***In case you were wondering if it could get more oppressive: in return for concessions on make up of the PSB, Senator Sokola now grants Governor Markell veto rights in his “substitute bill” over up to five lists of 20 recommendations. Unilateral veto rights.
(c) With respect to appointments pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the designated organization or person shall provide the Governor with a list of potential appointees 60 days prior to the expiration of a term or within 30 days after a vacancy of any term. The Governor may require that a specific number of potential appointees, up to 20, be included on any list submitted. The Governor may reject all potential appointees on the list and request up to 4 additional lists at the Governor’s own discretion. If the designated organization does not submit a list to the Governor as provided in this subsection, then the Governor shall submit the Governor’s own appointments for any vacancy.
Insane. The case for “no” just got stronger.***
Here’s Sokola’a idea of “progress”
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1: Amend Chapter 12, Title 14 of the Delaware Code by making deletions as shown by strike through and insertions as shown by underline as follows and by re-designating accordingly:
§ 1206 Composition and governance of the Professional Standards Board.
(a) The Standards Board shall consist of 16 13 voting members as follows:
(1) Eight Six public school teachers, no less than 2 1 from each county, with 1 being a special education teacher, 1 being a teacher specialist and at least 1 teacher each from the high school, middle school and elementary school levels and 1 from the city of Wilmington. The 8 6 public school teachers must be selected from a list supplied by the Delaware State Education Association in accordance with subsection (c) of this section. Each teacher appointed to the Standards Board must have demonstrated excellence in that teacher’s own field by achieving honors or special recognition in that teacher’s field, including, but not limited to state, district or building level Teacher of the Year, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification, or the Presidential Award for Excellence.
(2) Two specialist educators representing 2 different areas of specialty. The 2 specialist educators must be selected from a list supplied by the Delaware State Education Association in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.
(2 3) Four Three public school administrators, with at least 1 being from each county, selected from a list supplied by the Delaware Association of School Administrators in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.
(3) One member of a local school board selected from a list supplied by the Delaware State School Board Association in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.
(4) Two parents with children in public schools, from separate counties, selected from a list supplied by the Secretary of Education. The Secretary shall solicit nominations from groups such as the Delaware Congress of Parents and Teachers, the Delaware Parent Leadership Institute, and formal advisory councils in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.
(5) One representative of higher education selected from a list supplied by the Council of Presidents in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.
(b) The Governor, by and with the consent of a majority of the members elected to the Senate, shall appoint each voting member of the Standards Board for a term of up to 3 years, except that initial appointments are for the following terms: 5 members for an initial term that expires 2 years following the date of appointment; 5 members for an initial term that expires 3 years following the date of appointment; and 5 members, including the chair of the Standards Board, for an initial term that expires 4 years from the date of appointment to allow that no more than 5 members’ terms expire in any year. The Governor shall designate appoint 1 voting educator member to serve, at the pleasure of the Governor, as chair of the Standards Board. The members of the Standards Board shall elect a vice chair. A member of the Standards Board serves until that member’s successor is appointed. A member appointed to fill a vacancy serves for the remainder of the term of the member whom that member replaced. A Standards Board member is eligible for reappointment. If a disciplinary proceeding is initiated against a board member, the member may not participate in Standards Board business until the charge is adjudicated or the matter is otherwise concluded.
(j) The initial 15 voting members of the Standards Board must be appointed no later than 90 days after the enactment of this act.
This Bill changes the composition of the Professional Standards Board by reducing the number of members. It also changes the term of membership from 4 years to 3 years.
Author: Senator Sokola
Here’s what it really means. There are certain people/ideas/concepts that no longer matter. In no particular order:
Special Education teachers
Diversity of grade levels
School Board members
stability of term length
DE Congress of Parents and Teachers
Higher Education, period it appears.
Why you ask? Well, here’s a few ideas:
More control of allowing DOE and DSEA to come and directly rep themselves to PSB issues (PSB originally designed for independence)
More gubernatorial control (if that’s even possible in a Jack Markell regime)
Keep IHE’s sidelined (too busy sending their grads out of state and to charter schools to game SB51 is my guess as to why they may not fight this)
I received some passionate concern about this bill including a reminder about how PSB was established around 12-15 years ago as a non-partisan, non-agendized, think tank, watchdog and review, standards setting board for the State of Delaware. DOE only does their paperwork for mileage, etc….Seriously, the PSB was designed to be Switzerland.
Now, it’s under attack and NATO is in the vicinity, but appears toothless. This is NOT a cost savings opportunity. When boards shrink they become subject to additional pressures of group-think and confirmation bias, especially when the governor, ANY governor, can stack the deck to make sure the PSB aligns with the rest of the agenda. I mean seriously, eliminating counties, school board members and elevating parents to while eliminating overall positions will merely serve to concentrate the focus of the board to the narrowest of agendas. Democracy demands experience, breadth and depth. It demands all those and passion. Why or how is Delaware served by shrinking this board?
It’s not, and that makes two things very clear: the folks sponsoring/authoring the bill are probably aligned with the Governor’s agenda and it’s the clearest most obvious no vote on the upcoming “mad dash” to hoodwink legislators
I mean the bill to remove school board members from the PSB was introduced on school board elections day, talk about dirty politics…right up Sokola and Scott’s alley.
Don’t fall for it.
Vote no on SB 210!
If fact, it’s such a bad bill, here’s their marketing strategy:
I also have it on good authority, if passed, that someone may literally have a series of TIA’s that will be follow ups to the stroke already suffered when the bill was filed. Don’t let that weigh on your conscience. Vote no.