When the dust settled on the 149th Delaware General Assembly on July, there were many bills and budget language that will impact public education. Read on for the big stories that emerged during the second half of the 149th General Assembly and their relation to Student Success 2025. For a full rundown of legislative highlights on education, click here.
The EARLY LEARNING community celebrated some increased state investments that will improve access and quality for the state’s youngest learners and their families. A $3.8 million “door-opener” will support tiered reimbursements that providers receive from the state based on achieving high-quality in the Stars quality rating program. The budget also increases Delaware’s Purchase of Care subsidy by $8.8 million, which will help connect more families in-need to the state’s early learning tuition subsidy.
A few years ago, the Vision Coalition Leadership Team asked fellow Delawareans: What would a well-educated young person would need to know and be able to do in the year 2025? More than 4,000 people told us that foundational academics like math and reading remain critical to any education.
But people also wanted a richer educational experience for their children, one that instilled skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, empathy, and creativity.
Today, we’re seeing a convergence among leaders in education and business around this essential broader set of skills. But there are dozens of definitions and interpretations of what it actually means, how it manifests inside classrooms, or how we can quantify it. As a state, we need to expand our definition of student success.
We thank LIANE SORENSON and MICHELE JOHNSON for their service to the coalition. We appreciate their contributions to Student Success 2025, and their dedication to helping prepare Delaware students for a lifetime of success.