DuPont pays $1.5 million to boost Delaware schools’ STEM education

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

A new program will give Delaware students more options for science and math lessons.   In a first-of-its-kind partnership, DuPont will pay $1.5 million for Delaware schools to use an online platform that offers high quality videos, activities and more for teachers and students to explore science, technology, math and ultimately career options. The goal is to prepare more Delaware …

School bus company, Teamsters continue talks about pay, conditions

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Three school districts await the answer on negotiations between First Student, Teamsters. Photo by Thomas Park/Unsplash.   A potential school bus driver strike that could affect three New Castle County school districts appears to be on hold, for now.  Districts with the potential to be affected include Appoquinimink, New Castle County Vo-Tech and Christina School Districts. First Student, a national …

Carney extends school mask mandate through Feb. 8

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State mask regulations will remain in place at Delaware schools through Feb. 8.   Faculty, staff, students and visitors in Delaware’s K-12 public and private schools will be required to wear masks inside school buildings until at least Feb. 8, 2022.  Gov. John Carney announced Wednesday that he will extend the emergency mandate in order to keep children protected against …

19 school employees vie to be Education Support Professional 2022

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  A group of paraprofessionals and other educational support staff have been nominated to be named the 2022 Delaware State Educational Support Professional of the Year. The program, which recognizes outstanding service by school employees who provide direct or indirect services to students and their families, is open to paraprofessionals, custodial staff, secretaries, nutritional staff, school- and district-employed bus drivers …

Carney picks former Brandywine superintendent for state education post

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  Dr. Mark Holodick has been nominated to replace Dr. Susan Bunting as secretary of education. Photo by DigitalElements/Pixel   Gov. John Carney announced Tuesday he will nominate the former superintendent of Brandywine School District as the new secretary of the Delaware Department of Education. Dr. Mark Holodick lead Brandywine for a decade before going to work at the University …

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Carney cabinet exodus continues with Bunting leaving Education

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Dr. Susan Bunting   Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting will leave her post in December, capping a career of nearly five decades in public education in the First State. Her successor has not been chose, Gov. John Carney said in a Wednesday press release announcing her departure. Bunting became the secretary of education in 2017. She had spent the …

State will pay for 10 days of COVID-19 leave for teachers

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The state will offer up to 10 days of pay for teachers who must quarantine, isolate or care for family members.   The state of Delaware will fund up to 10 days of paid leave for teachers who need to take time off their jobs to deal with COVID-19 and will pay for substitute teachers needed to cover those classes. …

So few kids took assessment tests last year, scores can’t be compared

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The Delaware Department of Education says student achievement scores can’t be compared to previous years. Photo by Jessica Lewis/Pexels   The Delaware Department of Education on Tuesday released the results of the 2020-21 school year and said so few kids took the tests that the statistics can’t be compared year to year. For example, only 60% of students took the …

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Coalition of business, education groups to study child care needs

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Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Rodel and the Delaware Department will study child care needs. Photo by cottonbro/Pexels   A coalition of business and education groups have combined forces to better understand and communicate the economic importance of the child care sector in Delaware. The public-private partnership is comprised of the Federal Reserve Bank of …

As COVID case rates slow a bit, state outlines 4-prong plan to help students catch up

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    The Delaware Department of Education has a four-prong plan to help kids catch up in school, Education Secretary Susan Bunting said Wednesday night during a COVID-19 Town Hall. “We do admit that there has been a disruption to our learning year. Our task as dedicated educators is to make sure we’re filling in for some of that lost …