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Daily Archives: January 25, 2017
Dopey State Legislators! Just end the class size waivers ! Pilot Program with seed money always defaults back on local taxpayers!
What happens next?
Awaiting consideration in Committee
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO THE CREATION OF A PILOT PROGRAM FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS IN EARLY PRIMARY GRADES FOCUSED ON REDUCED CLASS SIZE AND AN INTENSIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCE.
Some students from disadvantaged backgrounds arrive at school lacking the same vocabulary and word recognition skills of their peers, putting them at a disadvantage when developing literacy skills in primary grades. In analyzing this disparity, studies have shown that the third grade is a critical turning point in educational development and that students who are not preforming at grade level by this point will continue to fall behind their peers at an increasingly rapid pace. This Act will seek to diminish this performance gap by creating a 3-year pilot program for disadvantaged students in primary grades in Delaware public schools. The State will provide $1 million in grant funding per year, over a 3-year period, to support the pilot program. Under the Act, Delaware State University, Delaware Technical and Community College, and the University of Delaware are invited to help collect and analyze data to assess the program.
compulsory school attendance in Delaware from 16 to 18 years of age. And how much $$$ will this add to the budget?
House Bill 55
149th General Assembly (Present)
What happens next?
Committee Hearing takes place within twelve legislative days.
AN ACT TO AMEND THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.
This Act increases the age requirement for compulsory school attendance in Delaware from 16 to 18 years of age. The age increase is phased in over a two-year period; accordingly, there is a one-year interim period where the compulsory school attendance age requirement will be 17 years old. The Act further provides that a child may be exempt from the age requirement for compulsory school attendance if the child has received a high school diploma or a certificate of performance or obtains permission to withdraw from school from the superintendent of the district in which the child is enrolled or from the president of the board of the charter school in which the child is enrolled. To obtain a waiver from the date of enactment of this Act until August 31, 2018, a child must be at least 16 years old. To obtain a waiver on or after September 1, 2018, a child must be at least 17 years old. The Act preserves the exemption under which a child may be excused from compulsory attendance upon request of the child’s parent or legal guardian coupled with supporting written documentation from a qualified health professional.
Fiscal Note/Fee Impact:
Takes effect upon being signed into law
School Tax deadbeats like Wanxiang prevents Delaware from expanding basic special education services @wanxiang
Special education advocates say Delaware’s school funding system is denying important help to almost 2,500 of the state’s youngest students.
Rep. Kim Williams, D-Newport, is sponsoring a bill she says would fix that. Yet, despite widespread support, it is one of many proposals that has little chance of passing because of a projected $350 million state budget gap.
“I know money is an issue for the state,” Williams said. “But we invested all of this money into our early learning programs, and yet we have that void there in our elementary schools. This is something we really need to change.”
Williams’ bill would provide school districts extra money for students in grades K-3 who are in the “basic” special needs category.
There’s money to be reallocated! Get rid of the Chinese language immersion program! What as waste that is! I’ll be only 1% of students a best will grow up and use Chinese in a business application! There there is the charter school slush fund! What about the waste at top heavy DE DOE
Acknowledging this, Williams tweaked the bill this year to phase in the services — and their costs. In the 2017-2018 school year, it would cost the state $1.7 million and districts $650,000; by 2020-2021, the state would be paying $12.2 million and districts would be paying $4.5 million.
What about deadbeat corporation not their school taxes such as with Wanxiang = School Balance Due:$989,251.54 with $845,970.79 owed Red Clay with the rest owed to NCCVT. Red Clay says, hands are tied go to your elected official and complain! I did to Red Clay School Board !!!! Crickets !!!!!!!! Red Clay can put a lien on the property which will jam Wanxiang’s pending sale! However, as you can see plenty of money out there!
“If they don’t have the basic skills there by third grade, it sets them up to have a more challenging time all the way through,” Williams said. “If we’re really serious about this, we’ll find a way to get the resources.”