Mark Holodick said he anticipates the second round of testing for lead in school water will be completed near the end of April. (Unsplash)

DOE owns lead testing blunder, expects new results by May

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

A Senate committee hearing Tuesday heard the state Secretary of Education apologize about the way lead testing in schools was handled and that trained pros will handle testing instead of school staff. Through a federal grant, the Department of Education began a sampling initiative in October, 2020 to identify the levels of lead within drinking water at schools. “While well-intentioned, …

The three women appointed as parent representatives to the Wilmington Learning Collaborative Council bring definite ideas to the table.

Meet the Learning Collab’s 3 parent representatives

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative’s three parent representatives share a passion and background for social work and educational advocacy. They have similar goals they want to address as  members of the council that will guide the new organization. Those areas include mental health services, teacher support and transparency. Appointed by their school district boards, Red Clay’s Jennie Yeow, Christina’s Shanette Graham …

The Learning Collab will have its first public meeting since its creation Friday, and will fill out it's board by Feb. (Unsplash)

Learning Collab to hold first public meeting Friday

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative will hold its first public meeting Friday, and the board is expected to be filled with its final three positions – all student representatives – by February. The final parent representative to the collab’s governing council was named Tuesday night by the Christina School District. Shanette Graham, a parent of a student at Stubbs Early Education …

School choice applications for Delaware's public schools close next Wednesday, Jan. 11.

School choice applications close Jan. 11

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Delaware’s school choice application period is closing Wednesday, Jan. 11. That means families who want to send their children to a school outside of their regular feeder pattern for the 2023-24 school year only have a few days left to submit their paperwork. The good news: It’s mostly online.  The First State is one of 13 in the country in …

A.I. DU PONT HIGH SCHOOL.

2022 Rewind: As A.I. du Pont High enrollment dropped, so did test scores

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

This story was originally published Dec. 1, 2022. 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% …

Wilmington's William C. Lewis Elementary School. (Red Clay district website)

Red Clay picks parent rep for Learning Collab

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

A Red Clay mom known for community advocacy has been appointed to the Wilmington Learning Collaborative’s governing council as the school district’s parent representative. Jennie Yeow, who has a child at Red Clay Consolidated School District’s William C. Lewis Dual Language Elementary School was chosen for the role, Red Clay Superintendent Dorrell Green said during Wednesday’s monthly board meeting. “She’s …

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative's priority is filling out the remaining seats of its governing board and hiring an executive director. (Unsplash)

Learning Collab still has 5 vacant board seats

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative will have to wait until next month for Christina School District to select its parent representative to serve on the group’s governing council.  In its monthly board meeting Tuesday, Christina’s school board announced it is still reviewing applications from four parents vying for the seat.  “We have not had the number of applicants that we would …

Brandywine School District will explore new ways to formally evaluate Superintendent Lincoln Hohler this year.

Brandywine seeks help on superintendent evaluation 

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Brandywine School District voted Monday night to explore using the same new model for evaluate its superintendent that Christina decided to consider two months ago. The vote came after Brandywine School Board member Ralph Ackerman recommended contacting the Delaware School Boards Association to set up a workshop to talk about its program they would use with Superintendent Lincoln Hohler. …

DelawareLive Dec 11

Delaware LIVE Weekly Review – Dec. 11, 2022

Sonja Frey Delaware Live, Weekly Review

Click on the image below to view as a PDF This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Headlines A woman’s place? For Ruth Briggs King, it’s the legislature Wilmington police chief to step down No mail today? You aren’t alone. Here’s why Culture These holiday lights will help you get your glow on A new view: Rockford Tower is lit for the …

Red Clay had six schools identified for having dangerous levels of lead in their water supply. (Unsplash)

Red Clay to independently test for lead in school water

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

A Red Clay Consolidated School District committee will hire an independent group to test for lead in water at district schools. The Lead in Water Action Committee will work with Batta, an environmental lab company that conducts tests for lead in water. “At this time we are working with our community experts, our facilities and maintenance department, and Batta to …