Christina board votes to explore Wilmington Learning Collaborative

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

  The Christina School District voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow its superintendent to enter negotiations to form the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. “I’m smiling,” said Gov. John Carney. The Collaborative would oversee the education of only the Wilmington students in kindergarten through eighth grade in Christina, Red Clay and Brandywine school districts, creating programs to help city student learn and …

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As COVID cases rise, Del. Dept. of Education hosts mask-free party

Charlie Megginson Education, Government, Headlines

On the same day that the first four cases of the highly contagious COVID-19 omicron variant were confirmed in Delaware, staff from the state’s Department of Education hosted a mask-free party for outgoing education secretary Susan Bunting.  The department is now facing growing outrage after images of the event posted on its own Facebook account show hordes of unmasked attendees …

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Carney hawks idea of new board to focus on Wilmington students

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Gov. John Carney addresses a Pulaski Elementary crowd about his proposed Wilmington Learning Collaborative.   A meeting to get buy-in for a new program that would focus efforts on improving education for Wilmington school children often ended up in the same place: Questions about the plan’s details. “That’s been one of the more difficult things about selling the concept,” Gov. …

DuPont pays $1.5 million to boost Delaware schools’ STEM education

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

A new program will give Delaware students more options for science and math lessons.   In a first-of-its-kind partnership, DuPont will pay $1.5 million for Delaware schools to use an online platform that offers high quality videos, activities and more for teachers and students to explore science, technology, math and ultimately career options. The goal is to prepare more Delaware …

School bus company, Teamsters continue talks about pay, conditions

Charlie Megginson Education, Headlines

Three school districts await the answer on negotiations between First Student, Teamsters. Photo by Thomas Park/Unsplash.   A potential school bus driver strike that could affect three New Castle County school districts appears to be on hold, for now.  Districts with the potential to be affected include Appoquinimink, New Castle County Vo-Tech and Christina School Districts. First Student, a national …

Carney extends school mask mandate through Feb. 8

Charlie Megginson Education, Headlines

State mask regulations will remain in place at Delaware schools through Feb. 8.   Faculty, staff, students and visitors in Delaware’s K-12 public and private schools will be required to wear masks inside school buildings until at least Feb. 8, 2022.  Gov. John Carney announced Wednesday that he will extend the emergency mandate in order to keep children protected against …

19 school employees vie to be Education Support Professional 2022

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

  A group of paraprofessionals and other educational support staff have been nominated to be named the 2022 Delaware State Educational Support Professional of the Year. The program, which recognizes outstanding service by school employees who provide direct or indirect services to students and their families, is open to paraprofessionals, custodial staff, secretaries, nutritional staff, school- and district-employed bus drivers …

Carney picks former Brandywine superintendent for state education post

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

  Dr. Mark Holodick has been nominated to replace Dr. Susan Bunting as secretary of education. Photo by DigitalElements/Pixel   Gov. John Carney announced Tuesday he will nominate the former superintendent of Brandywine School District as the new secretary of the Delaware Department of Education. Dr. Mark Holodick lead Brandywine for a decade before going to work at the University …

Carney cabinet exodus continues with Bunting leaving Education

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

    Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting will leave her post in December, capping a career of nearly five decades in public education in the First State. Her successor has not been chose, Gov. John Carney said in a Wednesday press release announcing her departure. Bunting became the secretary of education in 2017. She had spent the previous four …

State will pay for 10 days of COVID-19 leave for teachers

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

The state will offer up to 10 days of pay for teachers who must quarantine, isolate or care for family members.   The state of Delaware will fund up to 10 days of paid leave for teachers who need to take time off their jobs to deal with COVID-19 and will pay for substitute teachers needed to cover those classes. …