Delaware’s Opportunity Funding program provides weighted funding and classroom-based support for low-income students and English learners in Delaware public schools. In June 2021, Governor John Carney signed legislation to increase this funding as well as make the funding permanent in Delaware. By Fiscal Year 2025, funding for the program will more than double to $60 million a year ($55 million in opportunity funding and $5 million in mental health & reading support).
Mental health and reading supports are targeted for the students who are identified as English learners (ELs) or low income. These funds were provided to all schools that qualified for a reading interventionist under the Student Success Block Grant.
The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) works with district and charter school leaders, community representatives, families and educators to evaluate how schools are using the funding and to measure student progress.