Christina School District Board of Education has again denied membership to longtime school advocate and former board member, attorney George Evans. Placement of his name for membership resulted in an embarrassing tie vote.
With all due respect to the current membership, attorney Evans is undeniably more qualified for membership than any persons currently seated. His verified history of educational advocacy is apparent in more than 29 years of service to the CSDB. He has years of service to regional and national boards of education and expertise with initial and continuing legal matters relative to desegregation and Delaware’s Neighborhood Schools Act.
Mr. Evans has worked with the National Boards Association’ Policy and Resolutions Committee and held offices with the National Caucus of Black School Board Members. Christina is home to the largest number of urban African-American children in Delaware, yet its new board has no member reflective of this demographic. The one black member lives in Bear. And yet the board gives no reason for its denial of Mr. Evans membership, making it “appear” that something other than legitimate qualifications is in force.
Additionally Christina has the largest numbers of African-American children of all the four city districts. It would appear that logic and common sense would welcome such skilled, volunteer, urban minority board representation. As a community advocate for education and parent, who successfully navigated her children through Delaware’s public schools system with constant vigilance and involvement, I caution young parents to do the same: Be vigilant, aware, visible, and by any means necessary – involved.
Bebe Ross Coker
Apparently, memories are short in Wilmington (I’ll translate for Ms. Coker: It “appears” Mr. Evans was defeated by a margin greater than 4-1 in his failed 2010 electoral rebuke at the hands of CSD voters):