Center For Education Excellence



(Pictured: Ron Russo, CRI Senior Fellow)

Center For Education Excellence

The Center for Education Excellence focuses on:
 
• raising awareness of and support for the CRI BOLD Education Reform Plan, especially among state legislators, educators, school board members, and the news media
 
• the introduction and promotion of legislation that would amend Title 14 of the Delaware Code to shift operational authority from the local school boards or education agencies to the individual schools themselves
 
• continuing to provide nonpartisan analysis of Delaware public school performance
 
Please contact Ron Russo, Senior Fellow with any inquiries!

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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  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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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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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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