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Member Testimony on Education Budget for FY17

On Wednesday, February17th, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) held a hearing to allow for public comment and critique of the Dept. of Education's proposed FY17 budget.  Six DSEA members joined Frederika Jenner, DSEA President, in providing critically-important comments to JFC as they begin to debate the education section of the State's overall budget.

Frederika Jenner, DSEA President:  "We have the opportunity, once again, to strike a new course in how we support our students and schools. I hope you will embrace this opportunity and trust the expertise and experience of educators in addressing the resources needed to foster a lasting success for Delaware's students."

Kevin Eitner, President of Cape Henlopen Support Staff Assoc.: "Every day, our [custodians] diligence in maintaining the best learning environment possible helps our students find themselves further along the path of success."

Shirin Skovronski, President of the Delaware School Counselor Association: "Do we want to help students reach their fullest potential? Then we need to invest in providing them the services they need. Happier students are more successful and their schools are safer."

Karen Crouse, Treasurer of the Delaware Association of Educational Office Professionals:  "It truly takes all the employees within the school to educate our children, whether secretary, paraprofessional, or food service worker, each lending their skills and knowledge to creating the best educational environment possible for Delaware's children."

Pamela Ingram, Paraprofessional at Wm. Penn High School:  "Paraprofessionals... help facilitate one-to-one, hands-on, meaningful connection between students with challenges and the academic, social, and emotional learning that helps them build a framework of success."

Jamie Caruso, President of the Delaware Association of School Psychologists:  "School psychologists work to close that [achievement] gap by helping students, families, educators, and members of the community understand and resolve both the chronic problems and short-term issues that students may face."