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7 schools share $2.16 million in grants for out-of-school learning

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

A charter school in Wilmington plans on using a new $320,000 grant to fund after-school and summer-school programs focusing on literacy, math, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Thomas Edison Charter School is one of seven community education centers receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars from the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. Salome Thomas-EL, head of school, said he is …

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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 Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked Delaware 45th in education in its most recent report.

National child wellbeing report puts Delaware 45th in education

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A report from a national nonprofit focused on the wellbeing of America’s children confirms what most Delawareans have learned over the past couple of years: education in the First State is far from first.  The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 54-page report lists Delaware 45th in education – or sixth worst in the entire country.  But, it highlights a lot of …

The state's graduation rate is more than double the proficiency rates.

How is state grad. rate 88% with 31% math proficiency, 41% ELA?

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Although just 31% of students in Delaware are proficient in math and 41% are proficient in English language arts, the graduation rate in First State high schools is 88%.  “While Delaware’s graduation rate is encouraging, understanding achievement requires a deeper look at student growth throughout their K-12 experience,” said Julia Keleher, chief strategy and operating officer for First State Educate, …

Christina School District will submit a certificate of necessity sometime this summer.

Christina seeking $150+ million from state for capital projects

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The Christina School District is set to ask the state for well over $150 million dollars this summer to help complete capital projects at all three levels: elementary, middle and high school.  By Aug. 31, the district – the second largest in the state serving more than 13,000 students – will submit a certificate of necessity to the state Department …

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School behavioral infractions remain above 30,000 annually

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A state committee created to evaluate and make recommendations to improve the environment of schools had its third meeting Monday night in which it learned that there were more than 30,000 behavioral infractions to middle and high school students in 2022. Although that number dropped in 2023, it was still north of 11,000 for high schoolers and nearly 14,000 for …

Shannon Gronau and her students. (All photos courtesy of the Delaware Department of Education)

Get to know Milford’s Shannon Gronau, Behavioral Pro of the Year

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Shannon Gronau from the Milford School District believes the movement behind mental health after the pandemic has shifted the paradigm of society and of public education. The counselor at Mispillion Elementary School was recently named 2024 Delaware Behavioral Health Professional of the Year, an award honoring outstanding service by school employees who are health care practitioners or human service providers …

Staffing issues led to a Capital's Kent County Community School to move to asynchronous remote learning Thursday and Friday, which was announced less than two days before Thursday's school day.

Parents upset as staffing issues close special needs school

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Some Capital School District parents are upset they had little more than 24 hours notice to make plans for their special needs students when their school closed because of bus and teacher staffing problems. The move left many parents scrambling to find care for their children. First, the parents were notified Monday via an email that district leaders were evaluating …

2024's Educators Rising National Day of Signing for Delaware was held at the Old State House Tuesday.

87 pledge to teach during Educators Rising signing day

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The impact and caring role of teachers during a troubling childhood has sparked a career path for high schooler Leilani Carrera, who solidified that path Tuesday during the Educators Rising National Day of Signing.   The senior at Sussex Central High School in the Indian River School District signed her letter of intent at the Old State House in Dover to …

Delays at the federal level have led to college-hopefuls having problems with applying for and receiving financial aid. (Photo by Brian A Jackson/Shutterstock)

Del. DOE to provide support, coaching for college financial aid

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

College is more expensive than it’s ever been, but a state agency is trying to financially ease the burden for Delaware students looking to advance their education post-high school. The Delaware Department of Education announced Thursday that it’s offering support to students applying for financial aid for college who have been affected by delayed federal financial aid determinations. “We will …