The Delaware Department of Education, or DOE, is soliciting public input on the development of standardized school-level financial reporting.

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act and Senate Bill 172, passed by the 149th General Assembly earlier this year, require the development of a statewide approach to define and report school-level expenditures so school leaders and the public can better compare per-pupil spending across Delaware. The DOE will begin reporting school-level per-pupil expenditures in December 2019.

The DOE will develop a standardized approach with input from district/charter leaders and other community members. To that end, three public meetings are scheduled for this fall so DOE can share its vision and hear from members of the public.

Meetings are set for 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in the second floor cabinet room of the Townsend Building, 401 Federal St., Dover; from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Route 9 Library & Innovation Center, 3022 New Castle Ave., New Castle; and from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave.

Public comment will be limited to five minutes per person; DOE will accept written comments at any of the meetings or via email by Oct. 12 to with “SB 172 Public Comment” in the subject line.

Once developed, DOE also will host annual optional training sessions for school boards/citizen budget oversight committees, district/charter leaders and the general public on how to understand and use the data to make decisions in the best interest of our students.