SUBSCRIBE NOW
Only $39 for one year.
SUBSCRIBE NOW
Only $39 for one year.

Letters: Christina school referendum, discrimination and health care heroes

Delaware News Journal

Christina school spending needs a close look

I am glad for the students that there will be no more threatened draconian cuts but it is time to seriously look at how much Delaware is spending on education and the results we are receiving. Specifically, the Christina School District (CHD) has a budget of $225.2 million and 14,106 students. This translates to $16,000 per student. The latest results for CHD show students 32% proficient in math and 39% proficient in reading. This is so disappointing when we are spending $16,000 per student. Now that the referendum has passed (allowing funding for an additional $24.5 million), the district will be spending $17,703 per student.

I don’t believe money is the problem. We have a systematic failure with education in our public school system that continues to get worse and the problem cannot be fixed by throwing money at it. We had the same dire need in the CHD 2016 referendum that was passed with the threat of draconian cuts but the results are same in 2019 with poor student reading and math proficiency. When is the Legislature going to step up and fix the problem? We need major education reform, new leadership and school district consolidation. One school district for each county with the exception of the city of Wilmington also receiving its own district.

— Marshall Bonacquisti, Newark

Discrimination must be eliminated

Many thanks to the Black Caucus and the state attorney general for their proposals for change in Delaware. Racism is insidious, and I fear we have a long road ahead of us to eradicate. Hopefully, we are on the right track now.

I would like to suggest that we take this opportunity for change to make all discrimination illegal via our Delaware Constitution. Not just, as the Black Caucus suggests,

"Pass Senate Bill 191, a bill introduced in February, which would start the process of amending the Delaware Constitution to protect against discrimination on the basis

of race, color and national origin."

Beyond those, let's include age discrimination, gender discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination and any other prejudices that cause anyone in this state to be treated with injustice.

— Ruth Ashby, Ocean View

Thank you, health care heroes

On April 29 through May 5, I was admitted to Christiana Hospital. The care and compassion from the doctors and nurses have to be commended. A special thanks to Amber, Karen, Alisha, Kim, Sonia, nurse manager Dennis Harrison and Dr. Kevin Trieu on the 6th floor.

Like many others, I always thought the nurses were vital takers, pill distributors and needle administrators but they are so much more. I saw them cry when a patient was lost. They all have very deep feelings for the occupation they chose in helping others. I saw them get cursed and kicked that was handled in a calming, gently and with extreme patience.

All were very kind, courteous and compassionate knowing no family members or visitors were permitted to come see you.

A special thank you also to VNA, home visiting nurse Ellen and PT Mike.

The gratitude expressed for our medical heroes is very well-deserved.

— John E. Jenkins, Newark