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Family Stability and Children’s Development: Why Paid Family Medical Leave for All Workers Makes Sense

June 3rd, 2021

Author: Kelsey Mensch

The United States is the only developed, high-income country that does not provide workers paid family or medical leave. Some states have begun to change this by implementing paid family and medical leave—a policy that provides benefits for families, businesses, and children. For example, paid family and medical leave policies can...

Not Counting on the Count: Why Student Count is Trickier Than You Think

March 15th, 2021

Author: Kelsey Mensch

Updated on March 15, 2021 School funding across the United States is determined by a series of complex, interrelated policy decisions. There has been a lot of discussion in Delaware lately about how to best allocate state dollars to schools, but little written about a seemingly small but important piece of the puzzle: how we count students...

The School Registration Bill is Here

March 10th, 2021

Author: Matt Amis

Back in January, we wrote about Delaware’s frustrating school registration process. It’s an all-over-the-place approach that involves a ton of paperwork and offers little help to non-English-speaking families. But help could soon be on the way. SB 82 was introduced this week by Sen. Elizabeth Lockman, and aims to rewrite Delaware code...

The COVID Context: Delaware’s Falling School Enrollment

February 18th, 2021

Author: Kelsey Mensch

For the first time in a decade, Delaware public school enrollment has dropped. This trend spans the country—just one of the many shakeups caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In Delaware, enrollment triggers a handful of important policy and budgetary questions. A drop in public school enrollment brings many concerns with it, such as: a...