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From Tool Belts to Gun Belts: How to Stop the Gun Violence Wilmington

We attended another “meeting” concerning what to do about the increasing gun violence in the city of Wilmington. This time it was an emergency meeting. Some concerned citizens who knew one of the young murder victims were stirred into action.

As I listened to the remarks and suggestions of the attendees while they searched for solutions to the ever growing gun violence epidemic, I realize that so many people are simply in a slumber until the killing hits home.

We have marched. We have sat. We have taken back a corner for a night and the violence continues to grow out of control. I will say it one more time. We Must Teach our boys to Read. It is extremely important that we over haul the education system in Delaware and get our boys out of a system that is turning them into murderers. It really isn’t that hard to understand that if they are unprepared for the workforce, they will go to work in the streets. So instead of wearing a work hat and carrying a drill, they will carry a gun. When we set forth a plan that includes substantial education reform,we will be on our way to a safer society.



Wilmington, Delaware has become known as one of the most violent cities in America. Black boys are dying left and right predominantly because they lack the ability to fill out a job application. December 12th’s forum held at the Woodlawn Library was a unique opportunity to discuss a viable solution for the future of our children and city, however, some of the people invited to discuss the issue, were there to sell their selves or their project. They wasted a lot time drumming the same old rhetoric. How can you keep trying to fix the un-fixable (public schools). If Councilman Jea Street has been fighting the Board of Education for more than thirty years, and the situation has deteriorated worse than it has ever been, when do we say enough is enough. Continuing to do the same thing over and over expecting different results in this case is not just insanity, it’s criminal. Since Councilman Street introduced “A Plan to Reduce the Violence In and Around the City of Wilmington” in 2005, an increasing number of young Black males have been gunned down and left to bleed to death in the street as their mothers ask why.  

The hypocritical part about the objections of such self-serving individuals is that they run day cares or after school programs on Purchase of Care (POC) money which allows parents the right to choose which early childhood education program is best for their child, but they don’t think parents should have the same right to choose the best K-12 program for their child.


“Choice” means just that; the right and ability to choose the correct K-12 program that best fits the needs of our children. This is a basic right that is being enjoyed by the wealthy, why not the low income parent as well.


It’s time to join our neighbors Pennsylvania and New Jersey who give low income parents the right to choose which program is best for their child, Public School, Charter School, Private School, or Virtual Learning.


Delaware’s New School Choice Coalition Will Host a Public Forum to Discuss the Link Between the Violence in the City of Wilmington and Illiteracy

Delaware’s New School Choice Coalition Will Host a Public Forum to Discuss the Link Between the Violence in the City of Wilmington and Illiteracy

November 29, 2012


On Wednesday, December 12, Delaware’s New School Choice will host a forum to discuss the link between the violence in the City of Wilmington and illiteracy. Six panelists will discuss zero tolerance policies in the Delaware School system and the irreparable harm they continue to cause inner city youth.

The panel will also look at the viability of School Choice as it is enacted in other states as a means of giving parents a better alternative to the punitive Alternative Schools overseen by the State of Delaware. Comprehensive School Choice will provide parents the opportunity to enroll their children in one of the various private schools located in Delaware.

Panelist to Include:

Councilman Kevin Kelly, Councilman Jea Street, Community Activist Pastor Derrick Johnson, Youth Advocate Kirk Lacy, Career Counselor Ralph Simpson of Lincoln University, Cheryl “Sher” Valenzuela, 2012 Lt. Governor Candidate, Dr. Nikki Castle PH.D and James E. Hosley, Dir. of Center for Excellence in Education, Caesar Rodney Institute.

Delaware’s New School Choice Coalition seeks to ensure an honest debate about national school choice by providing accurate information on the impact of comprehensive school choice on families, communities, and schools. Its mission is to empower all parents with real school choice for their children’s education by changing public policy in Delaware to mirror healthy competition among all schools to meet or exceed students’ needs.

When: December 12, 2012, 6:30-8:30 PM                                                                                   Where: Woodlawn Library, 2020 W 9th St., Wilmington DE 19805


To learn more about this event, please contact

Nicole Helm, Chairwoman                                                                                                              Cell (443) 305-8560                                                                                 

School Choice as it Exists in 17 States in America

School Choice is….

….a common sense idea that gives all parents the power and freedom to choose their child’s education, while encouraging healthy competition among schools and other institutions to better serve students’ need and priorities.

…a public policy that allows a parent/guardian or student to choose a district, charter, or private school, regardless of residence and location.

The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

Comprehensive and Meaningful School Choice

Delaware’s New School Choice would give parents a more comprehensive choice of one of the following:  

  • Public School Choice
  • Charter School Choice
  • Private School Choice with EESA Tuition Assistance
  • K-12 Virtual Learning From Home

Delaware’s Current “School Choice”

As a result of the passing of Delaware Code Title 14 Chap. 4, Delaware students may attend the public school of their “choice” if capacity exists between districts and within districts. Students are able to “choose” among all public schools in Delaware.

Since so many of Delaware’s schools are already operating over capacity, parents don’t really have much of a “Choice”. Low income parents have even less of a choice with the transportation restrictions. So IF they make the lottery and are fortune enough to be chosen, they still have to get their children to the school of their choice since transportation is not provided by the school district.

Delaware’s New School Choice’s Vision

To establish Education Empowerment Savings Accounts (EESAs) that will be dispersed in Delaware for all children for education to make real school choice a viable option for all students.