Delaware's Freedom Schools are likely to continue growing in upcoming years.

Freedom Schools likely to stay after successful first year

Jarek RutzDelaware Live, Education, Headlines

Fifty at-risk students, 25 from Capital and 25 from Caesar Rodney school districts, are continuing their schooling into the summer months, courtesy of newly implemented Freedom Schools. Sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund, there are five key aspects of the freedom schools:  High-quality academic and character-building enrichment Parent and family involvement Civic engagement and social action Intergenerational servant leadership development …

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., shows a photo of the Division Street building that will be constructed to house the Center for Urban Revitalization and Entrepreneurship as well as NCALL.

DSU to use $1 million grant for urban revitalization center

Jarek RutzBusiness, Delaware Live, Education, Headlines

Delaware State University will use $1 million in federal funds to build an urban revitalization center. The money will come through a federal grant, announced Tuesday on campus by U.S. Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester. The Center for Urban Revitalization and Entrepreneurship will be located at 225 W. Division Street in downtown Dover, one block from the university’s Dover Campus. DSU …

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Big Brothers, Sisters snags $900,000 MacKenzie Scott donation

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

  A surprise $900,000 donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott will double the annual budget of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware. The organization, which pairs at-risk children with adult mentors, is still discussing how to use the donation, which the organization did not apply for or know about until the staff got a call, said Anya Lindsey-Jenkins, executive director. …

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DSU’s Allen to Georgia law enforcement: ‘We will never be bullied’

Charles MegginsonEducation, Headlines

Delaware State University president Tony Allen has promised an investigation into an April 20 incident during which a bus carrying the school’s women’s lacrosse team was pulled over and searched while returning from a tournament in Florida.  DSU is a historically Black university in Dover. Approximately 70% of the student population is Black. According to The Hornet, DSU’s student newspaper, …

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Colleges ask for millions in state construction money

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

  Photo/Getty Images   Three Delaware colleges and universities have asked the state for $120 million to fund construction of new buildings as well as deferred upkeep on older ones. In testimony last week, the presidents of the University of Delaware, Delaware State University and Delaware Technical Community College asked the Joint Committee on Capital Improvement for money to take …

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Science Olympiad construction competition moves back indoors

Betsy PriceEducation, Headlines

Chase Martinez shovels sand during a Delaware Science Olympiad bridges event as Joseph Mlodak uses two rods to stop the bucket from swinging.     As Chase Martinez filled a bucket hanging from his balsa wood bridge with sand, the structure began making ominous popping sounds and he shoveled faster. “I thought it was going to crack,” he said. But, …

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See the stars at DSU observatory open house Saturday

Betsy PriceEducation, Headlines

  Dr. Matthew Bobrowsky and DSU observatory’s 14-inch Meade reflecting telescope.     Delaware State University issued an unusual invitation this week. The Historically Black College and University would like the pleasure of your company Saturday, March 5, for a peek through its 14-inch Meade reflecting telescope. The 7:30 p.m. event will allow attendees to climb to the university’s Astronomical …

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Allen says DSU “shall not be moved” from keeping its doors open

Betsy PriceEducation, Headlines

DSU was one of more than a dozen HBCUs to receive a bomb threat Monday Delaware State University President Tony Allen called a Monday bomb threat — one of more than a dozen at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country — “a clear effort to confuse, intimidate and bully our students, staff and faculty.” “We are safe, for …

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Delaware colleges, universities cope with COVID differently

Daniel Larlham Jr.Education, Headlines

  Delaware colleges and universities are heading into the third spring with COVID-19. Photo by Photo by Tirachard Kumtanom/Pexels.   Spring semester for Delaware college-goers will once again be a little different than previous semesters as state schools change COVID-19 protocols following the winter surge caused by the Omicron variant.  University of Delaware  UD has updated its plans for spring …

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UD, DSU, DelTech to split $107 million of American Rescue money

Betsy PriceEducation, Headlines

With federal Rescue Plan money, state colleges will be able to build new facilities, maintain older ones and enhance programs they already have. Three Delaware colleges and universities will split $107 million in  in American Rescue Plan Act money, the state announced Wednesday. Of that, the University of Delaware will get $41 million; Delaware State University will get $33 million …