All Delaware Traditional, Votech and Charter schools are required by law to record their board meetings “effective 8/25/2016”

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

148th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 61

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

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

Section 1.  Amend Chapter 2, Title 14, Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:

  • 208. Digital recording of board meetings.

All boards of education of public school districts, vocational-technical high school districts, and all boards of directors of charter schools shall digitally record all of their public meetings and shall make the recordings available to the public on the districts’ or charter schools’ websites within seven (7) business days of each meeting.  These recordings shall remain available on the website for at least 1 year after their posting on the website.  These recordings are not official board minutes, but are a means to enhance communication to the public and to State legislators.  The requirements of this section do not apply to board executive sessions, or workshops and retreats where no voting will take place.

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

Signed   On  05/25/2016

90 days = 08/25/2016

“and shall make the recordings available to the public on the districts’ or charter schools’ websites within seven (7) business days of each meeting.”

Well folks!  Tomorrow is “R” day aka record your school board meeting as prescribed by “law”. And look very close board members, “within seven (7) business days of each meeting. Not after board approves minutes during following meeting. Because;  

“These recordings are not official board minutes, but are a means to enhance communication to the public and to State legislators.”

The word of the law is “shall”and Kilroy will be patrolling the districts and charter schools’ webpages effective September 2016. And you can bet your ass I’ll fill complaints with the AG’s office and state legislators. 

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4 responses to “All Delaware Traditional, Votech and Charter schools are required by law to record their board meetings “effective 8/25/2016”

  1. “The sun’ll come out, tomorrow, tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, they’ll be sun”

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  2. And they will need to buy a new server to store the recordings off site (preferably Hillary’s closet) and they will need to hire a special data manager to make trips (to the pant suit closet) to monitor the server. This person and the hardware will be paid for by local taxes and maintained forever even though only a handful of (kilroy types) will listen to the recordings. By the time a recording will be needed for a deposition or legal challenge, the school board member, super, or administrator will be gone and any accountability the recordings may have had will be moot. It only took countless hours and discussions to insert it into a law and get it passed, at a cost of probably hundreds of thousands of dollars. YAY!

    I am not opposed to recording board meetings. I just wish as much effort was applied to making sure students behave/ learn and that our schools weren’t wasting resources (like doing children’s laundry or supplying federally approved food that the students can’t stand and throw away).

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  3. What should really be on tape is every back room deal that every politician makes with special interest!

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  4. “only a handful of (kilroy types) will listen to the recordings”

    Yes, and thankfully the Kilroy types will share the important parts of what they found and hundreds of people will read it. The widespread knowledge will affect policy. Kilroy listens to the audio so you don’t have to – thanks, Kilroy types!

    “This person and the hardware will be paid for by local taxes and maintained forever”

    Storage is cheap nowadays, sometimes free. There are plenty of cloud-based services that require no local server hardware. The district’s web host can probably store it for no additional cost.

    ” By the time a recording will be needed for a deposition or legal challenge, the school board member, super, or administrator will be gone and any accountability the recordings may have had will be moot. ”

    Good point. The recordings only have to be kept for one year, so if you are following an issue make sure you save all the relevant recordings yourself.

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