I’ve been away for a little while, but not too far away from stirring the pot to keep our state legislators thinking about education. I’ve been keeping busy on a new forum lately that you might want to check out that is sponsored by the local printed media. The web sites are are http://www.newszapforums.com/forum42/ & http://www.newszapforums.com/forum60/24228 you will figure out quickly which forums I’ve been into lately.
I got fired up this weekend though and had to put something together to voice a real issue with something that came out in the State News Journal this past weekend. All of a sudden we have tuition charging State Higher Education Institutions wanting to tax the homeowners of the state without referendum or input! Well I’m sorry but we already have too many governor appointed boards from County Comprehensive High schools that pawn themselves off as Vocational schools doing just this thing already. This whole issue comes down to another example of not making sure infrastructure can support growth. Our Governor took all kinds of bows when she started handing out SEED scholarships to everyone who graduates with passing grades, yet guess what there’s not enough room for all these new students at the 3 State backed Colleges and Universities. So why should tax payers in the state pay for new facilities when this growth was caused by another legislative oversight. What happened to just raising tuitions to cover the expansion or taking back some of the revenue from state lottery regulated slots?
Just a couple ideas for local legislators to chew on providing a more level playing field in education by Equalizing funding, and quit allowing the VoTech districts to act like Comprehensive High Schools while retaining vocational funding! Next, set salary scales for everyone from Superintendents to teachers that are state wide that would keep rich districts from “buying” teachers from poorer districts. Lastly, provide a way to fund education in Delaware that does not require referendums, like a lottery or slots, and does not raise taxes.