Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Motivating Students to SucceedAs students across our state return to school, it’s important to remember that a successful year in our classrooms means ensuring they are excited about learning and have opportunities to challenge themselves. Students do best, and are motivated to learn, when they believe that their studies are relevant to their future. They struggle, or worse yet, drop out, when they don’t see the connection between their education and the real world.2014-08-29 12:00:31
Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Giving Every Delawarean a Fair ShotWe will only reach our state’s potential if we unleash the potential of every Delawarean. But for too long we've given up on too many of our people. Our rate of incarceration is among the highest in the world, but instead of safer communities, we have high rates of recidivism. And ex-offenders face major obstacles when they try to build productive lives. We must give those who repay their debt to society a fair chance to successfully reintegrate into our state.2014-07-11 11:55:37
Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Ensuring Economic Opportunity For All DelawareansWe can only reach our potential as a state if we maximize the potential of our people. At the core of that mission is our responsibility to ensure economic opportunity is available for all Delawareans. While our work toward that goal never ends, we can be proud of the progress made toward that goal during the legislative season that ended this week.2014-07-03 12:00:40
Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Expanding Broadband Access to Strengthen Our EconomyThe internet has created countless possibilities that touch nearly every aspect of our lives. Rapidly developing broadband technology has led to incredible opportunities for businesses to expand, while improving the ability of teachers to serve students, doctors to serve patients and first responders to protect our public safety. To give everyone a fair shot to reach their potential, we must ensure everyone can learn about and take advantage of up-to-date online technology. 2014-06-27 12:00:52
Governor's Weekly Transcript: Shoring Up Delaware’s Response to Natural Disasters"As extreme weather events become more frequent, our obligation to keep the public safe must include limiting damage to our homes, businesses, and infrastructure,” said Governor Markell. “We can’t stop natural disasters, but by taking preventative steps now, we’ll mitigate the damage, and we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.”
Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Increasing College Access Among Delaware YouthA high school diploma alone won’t provide the opportunities our students deserve. For our young people to have the chance to make the most of their talents, we need to recognize that more than 60 percent of jobs will require some additional education or training. And while college is not the right option for everyone, we do have an obligation to ensure that no students are denied access to the best higher education for them because they can’t afford it or because they underestimate their potential. Yet that’s what’s happened.
Governor's Weekly Message Transcript: Addressing the Effects of Climate ChangeClimate change threatens the future we want for ourselves and for generations to come. Rising sea levels along with more powerful and frequent storms like Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy put Delaware families and businesses at risk. Our largest industry – agriculture – faces severe conditions that harm crops. We know we can’t afford to see what happens next before we act. So we’re limiting future damage by nourishing beaches, repairing dikes and dams, and modernizing stormwater infrastructure. But we must also address the root causes of climate change and that means reducing carbon pollution from our power plants – the largest source of dirty emissions.