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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