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WDEL’s Rick Jensen endorses John Young for Christina School Board member

 

WDEL’s Rick Jensen endorses John Young for Christina School Board member

 

 

Former DSEA President presents school funding plan that rearranges the chairs on the K12 Titanic. No Mr. Matthews! No blank checkbooks for school boards!

School funding: We can give voters a voice without failing Delaware kids (opinion)

Mike Matthews Published 10:03 a.m. ET May 13, 2019 | Updated 12:08 p.m. ET May 13, 2019   

Mike Matthews lives in Wilmington and is past president of the Delaware State Education Association.

Nothing is a greater indicator of a society’s success or failure than whether our children are receiving a quality education that meets their unique intellectual, developmental, and emotional needs.

In order to meet those needs, schools must be appropriately funded to ensure adequate staffing levels and a wide range of programming to support the diverse needs of students around the state.

And that’s why the recent failures of the Christina School District’s operational referendum and the Indian River School Districts’ capital referendum are so disappointing and saddening.

Real students and educators will be impacted by this outcome. In Christina, the effects on the community will begin to take effect in just a few short months. Already, the school board has voted to lay off five teachers and eliminate another 58 temporary teaching jobs.  

Indian River, meanwhile, will not get the resources it needs to build more classroom space as the number of students it serves grows.

We have a problem here in Delaware with how we fund our schools. The fact that too many of our districts have to ask voters to raise their own taxes to maintain the bare minimum costs of keeping the lights on is not productive or efficient.

Delaware must embrace a school funding model that, at the very least, allows for districts to raise necessary local funds to keep up with the barest costs of doing business — namely maintaining appropriate staffing levels and needed programmatic expenses.

To that end, I have a proposal broken out into four areas for how we can better fund capital and operating expenses throughout the state that will give the voters, elected school boards, and the state a level of say in how our schools are funded.

First things first, though: We must begin by having a real conversation on property reassessment. Houses in Delaware have not been reassessed in 30-40 years. This is unacceptable and any action the state takes on discussing funding reform must be coupled with property reassessments.

With that consideration at the fore, here are my tips on making this happen:

  1. Current operating expenses: For this category, I support the move to grant school boards more authority to raise a modest amount of taxes on residents. This is the model used in hundreds of school districts around the country, including in Pennsylvania. In order to maintain adequate levels of staffing based on student enrollments as well as basic costs to keep our schools running, school boards should have the authority to raise the tax.

  2. New operating/program expenses: If a district chooses to unveil a new program (ie. purchasing one-to-one devices for each student or reconfiguring/creating new schools to attract students), then these expenses should be subject to a public vote. Residents of the district can determine the worthiness of the programs and grant the district more funds to implement them.   

  3.  Current capital expenses: Because the state chips in between 60-70% of school funding, it should look into creating a commission that regularly goes into all 200+ of our schools to ensure they are up to par when it comes to safety, environmental concerns, and basic functionality to meet the needs of students in the 21st century. As issues are identified, then schools around the state should be prioritized for the upgrades they need. These buildings are state properties and they need to be treated and funded as the assets they are and not be allowed to fall into disrepair because voters have decided not to support them. 

  4. New construction expenses: Several districts around the state have seen explosions of growth in the last 10 years. A few have successfully passed new construction referenda to build schools. Some, like Indian River, have had a tough time passing referenda for new schools. For any new construction, I believe voters in a district should have a say on whether taxes should be levied to build. If voters consistently turn down referenda for new construction, at a certain point I believe it’s in the state’s best interest to step in and mitigate a solution to get needed schools built.

     
    These ideas are by no means exhaustive. For too long, we’ve sidestepped some critical conversations on school funding, and I believe we are in the stage where we need to be creative in our thinking because our current situation is dysfunctional.

    I support a plan where voters are still given a say, school board members are given a slight increase in authority, and the state steps in to share a greater responsibility for the physical needs of our schools.

    Students across the state can no longer wait for action. Their futures depend on a system that works for them. The time is now to do what is necessary to ensure our schools have what they need to best serve students.

Giving schools an ounce of authority to raise taxes without going to referendums opens Pandora’s box. We seen have the just a cup of coffee tactics when with referendums and then , if you don’t support the referendums you don’t support kids.

“We have a problem here in Delaware with how we fund our schools” What about fixing the problem? The problem is the inequity in school funding across the counties and the state. Why do some students schools get more funding than another ? Lets take New Castle Count for an example. Why ins’t the local share of public education constant? Some people oppose consolidated school district in New Castle County because it would infringe on local control and parental engagement.  I get it! However , there is nothing stopping us from having equal funding state and local. Wait perhaps their is and it “politics”. The LEAD report emphasized cost sayings via consolidation of school districts. What has been done to outsource HR, Food Service , Transportation and maintenance of public schools via countywide contacts. I have a hunch organized labor. But all this has it debates and controversy.

The real problem lies within the core of politics centered in legislative hall.  Our state legislators approves up or down votech aka public schools request for more funding. Delaware Code Title 14 Chapter 26 has a review process vs arbitrarily raise local tax rate as you suggest.

(a) The board of education for each vocational technical high school district shall, no later than the second Thursday in July, deliver its warrant, with a duplicate of the assessment list, to the receiver of taxes and county treasurer of the county or counties where the district is located.

(b) Prior to submitting any subsequent legislation to the General Assembly for approval that proposes to increase the tax rate authorized by § 2601(a)(1) of this title, the Sussex County Vocational Technical School District Board of Education shall first submit by March 15 of that year its proposed tax rate increase and justification therefor to a Tax Rate Review Committee composed of the following members:

(1) A representative of the Department of Education designated by the Secretary;

(2) Two public members from Sussex County designated by the Governor;

(3) The Controller General;

(4) The Director of the Office of Management and Budget;

(5) The superintendent of 1 of the Sussex County school districts designated by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.

The Tax Rate Review Committee shall, in a timely fashion, review the proposed tax rate increase taking into account the District’s projected enrollment, current operating expense requirements and the county’s taxable assessment, and shall file a report by April 15 of that year with the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, indicating whether or not the proposed tax rate is sufficient to meet the District’s reasonable operating requirements. Copies of this report shall also be distributed to each local board of education in the county.

The funding process for public votech schools has been working and has an organized no bias review of necessity of need process. State legislators keep their pencils sharp to keep votech funding focused on the needs not the wants. When was the last time a votech went into financial recovery. The “problem” fix is right in front of us and once  local school taxes are equalized by counties the “combined school boards” that exist in each county pull together and formulate the necessity of need for traditional public schools within  in the county. At the end of  the day equality in school funding is out of balanced between each school district and yes the referendum process where one district is successful and another is not expanding the funding gap. FIX THE CORE PROBLEM! And our state legislators need to due an impact study on each and every piece of K-12 legislation before that legislation is voted on. This was the process in the past until Senator Sokola had the required “written Impact analysis” repealed. But what the fuck do I know ? I only have a GED and pocketful of college credits.

Former Delaware Senator Peterson opposes giving local school boards blank check powers to raise property taxes without going to referendum.

Bill would not fix school funding problems

The Sunday “Your Turn” column by Rep. Earl Jaques indicated that House Bill No. 129 would “fix our broken school tax system.” In reality, it does no such thing. It simply adds a second mechanism for school boards to increase our property taxes. 

HB 129 would give school boards the right to increase property taxes annually by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or 2%, whichever is higher (not “lower,” as Rep. Jaques claims). The CPI, by the way, has exceeded 2% in three of the past five years.  

The bill goes on to say that school boards may request a tax increase higher than the CPI increase or the 2%, but would have to hold a referendum to get the additional funds. So, HB 129 doesn’t “fix” the school tax system, it compounds the problem by giving school boards two mechanisms for raising taxes, instead of one (the referendum). 

Further, the bill does nothing to help the poorer-performing districts. The more affluent districts will collect more revenue because their tax base is higher, and the poorer-performing districts will collect less, thus widening the funding gap.

Delaware already spends considerably more per pupil than the national average ($14,713 vs. $11,762 per year). We are eleventh highest in the nation in terms of spending per pupil.  

Money is not the problem. How the money is spent is the problem.

Karen Peterson, retired state senator, Wilmington

(Letter to the Editor Delaware Online 5/9/2019 ) 

Delaware’s Jack Wells schools state legislators on their wrongheaded HB 129 that allows school boards to raise property taxes without referendum or legislators review. @wdel @delawareonline @DelawareToday @TheStateNews @JohnCarneyDE @DEHouseMinority @DEHouseDems @DEDeptofEd @DEStateBoardEd

When 3 referendums are defeated in the last several months and many more in prior years, I do not believe the first action taken by our legislators is to take the voting rights away from the residents, rather legislators should find out WHY the residents are voting NO.  If this bill passes without first finding out why residents are voting NO and addressing those issues, I believe it will be almost impossible to pass any referendum. This sends the message, “we the elected officials don’t want to know why residents are voting NO. 

Here are a few reasons why I believe residents are voting NO. 

1. The State has reduced funding, passing more and more funding onto property owners, not only for education but social needs. {DDOE has even stopped updating reports that show the significant cuts made by the state and the significant increase in local funding, further evidence that transparency on funding is strongly opposed, the legislators have shown they are strongly opposed to accountability by slashing the staffing of our auditors while providing more and more funding to our agencies.

2. Delinquent school taxes have skyrocketed. Many middle class jobs have been lost and while it is true many are now working,their income is far less.

3. Local funds are being used to fund the “social needs” of our children, clearly social needs should be funded by other agencies and funded by ALL taxpayers, not just property owners.

4. Property owners are convinced we do not need 19 school districts, the last study did not even have a funding analysis. Why are some administrators percentage of local funding in their salaries much higher than school level employees. Why don’t the salary scales for administrators show the amount funded by the state and amount funded from local funds? 

5. Failure to take any action to reduce overhead by consolidating support services.  What has been done is to fund the New Castle Data Service Center to provide the districts and DDOE with services, yet no employees have been terminated and or reassigned.   

6. Every year property owners school taxes are increasing because of the skyrocketing increase of children with special needs, especially those in the category of intensive and complex. Currently our school boards have authority to raise this tax rate without informing the residents or providing any justification. This year 16% of our children have special needs and they earn 37% of the Div. I Units and almost all of the related service specialists, plus providing authority for other units, many of these children are also ELL and low income. { I believe the average cost for a child attending one of our special schools is around $90,000. I have just learned from a Freedom of Information Request that at least in one special school ALL local salaries are funded from Tuition Tax Revenue, also last year 624 fulltime employees were funded 100% from local funds, most from tuition tax revenue. Very few employees and very very few residents are aware current operating local revenue is funding only 63% of Div. 1 Units, very few related service units and very few if any paraprofessionals. Why do our school boards not provide this information to the property owners, another example of no transparency. 

7. No transparency on how and where our districts, charter schools are spending $2.5 billion annually, and because the miscoding of expenditures is so widespread our auditor could not compare spending between districts, we cannot develop best practices on what allocation of resource provides the best results. 

8. To further limit the information being provided to the residents, DDOE has stopped updating staffing reports and state financial reports, the residents don’t even know have much money they are providing by category or how many employees they are funding, for some reason DDOE thinks this information is not important. {DOE staffing reports never included DOE employees.} 

9. No audits which are required by state law are conducted to verify $2.5 billion in annual expenditures are being used for the purpose provided and expenditures are legal.

10. The state funds district wide choice transportation for high achieving students starting in the 6th grade. In order to attend these schools, the children must be selected to attend schools like Conrad, CSW, CAB, DMA, IB at Dickinson, 6-8 grade at BSS, however for children who are not selected to these special schools and would like to choice and for every other student in our K-5 schools, they must provide their own choice transportation. {In Delaware, if you are poor, you have no choice, however if you are a high achiever or you can provide your own transportation, you have a choice, that is a disgrace.}

11. Unlike those children who are high achievers, if you want to attend vocational courses, you are not provided any opportunity starting in the 6th grade, and if you cannot qualify in the 9th, you cannot attend vocational courses in one of our vocational schools. {Sussex Tech denied over 1000 children over a 4 year period, no one knows what happens to these children. I wonder how many end up in jail.} 

I believe we must find a way to provide local funding for our children, but taking the voting rights away from the residents as the first course of action, will only make the problem worse.

Jack Wells

Delaware Governor John Carney slips in the shower and chokes on Rep Baumbach’s soap on a rope @JonhCarneyDE @DEDeptofEd @wdel @DeStateBoardEd @DSEA1 @Delaware_gov @christinak12 @DEcharterNetwrk @CRI_Delaware @delawareonline @DeGop @DelawarePTA

Delaware Governor John Carney weighs in on failed public school referendums across the state.“You really have to look what is at play when those referendums fail,” he said. “Whether or not it’s an appropriate public response to lack of performance or whether it’s just people who don’t want to pay more in taxes.” This is proof on Delaware Governor is out of touch. What an idiot !

Taxpayer are tired of being nickle and dimed to death every other year by a public school funding system that doesn’t work. Taxpayers who questions school referendum are often accused of hating children if they don’t support the referendum. Then there is “it’s only the cost of a cup of coffee a day.” I think we’re to the point where its the cost of the stove that the coffee pots sits on. As far as performance, the state under former Governor Jack Markell engaged in a reckless political Wall Street laced national public school reformed agenda that increased the size of oversight of public schools adding to the already over-bloated administrative positions and caused greater financial burden on local schools.

Giving traditional school district school boards the freehand to raise local school taxes 2% a year is asinine. The schools board members for the most part a being pulled around by the noses and being fed Kool-aid to support whatever the district superintendent wants. Dopey Ass Delaware State Representative wants reduce school board terms from 5 years to 3 years. Folks it takes about a year and half to train a school board member. Rep Baumbach supports Christina School District school board candidate who said she wouldn’t serve if elected.   

Governor Carney refuses to fund Delaware traditional public schools as he does Delaware public votech schools that don’t require referendums. Votech public school district presents a necessity of need for more funding to the state legislators who in- turn reviews it and votes up or down on setting new local votech school tax rates. When you look at you property tax bill you’ll see a tax for your local school district and a seperate line for votech school tax. When was the last time you voted on a Delaware public votech school referendum? Some think their local traditional school tax is shared with votech schools. That is wrong! The local school tax is shared with charter schools within that district.

We need radical changes in how we fund our public schools. Reassessment of properties for the sake of generating more money for schools is a fools-journey. Giving school boards the discretion to raise school taxes every year by 2% leaving themselves as the means of checks and balance is like leave a 3 year old unattended in a candy shop. 

The time has come to fund all Delaware traditional public schools the same way Delaware votech are funded. Governor Carney needs to stop playing games and not worry about former Governor Jack Markell ridiculous Delaware education legacy. Carney needs to man up or move the hell over ! 

Delaware State Legislator’s unethical attempt to unseat another public election official aka school board member! Wait until you see this! Just like a Joe Biden supporter.

Rep Paul Baumbach interference is Christina School District School Board Election by supporting a candidate who publicly announced she wouldn’t serve if elected in attempt to unseat board member John Young because he disagree with his position on issues will harm CSD. Rep Baumbach endorsement of the candidate who won’t serve isn’t about supporting the better candidate in his mind ( I wouldn’t take issue with that) but rather undermining an public elected official who has a responsibility to the taxpayers as well students, teachers, school administrator and parents of school children.

Rep Baumbach reserve his positioning on social issues such as gun laws that displeases many in the public. His participation in undermining an elected official such as John Young is unethical. John M. Young No position on the referendum and no position on terminating teachers is a attempt to force the hands of Dover to address a failed public school funding process. Rather than face responsibility to address this issue as a legislators Rep Paul Baumbach orders a political Code Red on John Young by urging his constituent to vote for a board candidate who has no intention serving if elected. Rep Paul Baumbach doesn’t share an issues of a SES Contract that went before Christina’s school board for a vote in which John M. Young voted no along with another board member. Other board members who supported the motion voted yes and SES contact was approve, That SES Contact entities have a connection to the other board candidate. There is an appearance that there could be retaliation as part of this election fiasco.

Rep Paul Baumbach appears to be clueless as what happen if Christina School District goes into Financial Recovery . Baumbach uses the term “bankrupt” which is a false analogy. This is what happens if any school district goes into financial recovery as Red Clay and Christina has. They didn’t go bankrupt:

Title 14 , Chapter 18 subsection 1802 (2) “During any period of time when it is determined that a school district or charter school is in financial distress, the Financial Recovery Team shall be empowered to exercise, subject to the approval of the Secretary, control over the expenditure of funds appropriated to a school district or charter school as deemed necessary by the members of the Team. Control shall include, without limiting the foregoing, the right to approve the school district’s or charter school’s annual budget and any subsequent material amendment thereto, the right to approve district tax rates, the right to request drawdown of state financial assistance if applicable, the right to approve financial reporting to the local board of education or charter school board, the right to approve accounting policies, procedures and reports, the right to require a Financial Responsibility Committee be established by the local school board or charter school comprised of 1 or more members of the said board and/or residents of the district or, in the case of a charter school, parents of students attending the school. The Committee shall examine and report on the financial status of the district or charter school and shall have the right to pre-approve any obligation or contract that would require the expenditure of funds by the school district or charter school. Notwithstanding any provision of either this Code or any applicable rule or regulation to the contrary, the authority extended under this section shall apply to the expenditure of all funds received by a school district or charter school.

Rep Baumbach is running a block to avoid a legislation solution to address Delaware’s out dated traditional school funding mechanism. Rep Baumbach supports legislation that allows Delaware public votech schools to circumvent the referendum process. Delaware votech local school property tax is set by the state legislators one they review the votech’s necessity of need via a funding request to the legislators. The legislators performs a needs and impact study before “voting” on setting new local school tax rate assets against property value. Rep Baumbach refuses to introduce legislation bring traditional public  and  public charter schools under the same funding umbrella as Delaware’s public votech schools.

I wouldn’t note take issue with Rep Baumbach if he supported a legitimate board candidate. Certainly that is his right. However , supporting a candidate who stated they wouldn’t serve is unethical and pays his constituents. If this candidate wins  and doesn’t serve her opponent John Young does not win by default. I would how Rep Paul Baumbach would feel when “he” runs unopposed voters can come in and vote yes or no. That doesn’t happen in Delaware/ Unopposed candidates win by default.

 

Public school districts in Delaware struggles to pass $$ referendums and state legislators have the fix and refuses to use it.

Delaware taxpayers are starting to say NO to public school funding referendums. Many say they see no improvement is student achievement promised in support of past referendums. Taxpayers who question school spending in opposition to referendums are call child haters! The there is, the increase school tax is a cup a coffee a day.

The reality in Delaware like many states is, public education is driven by political education agenda tied to Wall Street education ponzi schemes pushing testing and education material on to schools. In Delaware state legislators led by Governor Markell supported changes in state education laws and education regulations to accommodate Race to The Top a short-term federal grant. Once the grant funding was exhausted much of the funding to sustain the embedded Race to The Top programs are defaulted on local portions of funding provided by property owners via property taxes.

Then there are charter schools in Delaware that receives their share of state funding and a share of local funding. No other charter schools create a brain-drain from traditional schools, many traditional school building student population falls way below building capacity whereas the building needs same maintenance and  utilities needs as if it was full. Some say close the underutilize schools  and consolidate students creating full schools. Can’t do that in Delaware because of the neighborhood school Act (law).

What’s so ironic is, Delaware’s public votech schools are funded without referendums where the votech district goes to the state legislators with their needs and a plan for the legislators to review and then vote on setting local school property taxes. Because state legislators vote on raising local school property taxes  the perform an in-depth needs and impact study. This is  the way all public schools should be funded.  The legislators just introduce legislation to raise taxes without going to referendums. In others words, they want to give local school boards blank checks to do what they $$ want to.

The funding fix is simple! Make amendment to the law that governors votech funding adding all public school districts. This would fix the problem and add a layer of accountability when it comes to increase school funding request.

Are local state legislators working in the background on a coup to oust Christina School Board Member John Young? I support John Young for board member.

May 14, 2019 is school board election day in Delaware which includes Christina School District  where John Young has been a board member since May 2009 and is a candidate.

Board member John Young understands the importance of board cohesiveness. However, he understands the importance of individuality whereas, there are many concerned voices in the Christina School District and the encroachment of  external negative political and corporate forces trying to influence other board members, candidates for school boards and district administration. I think John Young and I agree that district school superintendents aren’t subordinates of the Delaware Department of Education, the United States Department of Education , State and National PTA , Delaware’s Governor or the likes of the Rodel Foundation.

John Young joined the Christina School Board not too long after the Education wrecking-ball of former Christina Superintendent Joe Wise that plunged Christina School District into financial bankruptcy. As John started his tender as board member just a Christina  came out of DE DOE financial recovery December 9, 2008 after paying back a $20,000,000.00 loan . Board member John Young has been an outspoken voice against overreaching local intrusion of Governor Markell’s education agenda that including appeasing the Rodel Foundation and  John opposed Race to The Top, Common Core Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment all a proven failure. Board member John Young was one of a handful of school board members throughout Delaware that voted NO to Race to The Top. Board member John Young knew these initiatives were underfunded and financial unsustainable whereas built-in changes in state education regulation and laws would shift the lion’s share of funding back on the local tax share of school funding. Board Member John Young is a master at tact! He tactfully told Governor Markell and the Rodel Foundation including their founder to kiss his ass.  As Christina School District was crawling out of financial recovery Markell’s wrongheaded education agenda forced Christina School District to divert funds that were meant to transform Christina School District in to a vision Christina’s teachers, administrators and parents sought. Board member John Young has been an outspoken advocate for special needs children in his district and statewide. Board member John Young serves the community as an unpaid elected official and rejects a new legislation initiative that will give school board members $100.00 per meeting as compensation.  John Young is passionate about his service to the Christina School District community and public education throughout Delaware and the national. He gives up many hours of his time and family time to serve the community for FREE.

Board member John Young opposed Christina School District’s Operational Referendum on April 30, 2019 where 71% of the voters voted NO. Within minutes of the failed referendum a political plan was hatched and Delaware House Bill 129 was introduced to the Delaware General Assembly on May 2, 2019 Rep Jaques is primary sponsor with Additional Sponsor Senator Sturgeon and Co-Sponsors Senator Lockman, Senator Sokola, Senator Townsend and Senator Baumbach. This is legislation that will allow school boards the power to circumvent the current school local tax referendum process currently in place. Where 71% of the voters voices are being undermined. I urge every district school board to openly oppose this legislation. I urge every voter out there to remember the names of those legislators who singed onto HB129 and vote them out of office and if you don’t live in their district to send campaign contribution to their opponent. I urge the 71% of the voters who voted NO on the April 30. 2019 to get out an Vote yes for John Young for Christina School Board on Tuesday May 14. 2019. Don’t let Rep Jaques  primary sponsor with Additional Sponsor Senator Sturgeon and Co-Sponsors Senator Lockman, Senator Sokola, Senator Townsend and Senator Baumbach wash out your NO vote on the referendum.

As far as John Young’s opponent for school board Catherine Hegedus, she publicly announced in a letter to the Newark Post she will not serve if elected to Christina School Board   She is not withdrawing her name. If she wins John Young WILL NOT win by default. Another board election will be called for next year May 2020 costing Christina School District about $40,000.00. Apparently it’s rumored a family member of Hegedus went before Christina’s board for an supplemental education program contract whereas Board Member John Young voted no. However, the motion passed with support of other board member. Rumor has it this contact was not fully fulfilled. Rumor also has it some political entities urges her to stay on the ballot. One could question if there is a personal vendetta going on here.

I find it odd that there are local state legislators who have supported John Young for school board election in the pass and as a school board member one elected. Many claimed to be on his side when it comes to federal and state instruction into local education decisions. I have this hunch these legislators are now working with legislators who takes offense to Board Member John Young’s opposition to the recent referendum. These are the same legislators who refuse to fund traditional public schools as the Delaware votech schools are funded where state legislators set and approved votech’s financial need request by legislative vote . Keep in mind, these legislators working in the shadows undermining local voters are paid by the taxpayers with benefits and pension. Board Member John Young and all Delaware public school board members are unpaid. John Young could walk away from this underhanded political power- play but stands determined not to be intimidated nor distracted from his public service he does for FREE.            

Delaware State Socialist Legislators wants to give local school boards blank checkbook tax powers! Shameful !

House Bill 129

150th General Assembly (Present)

Bill Progress

Current Status:

House Education 5/2/19
What happens next?

Committee Hearing takes place within twelve legislative days.

Bill Details

Introduced on:

5/2/19

Primary Sponsor:

Additional Sponsor(s):

Sen. Sturgeon 

Co-Sponsor(s):

Sen. LockmanSokolaTownsend 

Rep. Baumbach

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO LOCAL SCHOOL TAXES.

Original Synopsis:

This bill creates a mechanism by which school boards may increase funds for a school district both with and without a referendum. This bill also provides how certain school boards may levy real estate taxes.

Volume Chapter:

N/A

Fiscal Note/Fee Impact:

Effective Date:

Takes effect upon being signed into law

SPONSOR: Rep. Jaques & Sen. Sturgeon
Rep. Baumbach; Sens. Lockman, Sokola, Townsend
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
150th GENERAL ASSEMBLY
HOUSE BILL NO. 129
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 14 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO LOCAL SCHOOL TAXES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. Amend § 1914, Title 14 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows:
    § 1914 Levy of annual school tax without election.
    (a) The school board of any district, which has for 1 year levied a local tax under this chapter, may continue annually, without a further election or referendum, to levy such local tax not exceeding in amount the tax originally authorized by an election if said original authorization was on the basis of an amount of tax, or not to exceed the rate of tax originally authorized by an election if said original authorization was on the rate of taxation, each together with an added 10 percent for delinquencies and costs of collection as provided in § 1913 of this title.
 (b)(1) Beginning in fiscal year 2021, a school board may increase the rate or amount of tax originally authorized in an election by an amount that does not exceed the higher of either of the following:
      a. A rate equal to the percentage change in the CPI-W as determined by the Bureau of  Labor Statistics in the Department of Labor.
      b. A rate of 2% annually without a further election or referendum.  (2) This subsection (b) of this section does not apply to tax levies for major capital improvements under Chapter 17 of this title or tuition programs under Chapter 6 of this title.
 (3) School boards may request a tax increase higher that the provisions in subsection   

   (b)(1) of this section, but will require a referendum approved by the taxpayers. If the tax rate is increased under this subsection, state funding shall not be decreased in any subsequent tax year based on the levy of this tax.
  (c) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this title to the contrary, the school board of the district whose jurisdiction traverses county boundary lines and whose local school taxes are made different as a result of property reassessment shall levy real estate taxes in the following manner:
 (1) In the county not reassessed, at a rate authorized by law or in accordance with subsection (b) of this section.

 (2) In the county recently reassessed, at a newly calculated rate based on the newly established assessments which at its maximum would bring in revenue equal to the amount authorized by law and by referendum, based on the previous year’s assessment, plus the quarterly updates and the 10% increase as authorized by subsection (b) of this  section.

SYNOPSIS
This bill creates a mechanism by which school boards may increase funds for a school district both with and without a referendum. This bill also provides how certain school boards may levy real estate taxes.

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Christina School District Taxpayers vote NO to a district referendum on 4/30/2019 and these Delaware Democrat-Socialist legislators tells the taxpayers FUCK YOU ! Say no and we’ll find another way of taking you money! 

I have no beefs about better funding out public schools however, this legislation lacks accountability and adequate oversight. Delaware has an effective funding process for Delaware’s public votech schools where state legislators review request for increase funding via a local school tax increase. This process requires the state legislature to review request and requires proof of need. No one particularly likes  increases in  taxes. However, allowing school districts to have the ability to just grab money from the public when in fact there is current concerns about appropriate use of public education tax dollars  The sponsor and cosponsors of this legislation aren’t good stewards of public trust. They are part on a socialist cancer spreading across American. 

Is Hunter Biden splitting from wife that use to be Beau’s wife ? I need a drink @seanhannity

What Hunter Biden Said Recently About His Headline-Grabbing Divorce Amid Rumored Split with Brother’s Widow People.com  By  ADAM CARLSON May 01, 2019 09:51 AM

“A source close to the family said it’s a private matter,” Page Six reported, noting “sources further told us that the situation is ‘amicable.’ “

A spokeswoman for the former vice president, who is running for president in 2020, told PEOPLE there would be no comment on the latest Page Six story.

Hunter did not respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE. Hallie could not be reached but, according to Page Six, told them “no comment.”

I need a drink! I wish the Stone Balloon was still open 

Can Joe Biden steal back the brainwashed Democrat-Socialist’s sheep?

This comment isn’t meant to be in support of Joe Biden. All the dirt piled on him from yesteryears isn’t going to take him out. His greatest challenge is the young sheep feeding in the Socialist sheep pen. They are being fed, America will tend to all your needs and corporate America will foot the bill. Mother America will meet your needs. Another big challenge is getting the independent vote back. And then there is Bernie Sanders! Super Delegates Coup against Bernie is being sown. Joe has to walk a fine line on the issues and attacking Trump beyond the issues.

Joe you have no coattails this time! Back to square one Champ! You got to walk the Biden talk! Don’t play the old change and hope political bullshit. The their is the minority vote! Joe your part.

Joe please tell Hillary and Bill Clinton thanks but no thank re: public support and please keep their mouths shut. Seriously Champ she’ll F it up! And as for your best bud Obama. Obama will let your struggle in the deep and of the pool. If Joe the life guard can save his own ass who is.

At the end of the day Joe! This the biggest political challenge of your political career. Its about you and America and the “issues”. Make it about Trump and you can forget about your party’s nomination.  One more thing ! Keep Corporate Seagull Jack Markell in the corner! 

God Rest Selma Gipson’s soul. My best Red Clay Friend.

Selma T. Gipson

January 20, 1942  –  February 18, 2018

Mrs. Selma T. Cornelius Gipson was the 9th of 11 children born to

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford {Marian} Cornelius, January 20, 1942 in West Grove, Pennsylvania.

Selma was educated in the Chester County School District of Pennsylvania, where she grew up in the Main Line ‘country’ between Avondale, West Grove, and Jennersville.  Selma and her siblings spent the day, when not in school learning, by playing, fighting, picking berries, and swimming in the creek (especially when it rained and flooded).  It was a treat to see the Bond Bread truck delivering 10 loaves of bread which they would have eaten before it returned two days later.  Thrilled to hear the Rickey’s Ice Cream Truck, they would scramble to find a nickel for a cone.  Probably overwhelmed by so much excitement the driver could hardly get the favors called out, so each of them would take turns asking what flavors he had!

‘The Clan’, as our family is loving known, lived in a long white house that housed 3 families, and eventually lived in all 3 communities.  The family moved to Jennersville where they all walked to school over the water ways, through the woods, or through the farmers gardens to Elkview…a one room school with 8 grades and one teacher, and you could hear a pin drop it was so quiet.  Mrs. Lewis was our Teacher.  We were all taught The Word of God as children.

The Cornelius family attended the High Street Church of God, in Philadelphia, PA under the Pastorate of The Late Rev. Horace W. Sheppard, Sr., then, under the Pastorate of Rev. Edward Cross, Sr., joined 23rd Street Church of God in Wilmington, DE.  Selma’s current Pastor is Rev. LeRoy R. Jones of New Path Christian Church in New Castle, Delaware.

In 1956 our family moved to Philadelphia.  Selma then settled in her own 3 bedroom home.

Selma always embraced being a Wife, Mother, and Homemaker (cooking delicious meals).

Selma volunteered as a secretary in the medical clinic in her children’s elementary school.  Trained in Medical Data Entry Selma was employed at Women’s’ Medical College of Philadelphia.  Selma’sprofessional skills developed and afforded her a position with Riverside Hospital. During her recovery, and while on leave after a fall, Selma cared for her grandson LyVell, and volunteered in his school with the Parent/Grandparent Program of The Red Clay Consolidated School District.  This led to Selma being appointed Co-Chairperson for The Red Clay Title I Parent Advisory Board.  Selma’s effervescent laugh and personality, and traveling to professional conferences led Selma to host the “Red Clay This Week”  Television Show, airing twice weekly.  Selma informed Delaware Citizens on a variety of issues, hosting Teachers, Students, Parents, Politicians, and Business Professionals.  This opportunity led Selma to host and mc other events and engagements.  While visiting her beloved Bermuda she met with teachers in her Sister and Brother-in –Love’s Church School (First Church of God North Shore) and was enjoyed by all.  Selma was a close friend of Sis. Dianne Simmons whom she would meet in New Jersey, and speak for Dianne’s cousin at The Black Awareness Conference.  The report was Selma was great!

Selma would continue her employment until early retirement, due to illness.

Family being her greatest joy, during holiday and summer breaks Selma would pack up her brood announcing, “we’re going the country and that’s final!”  Selma loved visiting home, reconnecting with rest of ‘The Cornelius Clan’ for great food and good fun.  Selma also loved entertaining out of town guests, decorating her home, attending matinees with friends, and lunches at The Olive Garden, or a buffet with family and friends.  Selma enjoyed sending and receiving beautiful cards, and would could spend hours in the card section if you let her.  Selma, enhanced her natural beauty with fashionable and colorful attire, as she especially loved scarves…too many to count.

Selma enjoyed Opera and Classic Oldies Music…often singing along.

Amidst Selma’s hurts, disappointments, and struggles (and often there were many)…

Selma learned to lean on The Lord in The Spirit of Psalm 91 and Philippians 3: 14.

Selma’s greatest legacy was her love for The Lord.  Having accepted Christ Jesus as her Savior,

Selma would attend Church and Bible Study,

and she enjoyed listening and singing to Hymns and Spirituals.

Daughter, Sister, GrandDaughter, Niece, Cousin, Wife, Mother, GrandMother, Aunt, Friend, C0-Worker

Selma leaves to celebrate her memory…

All of her 8 children:  Mr. Pierre A. Cornelius (Jennifer), Rev. Dr. Geneva E. Tolliferreo, Mr. Kermit C. Gipson, Jr. (Adrina), Miss Shirley A. Gipson, Miss Deborah L. Gipson, Mr. Lawrence W. Gipson, Miss Dia K. Gipson, and Mr. Bruce W. Gipson.2 Brothers:  Mr. Allen C. Cornelius, Sr. and Mr. Charles W. Cornelius. 4 Sisters:  Mother Loleeta Rogers, Elder RuthAnn Lambe (Vernon), First Lady Arlene Whye (Dave) Siblings preceding Selma in *passing:  Mrs. Mildred McKim (*Harold), Mrs. Delores Johnson (John),Mrs. Barbara Eaton (*Hubert), Miss Dorothy Cornelius, and a host of GrandChildren, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Family, and Friends.

To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord…1 Thessalonians 4:11  KJV 

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Selma was my best friend in Red Clay. We did so much work for Title 1 over the years and she mentored me in the real struggle of Title 1 students and parents. She and Christina School District sister Margaret Crosby gave me the strength to charge up the hill keeping Red Clay in check when it came to the needs of Title 1 students and parents We had a voice. I can still hear her laugh. One comes to mind is when Ted Blunt and I were guest on Red Clay This Week ( at Red Clay TV program she and other parents before my participation convinced Red Clay to create that was for Title 1 parents and students.) Ted and I were sitting joking around while waiting to go on air (shows were tapped). Selma was freaking out because we wouldn’t stop. The stagehand was doing the 10 second countdown with his fingers. Ted and I finally stopped about the last second and but on our serious face. Then there was the time Selma and I were part of a forum at Red Clay Warner school where Governor Minner participated. We were seated on stage. I had my son with me ( he was in 4th grade.) He was sitting in the audience and when I would looked over at him he would stick his tongue out and make faces. I was OMG and frowned at him. That made things worst. I whispered to Selma to look at him. OMG she almost lost it. She is one of those people that come into your life where there memory will live with you forever. Selma had the biggest heart and made people coming on the TV show for the first time comfortable. I was very sad when Red Clay when into a different direction with the TV show replacing her. It is what it is. However, after all those years Red Clay failed to give he honors at a board meeting. It was like, sorry and have a nice life. She handled it well but I know she her heart was broken. 

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Delaware School Board Candidate says , she won’t serve if elected.

Christina School Board candidate says she won’t serve if elected By Brooke Schultz bschultz@chespub.com Apr 10. 2019

Katie Hegedus, who is challenging incumbent John Young, explained that shortly after she filed, “unexpected and very serious family health issues” arose. Due to that, she would be unable to serve on the school board if elected

Word on the street is, this candidate even if she is not withdrawing wants to force another school board election next year that will cost the district upwards to $60,000.00. Delaware school board laws allows people to run for school board seats even if they have no intention of serving. In this case, if she wins and doesn’t take oath of office the other candidate does NOT win by default. At best he can “request in writing”  to serve now vacant seat for one year until next year’s board election. It appears Hegedus has close family interest in an education supplemental education service. The sitting board member her opponent, along with one other board member voted NO on a district contract for this vendor. However, the other board members passed the motion for the contract. It appears the contract wasn’t being fulfilled to satisfaction of the district whereas, only a portion of the contract $$$ was paid-out for services rendered to the point of district dissatisfaction. Some in the community feels the is a vendetta against sitting board member, the opponent. It is also rumored other political entities are backing this unorthodox political strategies 

 

  

 

Did Joe Biden give the nod to local legislators to infringe on Delawareans’ Second Amendment Rights ? Police to issue authorization cards to the public before they make gun purchase? WTF @NRA @seanhannity

Senate Bill 68

150th General Assembly (Present)

Bill Progress

Current Status:

Senate Executive 4/10/19

What happens next?

Awaiting consideration in Committee

Bill Details

Introduced on:

4/10/19

Primary Sponsor:

Additional Sponsor(s):

Sen. McDowell 
Rep. Chukwuocha

Co-Sponsor(s):

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DEADLY WEAPONS.

Original Synopsis:

This Act prohibits the manufacture, sale, offer to sell, transfer, purchase, receipt, possession, or transport of assault weapons in Delaware, subject to certain exceptions. One exception relevant to individuals is that the Act does not prohibit the possession and transport of firearms that were lawfully possessed or fully applied for before the effective date of this Act; although for these firearms there are certain restrictions relating to their possession and transport after the effective date of this Act. This Act creates a voluntary certificate of possession, to enable persons who lawfully possess an assault weapon before the effective date of this Act to be able to prove ownership after the effective date of this Act. This Act is based on the Firearm Safety Act of 2013 (“FSA”) passed in Maryland in the wake of the tragic slaughtering of children on December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The FSA’s assault weapons ban was upheld as constitutional on February 21, 2017, by the full membership of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in the case of Kolbe v. Hogan, 849 F.3d 114 (4th Cir. 2017). The names Newtown, Aurora, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, and Parkland, among others, have become synonymous with tragic killing of innocent, unsuspecting Americans of all ages and backgrounds, amidst a framework of federal and state laws that have permitted the purchase of weapons designed for the battlefield — not for our schools, our theaters, our places of worship, or our homes. Safety — both for the general public, as well as members of Delaware’s law-enforcement community — is the objective of this Act, as it was for the FSA. And, as with the FSA, a primary goal of this Act is to reduce the availability of assault weapons so that when a criminal acts, he or she does so with a less dangerous weapon and less severe consequences. Relying on United States Supreme Court precedent from District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), as well as the holdings of its sister circuits, the full Fourth Circuit concluded that the assault weapons banned by the FSA are not protected by the Second Amendment. The Fourth Circuit was convinced that the banned assault weapons are among those arms that are “like” “M-16 rifles” — “weapons that are most useful in military service” — which the Heller Court singled out as being beyond the Second Amendment’s reach. The Fourth Circuit concluded that Maryland had presented extensive uncontroverted evidence demonstrating that the assault weapons outlawed by the FSA are exceptionally lethal weapons of war. The Fourth Circuit also concluded that the evidence showed the difference between the fully automatic and semiautomatic versions of military-style weapons is slight. Further evidence considered by the Fourth Circuit that motivates this Act is as follows: (1) Like their fully automatic counterparts, the banned assault weapons are firearms designed for the battlefield, for the soldier to be able to shoot a large number of rounds across a battlefield at a high rate of speed, and that their design results in a capability for lethality — more wounds, more serious, in more victims — far beyond that of other firearms in general, including other semiautomatic guns. (2) The banned assault weapons have been used disproportionately to their ownership in mass shootings and the murders of law-enforcement officers. (3) The banned assault weapons further pose a heightened risk to civilians in that rounds from assault weapons have the ability to easily penetrate most materials used in standard home construction, car doors, and similar materials, and that criminals armed with the banned assault weapons possess a “military-style advantage” in firefights with law-enforcement officers, as such weapons allow criminals to effectively engage law-enforcement officers from great distances and their rounds easily pass through the soft body armor worn by most law-enforcement officers. (4) Although self-defense is a conceivable use of the banned assault weapons, most individuals choose to keep other firearms for that purpose. (5) Prohibitions against assault weapons will promote public safety by reducing the availability of those armaments to mass shooters and other criminals, by diminishing their especial threat to law-enforcement officers, and by hindering their unintentional misuse by civilians. (6) In many situations, the semiautomatic fire of an assault weapon is more accurate and lethal than the automatic fire. Finding this evidence and these conclusions by the Fourth Circuit to be strongly persuasive of the applicable framework of constitutional rights, and firmly believing that promoting the safety of the Delaware public and Delaware law-enforcement is a paramount function of the Delaware General Assembly, Delaware legislators file this Act in the name of public safety and with adherence to core constitutional principles.

Volume Chapter:

N/A

Fiscal Note/Fee Impact:

F/N (Incomplete)

Effective Date:

Takes effect upon being signed into law

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Senate Bill 69

150th General Assembly (Present)

Bill Progress

Current Status:

Senate Executive 4/10/19

What happens next?

Awaiting consideration in Committee

Bill Details

Introduced on:

4/10/19

Primary Sponsor:

Sturgeon

Additional Sponsor(s):

Sen. TownsendMcDowell 
Reps. GriffithBentz

Co-Sponsor(s):

Sen. LockmanSokola 
Rep. Bolden

Long Title:

AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 11 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO DEADLY WEAPONS.

Original Synopsis:

This Act creates an application process to obtain a handgun qualified purchaser card, to authorize the purchase of a handgun, or a firearms qualified purchaser card, to authorize the purchase of firearms other than a handgun. This Act then requires licensed importers, manufacturers, or dealers, as well as unlicensed persons, to require an individual to present the individual’s handgun qualified purchaser card or firearms qualified purchaser card before selling or transferring a firearm. In addition, similar to Delaware’s concealed carry permit law, this Act requires an applicant to have completed a firearms training course within 2 years before the date of application. Finally, this Act sends to law-enforcement information that is already collected at the time of sale, and required under federal law to be made available to law-enforcement. This change will aid law-enforcement in criminal investigations they already conduct.

Volume Chapter:

N/A

Fiscal Note/Fee Impact:

F/N (Incomplete)

Effective Date:

Takes effect upon being signed into law