Citizens For Delaware Schools

Who We Are

Citizens for Delaware Schools exists to educate the public about the alarming decline of Delaware’s public education system and the rise in behavior problems in the classroom. We also promote common-sense, proven solutions that could help our kids. 

If you are parents or grandparents, taxpayers, have no kids of your own, or even send your children to private school, join us to advocate for common-sense education reform and increased parental involvement for the good of all our children and community.

Residents of Delaware need to insist on better schools that provide academic instruction to children in a safe and supportive classroom environment. This means common-sense solutions for:

-parental involvement in their children’s education and upbringing,
-radical improvement in student academic achievement, and
– policies that protect children from violence and bullying in schools.



Most people pay virtually no attention to school board elections, which occur in May. Most people don’t care enough to show up to cast a ballot. In general, fewer than 5% of residents in a school district voted in 2023. 

Yet, local school boards are the unseen decision makers in your child’s schooling. 

  • They determine the quality of the buildings your child spends their days in.
  • They select the textbooks your child reads and the online programs your child logs countless hours on.
  • They assess safety procedures during emergencies and choose the bus company that ferries your child home.
  • They decide whether your superintendent is doing his/her job.



Every Delaware student (K-12) is given a good education that includes advanced knowledge and critical thinking needed to achieve their maximum potential and success in life.



To engage the community in efforts to help improve our public school system and increase voting in school board elections.



Nancy Mercante    

Nancy Mercante spent most of her career as an executive in corporate communications for major companies in the financial, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries.  Nancy earned a bachelor’s in mass communication from the University of South Florida and master’s from the University of Wisconsin. She remembers fondly the teachers in her life who guided her to do her best and achieve more than she ever thought she could.  She wants other kids to have the same experience. The life lesson she learned is that one’s history does not define one’s future.