Maddie Barry, green top, showing off her gallery on opening night. (Jarek Rutz/Delaware LIVE News)

Cab senior Maddie Barry curates art show focused on hands

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Maddie Barry said getting accepted into Cab Calloway School of Arts in 9th grade after being rejected the previous year was the biggest win of her life.  “From there I’ve just been able to grow because I’ve been surrounded by so many amazing artists,” she said.  Now a senior, her high school experience hit a peak Thursday night when Barry …

Meet the Recent Athlete Spotlight Students

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Delaware Tech student-athletes must excel on and off the field as representatives of the College. Throughout the season on the Delaware Tech Athletics Instagram account, one student-athlete is regularly honored for their overall athletic performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, and commitment to education. Here are the students that were featured on Athlete Spotlight this month: … Betsy PriceBetsy Price is a Wilmington …

HB 33 would increase funding for preschool students with special needs. (Unsplash)

Preschool special ed. funding bill draws staffing, money concerns

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

A bill that would increase funding for preschool students with disabilities was released by the House Education Committee Wednesday, but not without some concerns.  House Bill 33, sponsored by Rep. Kim Williams, D-Marshallton, would increase funding for those students by revising the current ratio of 12.8 students per education unit to 8.4 students per unit for preschoolers 3 years and …

Two senators suggested school boards should have public comment before each action item. (Unsplash)

Does school board public comment bill go far enough? 

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

A bill that blew through the House unanimously got some blowback Wednesday in the Senate Education Committee. House Bill 34, sponsored by Rep. Kim Williams, D-Marshallton, chair of the House Education Committee, would require district and charter school boards to hold a public comment period before the board moves on to action items requiring a vote.  It will not require …

Mark Holodick said he anticipates the second round of testing for lead in school water will be completed near the end of April. (Unsplash)

DOE owns lead testing blunder, expects new results by May

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

A Senate committee hearing Tuesday heard the state Secretary of Education apologize about the way lead testing in schools was handled and that trained pros will handle testing instead of school staff. Through a federal grant, the Department of Education began a sampling initiative in October, 2020 to identify the levels of lead within drinking water at schools. “While well-intentioned, …

Delaware Tech Baseball Enters 2023 Ready to Challenge for a Region Title

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Delaware Tech’s baseball team had a tremendous 2022 regular season, finishing with a 31-7 record and the top seed in the NJCAA Region 19 Championship Tournament. Unfortunately, the team went 1-3 in the postseason and was eliminated before the championship game. This year, the team aims to flip those results and enter the postseason on a hot streak. “My goal …

All education workers will get a 3% raise, and all school teachers and specialists will get a 9% raise in Gov. John Carney's budget recommendations for next year. (Unsplash)

Carney’s education raises cause stir in compensation committee

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Gov. John Carney’s announcement last week of a 9% pay raise for teachers caused a lot of comment in Monday night’s Public Education Compensation Committee. Also discussed was a proposal to keep teachers in their Delaware jobs by giving them full pension benefits at 25 years of service instead of making them wait until they reach 30 years. Carney said …

UD researcher Matt Breece presents to Caesar Rodney High School students Tuesday.

Caesar Rodney climate class: Straight outta Antarctica 

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Caesar Rodney high school students had a front row seat Tuesday to penguin research in the South Pole. You read that right.  The students were connected online to a group of University of Delaware researchers down at the pole. “I really liked learning about how global warming is either affecting or helping certain populations of penguins in Antarctica,” said senior …

Delaware's math framework aims to improve student achievement and outcomes. (Unsplash)

State to embrace new math ‘framework’ to raise scores

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Delaware Department of Education is championing higher-quality math curriculums, spending more time on the topic and offering more professional training to teachers. It is part of what the department calls a framework to help combat the state’s atrocious scores in math, including 18 schools that have single-digit proficiency scores.  Just 29.48% of First State students are proficient in math, …

Ayomikun Adeojo, fifth from left, and his co-contestants in the MLK Voice 4 Youth competition.

Newark Charter’s Ayomikun Adeojo wins MLK speech competition

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

A Newark Charter Junior High student won this year’s MLK Voice 4 Youth competition. Eighth-grader Ayomikun Adeojo took home $2,300 for his first-place finish. “This event has given me opportunities that I’ve never had before,” Abeojo said. “It has opened my love for public speaking and has brought joy to my life.” The competition’s cash prize is not what drove …