What to Make of the Small Jump in Delaware Public School Enrollment
September 1st, 2022As students head back to school, enrollment numbers and Delaware’s “unit count” begin to come into focus. Last year, we blogged about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted enrollment in Delaware, and pointed out that in the 2020-21 school year, the state saw its first decline in public school enrollment in a decade—particularly in...
What’s New with Delaware’s Education Funding System?
June 24th, 2022The long march to modernize Delaware’s school funding system continues on, as the state continues to see changes stemming from recent actions by Gov. John Carney’s administration and the General Assembly. One of the major drivers of these changes was the Delawareans for Educational Opportunity v Carney lawsuit settlement from...
Why Are We Still Doing Referendums?
Funding and Equity, Policy and Practice
January 6th, 2021Public school finance spins a complex and intricate web of policy decisions. When we’ve written about Delaware school funding and funding equity in the past, we’ve focused on resource allocation, how we count students, and property reassessment. Yet another important piece of the puzzle is the local tax rate and school...
UPDATED: 9 Questions (and Answers) about Property Reassessment in Delaware
May 11th, 2020UPDATED: March 22, 2021 1. What is the status of the “county track” of the Delawareans for Educational Opportunity v. Carney? As of February 25, Kent county has agreed to full property reassessment by 2024 as part of the funding lawsuit. The Kent County agreement is similar to New Castle County’s agreement announced in early...