HB 33 would increase funding for preschool students with special needs. (Unsplash)

Preschool special ed. funding bill draws staffing, money concerns

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

A bill that would increase funding for preschool students with disabilities was released by the House Education Committee Wednesday, but not without some concerns.  House Bill 33, sponsored by Rep. Kim Williams, D-Marshallton, would increase funding for those students by revising the current ratio of 12.8 students per education unit to 8.4 students per unit for preschoolers 3 years and …

Delaware's math framework aims to improve student achievement and outcomes. (Unsplash)

State to embrace new math ‘framework’ to raise scores

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

The Delaware Department of Education is championing higher-quality math curriculums, spending more time on the topic and offering more professional training to teachers. It is part of what the department calls a framework to help combat the state’s atrocious scores in math, including 18 schools that have single-digit proficiency scores.  Just 29.48% of First State students are proficient in math, …

Students with disabilities will now be eligible for public education until they are 22. (Unsplash)

Meetings to focus on changes in rules for disabled students

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Delaware’s Department of Education will hold two public meetings this week to discuss changes in rules that extend public education to students with disabilities until they turn 22 years old. House Bill 454, which became law in July 2022, bumped the age up from 21 to 22 starting in August 2022. The two hearings – required for all changes in …

School choice applications for Delaware's public schools close next Wednesday, Jan. 11.

School choice applications close Jan. 11

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Delaware’s school choice application period is closing Wednesday, Jan. 11. That means families who want to send their children to a school outside of their regular feeder pattern for the 2023-24 school year only have a few days left to submit their paperwork. The good news: It’s mostly online.  The First State is one of 13 in the country in …

First State school districts will receive at least $500,000 for solar panels to create renewable energy. (Unsplash)

School districts to receive at least $500k for solar panels

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Delaware’s 19 public school districts will receive at least $500,000 each to install solar panels to reduce energy consumption for certain school buildings.  Energize Delaware, an energy conservation group, has launched the grant program to encourage First State district schools to reduce their energy costs. “School districts use a lot of energy and the savings will lower their expenses for …

Over the last decade, many Delaware school districts have hired constables to help ensure school safety. (Getty Images)

Constables: What are they; why so many are being hired

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Christina School District is the latest Delaware district to hire constables to help ensure student safety, a trend that has been spreading statewide.  Since the start of the school year, Christina has hired three at the elementary level. School board member Don Patton expects Superintendent Dan Shelton to push for constables at secondary schools next. “I’m against that and I’m …

Great Oaks Charter School will continue operating. ((GREAT OAKS CHARTER SCHOOL – WILMINGTON FACEBOOK)

State Board: Great Oaks Charter will not be shut down

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Great Oaks Charter School, a Wilmington charter serving a student body of more than 80% Black students, will not be shut down. After nearly three months of being placed on formal review by the Charter School Accountability Committee, Education Secretary Mark Holidick recommended Thursday night to the Delaware State Board of Education to allow the school to continue operating. The …

Caesar Rodney's David E. Robinson Elementary School, located in Magnolia. (Caesar Rodney Facebook)

Caesar Rodney’s strategic plan focuses on mental health

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Caesar Rodney School District new five-year strategic plan will focus heavily on social and emotional learning. “Meeting the needs of the child, especially around social, emotional and behavioral health was the number one item that was brought up on our students surveys, parents surveys, community surveys, teacher surveys, our talks with the Department of Education, steering committee, really across the …

Heather Hitchens at the award ceremony Wednesday night. (Delaware Department of Education)

Lake Forest’s Heather Hitchens named support professional of year

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

Heather Hitchens of Lake Forest Central has been named Delaware 2023 Educational Support Professional of the Year. A paraprofessional, she works with students with disabilities in small classroom and inclusion settings. “I ensure students with disabilities participate to the best of their ability, whether that be maneuvering their wheelchair to score a goal or learning a picture communication system to …

Eco-friendly buses

5 lucky districts may get help with new eco-friendly buses

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Bruce Ashby, transportation supervisor at Capital School District, said his office didn’t ask for state help in getting three new electric buses and one propane one. But he will be delighted to get them. Electric and propane buses are said to be more environmentally friendly than gasoline-powered ones because they release less carbon dioxide as the fuel burns. Ashby said …