’, ‘c’, ‘d’, and on and on and on. The progressive spiral to doom, brought to you by design, by such expert practitioners as found here at Kilroy’s.

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    • Elizabeth, “for the children” has put us in the situation that our TPS’s have redirected their focus FROM education TO enabling parents to be irresponsible.
      I challenge you to sincerely question what it is that you want schools to be? Education institutions OR a funding funnel of social services safety net? Where do you draw the line and where do you demand that parents that bring these children into the world, are responsible to care for them? Is it appropriate to tell parents who are upholding their parental obligation to care educationally and financially for their children that they must also care for, supplant, provide sustenance, and clean clothing for all the other parents who are not upholding their responsibilities? Where do we as a society draw the line to say that if you cannot even provide a bowl of cereal and a sandwich to your children then maybe you are not qualified to have children. If the birth of the child means immediately they are the responsibility of social services, then society (who is paying for it) must have the ability to control that commitment. We have people today trying to curtail gun ownership with background checks, special taxes, waiting periods, gun licensing, etc yet is there a law that requires people to apply to have children? Is there a law that qualifies whether the parents have the means to care for and support the child? Is there a licensing process for the qualification of whether an individual has the intellectual capacity to understand what it takes to care for a child?? No? But it is OK to tell society and in particular (taxpayers); you are responsible for all these people regardless of circumstances.
      Elizabeth, I am not heartless but the social services commitments and the lack of personal responsibility are conspiring against those of society who take their responsibilities seriously. Accidents can and do happen but when 50-70% of certain populations of children are illegitimate, logic needs to sink in. Self preservation and individual responsibility must govern and be enforced.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Sweet, M, just plain sweet. Thanks for the well reasoned statement.

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    • Sorry, Children, I missed much of the debate – relaxing with family in Virginia for a few days.

      Ryder, there is no reason that a school can’t do two things at one time. We have schools that educate and run athletics programming. Why not schools that educate and feed the hungry and poor. Yeah, I understand, there are a whole lot of tax payers who don’t like social entitlements.

      (Unless you were a product of private or home schools), You all have already accepted the largest social entitlement available in the United State – EDUCATION. And, as such, it would seem that an academic building must would be an excellent hub for the delivery of other social entitlements to those who need them. – not earn them, not always deserve them. But, children, they need them access.

      I also believe that giving birth to a child does not make one a parent, much less an adult. And in many cases these folks are nothing more than egg and sperm donors who turn out society’s children. Now, we as a society have to make a choice – allow a generation become the starving children of EthoAmerica (remember Ethopia) or raise this generation with food in their bellies so that they can concentrate on their academics and athletics and while doing so, reduce their disruption to the general learning environment.

      Remember, for the most part, these children only see breakfast and lunch at school, no dinner. And on the weekends, they are on their own. And for that, I think the egg and sperm donors ought to be punished. But, not the children. Some of this countries brightest minds started in neighborhoods that were run by ferral children and absent parents where teachers stepped in and inspired.. I have no objection to billing parents for the cost of their childrens’ needs. If I thought it would produce the results, I would have no problem with prison for those who have babies for society’s raise and not for the good of the child.

      So, we have a choice. Will it be Ethopia? Or will we dial in on children and support them in an effort to ensure the next generation does not follow in the footsteps of the last.

      And just to be clear –

      Cafeteria funding is not built into local school tax dollars.
      Cafe dollars are USDA reimbursement based on qualified usage. That’s federal. So, if you would like to end all social feeding programs, be sure to hit up your Washington DC reps.

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    • Elizabeth, your points are understood but the actions of providing (enabling of irresponsible parents) non-education social services via the schools does not solve the problem. This is the crux of the issue. The children should not have to be subjected to the continued abuse by irresponsible parents, but they will be and the taxpayer will remain on the hook for paying for it. The non-educational social services funnel allows the problem to be perpetuated indefinitely. Irresponsible parents will continue to be irresponsible because they “can”. Responsible parents and schools will continue to be burdened with the unresolved problem. That isn’t a solution, it doesn’t reduce the problem and it doesn’t create a path towards correcting the problem. If the solution is that the government (taxpayers) are responsible for paying for all these social services, then the government has a responsibility to institute policies that SOLVE (not casually “recommend”, not passively accept, not willingly enable) or eliminate the problem.
      Telling adults, you cannot have children unless you will be financially and behaviorally responsible for them is the first step. Don’t be squeamish about it because that’s currently what we’re doing and it punishes the kids and the taxpayers who are responsible. That isn’t the state taking away liberty or rights, that’s the state telling citizens that they will not be allowed to willingly hoist unsupported children onto social services dole. People can have kids, but if they can’t support them, and they know they cannot support them, then they are stealing the rights and resources of those who are responsible.

      As far as Breakfast on demand, what are we teaching students who show up to school late, don’t go to the cafeteria when they should, refuse to manage their time ? We are teaching them to be JUST LIKE THEIR IRRESPONSIBLE PARENTS, that they don’t have to pay attention to what they need to do. Investigate how AA and other addiction recovery therapies view this. It is called ENABLING. As long as the perpetrator of the bad behavior has people who enable them, they will continue with the bad behavior. Stop enabling bad behavior. Stop enabling irresponsible adults from having children they can’t or won’t support.

      Public Education is not an entitlement per se. If you work and pay taxes, YOU ARE PAYING FOR IT. Private school parents are paying for both private school and TPS’s, so they are paying twice.

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    • lastDEconservative

      I haven’t lately said it, but I feel it, so here it is again for all to see, I want to bear M’s children.

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  8. john kowalko

    LastDEcon-artist,
    You are incontrovertibly an idiot.
    J.K.

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  9. john kowalko

    If the shoe fits………..
    John Kowalko

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    • Mr. K, You never cease to show your inner child. Maybe someday you’ll share the trauma of your upbringing to allow some level of healing and dispense with your latent rage against rationality and pragmatism.

      “depriving the dilapidated and aged structures that are learning centers to 90% of our public school children,”
      -Would these be the same buildings that politicians and educational bureaucrats confiscate millions of taxpayers dollars for, at double and triple the building rates of non-public buildings? THOSE BUILDINGS?
      Yeah, they are and yet somehow it is taxpayers fault when the caretakers of these buildings let them fall into disrepair because of the competency vacuum politicians and school administrators CREATED.

      Weighted funding (on everyone’s mind now with the WEIC) is a scapegoat for what is a problem of social dysfunction. It will not solve the Amy Joyner problem. Added crisis counselors will not have answers for the troubling aspects of generations of kids with no fathers and mothers unprepared to be parents. The building doesn’t make the student. The behavior does. Money in schools doesn’t make the student. The behavior does.
      http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-298.html
      http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/roddreher/2010/03/why-did-kansas-citys-public-schools-fail.html
      I have a shoe for you. It’s called shoo fly.

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  10. john kowalko

    Congrats M Ryder, you’ve once again won the Cinderella shoe fitting award. Buildings under constant use for over 50 to 70 years are worn out from that usage and in need of upgrades and repairs almost constantly. Even a blind man could see that. How about that—a “blind” Cinderella wins this years “shoe fits”, “walks and quacks like a duck” awards.
    John Kowalko

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    • lastDEconservative

      Sometimes even I wonder, if only for a second, whether Kwacko really believes himself the tripe he vehemently puts out there, or is just that good at never-say-die when it comes to obfuscating and supplanting his own culpability with noise. Yeah, he’s that good. And free dental for life at my expense. Well played, Sir Kwacko.

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    • If I’m CInderella, you must be the evil step mother. Your hair is similar.

      Let’s see, Keene, Liesure, and Porter road schools are all less than 50 years old. (paid for by me). Astro power bld’g less than 50 years old (paid for by me). All other buildings / renovations in the last 20 years (paid for by me). Buildings, if maintained can and do last more than 50 years. The fact that our illustrious legislators, governor, and educational staff have set up financing that discourages reasonable upkeep in lieu of complete gutting $$ or rebuilds $$ is really what your trying to say. Look in the mirror John for the accountability of why repairs and maintenance haven’t been performed adequately. You, the districts and the state have made sure to tax me for it. Why it hasn’t been done competently is your responsibility. Prevailing wage union labor should have insured high quality. What happened?

      I’ll “quack” at you anytime for free.

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  11. John K is repulsive. Why do you guys respond to him?

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    • lastDEconservative

      Hey, mom! “Why do you guys respond to him?”

      To keep him coming back, of course! He better educates the typical non-discerning, boobus Delawareanus, lullabied citizen than you, me, M, Pub, all of us could ever do by showing himself for what he is. It will take the lot a while to wake up, but Sir Kwacko’s volume level helps there, too! Add our rejoinders to his and the result, I’m confident, in the end, will be for the good and for the long overdue end of him.

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