Delaware Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery presented the department’s 2013 budget request before the Office of Management & Budget last week. The department is requesting a total operating budget of $1,189,487,100, which represents a 4.98 percent increase from last year’s budget plus personnel contingency.


WHAT IT IS Delaware Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery presented the department’s 2013 budget request before the Office of Management & Budget last week. The department is requesting a total operating budget of $1,189,487,100, which represents a 4.98 percent increase from last year’s budget plus personnel contingency.

WHAT IT WAS LAST YEAR The Department of Education received $1,109,671,900 from the state last year to fund its operating budget.

TOTAL REQUESTED BUDGET $1,305,590,300, which includes a capital budget request of $116,103,200.

EXPLANATION According to Lowery, the budget request includes $27.4 million for Ed Jobs funding, which was previously funded through a federal grant, $1.5 million for student growth measures, $7.8 million for an extra 100 units to be allocated throughout districts, $2.5 million for the School Improvement/ESEA waiver and $1.7 million for the SEED and INSPIRE scholarships.

Lowery said of the $119 million in federal Race to the Top funding the state received last year, a total of $20.2 million has been spent to date.

QUOTE OF NOTE “I promise there is nothing left to be cut out of DOE” — Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery on prioritizing program funding.