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 StudyDelaware.org website.
 

The Caesar Rodney Institute is announcing the publication of a new white paper by Jim Hosley, Director of the Center for Education Excellence at the Caesar Rodney Institute, and Jason Bedrick, Policy Analyst at the Center for Education Freedom at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.   No...

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Forty-two states have introduced legislation in 2011 to create or expand school voucher and scholarship tax credit programs, according to an analysis completed today by the American Federation for Children — the nations voice for school choice. If these bills pass, millions of children woul...

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The field of our youth’s education is plagued with the locusts of doubt with constant cries of falling skies and failing systems. Being the number one nation in the world has stricken us with the ever looming fear of being overcome by the shadow of mediocrity. The system itself is a bit dated,...

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  Performance continues to be troubling. Cost of education in Delaware is among the highest in the country. Parent and voter dissatisfaction is growing and they want more choices. For these reasons the Caesar Rodney Institute launched the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE). The Center...

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Delaware lags behind other states when it comes to providing individuals and families the freedom to choose for themselves or their children an educational experience in higher-achieving or safer schools. 2011, so active nationally it is called the “Year of School Choice”, showed paren...

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Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education in the Obama Administration, recently said that criticism of Common Core State Standards is, “…a conspiracy theory in search of a conspiracy.” We agree, conspiracy theories explain specific events as the result of secret plots by covert grou...

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No one wants to be trapped in a system that is failing him. Without the freedom to choose how to spend tax dollars set aside for their childs education, families in mid- and lower-income levels are deprived of the freedom to choose what is best for their child. Everybodys money is invested in educa...

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For too long the system has told parents the education experience it provides their children will improve. Parents are patiently waiting. The government-provided education system is not providing the opportunity for students to acquire the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary to succeed in an i...

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There is no doubt performance is moving sideways not forward.   There is no doubt the cost of education is moving upward.   But, don’t worry because Delaware’s state coordinator for National Assessment of Educational Progress, Duncan G. Smith, commented after the recent rel...

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Education performance in Delaware is mediocre in a country – our United States of America – whose performance is less than mediocre when compared to other major countries. More than 50 years ago Dr. Milton Friedman, a true visionary committed to improving education, rightly foresaw a top...

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