After a string of chaotic and confusing events at high school football games, Appo and Howard are changing their policies.

Appo, Howard change football admissions policies

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Sports fans shouldn’t just assume that incidents like the ones that rocked recent Howard and Appoquinimink high school football games are inevitable, says the superintendent of New Castle Vo-Tech. “As a lifetime educator, most of the kids we interact with every day are doing wonderful, and even in these incidents, you discover it’s only a few kids,” said Dr. Joseph …

Christina School District is looking for a new model to evaluate Superintendent Dan Shelton.

Christina board looking for new model to evaluate superintendent

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Christina School District’s school board explored a new model to evaluate its superintendent and other administrators during a board workshop Tuesday night.  Dr. John Marrinuci, executive director of the Delaware School Boards Association, showed a new plan to the board that was created by a different district’s board member as part of her doctoral dissertation.  It’s more in-depth than the …

Delaware is investing in career readiness and many other areas with their more than $600 million in COVID relief ESSER funds.

Delaware investing in career readiness with COVID money

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Delaware is spending more of its education COVID relief funds on postsecondary and career readiness than other states.  “Overall, Delaware’s state spending aligns with national trends, but we are seeing more of a priority in those areas in Delaware than in other states, so that’s one thing that really stands out,” said Austin Estes, project director for the COVID Relief …

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Private schools go into overdrive with open houses

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Private schools across Delaware are in the thick of recruiting season, and most of them are holding open houses in the coming weeks. The programs for those open houses are designed both to entice the students, but also answer any questions they and their families have, so everybody can be sure the match is good. They are popular for both …

Jaden Rivera, left, and Ja’ron Hunt, the first two winners of DSU's Terrance Newton Scholarship.

Meet DSU’s first Terrance Newton Scholarship recipients

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Jaden Rivera dropped his phone on his lap and started crying when he got the phone call that he was being given a new scholarship.  Ja’ron Hunt screamed in excitement when he got the same call, knowing the money will help him earn a career in teaching where he can the kind of Black male leader he aspires to be. …

Learning Collab officials are hoping to get all districts to vote on their involvement in their October board meetings.

Learning Collab officials want deal signed before November

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Wilmington Learning Collaborative officials are asking its member districts for a definitive vote by the end of October.  “We have asked for a vote in October because we really need to get the board appointed, get the executive director hired, and that’s going to take some time,” said Jon Sheehan, chief of policy and senior advisor to the governor, during …

Brandywine board member Kristin Pidgeon said that many city children are bused to suburban schools and the Learning Collab should consider providing programs and services to those students. (Courtesy of Harlan Elementary School Facebook group).

A look at Brandywine’s city vs. suburban test scores

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A look at the test scores of Brandywine School District’s elementary schools shows why the state is focusing only on Wilmington children in its proposal for a program to raise student achievement in the city. Brandywine school board member Kristin Pidgeon this week questioned why Brandywine’s other eight elementaries – all in suburban schools – are not included in the …

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative has released its fourth draft agreement.

Learning Collab: Brandywine bypasses vote again

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Brandywine School District’s Board of Education has once again bypassed a vote on whether the district should join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative.  During the school board’s Monday meeting, board members cited concerns over the collaborative’s governance structure and who would be responsible if the collaborative fails. The board did not indicate whether a vote would take place during its next …

2022-23 Delaware Board of Education student representative, Nathan Cho.

Meet new student rep on state Board of Education

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Columbia University hopeful Nathan Cho is not going to miss his shot. He’s been eyeing a spot on the Delaware Board of Education for years and now  Gov. John Carney has appointed the Conrad Schools of Science senior to the board. His first meeting was last week. Cho said he hopes to emphasize college readiness, especially for immigrant and first-generation …

Caesar Rodney students planting as part of their environmental studies. (Courtesy of Caesar Rodney School District Facebook).

Caesar Rodney gets $227,000 for environment education, projects

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Caesar Rodney School District is the only district in the country to be awarded a grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation for habitat restoration and education. The district will use that $227,000 to continue to restore underutilized space on 14 public school campuses within the district.  To do that, it will revitalize the EcoTeam Volunteer Corps, use traditional …