The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) gave Delaware its second highest rating in its evaluation of the state’s special education services. The state fell just shy of earning the highest rating. This is the second consecutive year Delaware has received the “needs assistance” rating and the second consecutive year it has seen progress: Delaware moved from an overall grade of 53 percent in 2014 to 68 percent in 2015 and to 76 percent this year. The state needed a grade of 80 percent to receive the highest “meets requirements” rating, a difference of one point on its evaluation.
The Delaware Department of Education today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price for meals served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and After School Snack Program. Participating schools and their administrative offices have copies of the policy that may be reviewed by any interested party.
The Delaware Department of Education recently welcomed 31 summer fellows. All are promising future leaders and current educators who have a passion for education and want to gain hands-on exposure to policy work. Fellows are charged with important projects critical to Delaware’s policy agenda. They also are participating in weekly leadership development and speaker series sessions with Delaware leaders in state government and non-profit organizations. These sessions are intended to develop them as leaders and provide context on education issues of national importance. The fellowships will culminate in a presentation of their work and policy recommendations to department staff and leadership.
DOE Regulation Review Public Hearings
In accordance with Title 29 of Delaware Code, §10407, the Department of Education seeks public input on its regulations which are four years or older to determine if they should be modified or eliminated. A list of regulations being reviewed is available here.
To submit public comment for any of the regulations being reviewed, please submit an Online Comment Submission Form by October 1, 2016 or attend one of the Department of Education’s public hearings where comments will be received:
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Department of Education
Townsend Building - Cabinet Room
401 Federal Street, 2nd Floor
Dover, DE 19901
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Delaware Department of Transportation
South District Office – Large Conference Room
23697 Dupont Boulevard
Georgetown, DE 19947
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
New Castle County Government Offices
James H. Gilliam Building – Gilliam Multipurpose Room
77 Read's Way
New Castle, DE 19720
Note: Copies of individual regulations will not be made available at public hearings. Public comments will be received and recorded. Paper copy comment forms will be available at the public hearings for those without computer access.
Statewide Review of Educational Opportunities final report
We are pleased to post the final report of the Statewide Review of Educational Opportunities. This project was a collaboration between the Department and State Board of Education. This final report was presented at the December 17th State Board of Education meeting. Check out the interactive map here.