Saranac Hale Spencer, The News Journal
The timetable for redistricting schools in Wilmingtonhas been pushed back, but the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission is still working toward consolidating half the city’s students into one district.
Adding more at-risk students to Red Clay without sustainable weighted-funding will break Red Clay’s back and negatively impact all students. Notice I said, “without sustainable weighted funding.”
The time has come to fund all Delaware public schools like Delaware votechs! The state legislators set property tax-rate for Delaware votech schools. They need to do the same for all public schools that might end the $$ waste. If our state legislator don’t have the courage to take control of school funding they should at least do what it right by requiring all public schools including charter schools to report financial expenditures by IBUs “and” MBUs. Also make it a crime for school boards to approve and permit the use of commercial credit cards beyond the state P-cards. All school district should be required to report P-card expenditures by cardholders like Colonial School District does.
WEIC plan cannot work unless radical changes are made to the current school financial structure. Red Clay taxpayers should not fund a wrongheaded plan and no school board under the current financial cat and mouse game should have the authority to raise school taxes without a referendum.