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.

Revised Presentation by Jim Hosley with statistics about the education system in Delaware and why performance is not improving despite the increase in education dollars being spent.
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Help CRI Advocate For Better Education in Delaware!   Come out to a special event to discuss the lack of progress Delaware had improving literacy and solutions other states have adopted to improve performance; solutions that include education scholarships and savings accounts. CRIs own Jim Ho...

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In the 1960’s we were told that support of institutions of higher education and school districts will address inequality and literacy will improve for all. It didn’t.   By the 1980’s the threat to education from programs implemented over the previous two decades was so egre...

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Attached is the PDF of Jim Hosleys presentation "Education Excellence, Equality, Opportunity", presented at the St. Polycarp Church in Smyrna on January 30, 2012.
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Every year the U.S. Department of Education produces a report card with the test performance of 4th and 8th grade students by state. The latest available test data is for 2009. What does it show for Delaware and what does it mean exactly?   The tables below show the ranking across the states ...

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The Caesar Rodney Institute and other like-minded organizations and individuals have consistently called for the state to balance its budget via cuts in spending rather than tax hikes. Legislators debated their options and eventually decided upon a pseudo-compromise, cutting state workers pay by ...

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Every year, Delawares school districts face the task of improving school conditions, staying current with technology and meeting the high demands the public expects of public education. With these demands and voters insistence on efficiency, every dollar that is spent should stretch as far as poss...

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Last month voters approved two funding referendums to raise $6 million for the Indian River School District. The state will fund another $6 million. This is the way school districts usually raise funds. Every school and district must continuously build ways to higher achievement. That is not the que...

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Dear CRI Supporter: You told us more in depth information and analysis of Delaware’s education system is needed. We listened. I’m pleased to tell you that next week CRI will begin a series that discusses education cost, outcomes, alternatives, key influencers and stakeholders. You also t...

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This article was originally printed in the April 2015 edition of Delaware Today and at delawaretoday.com. Article reposted with permission.   I attended UD’s annual Louis L. Redding Lecture on Civil Rights and Social Justice last month, interested to hear educator Geoffrey Canada. The f...

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