Financing Public Education in Delaware, 2007

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The purpose of the report is to provide a system-wide review of the public education finance system in Delaware. The report will detail how public education revenue is raised and spent. The report, divided into four sections, considers the education system at the state level. The first section is largely background material and provides information that will provide a broad perspective on public education financing. The second section describes Delaware’s sources and allocation of funds. Where available, data are provided annually from 1990 through 2005. The third section uses comparative information to illustrate similarities and differences between Delaware and neighboring states along with the national average. The final section presents observations from the analysis. Understanding the allocation of resources can drive policy choices and highlight accountability of the system. This report serves as an overview of the financial system of pubic education in Delaware.