Momentum is building for change in Delaware schools – particularly those in Wilmington.
As we close in on Monday’s Imagine Delaware exposition and forum on education at the Chase Center, there are possibilities percolating for new funding formulas at struggling city schools, new district boundaries for schools within city borders and serious talk about a new city high school.
For city schools, a call for reinforcements Matthew Albright, The News Journal 3:23 p.m. EDT March 8, 2015
“We think the best solution is to come up with a new system,” said Tony Allen, chairman of the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee. “But we realize that’s a pretty big challenge politically. So at the very least, we’re asking the state to come up with some way to acknowledge the challenges these schools face.”
If the state can manage to create a system that funnels more money to high-poverty schools, it would not just impact Wilmington. Urban Dover schools and rural schools downstate would all see help dealing with their own needs.
But unless the new system takes money from more affluent suburban schools so city schools can afford the extra resources – a politically risky move – poverty-weighted funding would require a significant infusion of new money into the system.
That could be a tough sell to state leaders who have complained for years of tight budgets that don’t allow much new spending.
“I hate to say that it’s dead on arrival, but I would acknowledge it’s a tough sell,” said Sen. David Sokola, long-time chair of the Senate Education Committee.
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