Delaware legislators Thursday were presented the recommendations from a state educator pay committee.

Educator pay report gets mostly warm welcome from legislators

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Government

Delaware state senators and representatives didn’t revolt when they got their first bite at recommendations for higher educator pay that would cost the state hundreds of millions in coming years. But questions did arise in Thursday’s joint House And Senate Education committees meeting that lasted about 1 ÂĽ hours. They included concern about poorer districts’ ability to pay their 30% …

The future of Great Oaks will be announced Dec. 14 by Education Secretary Mark Holodick.

Great Oaks Charter likely to get one last chance

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Great Oaks Charter School has been given one last chance by a state agency focused on ensuring the accountability of Delaware’s charter schools. The Wilmington charter, which serves a student body that’s 97.24% minority students, received a promising decision in Tuesday’s Charter School Accountability Committee final renewal meeting. The committee voted to recommend the renewal of Great Oaks – with …

The Public School Transportation Committee's recommendation report is due in April, 2024.

Transpo report coming in April with asks of more driver pay, benefits 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The Public School Transportation Committee once again said it would recommend a raise in bus driver salaries, along with measures for bus safety and security, insurance and benefits. The 13-person committee’s purpose is to make yearly suggestions by April 1 for improvements related to the state transportation formula.  In Monday’s committee meeting, the group confirmed again it wants bus drivers …

Positive Outcomes Charter School is one of six charters up for renewal this year.

Positive Outcomes Charter kicks off 6 renewal hearings

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Positive Outcomes Charter School of Camden came prepared for its sixth meeting with a state committee that reviews Delaware’s charter schools’ progress. Positive Outcomes showed the committee a short video presenting a lot of anecdotal and data-based successes.  We’re very proud to be in front of you today seeking our sixth renewal of our school,” said Ed Emmett, school director. …

climate bills

4 climate bills draw support, criticism ahead of hearings

Sam HautGovernment, Headlines

Three House bills and one Senate bill are set to be heard Wednesday by the House Natural Resources and Energy committee and the Senate Environment Energy & Transportation committee.  All of them are part of an initiative by Gov. John Carney and Democratic legislators to lower harmful emissions in Delaware to improve air quality. The package includes eight bills, seven …

School bus drivers want higher pay, expanded benefits and discipline for unruly behavior on the bus. (Unsplash)

School bus contractors call for higher pay, expanded benefits

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Companies that provide Delaware school bus drivers want the state to raise school bus driver pay to $25 an hour. They also want the state to pay more for insurance for buses below the C&D Canal and expand benefits to mechanics, backup drivers and office staff. Those requests were from Gerald Dutton, president of the Delaware School Bus Contractors Association …

Great Oaks Charter School will continue operating. ((GREAT OAKS CHARTER SCHOOL – WILMINGTON FACEBOOK)

State Board: Great Oaks Charter will not be shut down

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Great Oaks Charter School, a Wilmington charter serving a student body of more than 80% Black students, will not be shut down. After nearly three months of being placed on formal review by the Charter School Accountability Committee, Education Secretary Mark Holidick recommended Thursday night to the Delaware State Board of Education to allow the school to continue operating. The …