Delaware Dept. of Education Requesting 7.7% Increase In Operational Costs For FY2018 Budget

The Delaware Dept. of Education just held their FY2018 budget request hearing with the Delaware Office of Management and Budget.  They are requesting a 7.7% increase over their FY2017 budget.  This would push Delaware public education costs over the $1.4 billion mark to an astonishing $1,485,183,000 which would leave it closer to the $1.5 billion mark.  But just because the Delaware DOE is requesting this it doesn’t mean they are going to get it.  With the state facing a deficit of anywhere from $150 to $300 million for FY2018, many requests by various state agencies won’t be granted.

Among the increases are the following:

$39.838 million for FY2017 Salary/OEC Contingency (benefits)

$9.238 million for Educator Step Increases

$945,100 for Paraprofessional Salary Compression

$12.221 million for 2016-2017 unit growth of 144 units

$16.175 million for General Contingency increase of 190 units

$202,000 for Delmar tuition

$751,200 for related services

$685,600 for academic excellence

$3.9725 million for public school transportation

$602,000 for technology operations (there are three categories under this, I will find out what each one is for)

$7.98 million for Early Childhood initiatives

$3 million for public education bandwidth

$1 million for Technology Block Grant

$1.75 million for one-time replacement of DEEDS

$473,000 for technology operations for district/charters for

$219,500 to replace federal funds for personnel costs

$2.7 million for World Language Immersion expansion

$1.2 million for Teacher Leader Pilot expansion

$25,000 for Professional Standards Board

$18,000 for increases in Schoology

$500,000 for Seed Scholarships

$2.4 million for public school transportation

$500,000 for Career Pathways


They are also looking to made reductions of $4 million to the following:

$50,000 from SEED/Inspire marketing

$2.52 million from K-12 Pass Through Programs

$113,000 for Tech-Prep 2+2

$150,000 from Prison Education

$1.2 million from Driver Training


The Dept. of Education is also requesting $920,000 for Major Capital FY2018 Certificate of Necessity requests.  $633,745 of that would come from the state share and $286,862 would come from the Local source of funding.  I will have more to write on this later based on the presentation given.





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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

7 thoughts on “Delaware Dept. of Education Requesting 7.7% Increase In Operational Costs For FY2018 Budget”

  1. What are related services, academic excellence, and schoology? Why are costs for public school transportation down twice? I don’t know how the average person would understand a lot of this.


    1. I can break it down later. I just wanted to get it up there. Related services are usually tied w/special education, stuff like Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, stuff like that. Academic Excellence is essentially teacher bonuses for good test scores. I know some cash poor districts have traded those in for additional teachers. I’ll have to check on the transportation thing.


      1. Why is our home equity paying for medical services? In any other situation, Medicaid, SSI or BCBS would be paying. As to the name game scam, why can they just say what it is? Why is “Academic Excellence” just not called a bonus? Is it because they just do not want the taxpayers to find them out?


  2. Schoology is a platform that forces students to be more responsible for their own performance. It also allows school teachers to use a common location to place educational materials such as worksheets, notes, extra help, videos, etc available for students and their parents. It reports grades and sends out daily updates to parents on their students’ efforts in school. Though it was a pain in the beginning of the year, I actually love it now. If my child forgets to write something into his/her agenda, which happens a lot with her autism, I can double check her agenda against schoology. It’s also a messaging service allowing teachers to send out notes to parents as well as weekly updates of what to expect in each class. Student groups can also create Schoology groups to communicate with their teams or clubs.

    It’s probably DOE’s most useful communication expenditure for parents and teachers. Although I am certain there are some who would disagree. But, it beats spending money on Smarter Balance and Common Core.

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    1. It is also a student data tracking machine that sends stuff into the IMS cloud. And we still spend money on Smarter Balanced and Common Core. We are relying on technology far too much in this country. As a result, we are sacrificing our children to the system.


  3. Would be nice if they would cut the FAT at the top! Too much redundancy in the state. More money to the teachers and students education. Of course, we’ll see referendums from the school districts, which should be eliminated and put under one umbrella!

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