The Wilmington Learning Collaborative has finalized a preliminary budget for next year, which includes $10 million in spending.

Learning Collab sets $10 million prelim. budgetĀ 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative has proposed a way to spend the $10 million it will get from the state next year as the effort to improve educational and societal outcomes for the Wilmington students ramps up. The groupā€™s governing council voted to approve the budget Tuesday night, and it will now head to the Department of Education for approval before …

SB would ramp up the state's efforts to eliminate lead paint exposure and lead poisoning for children. (Jarek Rutz/Delaware LIVE News)

State looks to rectify effects of lead paint with new bill

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Health

A state senator introduced a bill Monday that would crack down on lead paint in homes, including rental apartments, to prevent lead poisoning in children. Senate Bill 9, sponsored by Sarah McBride, D-Wilmington, would create a process for health officials to identify and remediate homes that contain exposed lead paint, which includes screening every residential rental property in Delaware.Ā  The …

Wilmington Learning Collaborative officials voted on a salary range for the executive director. (Unsplash)

Learning Collab talks budget, executor director salary

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Wilmington Learning Collaborative officials grappled over budget plans and filled two vacant council positions Thursday night in their second meeting since forming. Shanika Perry, a Brandywine school board member on the governing council, was appointed by Gov. John Carney to serve as the chair of the collaborative, which is dedicated to helping the cityā€™s elementary and middle school children learn …

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 RutzHeadlines, 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 ā€“ all student representatives ā€“ by February. The final parent representative to the collabā€™s governing council was named Tuesday night by the Christina School District. Shanette Graham, a parent of a student at Stubbs Early Education …

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

Brandywine seeks help on superintendent evaluationĀ 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, 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. …

The Learning Collab needs to fill out the remaining seats of its governing council and conduct a needs assessment of each school. (Pexels)

Hereā€™s what the Learning Collab will do to get started

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative already is forming the council that will govern it. Once the council is established, it will order a needs assessment, which will help the council decide where to put or share resources. Those are the starting tasks of the new education group that state, city and district officials hope will help raise learning and test scores …

Brandywine School District becomes the second district to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative.

Brandywine says yes to Wilmington Learning Collab

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The Brandywine School District followed the leader and voted unanimously Monday night to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. The vote follows the Christina School Districtā€™s unanimous vote last week.Ā  Next up, and last to vote, will be the Red Clay Consolidated School District when it meets Wednesday, Oct. 9,Ā  at 7 p.m. That meeting can be livestreamed here. The Brandywine …

Red Clay board member pushes transparency for Wilmington Learning Collab.

Learning Collab: Brandywine bypasses vote again

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Brandywine School Districtā€™s Board of Education has once again bypassed a vote on whether the district should join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative.Ā  During the school boardā€™s Monday meeting, board members cited concerns over the collaborativeā€™s governance structure and who would be responsible if the collaborative fails. The board did not indicate whether a vote would take place during its next …

Brandywine, Christina, and Red Clay will all vote on whether to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative at their August school board meetings.

Brandywine board divided on joining Learning Collaborative

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Delaware Live, Education

The Brandywine School District Board is divided on whether or not to join the Wilmington Learning Collaborative.Ā  At its meeting Monday night, several members of the board expressed concern about finances and obligations.Ā  The board announced it is continuing to negotiate with the governorā€™s office, that it will hold a town hall before its Aug. 15 meeting, during which it …