Delaware education funding is out of control. It is unsustainable!!!! Something is going to have to give. Kids can’t take any more hits, so it is going to have to come from the adults. I hate to say this, and teachers, principals, administrators, and superintendents will want my head on a platter, but your pensions and benefits are skyrocketing through the roof. Every time you get a step raise, your OEC (benefits and pensions) go up as well. When these OEC amount to 44% of your pay, we are having serious issues keeping up with it. I know you want raises, but you actually get raises every year because your benefits keep going up. For those who aren’t state employees, our insurance rates keeps going up as well, but we pay for much more of it than you do. It comes out of our take-home pay where yours are not like that. I hate to ask this, but would you be willing to pay more for insurance if it meant the resources and lower-size classrooms could happen because of that? Something to think about.
In the meantime, taxes keep going up. Not at a state level. They are adamant about not raising those taxes. So who takes the hit? Every single school district when they have to keep raising taxes every single year. It makes the state look like heroes. It is unsustainable!