Three state colleges asked for millions of dollars in funding to them in next year's budget. (University of Delaware Facebook)

College budget hearings bring up safety, salary concerns

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Funding requests from three state colleges in General Assembly financial hearings Thursday drew questions about campus safety, fair pay and transparency. Collectively, Delaware Technical Community College, Delaware State University and University of Delaware asked the state Joint Finance Committee for $32,534,000 for Fiscal Year 2024, which starts July 1. The committee, made of members of both the state House and …

UD researcher Matt Breece presents to Caesar Rodney High School students Tuesday.

Caesar Rodney climate class: Straight outta Antarctica 

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Caesar Rodney high school students had a front row seat Tuesday to penguin research in the South Pole. You read that right.  The students were connected online to a group of University of Delaware researchers down at the pole. “I really liked learning about how global warming is either affecting or helping certain populations of penguins in Antarctica,” said senior …

Delaware's math framework aims to improve student achievement and outcomes. (Unsplash)

State to embrace new math ‘framework’ to raise scores

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Delaware Department of Education is championing higher-quality math curriculums, spending more time on the topic and offering more professional training to teachers. It is part of what the department calls a framework to help combat the state’s atrocious scores in math, including 18 schools that have single-digit proficiency scores.  Just 29.48% of First State students are proficient in math, …

A report indicates that teachers who earn an alternative certification are less likely to stay in the field after five years than a traditionally-certified teacher. (Jarek Rutz/Delaware LIVE News, First State Montessori Academy, Dec. 16)

Teachers taking alternate route to classroom may leave faster

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Educators who earn their certification in an alternative pathway are less likely to stay in the field after five years, according to data in a report from a University of Delaware researcher. Those teachers are also less likely to stay at charter schools than public schools, the report found.  Lauren Bailes, an assistant professor in the University of Delaware’s School …

A rendering of the Southeast view of Building X.

UD’s Building X aims to drive research, cutting-edge learning

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Building X, the University of Delaware’s $165 million hub for science research and classes, is on track to be completed and open to the public in fall 2024.  Funding will come from university funds and the $41 million the university received through  the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Construction started in earnest in February when the school demolished the  McKinley …

Ashley Lockwood and her students, joined by Sen. Tom Carper.

Meet Ashley Lockwood, Delaware’s 2023 Teacher of the Year

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Delaware’s teacher of the year didn’t set out to be an educator. Ashley Lockwood chose to earn a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of Delaware in 2010. She planned to focus on how children interact with each other and develop. After graduation, she returned home to Seaford without a job and was trying to decide what her …

Abby Brewster (Kathleen Pirkl Tague) and her nephews Mortimer (Mic Matarrese, center) and Jonathan (Stephen Pelinski) in the University of Delaware Resident Ensemble Players production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

UD REP stages ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Ken Mammarella Culture, Entertainment, Headlines

Arsenic and Old Lace is a “bit of a love letter to the theater,” according to actor Mic Matarrese. “It does everything that’s nice and great about theater and is a good time.” The University of Delaware Resident Ensemble Players presents the 1941 comedy through Nov. 20. Matarrese said that his character, Mortimer Brewster, is the “engine” of the Joseph …

University of Delaware professor Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

UD professor’s book on improving schools focuses on fun

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

University of Delaware professor Roberta Michnick Golinkoff believes that to rectify the decline of public education in America, students need to have fun while learning.  So, with the help of five other academics, she spent the last two years working on a new book, “Making Schools Work: Bringing the Science of Learning to Joyful Classroom Practice.” The book, which came …

Delaware Debates

Candidates spar over national issues in U.S. House debate

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Government

Delaware voters had their first and possibly only chance Thursday to watch the state’s candidates for its lone-U.S. House seat face off head to head. Democratic incumbent Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester and Republican Lee Murphy answered questions on a variety of topics, ranging from abortion to beach replenishment. There were no surprises during the roughly one-hour debate, moderated by Ralph …

University of Delaware president Dennis Assanis shared institution updates with the board of trustees during their two-day retreat Thursday and Friday.

UD expects half a billion in research funding by 2029

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The University of Delaware expects to be receiving half a billion dollars in federal expenditures for research by 2029. UD President Dennis Assanis told the school’s Board of Trustees Thursday that the money would more than double UD’s current federal research expenditures of $220 million. “That’s big,” Assanis said. “Big for Delaware, and big for our sites without having a …