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Education group details school board agendas, legal rules

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Delaware school boards operate under many rules, including having public meetings that have been advertised in advance to comply with state Freedom of Information requirements. That was one of the details that came up during a  First State Educate webinar Monday night  focused on how school board agendas work, the legal requirements of boards, the importance of communication and more. …

The WLC has launched its new website and logo, designed by First Ascent Design. (Photo via Unsplash)

WLC launches anticipated website, new trademarked logo 

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative has a new look.  “Much like when you meet a stranger for the first time, you don’t have associations with their face, and as you start experiencing that person, you gain those associations over time, so the WLC has just launched its new face,” said John Himics, president of First Ascent Design.  The collaborative’s governing board …

The WLC school opportunity scorecards report put a spotlight on some of the challenges in the WLC's nine city elementary schools. (Photo by tadamichi/Adobe Stock)

WLC report reaction brings promise of more inclusion

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Nothing has come easy to the Wilmington Learning Collaborative, not its formation, not its hiring of an executive director and certainly not the release of its first report on city schools. That angered teachers and brought dozens of them to a Collaborative meeting to speak. Laura Burgos, executive director, says she learned a big lesson there and will do things …

Redding's interim redistricting plan would shuffle schools and students in four districts in north New Castle County.

Redding plan could remove Christina, Colonial schools from Wilmington

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Some students residing in the city of Wilmington who attend Christina and Colonial school district schools would be transferred mostly to Red Clay and a few to Brandywine, if a redistricting plan championed by the Redding Consortium comes to fruition.  The move would essentially remove Christina and Colonial from the city. “We believe this is a big first step,” said …

The state's 2024 secretary scholars were honored Tuesday night.

93 honored as 2024 Secretary of Education Scholars

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The head of Delaware’s Department of Education has named his 93 scholars for 2024. Secretary of Education Mark Holodick selected the students based on their continued academic achievement and involvement in the community.  “This represents one of the highest academic achievements a student can earn in a Delaware public school,” Holodick said at a dinner in Dover honoring the students …

William Penn's first cohort will start the pathway program next year as juniors. (From left: Del Tech President Mark Brainard, William Penn Allied Health students, Bank of America Delaware President Chip Rossi, Colonial School District Superintendent Jeff Menzer.)

William Penn, Del Tech launch pathway to expand nursing pipeline

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

A newly-funded career pathway partnership between a state college and a high school aims to tackle the national nursing shortage while giving students college credits to advance into a career in health care. Delaware Technical Community College and William Penn High School in the Colonial School District announced Monday the launch of the Patient Care Technician/Nursing Pathway Program. The partnership …

Kate Li, left, and Arya Gupta are this year's representatives for Delaware in the National Youth Science Camp.

Li, Gupta to represent Delaware in national science camp

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Two First State high schoolers are on their way to the Mountaineer State to represent Delaware at the 61st National Youth Science Camp. Kate Li, a senior at Newark Charter School, and Arya Gupta, a junior at Red Clay Consolidated School District’s Charter School of Wilmington, will attend the camp from June 29 to July 20 in Monongahela National Forest …

Districts that have had successful referendums are now planning designs, construction bids, and how projects will be phased over the next few years.

Here’s what happens now in districts whose referendums passed

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Now that Colonial, Red Clay and Brandywine have had successful referendums, residents of those school districts may be wondering when they’ll have to pony up finances and when they’ll see new facilities. Delaware school districts that have had a successful referendum typically phase their spending over three years or more.  The concept of the referendum isn’t widespread nationally.  Delaware is …

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Bill giving teachers 1-for-1 sick day donation heads to House

Jarek RutzGovernment, Headlines

A buy-one-get-two deal is a bargain at a grocery store, but not so ideal for teachers looking to exchange days off.  A new law could even the scales. Senate Bill 20, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, removes the requirement that a public school district employee who donates leave to another employee must donate two days of leave …

The WLC will need to go to all three district boards to approve the deadline change.

WLC needs three more months to set performance reqs

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

The Wilmington Learning Collaborative says it needs three extra months to set performance requirements for the schools it’s overseeing. That means the organization will have to go back to the Brandywine, Christina and Red Clay districts for permission to move the deadline from March 31 to June 30. The performance requirements include setting goals through written agreements with the three …