The settlement was the floor, not the ceiling

Delaware State Legislators

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Now is the time for important structural change to how Delaware funds education. Legislators have introduced a resolution (House Concurrent Resolution 24) to build upon the historic Opportunity Funding investment in high-needs students and stating their support to build toward a modernized education funding system.

The Education Equity Delaware coalition supports this resolution as a way to work toward important holistic change to increase the flexibility, transparency, predictability, equity, and responsiveness to student needs of all state and local funds that make up the entire education funding system. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we must keep this momentum. Research shows the benefits of more money for student needs, but changing how much without changing how money is allocated doesn’t address the root inequities.

This resolution highlights the strides taken by SB 56 and the need for additional action from the General Assembly to address how much funding is being provided as well as how all the funds are being allocated to ensure student needs are being met. It further requires the Department of Education to report information to help illuminate systemic inequities in the current education funding system to inform future legislative proposals.

We must continue. Our children are counting on us. Please add your name to this petition to thank legislators for their support and urge passage of this resolution.

Read the full resolution here and a summary for advocates here.

To: Delaware State Legislators
From: [Your Name]

As equity-minded advocates, we are excited to see the progress made this session to increase and make permanent the Opportunity Funding for low-income and English learner students.

We are also excited that so many of you agree with us that we cannot stop there. The lawsuit settlement for education funding is the floor, not the ceiling, and now is the time to work toward important structural change to increase the flexibility, transparency, predictability, equity, and responsiveness to student needs of all state and local funds that make up the education funding system.

Those of us on this petition, as well as the nearly 40 organizations represented on the Education Equity Delaware coalition, support House Concurrent Resolution 24 to begin modernizing Delaware’s education funding system, primed by Representative Chukwuocha, Senator Lockman, and Senator Sturgeon and co-sponsored by more than 20 other legislators including a majority of the House and Senate Education committees.

We ask to please vote for this resolution, we thank you for your support, and we look forward to working alongside you to give input on future potential funding models and legislation that modernizes Delaware’s education finance system.