Citizens For Delaware Schools


Citizens for Delaware Schools exists to educate the public about the alarming state 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.

Change occurs only when residents of Delaware insist on better schools that provide academic instruction to children in a safe and supportive classroom environment. This means effective, proven 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.

A list of three things that Citizens for Delaware Schools works to pull the community together on solutions


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.



Create an informed citizenry about the state of education in Delaware and promote policy solutions that enable kids to realize their full potential and lead successful lives.



Nancy Mercante    

Nancy Mercante is a retired executive who managed corporate communications for major companies in the financial, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries. She earned a bachelor’s in mass communication from the University of South Florida and master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 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 all kids to have access to that same experience. The life lesson she learned is that one’s history does not define one’s future. 


2/14/24 -Voters overwhelmingly approve referendum

Brandywine sees huge success in referendum; 76.3% vote ‘yes’


Details about Brandywine School District’s February 13, 2024 referendum was discussed at the School Board meeting on Monday, December 18 at 7 p.m. It’s a chance to get details about how their tax dollars will be spent if the referendum is approved.  

Click here to watch the meeting or to view later.

The average homeowner would see a $181.75 increase in taxes in the first year, and then $145.40 increase thereafter. 

The Brandywine School District website has complete details and a taxpayer calculator.