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Delaware colleges, universities cope with COVID differently

Daniel Larlham Jr. Education, Headlines

  Delaware colleges and universities are heading into the third spring with COVID-19. Photo by Photo by Tirachard Kumtanom/Pexels.   Spring semester for Delaware college-goers will once again be a little different than previous semesters as state schools change COVID-19 protocols following the winter surge caused by the Omicron variant.  University of Delaware  UD has updated its plans for spring …

A perfect storm for schools, teachers: No subs, bus woes, COVID

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

The principal at Southern Elementary School has had to find as many as 25 substitutes for teachers on one recent day. He has 60 classrooms. By 5:30 a.m. on school days, Jeffory Gibeault is already up and wrestling with how to man his classrooms. The principal of Southern Elementary School in New Castle has had to cover as many as …

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GOP bill to change civics curriculum stalls in committee

Charlie Megginson Education, Government, Headlines

A Republican-backed measure that would require Delaware schools to teach that communism and totalitarianism conflict with freedom and democracy was shot down by the Senate Education Committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 206, sponsored by Sen. Bryant Richardson, R-Seaford, would have required school districts and charter schools to provide instruction in comparative political ideology for students in tenth grade. The bill specifically …

UD, DSU, DelTech to split $107 million of American Rescue money

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

With federal Rescue Plan money, state colleges will be able to build new facilities, maintain older ones and enhance programs they already have. Three Delaware colleges and universities will split $107 million in  in American Rescue Plan Act money, the state announced Wednesday. Of that, the University of Delaware will get $41 million; Delaware State University will get $33 million …

1,500 Delaware borrowers to get loans forgiven, restitution in Navient settlement

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Navient has agreed to a nearly $1.9 billion settlement of a suit that charged it used unfair, predatory practices.   More than 1,500 state residents who borrowed money from student loan provider Navient will get a part of Delaware’s $5.34 million share of a settlement in a suit charging the company used unfair, deceptive and predatory practices. Of those, 145 …

Christina board votes to explore Wilmington Learning Collaborative

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

  The Christina School District voted unanimously Tuesday night to allow its superintendent to enter negotiations to form the Wilmington Learning Collaborative. “I’m smiling,” said Gov. John Carney. The Collaborative would oversee the education of only the Wilmington students in kindergarten through eighth grade in Christina, Red Clay and Brandywine school districts, creating programs to help city student learn and …

Company run by alums creates UD data scholarship

Charlie Megginson Business, Education, Headlines

Predictive Analytics Group founders and University of Delaware Alumni have started a $50,000 endowed scholarship. Left to right: CEO Stephen Hoops, managing partner of U.S. operations David LaRoche, chief data and analytics officer Dee Ridgeway A Newark company founded by three University of Delaware alumni has created an endowed scholarship for current students.  Predictive Analytics Group, a data analytics company …

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Wilmington Learning Collaborative waits for school districts OK

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Gov. John Carney takes questions about the Wilmington Learning Collaborative project during a December town hall.   A state program that wants to centralize learning for Wilmington students now split between three districts is waiting to see whether those districts vote to join the effort. The Wilmington Learning Collaborative, a joint project of the Delaware Department of Education and Gov. …

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Tony Allen to honor mother’s life with scholarship for single moms

Dr. Tony Allen Education, Headlines

Dr. Tony Allen with his mother, R. Leatha Allen. Photo courtesy of Dr. Allen   R. Leatha Allen, mother of Dr. Tony Allen, president of Delaware State University, died early Tuesday morning from non-COVID pneumonia. Dr. Allen wrote this appreciation of his mother’s life.  If you ever reached my mother’s old-school voice message, you would hear R. Leatha Allen say, …

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UD will start winter classes virtually; Wilm U closes campus

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

  The University of Delaware said students may return to campus Jan. 2, but winter classes will start virtually as the school tries to stem the tide of Omicron variant COVID-19 cases. At the same time, Wilmington University said it will react to a new Delaware State of Emergency by closing its campus starting Monday, Jan. 3. Faculty, staff and …