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School Redistricting and the Redding Consortium Bills are approved

Senator Tizzy Lockman’s Senate Bill 148 – the bill to establish the Louis Redding Consortium for Educational Equity (RCEE) to recommend solutions for underperforming Wilmington public school students – passed the House and Senate unanimously.

The 23-member RCEE will be made up of superintendents, state education officials, state legislators, Wilmington Mayor Michael Purzycki, representatives from various minority communities and parents of school children and will begin meeting by September 1 of this year and present its findings to the governor and the General Assembly once every fiscal year.

Bill sponsor Senator Elizabeth Lockman: “My colleagues have worked incredibly hard to improve that system over the years, but too many of our children are still not seeing the benefits. Whether it’s how we raise money for education, how we fund our schools, how we organize our districts, or any other education issue in this state, we know that we have to keep searching for better ways of doing things until our kids are getting the quality education they need and we are obligated to provide. This legislation alone will not solve those problems but it will help put us on a path to address some of the most complex issues we face in public education today.”

Hopefully when this commission makes its recommendations, the General Assembly will actually fund it this time.

Here are the details and vote count on SB148:

WHERE IS THE BILL NOW? Passed Senate 17-0-4 and the House 17-0-4. Sent to the Governor.

DEMOCRATIC SPONSORS – Lockman, Chukwuocha, McBride, Poore, Townsend, Brown, Sturgeon, Bolden, Cooke, Dorsey Walker, K.Johnson, Minor-Brown

REPUBLICAN SPONSORS –

YES VOTES – HOUSE — Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Briggs King Bush Carson Chukwuocha Collins Cooke D.Short Dorsey Walker Dukes Gray Griffith Heffernan Hensley Jaques K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Longhurst Lynn Matthews Michael Smith Minor-Brown Mitchell Morris Osienski Postles Q. Johnson Ramone Schwartzkopf Seigfried Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Viola Yearick ||| SENATE — Bonini, Brown, Delcollo, Ennis, Hansen, Hocker, Lawson, Lockman, Lopez, McDowell, Paradee, Pettyjohn, Poore, Sokola, Sturgeon, Walsh, Wilson

NO VOTES – HOUSE — ||| SENATE —

ABSENT – Cloutier, McBride, Richardson, Townsend


An accompanying bill introduced by State Rep. Nnamdi Chukwuocha – House Bill 222 – also passed both Houses of the General Assembly unanimously, 41-0 and 21-0. This bill allows the State Board of Education to change or alter boundaries of reorganized school districts. It allows the State Board of Education to do so based upon redistricting recommendations from the newly formed RCEE.

WHERE IS THE BILL NOW? Passed the Senate 21-0 and House 41-0. Sent to the Governor.

DEMOCRATIC SPONSORS – Chukwuocha, Lockman

REPUBLICAN SPONSORS –

YES VOTES – HOUSE — Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Briggs King Bush Carson Chukwuocha Collins Cooke D.Short Dorsey Walker Dukes Gray Griffith Heffernan Hensley Jaques K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Longhurst Lynn Matthews Michael Smith Minor-Brown Mitchell Morris Osienski Postles Q.Johnson Ramone Schwartzkopf Seigfried Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Viola Yearick ||| SENATE — Bonini Brown Cloutier Delcollo Ennis Hansen Hocker Lawson Lockman Lopez McBride McDowell Paradee Pettyjohn Poore Richardson Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Wilson 

NO VOTES – HOUSE — ||| SENATE —

ABSENT – 

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