A.I. du Pont High School.

As A.I. du Pont High enrollment dropped, so did test scores

Jarek Rutz Culture, Headlines

As enrollment declined at A.I. du Pont High School starting in 2008, the percentage of minority students and English Language Learners rose dramatically while test scores dropped steadily. That year, the school enrolled 1,492 students. Today, just 680 students are enrolled at A.I. In 2008, the student body was 24.1% Black, 11.8% Hispanic and 60.2% white, according to state report …

Red Clay board member pushes transparency for Wilmington Learning Collab.

 Red Clay board member questions Learning Collab’s transparency

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  A Red Clay Consolidated School District board member is pressing the new Wilmington Learning Collaborative to advertise meetings. Cathy Thompson, the former head of the board, asked Superintendent Dorrell Green to ensure that the newly-created board is as transparent as possible during their Nov. 16 meeting. The Learning Collaborative’s memorandum of understanding was signed Nov. 1 by members of …

Red Clay's Code of Conduct Committee will evaluate and revise certain elements of their student code of conduct this year.

Red Clay to evaluate phone, attendance and bus policies

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Cell phone use, attendance requirements and items allowed on school buses will be on the agenda this year for Red Clay Consolidated School District’s Code of Conduct Committee.  In their first meeting of the year Monday night, the committee reviewed the changes to last year’s code and discussed what it would focus on as it tries to make improvements to …

Wilmington Learning Collaborative

School boards lay out worries, support for Learning Collaborative

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

    A joint meeting Tuesday of the Brandywine, Christina and Red Clay school districts about the Wilmington Learning Collaborative featured a lively discussion, but still no vote. The 21 board members were joined by Gov. John Carney, Education Secretary Mark Holodick and other key education officials. While no one outright opposed the learning collaborative, some expressed concern about the …

Red Clay, Christina and Brandywine school boards are getting their first debriefing of the Wilmington Learning Collaborative's draft agreement before voting whether to commit.

Wilmington Learning Collaborative: Who will sign on first?

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Delaware Live, Education

Red Clay Consolidated School District may become the first district to vote on the agreement that would formally set up the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. Both Red Clay and Christina district boards had a synopsis of the 16-page draft agreement read to them Tuesday night. Both agreed to consider the issue in their next meeting. Christina will meet Aug. 9, but …

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Red Clay backs off official review of Wilmington Charter

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Red Clay’s school board will not be conducting a compliance or governance review on The Charter School of Wilmington. Instead, the Red Clay Consolidated School District board seemed satisfied with Charter’s answers to a letter about how the school will comply with criticisms from the Delaware attorney general’s office. Red Clay also will pay attention to Charter’s June 28 …

Red Clay to bring up Wilmington Charter review again in May

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

The Red Clay School District Board’s motion to review the Charter School of Wilmington did not pass last week, but is expected to return in May. Photo by Getty Images   The Red Clay Consolidated School District Board did not have enough votes last week to initiate a review of the Charter School of Wilmington. While the board seemed to …

Red Clay board votes on compliance review of Wilmington Charter

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

The Red Clay move follows months of complaints from parents about Wilmington Charter. Photo by Pixabay.   UPDATE: The motion to do a compliance review did not pass because board rules require at least 4 yes votes, board chair Cathy Thompson said Monday.  One board member was absent. She expects the issue to come up again in May when all …

Amid great tumult, Red Clay passes transgender policy 4-3

Charlie Megginson Education, Headlines

Under Red Clay’s policy, trans students will be able to play on intramural school teams for the gender with which they identify, but will have to follow DIAA trans rules for games with other schools. PHOTO BY CAROL THACKER/GETTY IMAGES SIGNATURE. Red Clay School District on Wednesday night narrowly approved a policy that reaffirms transgender and gender diverse students’ ability …