Jack Markell on Education

Delaware Democratic Governor


Support IT education in schools

We're putting a special focus on our growing IT sector. Through our computer science pathway and other high level courses, we've increased the number of high school students studying computer programming from about 80 to 560 in just the last two years. Our goal is 1,000 students by September.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Delaware legislature , Jan 21, 2016

Make university scholarships less restrictive

Nearly 20,000 Delawareans have received full scholarships toward degrees at Delaware Tech, UD, and Delaware State. But we can do better. Some students who need these scholarships the most can't access them, despite meeting academic requirements, because current rules mandate that they attend school full-time and without interruption. I ask the General Assembly to make these scholarships more universal by expanding their benefits to part-time students and those who must take a break from their studies.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Delaware legislature , Jan 21, 2016

Increase teacher compensation

We have a responsibility to ensure that the best and brightest enter teaching, and get the support they need once they arrive in the classroom. That's why my budget will include funding to raise starting salaries to be more competitive with our neighbors. And we will pilot opportunities for educators to earn more for taking on leadership responsibilities, without leaving the classroom for administrative positions.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Delaware legislature , Jan 21, 2016

Common Core Standards including world language immersion

We made the difficult choice to raise our academic standards for the world our children will live in. Teachers across the state are transitioning to the Common Core Standards, a set of uniform, higher standards that will better prepare our students for the global economy. As we move to these higher standards, fewer of our students will meet them initially. It is not an easy change, but it is one we must make, and our students will rise to the challenge.

Thanks to another investment, 10,000 Delaware students will participate in a world language immersion program over the next decade. 340 students started the program this year. For example, at McIlvane Early Learning Center in Magnolia, 100 kindergartners spend half their school day learning science, social studies and math in Chinese. One of the Chinese teachers there had a goal for her students to be able to count to 100 by the end of the school year; they accomplished that by November.

Source: 2013 Del. State of the State speech , Jan 17, 2013

State provided public schools deserve improvement

Our commitment to improving K-12 education is clear and constant--because it gives children a much better chance to graduate ready to succeed in the work world. Our commitment to early childhood education is becoming more clear as well-- because children need every opportunity to show up, ready to learn, ready to succeed, and ready to make the most of the great public schools our state provides-- all critical components to keep our state, moving forward.
Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release, "Early Education" , Oct 14, 2011

Improve charter schools, teachers, and accountability

Efforts to improve education continued with legislation to reform the charter school system, better enable schools to attract the best teachers, improve the state's ability to measure the impact of education initiatives, and ensure that services for children with disabilities are more equitably and effectively delivered.

These reforms will help us improve accountability and react more quickly and effectively when a school is in trouble.

Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release, "Legislative Session" , Jul 1, 2011

Ensure we have the best possible public schools

[We will work] with Delaware's excellent educators to ensure we have the best possible public schools. Employers want to know that their children will have a great place to learn and that our schools will graduate young people ready to thrive in the work world. Our students today are graduating into a job environment far different from what their parents faced. They are competing with graduates from around the world for jobs and we are competing with governments to help make those opportunities available
Source: 2011 Delaware State of the State Address , Jan 20, 2011

Evaluate whether charter schools are becoming segregated

Delaware students and families can choose to attend any public school in the country, making our system one of the only comprehensive public school choice programs in the country. We are ranked 3rd in the country in the percentage of children who attend charter schools. After over a decade of operation for both programs, I will ensure the following evaluations are made:We need to seriously review how well charter schools are inter-district transfers are serving the needs of all Delaware families. And we need parents to understand their options for utilizing charter schools--a deficit identified in Opportunity Knocks.
Source: 2008 Gubernatorial campaign website, markell.org, “Issues” , Nov 4, 2008

Other governors on Education: Jack Markell on other issues:
DE Gubernatorial:
John Carney
DE Senatorial:
Chris Coons
Christine O`Donnell
Kevin Wade
Tom Carper

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OR: Brown(D) vs.Bell(D) vs.Niemeyer(R) vs.Pierce(R)
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Lame ducks 2015-16:
DE-D: Jack Markell
(term-limited 2016)
KY-D: Steve Beshear
(term-limited 2015)
LA-R: Bobby Jindal
(term-limited 2015)
MO-D: Jay Nixon
(term-limited 2016)
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
(retiring 2016)
WV-D: Earl Ray Tomblin
(term-limited 2016)
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