I’ve been living in Sussex County for a year now and can see the impact of losing summer seasonal labor negatively impacting local business.
A few years ago Delaware State Representative Gerald Hocker was pushing legislation call for the state of Delaware public, Votech and charter schools to start their student school year “after” Labor Day. Rep Hocker is a business owner in Sussex County and relies on seasonal employee. I saw this legislation as self-serving and intruding on local school board control. We the days of the sidewalks rolling up at Delaware beaches after Labor Day are gone. Summer season in Delaware have expanding beyond Labor Day which is healthy for Delaware’s economy.
I feel a comprise to support the business needs of Sussex County would be legislation allowing students who “wish” to remain working until after Labor Day do so with the condition they send a letter to their school from their employer verified their employment. In return the school district , votech or charter gives the student until the end of the first marking period to makeup any missed schoolwork. This way we don’t intrude on local board control and support business needs that does impact Delaware’s economy.
Red Clay’s 2018-2019 School Calendar indicates high school grades (certainly those students employed working Sussex County would be high school students) first day is Tuesday August 28, 2018 / Also, Red Clay is closed on Friday August 31, 2018. So we’re talking 3 days where working students can request off. Newark Charter School first day for high school is Monday August 27, 2018 and they also are closed Friday August 31, 2018.
I honestly feel this plan is a fair compromise and can work.
It makes no sense for residents living in Hockessin to vote a board member representing residents of the city if Wilmington.
The time has come to only permit residents living in a given school board nominating district to vote within that nominating district.
We need to end power grabs like Christina’s school board president is trying to pull!
In a dramatic example of a petulant personality that cannot get his way through the legitimate legislative process, Governor Carney has chosen to emulate a Trumpian tactic that shows a healthy disdain for the democratic principle of separation of powers. After failing to get support for his balanced budget constitutional amendment (HB 460), the governor has signed an executive order today, the last day of the legislative session, attempting to force the same mandated budget cuts onto Delawareans through his preparation of next year’s budget bill. In this blatantly disrespectful attempt to abrogate power from the legislature, the governor even barred members of the public from attending the press conference where he signed the executive order.
This lack of respect for the legislative process and separation of powers should never happen in our constitutional democratic republic. It is totally unacceptable in Delaware and should be rejected by the Delaware people.
The press release is below, and the the full text of Executive Order #21 can be read by following the link.
Representative John Kowalko
What I love about Kowalko is , he calls it like he sees it ! And listen to podcast of Kowalko talking to WDEL’s Rick Jensen ! http://wdel.streamon.fm/listen-pl-2284?smc=6
June 30, 2018
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TODAY: Governor Carney To Sign Executive Order on Budget Smoothing
DOVER, Del. – At 4:30 p.m. today at Legislative Hall, Governor John Carney will sign an Executive Order to implement recommendations of the DEFAC Advisory Committee on budget smoothing. Following the signing, Governor Carney will be available for media to answer questions on the final day of the 149th General Assembly.
Governor Carney will sign an Executive Order on budget smoothing, and hold media availability on the final day of the 149th General Assembly.
Governor John Carney
Mike Jackson, Director, Office of Management and Budget
Rick Geisenberger, Secretary, Department of Finance
Jeff Bullock, Secretary of State
Michael Houghton, Chair, Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council
Saturday, June 30, 4:30 p.m.
411 Legislative Avenue
Dover, DE 19901