2009 Back to School Briefings result in education reform package passed in the legislature
A little over a month after taking the oath of office, in
, Governor Jack Markell asked Lt. Governor Matt Denn and Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery to launch a series of public meetings around education reform, called "Back to School Briefings" across the state to get citizen input, advice and recommendations to impact the reform plan. The “Back to School” briefings drew hundreds of participants in person and online (podcasts of the meetings are available
The briefings started a statewide dialogue on education reform centered on four main topics:
From these briefings, Lt. Governor Denn and Secretary Lowery drafted three bills on education reform, and then further took these bills to parents, educators, students, and other stakeholders throughout the state going to PTA meetings and other groups. All three bills had no additional cost to the state.
Then as the legislative session drew to a close in the last few days of June 2009 the three bills passed. These bills will:
But we’re not done! Join the conversation on education reform!
How can Delaware’s education system continue to improve? Lt. Governor Matt Denn wants to hear from you - submit your suggestions and comments by using our Suggestion Form .