The Sunset Committee reviewed the State Board of Education, they met on February 1, 2017. You can see all the documents that the State Board of Education submitted to the Sunset committee members, I have highlighted a few of the documents below. I sat in during the review, here are a few things that I took away from the review. I found former Rep. Scott’s comments supporting the State Board of Education interesting, I believe former Rep. Scott was the enabler with respect to the State Board of Education when he chaired the House Education committee. I was also surprised by Dr. Allen’s letter of support, the State Board of Education would not allow Dr. Allen or Dr. Rich to speak at certain times during the WEIC presentations.
School districts do not feel that the State Board of Education is an ally.
They do not hold meetings in the evening; teachers, community members, parents, and legislators cannot make their meetings.
They do not allow for public comment for all items on the agenda.
They are not accountable to anyone.
Their meetings are too long.
They do not take a formal vote when they oppose or support legislation, the executive director attends House/Senate Education Meetings and gives comments.
Sunset Committee requested a list of State Board of Education members and the committees/task forces etc. that they have served on.
Charters go to the State Board of Education first instead of the local boards.
One person who came out and offered a positive comment with respect to the State Board of Education was former State Representative Darryl Scott.
A few charter school leaders were there as well.
No school districts were present or to my knowledge sent in any comments about the State Board of Education.
Dr. Tony Allen sent in a letter of support as well.
I filed a FOIA complaint against the State Board of Education concerning their January State Board meeting. Here is the Department of Justice’s opinion to my complaint. I still have one more FOIA complaint outstanding with regards to the February State Board meeting. The State Board just responded to DOJ yesterday with regards to my second complaint. I am sure I will not have DOJ’s opinion on the 2nd complaint for a few weeks.
I have many issues with the State Board of Education. I thought maybe the answer was to write a bill and have the State Board elected and add appointed members such as legislators, members of various organizations etc. to the board. I am beginning to think we really do not need a State Board of Education. It is just another bureaucratic body that is just not necessary–it is time to remove the middle man.
Research is being done so I can have a better understanding about our state’s history with respects to the State Board of Education and Delaware Department of Education.
I have filed two FOIA complaints against the State Board of Education–one was filed on January 24, 2016 and another on February 25, 2016.