House Bill #119

Well another bill wasting the precious resources of the state looking for a witch hunt! HB# 119 is wrapped as a bill to help districts have more freedom with financial resources yet it comes with a “hook”: “Permitting local districts substantially more discretion with respect to expenditure of state education funds than they have under existing law. However, the bill also establishes a number of safeguards to ensure that those funds are spent in a responsible manner that enhances student achievement, including state approval of local district budgets, a requirement of full transparency for local district expenditures, and the establishment of citizen financial oversight committees for each district.”
Can you say HB’s 87 & 88 reworded to put the financial burden of transparency on the districts alone when the state should be providing this in its own financial transparency work! I also have one question, “who is to provide for and pay for the training of these oversight committees when currently the DSBA is providing board members training in finances without state support?” Another subjective issue is who determines what is a responsible manner that enhances student achievement? My last comment on this is a small buried piece that equates to a movement towards consolidating the districts in section 1702: “The Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget and Controller General’s Office are authorized to simplify the complexity of state share accounting by consolidating school district appropriations in the Delaware Financial Management System.”

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About Gary M Wolfe

The Author spent 10 years as a member of the Milford Delaware Board Of Education, and is currently seeking the 18th Senatorial seat in the Delaware Legislature.
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