After years of work and months of fierce negotiations, advocates from Delaware's largest city cheered as the House of Representatives approved the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission's school redistricting plan Wednesday.
The commission hasn't reached the finish line — a tough vote in the Senate looms, and the General Assembly has yet to answer the hardest question: how to set aside enough money to make the plan work.
But some longtime Wilmington education advocates said they hope the vote shows the stirrings of a change of heart in a Legislature they believe has abandoned them for decades.
"I do think this is a historical occasion," said New Castle County Councilman Jea Street, who has clashed with state leaders over schools for years. "They deserve accolades, and I want to be optimistic."