Delaware Senate Passes Opt-out Bill With Amendments

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

The Delaware State Senate, yesterday, has passed HB 50, legislation that legally codifies the existing rights of parents to have their children opt out of standardized state educational testing, by a margin of 14 to 7 with two amendments.

SA 1 to HB 50 (passed 11 to 9 with 1 absent) would also allow parents to opt out of district-wide assessments was sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman, David Sokola (D-Dist.8, Newark). Additionally, SA 2 to HB 50 (passed 13 to 3 with 5 not voting) that would enable high school juniors to opt out of state testing, was sponsored by Senator Bryan Townsend (D-Dist.11, Newark).

The amendments drew criticisms from HB 50’s primary sponsor, State Representative, John A. Kowalko (D-Dist. 25, Newark South) who stated that the amendments, in his opinion, were designed to kill the bill. For the record, Senator Sokola voted against the bill after proposing his amendment.

The senate amended bill now heads back to the House for a final vote.

Concerned citizens should contact their State Representaives.

4 thoughts on “Delaware Senate Passes Opt-out Bill With Amendments”

  1. Smarter Balance is smarter in name only. The real deal should be opting the state of Delaware out of the testing regime.

  2. They are trying to water down the bill. Common Core applies new education the “dumbs down” America and our children. HB50 in its original form alt least give parents a chance to opt their children out of this ridiculous testing.

  3. @real deal
    That is interesting real deal, but when you consider that many of the republican leadership in the general assembly are politically “left of center” it’s not difficult to figure out.

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