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.

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The 2024 graduating class is now in the first grade. Parents can expect:   ·         By the third grade 66 percent of their children will read at or below basic; a primary indicator of a potential high school dropout. ·   &...

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The commitment of parents and all taxpayers to education is demonstrated by the number of people who vote in school board elections or referendums.   At tomorrows referendum in Appoquinimink and May 14 statewide  you have a chance to make a difference: "If it is to be, it is up ...

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It is clear that what started under No Child Left Behind (NCLB), when for the first time the federal government dictated the content of curriculum, is being fulfilled by Race to The Top (RTTT) through the Governors’ Association, special interest groups, foundations and short-term federal fundi...

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The updated version of ‘buying a pig in a poke’ is “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it”.   It’s happening again but this time in education; Common Core has not had a full debate in any elected body at any level of government or other publi...

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Abbott: “Didn’t you go to school?” Costello: “I went to school stupid, and I came out the same way!” A few years ago I had the opportunity to substitute teach in one of our area’s middle schools. The topic of the class was the deserts in the Middle East. &n...

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No other organization in Delaware does what we do at the Caesar Rodney Institute: provide in-depth, non-partisan analyses of public policy issues and advocate in Dover for better policies_OLD related to economics, the state budget, energy issues and education policy. Every day CRI makes a difference...

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In 1967 at the age of 20, I began my career as a teacher, working out of a one room classroom with a multi-aged class. In the past half century plus, I have taught regular education, remedial, gifted and special education, primary, intermediate middle and secondary students, private, parochial and p...

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Since the 1960’s the breadth and depth of the federal government involvement in education has increased while student outcomes have declined or remained flat.   The chart at the bottom of the page (click "Download Document Here") demonstrates the number of programs, the increa...

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