Center For Education Excellence


Center For Education Excellence

 
Despite its standing as a corporate capital of the country and as a model of business efficiency, the business of education in Delaware is in dire need of a second look. 
 
According to WorldPopulation.com, in 2020, Delaware had the nation’s 12th highest per-pupil spending at $15,302 per student.  Contrast that number with the educational outcomes.  According to RodelDE.org, in 2018-2019, only 50% of Delaware students statewide were proficient in English language arts, and only 40% were proficient in the critical subject of math. 
 
These long-standing, low outcomes have become more pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many households – especially those with dual-income wage earners – have struggled to balance working their jobs remotely while still ensuring that their children were productively engaged in their school’s online learning programs. 
 
In 2021, as students begin to return to school, many schools have optimized their face-to-face, online, and hybrid learning environments.   Unfortunately, some have not.  Now more than ever - as the educational effects of online learning have become clearer - CRI believes that parents should be allowed to make their own decisions about the environment in which their children learn, whether it be a public, charter, independent, or parochial school, or even home-schooled. 
 
In 2021 CRI’s Education Center will stimulate the public discourse in this area and look for opportunities to advocate the exploration of new models.  CRI will do this by:
 
A. Collaborating with like-minded educational experts in Delaware and nationally to develop and implement a plan, perhaps on a pilot basis, which will replicate successful models of school funding based on parental choice in school selection using federal funding.
 
B. Achieving a 10% increase per quarter in website visits and engagement of STUDY website.
 
Center Director Dr. Dan Young has over 18 years of experience in higher education instruction and administration.  He has taught at the University of Delaware, Temple University, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Wilmington University, and Goldey-Beacom College.  He currently serves as the Director of the Doctor of Business Administration Program at Goldey-Beacom College.

Early education is again a hot topic. Will renewed interest, eloquent language, and touching photo ops lead to children better prepared for school? Or, should there be a new direction?   Advocates argue early education ensures a better quality education benefiting of none more than low-income...

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New research2  shows no correlation between spending and performance;    “. . . essentially no link between state education spending (which has exploded) and the performance of students at the end of high school (which has generally stagnated or declined).”   Dela...

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  It is the time of year when those who fear and loathe charter schools blame them for the problems of the traditional public school system.   Two years ago they opposed the expansion of a successful charter to include a high school. Last year they passed legislation that created rules ...

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As more and more moms, dads, and teachers around America find out exactly what Common Core is, they are increasingly becoming skeptical of this new government education program.   Thirty-four the original 45 states which adopted Common Core1 have more than 120 bills in the legislative proce...

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Dover, DE – A bill to offer parents an opportunity to provide a quality education for their children, regardless of the parents income status, has been introduced and assigned to the House Education Committee. The bill, known as HB 353, The Parent Empowerment Education Savings Account Act (P...

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*Editors note: This is Ron Russos debut article as the Senior Fellow of the Center for Education Excellence.   The establishment of six priority schools to turn around Delaware’s lowest performing schools has provided the education bureaucracy with an opportunity to implement a s...

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This article first appeared in The News Journal on November 15, 2014. The article can be viewed here: http://delonline.us/11cpWNg   The obstacles to a good Delaware public school education have been many, varied and usually school specific but not so with the attempted solutions. The o...

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*this article is a special from the March 18, 2014 Policy Analysis on Education by Andrew J. Coulson for the CATO Institute. The full study is in the "download document here" tab below. Click the link to view the full study. Pages 12-13 deal directly with Delaware, so make sure you read th...

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Its interesting how disease occupies the media. Take the recent Ebola outbreak for example. like any potential epidemic it must be taken seriously; however the amount of time given the current outbreak makes one wonder why so little attention is given to the failure of the education system that has ...

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Watch the video on "Choice Media Reform School" episode from June 9 2014 featurng Jim Hosley. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlurEmMpxhw