Digging Deeper: 4 Chronic Opportunity Gaps that High-Needs Kids Face

Liz Hoyt and Shyanne Miller

From pre-k through postsecondary, many minority and “high-need” student populations miss out on critical milestones that would prepare them for postsecondary success. High-needs students may be classified as low-income, special education, or English language learners. These four examples of chronic educational opportunity gaps illustrate how students are being left behind, why these gaps matter for […]

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What Delaware education can learn from the Urban League National Conference

Laurie Jacobs

The 2016 Urban League National Conference in Baltimore brought together political, business, and community leaders to provide attendees with professional, civic engagement, and networking opportunities. The theme was Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs, and Justice. There was a common conceptual thread that arose in all sessions and plenaries: choices. Many felt the nation is struggling […]

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Meet Rachel Pleet

Rodel Foundation of Delaware

My name is Rachel Pleet. I will be working at the Rodel Foundation as a policy fellow for the 2016-17 academic year, while I pursue my master’s degree in public administration (MPA) from the University of Delaware. As an undergraduate student at UD, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy and declared […]

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Key Questions and Valuable Resources on ESSA

Mamie Doyle Mannella

What is the Every Student Succeeds Act? On Dec. 10, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. ESSA is the most recent version of the federal government’s biggest K-12 law, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which came into effect in 1965. It governs around $25 billion in federal resources […]

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Is Delaware Underserving High-Achieving Students?

Liz Hoyt

Last week, the Fordham Institute released a report examining the extent to which states’ current (or planned) accountability systems serve high-achieving students. Delaware earned a rating of 1 out of 4 stars, suggesting room for improvement. Here’s our take. What does this mean for Delaware? There *is* room for Delaware (and other states) to improve. […]

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