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Legislators pass college livestream, school fingerprinting bills

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

A bill headed to the House after passing in the Senate would require state colleges to livestream trustee meetings and make that an an archive of them available to the public. Photo by Unsplash.   Two education bills sailed unanimously through the General Assembly Tuesday. The Senate unanimously passed a bill requiring Delaware colleges to livestream meetings and maintain an …

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Redding Consortium focuses proposed funding on early childhood services

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  New state funding will allow Redding Consortium to help schools create more early childhood seats, services   Last year, the Redding Consortium for Educational Equality wasn’t included in the governor’s budget recommendations for this year. But they are for fiscal year 2023, which starts July 1.  Gov. John Carney plans to allocate $12.8 million to the consortium, which co-chair …

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Science of reading bill sails through Senate, heads to House

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

A day after being released by the Senate Education Committee, a bill that refocus the way reading is taught sailed through the Senate. A bill that requires the state to establish a curriculum aligned with the science of reading is on its way to the state House after being unanimously supported by all 21 senators. Senate Bill 4, which passed …

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Contentious right-to-know school bill likely to fail in committee

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  A bill that would require schools to publish information about what’s being taught and what materials are being used sparked a lively debate in committee. Photo by Unsplash.   For a hot second, it looked like a bill that would require schools to tell the public exactly what materials are being used for teaching, among other things, was going …

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Science of reading bill heads to Senate floor with bipartisan support

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

A bill requiring the state’s public schools to use techniques and materials employing the science of reading is headed to the Senate floor.     Delaware has a literacy problem, and Sen. Laura Sturgeon is trying to fix it by having schools teach using the science of reading.  Her Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 4, which requires Delaware schools …

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Padua students get hands-on STEM experience at UD, Chemours labs

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Padua freshmen and sophomores create toys that are then presented to judges and industry experts, including Melissa & Doug reps.   The engineering students of Padua Academy are making their ideas come to life through the engineering facilities and a 3D design lab at the University of Delaware.  Two years ago, the all-girls school in Wilmington partnered with Chemours Discovery …

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Colleges ask for millions in state construction money

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Photo/Getty Images   Three Delaware colleges and universities have asked the state for $120 million to fund construction of new buildings as well as deferred upkeep on older ones. In testimony last week, the presidents of the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical Community College asked the Joint Committee on Capital Improvement for money to take …

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Finally! USS Delaware home state commissioning Saturday

Jarek Rutz Culture, Headlines

    The crew of the USS Delaware lines up while practicing for the Saturday’s public commissioning.   The crew aboard the USS Delaware Friday showed off a dress rehearsal of Saturday’s commissioning ceremony at the Port of Wilmington. Originally set for April 2020, the pandemic pushed a public program to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Attendees will …

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Hundreds of Christina students receive tutoring for learning loss

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Christina School District is using federal COVID-19 money to hire tutors for two years to help its students catch up. Photo by Ralston Smith/Unsplash   Over 600 students in Christina School District are taking part in a district-wide one-on-one virtual tutoring program to help them climb the ladder of proficiency in math and reading. The results: About 60% of …

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National campaign caps excellence in math tour at Springer

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Springer Middle School students demonstrate how their new math curriculum works. Four Springer Middle School teachers told visitors Wednesday that they were all opposed to a new curriculum designed to increase math scores. Now they love it, the teachers told members of the Knowledge Matters Campaign, there to congratulate the school for its successes. “The curriculum we use forces teachers …