One of Gov. Jack Markell’s legacy issues will linger into the next administration since state lawmakers refused to pass education reform in the last hours of the legislative session.
A plan that was hailed as historic by civic leaderswould have shifted money toward high-poverty schools and redistricted parts of Wilmington, but it failed to get enough support in the state Senate before the clock struck midnight Friday, ending the legislative session that started in January.
Lawmakers ultimately voted to allow the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, which created the plan, to continue its work and try to pass it again next year when Markell will be out of office.
His likely successor, U.S. Rep. John Carney, who is running on the Democratic ticket for governor, said in a prepared statement, “I believe strongly that we need to preserve the progress that WEIC has made and build on it next year.”
More sign future Governor John Carney intents on using the same educational playbook Rodel stuffed in Jack Markell’s $$$$ back-pocket.
I’ve said it before and will say it one more time! This is the plan that need to improve fair and equatable education being denied Delaware’a at-risk children whom many are poor black Wilmington children:
Being there is no Red Clay traditional “middle or high school” in the boundaries of the city of Wilmington, those students living within get to chose their Red Clay suburban-based middle and high school with preferential transportation. Delaware’s Choice school law sounds great! However, without choice transportation poor children are locked in their feeder- school. T
Red Clay robbed a neighborhood of it’s traditional middle school (Conrad) converting it to a Choice only magnet school with an entrance test. Students living in Red Clay’s Alban Park and Robinson Lane were reassigned to new feeder schools miles away.
Laws needed to be enacted to change charter and magnet schools admission process to a straight-up open lottery end entrance test to “public schools”.
As far as the WEIC plans someone is overlooking the millions up millions of dollars in needed capital improvements in Christina’s schools destined to be turned over to Red Clay. There has been “no” independent assessments of those schools. Operational funding!!!! Well we now know the state plan is provide seed-money the stick the Red Clay taxpayers the burden of providing move money to fight the education poverty gap and need-based funding.
There is no need to pawn Christina’s poor students off on Red Clay! The problem with Wilmington’s failing students is WILMINGTON!
If we’re going to combined school districts in New Castle County Delaware let’s combined them all into one New Castle County School District! Yea yea !! I know ! We’ve been there and done that!
If Red Clay was the answers to improving education among Wilmington’s children what have they been failing along side Christina? Why did Red Clay create a Conrad magnet school the purposely reassigned minority students? If data is to drive improving public education take a looks of Conrad student population data by race and poverty?Honesty, it appears lately the Red Clay and the board seemed to be more concerned about the “Redskin” issue than the black-skin issue! I hope the board will lead the charge to address the Red Clay Choice, Charter and Magnet school inequities harming all at-risk students district-wide!
As far as John Carney!!!! Looks like 8 more years of Jack !!!!!!!!!!!