Great Oaks has already met a handful of the state conditions and is on track to meet the rest.

Great Oaks on track to meet all 16 conditions to stay open

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The State Board of Education Thursday night announced promising progress on conditions placed on a charter school that has been facing a potential closure for two years. In November, Great Oaks Charter School was given one last chance by the state to meet the 16 conditions to keep its doors open. RELATED: Great Oaks Charter likely to get one last …

The state has put an emphasis on civics education in social studies classes.

State Ed board approves social studies cut scores, focus on civics

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The State Board of Education voted in its monthly meeting Thursday night on Social Studies Student Assessment Performance Levels. These are also referred to as “cut scores.” Achievement levels Students can land in one of four achievement levels on the standardized tests. Level 1: Students show minimum understanding and evidence of an inability to apply the fundamental skills and knowledge …

Sussex Montessori School is one of six charters in Delaware up for renewal this year.

6 charter schools up for renewal, decision in December

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Six of the First State’s 23 charter schools are up for renewal this year and will have their futures decided at the State Board of Education’s December meeting. First State Military Academy, Freire Charter School Wilmington, Great Oaks Charter School, Kuumba Academy Charter School, Positive Outcomes Charter School and Sussex Montessori School are the six that submitted their renewal application …

Media literacy standards were presented to the State Board of Education Thursday.

Media literacy standards discussed in State Board

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Delaware’s State Board of Education is in the process of drafting standards that align with a new state law requiring schools to teach media literacy.  At its monthly meeting Thursday night, Alyssa Moore, education associate for digital learning at the Department of Education, presented proposed standards to the board. The legislation, known as the “Digital Citizenship Education Act,” requires the …

Secretary Holodick weighed the pros and cons of Delaware's SAT requirement.

Should Vo-techs do away with the SAT tests?

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Holodick wondered aloud Thursday night about whether it’s effective for Vo-tech students who are focused on a pathway to a job to have to take the Scholastic Assessment Test. The State Board of Education was discussing assessments and accountability when Holodick began talking about the SATs.  The SATs have been around for almost a century …

Gus Musika will be the student representative on the state's education board next school year.

Cape’s Musika named student rep. on state education board

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Cape Henlopen High’s Gus Musika has been picked to represent Delaware’s students on the State Board of Education.  The rising senior will start on the board in July and will serve for the 2023-2024 school year. The son of an educator, Musika is a varsity athlete and a member of the National Honor Society.  He plans on having a career …


Charters ignored, state to change leader certifications

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Despite months of outcry from the charter school community, the Delaware State Board of Education voted Thursday night to create a pathway for charter school leaders to be certified under the same requirements as district leaders. It’s a move that Kendall Massett, executive director of the Delaware Charter Schools Network, previously called offensive, degrading, ridiculous and infuriatingly insulting when Regulation …

Charter leader certification requirements are likely to change.

State board: Charter head certification must match districts

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A state board has recommended changing the certification and licensure requirements for Delaware charter school leaders to match those of school district leaders. The move by the Professional Standards Board must be passed by the State Board of Education before going into effect. The suggested change has angered charter school leaders and officials. Several wrote to the board prior to …

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

State Board: Great Oaks Charter will not be shut down

Jarek RutzEducation, 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 …