The last day for the General Assembly is Saturday, June 30th, so there are 10 working days left in the Delaware General Assembly. All session long, we have been keeping track of important and priority legislation for liberals and progressives in Delaware. We have also grouped them by subject category: 1) Voting Rights/ Elections; 2) Civil Rights/Discrimination; 3) Education; 4) Gun Safety and Control; 5) Taxes/ Budget; 6) Healthcare and Insurance; 7) Jobs, Economics and Consumer Protection; 8) Drug Control; 9) Criminal Justice; 10) Government Reform and 11) Environment.
Today we focus on the bills in the Education category.
I tend to defer to others on Education, as I am just not familiar with all the specific and detail intensive issues facing teachers and students and DOE administrators in Delaware. My preferences and priorities in Education are 1) pay teachers more, much more; 2) charter school skeptic if not downright opposed; 3) change the way schools and school districts are funded (i.e. not by referendum); and 4) move School Board elections to the primary election in September to increase turnout. Other than that, I defer to my fellow Blue Delaware contributors Pandora and Brian Ess, Kevin Ohlandt at Exceptional Delaware and former blogger/current DSEA President Mike Matthews. In fact, you can check Ohlandt’s run down of all the education legislation in this current session of the General Assembly here.
Your priorities are rock solid.
Why do we oppose ending the 5 mile qualification radius for Charters?
I can only speak for myself. Charter schools are all-choice schools. No one is assigned to them/no attendance zone exists, hence ‘choice’ schools. The 5 mile radius preference limits tax paying citizens choices. Charter schools are, in essence, their own district of one school sponsored by the state. (Yes, CSW is sponsored by Red Clay, but that’s not the norm)
We see how this works when we look at the contiguous location preference. This is how Newark Charter keeps out city kids – while using their tax dollars. That’s all the 5 mile radius accomplished – cherry picking your student body, even though you’re supposedly an all-choice school that any one can apply to and enter the lottery.
In addition, placement tests, essays are another way charters cherry pick students. Those need to go, as well – or at least be given after the lottery.
Yes, I second cassandram’s comment.
Pandora, from your comment, it reads as you are opposed to the 5-mile radius (and from other comments you have made on other sites). Perhaps I am not understanding. When you limit your pool, it certainly is not an an accurate telling of data.
Sorry for my confusing wording! I don’t oppose ending the 5 mile radius.