Stalls in Dover
DOVER -- Educator Accountability legislation, called the last critical piece to education reform in Delaware by Gov. Thomas R. Carper, stalled during a special session of the General Assembly on Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999.
Legislators said there were too many amendments to the bill to consider during a single session and that they will re-visit the bill when they return for the next regular session in January 2000.
The House of Representatives recessed at 9:30 p.m. after waiting for the Senate to act on the proposal. The Senate must pass the bill before it goes to the House.
In a special address to the state on Monday, Oct. 25, 1999, Gov. Carper said the original legislation was endorsed by the Delaware Parents-Teachers Association, the Delaware State Education Association, the Business Public Education Council, the Delaware and New Castle County chambers of commerce, and his administration, including the Delaware Department of Education.
That legislation would have:
House members, however, felt they couldn't vote on the bill after numerous Senate amendments had been added during closed negotiations during the special session on Thursday night. House members said at 9:30 p.m. that they still hadn't seen the final Senate version when they decided to recess.
Gov. Carper was disappointed in the evening's events. "This has been an uphill fight," he said. "It need not have been."
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