Despite the state’s standing as a corporate capital and reputation as a model of business efficiency, the business of education in Delaware is in dire need of a drastic upgrade.
The statistics are alarming. According to worldpopulationreview.com, in 2020, Delaware had the 11th highest spending per student in the country at $15,639. However, in terms of outcomes, according to the Nation's Report Card, in 2019 (the most recent pre-pandemic year):
only 31% of students statewide were proficient in reading, and
only 29% were proficient in math.
Due to the pandemic and remote learning, many parents became aware of their children’s schools’ deficiencies and were more motivated to have a role in their children's education.
Utilizing strategies that have been successfully employed elsewhere, CRI will continue to educate the public about the problems caused by school boards that are influenced more by teachers' unions than the local community, as well as advocate for changes in teacher evaluations so they are based on changes in student test scores over time.
The Reason Foundation, a public policy think tank in California, compiled data from the U.S. Census from 2002 to 2020. They have kindly shared their data with the Caesar Rodney Institute and given us access to their interactive map of the country and their various graphs depicting education spending...