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More Education Bills

Our fine legislators have been very busy filing new bills over the last month and I have fallen woefully behind in profiling them, so I am combining them by subject matter in order to catch up. The subjects are Crime, Environment, Marijuana, Elections, Republican Culture Wars, Education, Taxes, Labor, Economy, Insurance, Healthcare and Good Government. Yes, they have been busy.

Fifth up, Education.

House Bill 353 pauses the granting of new school charters and modifications to charters in New Castle County and creates a New Castle County Charter School Reform Advisory Group to review the process and criteria for granting new charter schools and modifications to charters, and to recommend process improvements and new criteria that will improve equity and better integrate charter schools into the overall public school system for children in kindergarten through grade 12 in New Castle County. The group’s final report would be due by December 1, 2022.

The immediate moratorium on approving a new or expanded charter schools in New Castle County would extend until January 1, 2024. This moratorium is needed to look at the disparities in both funding and outcomes between the wealthy and low-income populations attending charter and public schools respectively.

The bill has been released from the Education Committee and awaits a vote on the House floor.

House Bill 353 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Wilson-Anton, Chukwuocha, K.Williams, Kowalko
Lockman
Current Status: House Health & Human Development 3/16/22

House Bill 294 would require each school district and charter school to provide each student in preschool, kindergarten, and in grades 2 and 4 an oral health screening by January 15 of each school year. The Division of Public Health (DPH) offers school-based oral screening and fluoride applications through the Delaware Smile Check program at no cost to the school district or charter school or to the student.

House Bill 294 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
K.Williams, Baumbach, Bentz, Bolden, Dorsey Walker, Griffith, Heffernan, K.Johnson, Longhurst, Matthews, Morrison, Wilson-Anton, M.Smith
S.McBride, Brown, Gay, Lockman, Poore, Sokola, Sturgeon, Townsend, Walsh
Current Status: House Education Committee

House Bill 352 would permit a new charter school application or expansion to be denied by the Department of Education and the State Board based solely on impact.

House Bill 352 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
K.Williams, Wilson-Anton, Kowalko, Baumbach
Lockman
Current Status: House Education Committee

House Bill 377 requires the Department of Education to conduct an annual workforce study of early childhood professionals to support the development of a plan and implementation of a system of supports to grow and deepen the early childhood workforce.

The first study is due by November 1, 2022, the plan by January 31, 2023, and implementation of the system should be in place by September 1, 2023.

The COVID pandemic revealed and heightened an existing difficulty in attracting and maintaining well qualified professionals in child care jobs, which are frequently low-paying compared to K-12 jobs. Since reliable, widely available, high quality child care options are a foundation for the whole workforce, and because the early childhood years are so important to childhood development and school readiness, it is a priority for the State that this crisis be addressed in a systematic, holistic fashion.

The Department of Education is tasked with leading this rethinking and prioritization of early childhood careers – through the development of reliable data systems which can help bring living wages, financial and other support for academic and credential attainment, and coordination with CTE programs and institutions of higher education to uplift the profession and support individuals seeking to make a career in early childhood education.

House Bill 353 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
S.Moore, K.Williams, Baumbach, K.Johnson, Morrison, Osienski
Gay, Sturgeon, Sokola, Townsend, Wilson
Current Status: House Education Committee

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