SENATE BILL NO. 264
AN ACT TO EXTEND TIME LIMITS REGARDING THE VOLUNTARY TRANSFER PLAN SET FORTH IN LAWS OF DELAWARE, VOLUME 61, CHAPTER 32.
WHEREAS, the position of the General Assembly regarding Court Ordered desegregation has not changed since the passage of Senate Bill No. 173, now known as Volume 61, Chapter 32, Laws of Delaware; but
WHEREAS, the General Assembly desires to encourage the desegregation required by the Courts by voluntary means to the greatest extent possible so that students and their parents or guardians or other persons who legally stand in place of their parents, will have the greatest possible opportunity to make their own individual and informed decision as to the school districts said students will attend when the students are moved for compliance with a Court Order; and
WHEREAS, there was a delay of approximately one week in the distribution of information concerning the Voluntary Transfer Plan to certain of the parents of students who might be involved; and
WHEREAS, the General Assembly wishes to.extend every opportunity to parents in the desegregation area to make a voluntary decision if they so choose.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:
Section 1. The provision in Laws of Delaware, Volume 61, Chapter 32 notwithstanding, the deadline for parents to submit Voluntary Transfer Application under that Act is extended from May 31, 1977 until June 10, 1977.
Section 2. The provision in Laws of Delaware, Volume 61, Chapter 32 notwithstanding, the date set for the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to report the results of the voluntary transfer effort to the General Assembly is extended from June 15, 1977 until June 28, 1977.
Section 3. Any pupil who was accepted in transfer by one of the school districts in the desegretation area for the school
year 1976-77 in accordance with the provisions of Delaware Code, Title 14, §603 (c) shall, at the request of his parents, guardian or other person legally in charge of his person, be accepted for transfer for the school year 1977-78 whether or not an application form has been filed in accordance with Laws of Delaware, Volume 61, Chapter 32.
Section 4. In the interest of providing the greatest possible opportunity for voluntary transfer within the desegration area described by the coutts, each school district within that area shall accept requests for transfer in accordance with the provis'ons of Volume 61, Chapter 32, Laws of Delaware, on a first come, first-served, space available basis in accordance with the criteria contained therein until and including the opening day of school in September 1977. Notwithstanding the provisions contained in Volume 61, Chapter 32, Laws of Delaware, requests for transfer under this provision made after June 10, 1977, maybe made directly to the superintendent of schools in the affected school district and need not be presented to the superintendent of Public Instruction.
Approved June 2, 1977.