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.
 

10/11/2012   Parents know when a school is failing their child, and they know if they do nothing the failure will have a negative impact on their child’s entire life.   CRI has put a spotlight on Delaware’s lack of progress to improve performance and parents want to know w...

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Delaware Lt. Governor Matt Denn released a report recognizing the wide variance in administrative costs among school districts in the state. Dr. Tony Marchio, superintendent of the Appoquinimink school district, has labeled this data “misleading and deceptive” based upon a report from th...

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The most recently available data on Delaware public schools speaks for itself: parents want more choice.   Over the past eight years total enrollment in Delaware’s public schools is up 9% while enrollment in Delaware’s charter schools is up 228%. The fastest growth in charter sch...

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Delawares public schools may have health threatening levels of mold. Vendor contract data from Caesar Rodney’s Delaware Spends website makes it appear that the state may be stonewalling on the issue, possibly putting students, teachers and staff at risk. In 2002 an employee of Batta Enivron...

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On July 31, 2012, Dr. Matthew Ladner came to Delaware and discussed ways Delaware can improve its education system.  The link below is a copy of his PowerPoint presentation.
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Mr. Ebbs (not his real name) is a middle school English teacher and this year, like others, he and his students are frustrated. They have too few dictionaries and those they do have are at least twenty years old; pages are marked with obscene words or pictures and whole sections are missing.  H...

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10/31/2012   Let’s be clear, Delaware was Number 1 in line for Race To The Top (RTTT) for money - not performance.   A recent television commercial would have us believe Delaware is Number 1 in education. Delaware achieves a C+ and ranks about 22nd in the country.   Pro...

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Next week is National School Choice Week, and in celebration CRI invites you to read the first of a new series of articles from Larry Koch on the relationship between Abraham Lincolns education approach and Delawares current education system.   The Dysmorphic Man "In the life of man an...

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It may well be time to look to other sources of capital and program funds for public education.   Margaret Thatcher once said, “No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well.” Some time ago the federal government ran out of ...

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10/26/2012   Here is a presentation given by Dr. Ladner at an education workshop in Wilmington earlier this month.
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