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Delaware Education Budget Considered by Joint Finance Committee

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Gov. John Carney visits a classroom in Dover. Gov. John Carney visits a classroom in Dover.

DOVER, Del.- Lawmakers on the Delaware legislature's Joint Finance committee considered the state's $1.5 billion public education budget, which makes up a third of overall state spending.

Among the more high-profile expenditures in Gov. John Carney's budget proposal, is the start of a three-year, $60 million opportunity funding plan to benefit students who come from low-income families or do not speak English as a primary language.

Carney (D-Delaware) wants to give each school district $300 dollars for each low-income student and $500 for each English-learner student. The funding can be used to help hire additional interventionists or social workers to assist children who may face language barriers or other challenges outside of the classroom that may affect their ability to learn.

Some lawmakers have raised questions about accountability for the way that money is spent. The state Department of Education will have to approve the way the money is spent.

 

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