I’m getting good at finding updates after I click publish.
UPDATE: Newsworks’ Cris Barrish does a great write up of where things stand currently.
But I take exception to this quote from Greg Meece, Newark Charter’s principal:
“If our school wasn’t so popular it wouldn’t be an issue. But it’s become a political issue because they don’t like charter schools,” Meece said.
LOL. “They’re saying mean things about us!” No. What we have a problem with is Charters behaving like private schools. You’re a PUBLIC school. Act like one. All kids in the district should be able to apply to any Charter in the district, admit by lottery. How HARD is that? ALL CHARTERS.
When I wrote Two Sides to the Same District yesterday, it was with minutes after I clicked publish that I saw several legislators and the president of Delaware’s NAACP chapter petitioned the State Attorney General’s to provide an opinion on the legality of HB85 as currently written.
Today, Attorney General Matt Denn threw his hands up and said “whoa whoa, that’s not my job” and summarily returned the issue back to the General Assembly.
State Rep. Charles Potter Jr. (D-Wilmington North) said that language specifically targets poor minorities in Downtown Wilmington since they’re the only students in a noncontiguous district.
But in a response Monday, Denn sidestepped the issue, saying he doesn’t provide legal guidance to individual lawmakers except in rare circumstances.
1,600 school children being discriminated against isn’t “rare” enough. Also, Delaware’s NAACP president was on that request. But, ok.
Listen, just make all charter admissions a random lottery draw. That’s all you need. No geographic gymnastics or strategic locations for your school building or buddy system preferences. Lottery. Fair to all, no matter which side of the
tracks District you live on.
Back to Legislative Hall goes HB85, into the Senate.
I hope Delaware Democrats got free shipping on all the bad optics they’ve delivered to their constituents over the last several weeks. We have a $400 million budget gap after all.