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October 16, 2020

Education Funding Lawsuit Settlement: What it includes and what it means

"Spending more money on high-needs students is fine, but the agreement has no impact on the way the state currently spends $1.4 billion annually on public education."

September 16, 2020

7 Eye-Catching Expert Quotes About Delaware's Funding System

A collection of interesting and thought provoking quotes from plaintiff expert testimony collected as part of the 2018 lawsuit on education funding. 

August 28, 2020

Delaware School Funding Lawsuit Heads into Mediation

Opinion by Larry Nagengast, writer and editor of Delaware First Media, on the next steps of the Delaware school funding lawsuit. 

August 24, 2020

Equity in Education Lawsuit May Reach Settlement

Opinion by Amy Cherry, Assistant News Director at WDEL on the Delaware school funding system lawsuit. 

May 11, 2020

9 Questions (And Answers) About Property Reassessment In Delaware

Answers to your most pertinent questions about Delaware property assessment, ranging from the lawsuit to how Delaware compares nationally. 

April 10, 2020

Remote Learning’s Possible Effect on Delaware Education

“Many of the resource-related disparities that exist in Delaware’s schools, whether it be the uneven availability of tech devices for students or the inadequate allocation of resources to benefit high-need students, are related to shortcomings in the system the state used to fund public education."

December 29, 2019

Keeping an Eye on Opportunity Funding in Delaware

Money matters in education, as national research shows us. But how money is spent matters just as how much — as long as the how is driven by local context and needs.

December 19, 2019

The Fight Over School Funding

This article explores how school districts serving low income students and students of color receive less funding than schools with higher populations of white and affluent students, and the implications that come with this discrepancy in funding. 

September 28, 2018

Public Meetings on Education Funding in Delaware Start Monday!

Three public meetings are scheduled for this fall so the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) can share its vision and hear from members of the public on their approach to reporting school-level expenditures.

April 20, 2018

Increasing school funding transparency

The News Journal Editorial Board endorsed Senate Bill 172 which will increase the public transparency of education funding information. 

April 20, 2018

Call to revamp Delaware's education funding system

Educators and business leaders at the Delaware Education Funding Summit called for an overall of Delaware's education funding system in light of the ACLU lawsuit deeming the system as "unconstitutional."

October 26, 2017

English-learning students need our help

Opinion by Javier Torrijos, chair of the Delaware Hispanic Commission, Christine Cannon, executive director of the Arsht-Cannon Fund, Oribel McFann-Mora, president of Delaware English Language Learners Teachers and Advocates (DELLTA), and Paul Herdman, president and CEO of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware.

October 21, 2017

Report: English learners, a majority of whom are native-born, victims of obsolete school funding formula

A new series of fact sheets launched by the Delaware Hispanic Commission, the Arsht-Cannon Fund, Delaware English Language Learners Teachers and Advocates, and the Rodel Foundation of Delaware show the state is behind the curve in dealing with a fast-growing portion of the school population.

June 07, 2017

When Will Public Schools Get Better?

“As an alternative to the unit system, which places dollar values on groups of students and requires districts to follow mandated staffing formulas, there has been some talk of developing a system that would place a dollar value on the cost of each student and give the districts flexibility in spending decisions, but no one has ventured to develop an actual proposal. Education Equity Delaware, a coalition of 24 organizations that includes the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, the state PTA, the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, the Delaware chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Delaware Charter Schools Network, and groups representing Hispanic and African-American families, offered a bare-bones outline of such a system in a letter to the General Assembly last May.”

November 16, 2016

Three priorities to improve Delaware's K-12 public education

News Journal Opinion by Rod Ward, president and CEO of Corporation Service Company (CSC).

May 17, 2016

Dollars and sense: Keeping pace in a changing world

It’s time for the state of Delaware to modernize its education funding system to keep pace with and support the innovative work already happening in schools across the state. Funding allocations should be responsive to individual students’ needs, interests, and goals—not based on units. It’s time to recognize the changing needs and evolving practices in Delaware’s public schools by modernizing Delaware’s state education funding system.

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