The DSBA membership has identified the following specific legislative priorities for 2018-2019.  It should be noted that these issues are of equal importance and not listed in priority order:  

  1. State student-based unit funding system — The DSBA membership recognizes the value of a funding system that provides budgetary certainty.  The DSBA membership supports the continued use of the State’s student-based unit funding system. The student-based unit funding system has evolved over the years and should continue to evolve to include the following:
    1. Maintain and increase the K through Grade 3 basic special education supports funding.
    2. Establish low income, LEP and ELL funding system that weights funding to target specific students’ needs while providing flexibility to districts.
  2. School Safety and Security — The DSBA membership recognizes the need to provide a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff. The DSBA membership supports unit and/or programmatic funding to enhance school security and safety. School security and safety measures specifically include:
    1. Facility and property security needs as identified and directed by the local school district and board;
    2. Security and safety programs, plans, training, drills and exercises, as identified and directed by the local school district and board;
    3. Personnel, equipment and related operating costs – to specifically include the employment of Student Resource Officers (SRO), Constables, or other security related personnel as identified and directed by the local school district and board.
  3. Mental and Behavioral Health Services — The DSBA membership recognizes the increasing mental and behavioral health needs of students and families.  In order to teach the student, you must first reach the student. The DSBA membership supports unit and/or programmatic funding that will provide increased levels of mental and behavioral health services to students and families.
  4. Pre-Kindergarten supports — The DSBA membership recognizes the need to assure all students enter school with basic skills.  The DSBA membership supports increased levels of support for Pre-K in order to reduce the skills deficits of students entering kindergarten.  Such Pre-K supports must include:
    1. Capital funds to provide Pre-K facilities, which currently receive no state funding.
    2. Operating funds necessary to meet the federal requirement of Typical Peers for special education identified Pre-K students, to include transportation, teacher and operational supplies/materials.
  5. Adequate State funding — The DSBA membership asserts that there has been a systemic effort to shift the financial responsibility for public education from the State budget to districts’ local property taxing authority.  The DSBA membership opposes any initiative that shifts education funding responsibility from the State budget to districts’ local property taxing authority.
  6. Local District Authority The DSBA membership affirms and expressly asserts the authority vested in local school districts by virtue of 14 Del. Code Chapter 10 Section 1043 which states “In each reorganized school district there shall be a school board which shall have the authority to administer and to supervise the free public schools of the reorganized school district and which shall have the authority to determine policy and adopt rules and regulations for the general administration and supervision of the free public schools of the reorganized school district. Such administration, supervision and policy shall be conducted and formulated in accordance with Delaware law and the policies, rules and regulations of the State.