After five years of planning and months of discussions around the agreement, Christina School District’s school board voted unanimously Monday night to sign the Wilmington Learning Collaborative agreement.
The vote came just after 9 p.m. Monday, two hours after the meeting started.
“If in some period of time, all of our third graders can read proficiently at grade three, it will be worth it for me as your governor,” said Gov. John Carney to the board. “So thank you very much, we appreciate your support, and thank you for leading the way tonight.”
Its goal is to bring educational equity to City of Wilmington schools by focusing on improving student outcomes and empowering city students and educators.
After 20 minutes of public support for the collaborative and several board members urging that the vote shouldn’t be delayed any longer, the board finally agreed to sign the fifth version of the memorandum of understanding.
The 20-page agreement was updated most recently on Sept. 30, and it includes the roles and responsibilities of all districts, government agencies, and members involved.
Others have already taken note of the long-awaited vote.
First State Educate, a local education advocacy group, posted on Facebook, “Thank you Christina School Board members for taking a huge stand for kids with your vote for the Wilmington Learning Collaborative! This is a step in the direction of change: Wilmington Community leadership for Wilmington Schools.”
Vic Leonard, a board member on Red Clay’s school board, said he hopes his district will follow Christina’s lead when its board votes.
Brandywine’s school board is next to vote on Oct. 17, followed by Red Clay’s vote Oct. 19.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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