Education Forum scheduled for

Posted on 07-23-2022

Thursday at Legislative Hall

As I stated last week, on Thursday, July 28, I am holding an Education Forum at Legislative Hall in Dover, starting at 10 a.m.

This past year, I introduced these three education-related bills: 

SB206 Comparative Politics

This Act requires a school district or charter school serving high school students to provide instruction in comparative political ideology in grade 10. 

The instruction must include a comparative discussion of political ideologies, including communism and totalitarianism. 

Among other things, the purpose of this instruction is to: 

  • Highlight the conflict other political ideologies have with the founding principles of the United States. 
  • Develop a recognition of and acceptance for the responsibility for preserving and defending the blessings of liberty inherited from prior generations and secured by the United States Constitution. 
  • Reaffirm the commitment to freedom and democracy essential to the founding principles of the United States.

SB232 Citizenship Test

This Act requires that each school district and charter school serving high school students administer in grade 10 and again in grade 12 an assessment of United States history, government, and civics that includes all of the following: 

  • The nature, purpose, principles, and structures of United States constitutional republic. 
  • The principles, operations, and documents of the United States government.
  • The rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

SB279 Education Right to Know Act

This Act creates the Delaware Education Right to Know Act to give parents, guardians, and other education stakeholders more information and opportunities to evaluate public and charter school education in Delaware and to express concerns to school officials.

I also introduced the following bill that would have an impact on high school sports:

SB227 Fairness in Women’s Sports

This Act requires a student athlete to compete in athletic teams or in sports associated with their biological sex, as determined at or near birth. An exception is permitted to allow female athletes to compete in male sports if a corresponding female sport is not available.

Other issues for which I am considering legislation include:

  • Drug Prevention Curriculum
  • Cameras in the classroom
  • Curriculum Review Panels
  • HOPE Scholarships (unlimited school choice)

These topics, and others, will be discussed at the forum.

The three education-related bills and the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act all had public hearings, but none were let out of committee.

Late in the session, I asked for a suspension of rules for SB206, Comparative Politics Act, SB279, the Education Right to Know Act and SB227, the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.

None of my requests were honored by the Democrats. They either voted NO or went NOT VOTING, which is the equivalent of a NO vote.

Why is a parental rights bill necessary at this time? Unfortunately, in schools across the country, politically charged content is bring introduced into nearly every grade and subject. 

This is not to say this is going on in Delaware. I hope it is not.

Teachers should have the ability to creatively supplement their lesson plans, but this freedom does not negate the rights of parents to know what is being taught in public schools.

Among the concerns I have heard voiced by parents and grandparents about what is happening in our schools are the following:

  • Is Critical Race Theory being taught in our schools?
  • Is Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States’ used in the school curriculum?
  • Are students being exposed to age-inappropriate sexual content and pornographic reading material?
  • Are students given gender altering drugs without parental knowledge?
  • Is the New York Times ‘1619’ project used in the school curriculum? 

I have written Dr. Mark Holodick, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education (DOE), and have met with members of the DOE to forward some of these concerns.

If you are an educator, a school administrator, a school board member or a concerned parent, I invite you to the July 28 Education Forum.

Anyone interested in attending the Education Forum should email me at bryant.richardson@delaware.gov by Monday, July 25.