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5 districts see hefty increase in voter turnout for school board election 

Jarek Rutz Education, Delaware Live, Headlines, Milford-live

Five school districts had huge increases in voter turnout in Tuesday’s school board elections, with some doubling or tripling their vote count from last year’s election. At the same time, seven districts with contested races actually saw a decrease in voter participation since last year. Many observers hoped to see the statewide forums and increased interest in what’s happening in …

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Bryan Allen Stevenson charter wins state OK; will open in 2023

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Howard T. Ennis school will be home to the Bryan Allen Stevenson School for Excellence in fall 2023.   After a few organizational hiccups, a new Sussex County charter school will be opening its doors in fall 2023. The Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence, first proposed in 2017, received state approval on May 5, and it’s already garnered a …

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2022 Delaware school board election results

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

The preliminary results for the 2022 Delaware school board elections are in, and here are the winners: Capital – Felecia Duggins  Caesar Rodney – David Failing Smyrna – Chris Scuse, Jonathan Snow  Milford – Matt Bucher Lake Forest – Betty Wyatt Appoquinimink – Nichelle Dewitt Colonial – Christine Smith (District B); Keenan Dorsey (District E) Laurel – Linda Hitchens Seaford …

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Caesar Rodney’s culinary team wins national competition

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Caesar Rodney’s Culinary Team (L-R): Morgan Fitzhugh, Grace Gonzalez, Caitlin Hernandez, Sierra Maull, Carys Raber. Photo courtesy of Delaware Restaurant Association. A hint of salt, a dash of pepper and a big spoonful of victory and cash for Caesar Rodney High School’s culinary team, who bested 80 other teams throughout the country at the National ProStart Student Invitational in Washington, …

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Why you should put food beside your mailbox May 14

Jarek Rutz Culture, Headlines

The 2019 Stamp Out Hunger drive. Photo courtesy of Food Bank of Delaware. Delawareans can help those in need on Saturday, May 14 simply by leaving food at their mailbox post as part of the “Stamp Out Hunger” community food drive organized by The Food Bank of Delaware and Delaware’s National Association of Letter Carriers. Donors just have to place …

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School board elections underway; polls close at 8 p.m.

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Red Clay candidates have placed their campaign signs around North Star Elementary School in Hockessin. (Jarek Rutz/Delaware LIVE News) It’s election day in Delaware. On the ballot: 38 candidates throughout the state in what has turned out to be one of the most divisive and partisan school board elections in memory.  Patriots for Delaware sent out an email at 2 …

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3 bills filed to protect students from sexual predators

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Photo/Pixabay In response to recent cases of sexual misconduct by faculty and staff in Delaware schools, state lawmakers filed three bills Monday to keep students safe from sexual predators. A virtual press conference was held Monday where several legislators, Attorney General Kathy Jennings and representatives from the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children spoke about the need for …

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School board elections open to voters Tuesday

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  After weeks of candidates campaigning, Delaware’s 38 school board candidates face the voters Tuesday, May 10. Polls open on May 10 at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. While school board elections typically draw only 10% of the available voters, many Delaware organizations are hoping for a higher turnout this year. Jane Brady, chairwoman of the Delaware State …

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Teacher compensation bill aims to strengthen educator pipeline

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Riding fears that COVID-19 drove teachers from classrooms and worries over Maryland saying it will pay starting teachers $60,000 by 2026, a bill designed to change teacher pay in Delaware sailed through the state Senate Thursday. It will go to the House Education Committee next. Sponsored by Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, SB 100 would create a 15-member Public Education …

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Colonial candidates wrap up school board forums

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Christine Smith and Keenan Dorsey   Colonial School District wrapped up the six school board forums held this week and last to allow voters to hear candidate platforms and positions on some issues. Although Colonial has two seats up for grabs and four candidates, just two individuals participated in the forum: Christine Smith and Keenan Dorsey. Smith and Gail Wade …