DSU held a ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the largest research grant awarded in its 131-year history.

DSU’s largest grant ever will focus on health disparities

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

It was a historic day for the Hornets of Delaware State University Wednesday, as the school announced it has received the largest research grant in DSU history.  The 5-year, $18.36 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health will help establish an Interdisciplinary Health Equity Research Center on campus. The center will investigate how certain populations, typically underserved communities, …

The state teachers union is calling for Public Education Compensation Committee meetings to be moved to later in the day in order to allow more teachers to attend. (Freepik)

Teachers union calls for pay committee to #MoveTheMeeting

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Delaware’s teachers union is circulating a petition that demands a state compensation committee move its monthly meeting time an hour later so teachers can attend. Right now, the Public Education Compensation Committee, which is considering raises for teachers and other school workers, meets at 3:30 p.m. Lack of teacher voice “If you want to hear from educators, hold meetings when …

District school boards are responsible with hiring and evaluating the superintendent. (Unsplash)

Many Del. districts don’t evaluate superintendents annually

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Even though the job of superintendent of education is one of the most powerful in a school district, many Delaware districts don’t perform annual reviews of theirs. “Some boards have a formal review, and some don’t,” said Donald Patton, board member of Christina School District. He was a teacher and principal for decades before being elected in May. “How do …

Red Clay board member pushes transparency for Wilmington Learning Collab.

 Red Clay board member questions Learning Collab’s transparency

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  A Red Clay Consolidated School District board member is pressing the new Wilmington Learning Collaborative to advertise meetings. Cathy Thompson, the former head of the board, asked Superintendent Dorrell Green to ensure that the newly-created board is as transparent as possible during their Nov. 16 meeting. The Learning Collaborative’s memorandum of understanding was signed Nov. 1 by members of …

With 15% of Delawareans expected to travel this weekend, here's what to know about Thanksgiving 2022 in Delaware. (Unsplash)

Thanksgiving 2022 in the First State: what to know 

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Culture

With almost 15% of First Staters expected to travel this weekend, here’s what to know about Thanksgiving in Delaware this year.  Travel AAA Mid-Atlantic, a regional travel agency, predicts holiday travel will be comparable to pre-pandemic levels, with 149,504 Delawareans traveling.  More than 10,000 Delawareans will fly somewhere this weekend, which is 7% more than Thanksgiving weekend last year as …

School districts have until Dec. 1 to approve class size waivers. (Unsplash)

School district class size waivers moving through

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Schools up and down the First State are asking their school boards to allow them to put more than 22 students in elementary school classes. Boards have until Dec. 1 to submit waiver requests to the state Department of Education. The waivers are required by Delaware law for kindergarten through third grade students in the core academic subjects of English/Language …

Delaware's teacher union is calling for its members to come together and ask for salary raises this year rather than waiting until 2025's budget. (Getty Images)

Union to teachers: Pressure compensation panel for ‘action now’ 

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Delaware’s teacher union is calling for educators and specialists to flood the Monday, Dec. 12, meeting of a teacher pay committee to pressure its members into giving raises to teachers this year instead of waiting for two years. The Public Education Compensation Committee voted last week to stick to a timeline that allows it to wait until Nov. 15, 2023, …

The Department of Education has released its 20 district and charter schools educator support professionals of the year. (Unsplash)

State to honor school workers who keep systems running

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The 20 individuals who have been named as Educational Support Professionals of the Year are the “glue that keeps our schools together.” “Educating kids through teachers is the goal and the mission of schools,” said John Marinucci, executive director of the Delaware School Board Association, “but the support folks handle all the things that have to take place around the …

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Teacher recruitment fair coming to DSU football game

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

While the Delaware State Hornets take on the Morgan State Bears Saturday, the Delaware Department of Education will be working to build its roster by recruiting future teachers. Prospective educators will be able to meet with 17 districts and charter schools during the game, which begins at 2 p.m. at DSU’s Alumni Stadium in Dover. “I am excited to see …

Rep. Mike Smith, R-Pike Creek, took part in the run. (Jarek Rutz/Delaware LIVE News)

Saint Mark’s honors Veterans Day with 20k challenge

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Veterans, students, community members — and even Miss Global USA —  jogged 20 kilometers around the Saint Mark’s High School gymnasium Friday to honor Veterans Day. Danielle Alura, Miss Global USA 2023, kicked off the marathon with a performance of “Amazing Grace.” “I’m here because, number one, I’m American,” Alura said. “I have plenty of family members who have served …