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House committee debates student crimes being reported to school

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

A fiery discussion in the state House of Representatives Education Committee about a bill that would prevent schools from being told about students involved in certain crimes away from campus ended Wednesday with the bill being tabled. The sponsor of House Bill 396, Rep. Dorsey Walker, D-Wilmington, told the committee that the bill was designed to prevent double punishment. The …

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Legislators pass college livestream, school fingerprinting bills

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

A bill headed to the House after passing in the Senate would require state colleges to livestream trustee meetings and make that an an archive of them available to the public. Photo by Unsplash.   Two education bills sailed unanimously through the General Assembly Tuesday. The Senate unanimously passed a bill requiring Delaware colleges to livestream meetings and maintain an …

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Science of reading bill sails through Senate, heads to House

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

A day after being released by the Senate Education Committee, a bill that refocus the way reading is taught sailed through the Senate. A bill that requires the state to establish a curriculum aligned with the science of reading is on its way to the state House after being unanimously supported by all 21 senators. Senate Bill 4, which passed …

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Defunct literacy council money goes to Kent, Sussex programs

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Money in the state budget that is line itemed for a defunct literacy council is being used to pay for family literacy programs through the Department of Education.   Money allotted to a defunct literacy council has been going to to family literacy programs at three Delaware high schools, via the Delaware Department of Education. The issue of where $278,000 …

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Sunset Committee backs reorganizing Delaware Motion Picture Commission

Betsy Price Business, Headlines

The state Sunset Committee would like to see the Delaware Motion Picture and Television Commission reorganized and funded.   A powerful state committee voted Tuesday to ask for the Delaware Motion Picture & Television Development Commission to be reconstituted, saying it could be an economic and public relations boost. The Joint Legislative Oversight and Sunset Committee also asked its staff …

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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 …

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As COVID cases rise, Del. Dept. of Education hosts mask-free party

Charlie Megginson Education, Government, Headlines

Delaware Department of Education (DDOE)/Facebook On the same day that the first four cases of the highly contagious COVID-19 omicron variant were confirmed in Delaware, staff from the state’s Department of Education hosted a mask-free party for outgoing education secretary Susan Bunting.  The department is now facing growing outrage after images of the event posted on its own Facebook account …

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Carney hawks idea of new board to focus on Wilmington students

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Gov. John Carney addresses a Pulaski Elementary crowd about his proposed Wilmington Learning Collaborative.   A meeting to get buy-in for a new program that would focus efforts on improving education for Wilmington school children often ended up in the same place: Questions about the plan’s details. “That’s been one of the more difficult things about selling the concept,” Gov. …

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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 …

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School bus company, Teamsters continue talks about pay, conditions

Charlie Megginson Education, Headlines

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 …