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Legislator: Mental health programs hurt Delaware classrooms

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A member of the state task force that’s trying to improve student behavior and school environments in schools said that tiered mental health programs are killing Delaware  classroom productivity.  “They don’t need all the fancy stuff,” said Sen. Eric Buckson, R-Dover, said. “They don’t need the interventions. They don’t need the couches, they don’t need the specialists. They just need …

The WLC has launched its new website and logo, designed by First Ascent Design. (Photo via Unsplash)

WLC launches anticipated website, new trademarked logo 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative has a new look.  “Much like when you meet a stranger for the first time, you don’t have associations with their face, and as you start experiencing that person, you gain those associations over time, so the WLC has just launched its new face,” said John Himics, president of First Ascent Design.  The collaborative’s governing board …

A team of four girls from Brandywine High won a national competition for their specially-designed games meant for students, and adults, with disabilities. (All photos courtesy of Brandywine School District)

Students won $125K but say real prize is helping community

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Four Brandywine High School students have won $125,000 for their district by creating computer versions of popular games for students with disabilities. They’ve been surprised and pleased to discover that their team project has been embraced by the wider community. “We’re already getting requests from teachers,” said Isabella Chermak, a senior at Brandywine High School, “and not just teachers, schools …

The WLC school opportunity scorecards report put a spotlight on some of the challenges in the WLC's nine city elementary schools. (Photo by tadamichi/Adobe Stock)

WLC report reaction brings promise of more inclusion

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Nothing has come easy to the Wilmington Learning Collaborative, not its formation, not its hiring of an executive director and certainly not the release of its first report on city schools. That angered teachers and brought dozens of them to a Collaborative meeting to speak. Laura Burgos, executive director, says she learned a big lesson there and will do things …

Redding's interim redistricting plan would shuffle schools and students in four districts in north New Castle County.

Redding plan could remove Christina, Colonial schools from Wilmington

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Some students residing in the city of Wilmington who attend Christina and Colonial school district schools would be transferred mostly to Red Clay and a few to Brandywine, if a redistricting plan championed by the Redding Consortium comes to fruition.  The move would essentially remove Christina and Colonial from the city. “We believe this is a big first step,” said …

Districts that have had successful referendums are now planning designs, construction bids, and how projects will be phased over the next few years.

Here’s what happens now in districts whose referendums passed

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Now that Colonial, Red Clay and Brandywine have had successful referendums, residents of those school districts may be wondering when they’ll have to pony up finances and when they’ll see new facilities. Delaware school districts that have had a successful referendum typically phase their spending over three years or more.  The concept of the referendum isn’t widespread nationally.  Delaware is …

Delaware Skills Center's Electrical Training Program was one of this year's winners.

6 named 2024 Superstars in Education & Training Winners

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Six institutions in Delaware have been recognized by the Delaware State Chamber as 2024 Superstars in Education & Training winners. Since 1989, the awards program has recognized educational programs for innovative and impactful programming.  The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, The Partnership, Inc., stated that all of this year’s winners exemplify creativity and efficacy in workforce development …

The WLC will need to go to all three district boards to approve the deadline change.

WLC needs three more months to set performance reqs

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative says it needs three extra months to set performance requirements for the schools it’s overseeing. That means the organization will have to go back to the Brandywine, Christina and Red Clay districts for permission to move the deadline from March 31 to June 30. The performance requirements include setting goals through written agreements with the three …

The WLC is ramping up efforts to build community councils and strengthen and establish community partnerships.

WLC building 9 community councils, strengthening partnerships

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Partnership was the word of the night in the Wilmington Learning Collaborative’s January meeting Tuesday night.  Dorrell Green, superintendent of Red Clay Consolidated School District and a member of the governing council for the group, said they need to make sure they spend the millions of state funding wisely while strengthening community partnerships with groups that provide help, such as …

Several school districts will hold a referendum this year to raise local revenue.

5 school districts to hold tax hike referenda in 2024

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Five of Delaware’s 19 school districts are asking their residents to head to the polls in 2024 and vote for a local tax increase. In the First State, districts must hold referendums if they want to increase their local school tax in order to increase local revenue. They include the Brandywine, Red Clay Consolidated, Colonial, Smyrna and Appoquinimink. Schools get …