TSD Review June 13

TownSquareLIVE Weekly Review – June 13, 2024

Sonja FreyTown Square Live, Weekly Review

This Week’s Top Stories Include Italian Festival in Wilmington runs through Sunday Proposed Family leave change: Have contractor determine eligibility Kern won’t bring home Beard Award but still feels like winner House committee rejects bill to open primary voting National child wellbeing report puts Delaware 45th in education Inside The Circle: 2024 softball recap Click on the image below to …

First State Educate's community action event Monday night focused on parental engagement with school boards.

FSE says parents need to engage in their kids’ education

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A group advocating for radical change to improve education in the state wants parents to be involved in their child’s education and is giving them the tools to do so.  First State Educate hosted a webinar Monday night in what will be a series of meetings helping inform the public about the current state of education in Delaware.  Monday’s was …

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, …

The 2024 school board elections in Delaware are Tuesday, May 14, with polls opening at 7 a.m.

Polls open Tuesday for school board elections

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Only 16 candidates will compete for a school board seat this year when the polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m.  In a year that already had fewer races than normal, candidates have been dropping out since qualifying, narrowing the field. Seven of Delaware’s 19 school districts have school board elections, with polls open until 8 p.m.  Preliminary results are expected …

Amy Trauth, a candidate for the Christina School District Board of Education, answered a series of questions on education topics during a public forum Monday night.

Christina candidate talks testing, guns, LGBTQ, books, more

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A series of get-to-know school board candidate forums kicked off Monday night with Christina School District, which has two people vying for one open seat. Hosted by a slew of education and social advocacy groups, the virtual forum is one of four throughout the next two weeks. Matt Clifford, one of the candidates, declined to participate, so the questions on …

TSD Review April 18

TownSquareLIVE Weekly Review – April 18, 2024

Sonja FreyTown Square Live, Weekly Review

This Week’s Top Headlines Include School board voter guides include nominees’ positions, more State moves to control hospital budgets to lower health costs Makers of inappropriate deep fake images could face penalties Metastatic cancer patients could get expanded treatment coverage Military students could get priority in school choice William Penn powers past Saint Mark’s Click on the image below to …

The bill would make being connected to a military member a point of priority for Delaware students looking to choice into a school. (Photo by avid_creative/iStock Getty Images)

Military students could get priority in school choice

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Military families in Delaware could receive a scholastic perk in the world of school choice with a new bill that unanimously was voted for in the House Education Committee Wednesday afternoon. House Bill 354, sponsored by Rep. Nnamdi Chukwuocha, D-Wilmington, gives the dependent children of active military members, full-time Delaware National Guard members, and active duty members of a reserve …

Wednesday's webinar was meant to engage community members into learning and giving feedback about public education in Delaware.

First State Educate details problems, solutions to education

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

An organization aiming to reform education in Delaware hosted an informative webinar Wednesday that painted a picture of a poor return on investment, the importance of a successful education system, the need to engage with legislators and more. First State Educate’s chief strategy and operating officer Julia Keleher hosted the virtual meeting, which also tried to get the sense of …

Several groups have published voter guides and are holding public forums to inform voters ahead of the 2024 school board elections. (Photo by Maksim Kabakou / Adobe Stock)

School board voter guides include nominees’ positions, more

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

With this year’s school board elections less than a month away, several organizations have once again published voter guides to help those participating make an informed decision on the ballot.  This year’s election is rather light – with just 19 candidates campaigning across eight races. RELATED: 19 to compete for 8 seats in May 14 school board elections The guides …

Delaware's 2024 school board elections are Tuesday, May 14.

19 to compete for 8 seats in May 14 school board elections

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

In a light year for school board races, 19 candidates are vying for eight open seats across eight of the state’s 19 school districts. This year’s election is Tuesday, May 14, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last year, 43 candidates ran for 23 vacancies across 16 school districts. In 2022,  42 candidates competed for 19 open …