EastSide Charter STEM hub

EastSide celebrates Barclays $1M donation for STEM lab

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Plans were unveiled Monday for a $22 million STEM hub at EastSide Charter, partly paid for by a $1 million donation from Barclays US Consumer Bank. “What’s unique about this opportunity is that there are corporations that have already partnered with us,” said Aaron Bass, chief executive officer at EastSide, “to make sure that there is job training, internships and …

Newark Charter School cut the ribbon for its new junior high building Tuesday

Newark Charter completes 21-year expansion 

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

  Newark Charter School unveiled its $20 million junior high school Tuesday. It’s the latest addition to a campus that began with classes in trailers scattered around a parking lot in 2001.  Then, the charter school had 435 students in grades five to seven. Now, its campus easily could be confused with a small college. Newark Charter today sits on …

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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 …

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5 First State students named Presidential Scholars

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Five Delaware students, all from charter schools, have been named a 2022 Presidential Scholar. That national award honors them for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields. The list included:  Claire Andreasen, Arjan Singh Kahlon and David Ziqi Yan from the Charter School of Wilmington Karen Netto from MOT Charter High School Sreeya Pittala …

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Bryan Allen Stevenson charter wins state OK; will open in 2023

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Howard T. Ennis school will be home to the Bryan Allen Stevenson School for Excellence in fall 2023.   After a few organizational hiccups, a new Sussex County charter school will be opening its doors in fall 2023. The Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence, first proposed in 2017, received state approval on May 5, and it’s already garnered a …

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 …

Charter moratorium bill released after heavy debate

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

After a contentious hearing, a bill that would put a moratorium on both the creation and expansion of charter schools in New Castle County was released by the House Education Committee Wednesday.  The final vote on House Bill 353 was nine in favor and seven against. All nine who voted in favor are Democrats, all seven against are Republicans. In …

Freire withdraws request to open charter school in Newark 

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Freire’s withdrawal comes as Christina School District’s board is asking the state to put a moratorium on new and expanding charter schools. Photo from Freire-Wilmington Facebook page.   Freire Schools has withdrawn its request to expand and put a charter school in Newark.  Nate Durant, co-head of school at Freire Charter School-Wilmington, said in a note to state education officials …

Bill on charter admission draws lively opinions

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Wilmington leaders gather at EastSide Charter at the start of each school year to welcome the students back to school. Two Black Wilmington leaders stand on opposite sides of the debate over whether Delaware Charter Schools should be able to give admission preference to students who live nearby. Logan Herring, CEO of The WRK Group, an organization that focuses on …

Parents voice opposition to Christina’s charter moratorium request

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

The Christina School District board heard from members and parents opposed to a charter school moratorium. Two parents opposed to Christina School District’s request for a moratorium on new or expanding charter schools said the move would inhibit parents’ right to choose where their kids went to school. The moratorium, approved in February’s board meeting, called for a statewide temporary …