HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 21
ESTABLISHING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE TO STUDY SCHOOL DESEGREGATION PROPOSALS AND TO REPORT NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 15, 1975; AND REQUESTING A STAY OF THE FEDERAL COURT ORDER TO SUBMIT DESEGREGATION PROPOSALS UNTIL OCTOBER 15, 1975.
WHEREAS, close to fifteen desegregation proposals, relatingto the court decision in Evans v. Buchanan have been submitted to the State Board of Education; and
WHEREAS, many of these proposals would require a considerable expenditure of public funds and/or statutory revision; and
WHEREAS, the elected members of the General Assembly of the State of Delaware have had no input into any desegregation proposals.
BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the 128th General Assembly, the Governor concurring therein, that thet State Board of Education is directed to apply to the three-judge Federal District Court in Evans v. Buchanan for a stay of the order to s ubmit desegregation proposals until October 15, 1975, in order that the Governor and the leadership of the 128th General Assembly can determine whether a special session of the 128th General Assembly should be called to consider legislation relating to school desegregation proposals.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a special legislative committee be formed within three days of enactment of this House Joint Resolution, comprised of all members of the 128th General Assembly who express a desire to serve on the Committee. The Committee shall have a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman appointed by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tem of the Senate. The Committee shall have the authority to seek expertise outside the General Assembly and the Committee shall have subpoena power.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the said special legislative committee shall study the school desegregation proposals submitted to the State Board of Education and report to the Governor and the General Assembly to advise the Governor and the General Assembly as to the feasibility and desirability of the various school desegregation proposals and to advise what legislation, if any, may be required.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the State Board of Education is directed to submit copies of all school desegregation proposals to all members of the special legislative committee together with a summary of the major features of each proposal.
Approved July 8, 1975