Ashley Lockwood and her students, joined by Sen. Tom Carper.

Meet Ashley Lockwood, Delaware’s 2023 Teacher of the Year

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Delaware’s teacher of the year didn’t set out to be an educator. Ashley Lockwood chose to earn a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of Delaware in 2010. She planned to focus on how children interact with each other and develop. After graduation, she returned home to Seaford without a job and was trying to decide what her …

With 15% of Delawareans expected to travel this weekend, here's what to know about Thanksgiving 2022 in Delaware. (Unsplash)

Thanksgiving 2022 in the First State: what to know 

Jarek Rutz Culture, Headlines

With almost 15% of First Staters expected to travel this weekend, here’s what to know about Thanksgiving in Delaware this year.  Travel AAA Mid-Atlantic, a regional travel agency, predicts holiday travel will be comparable to pre-pandemic levels, with 149,504 Delawareans traveling.  More than 10,000 Delawareans will fly somewhere this weekend, which is 7% more than Thanksgiving weekend last year as …

Delaware has many events this weekend on its plate to celebrate America's veterans. (Getty Images)

Veterans Day: 6 ways to honor Delaware’s heroes

Jarek Rutz Culture, Headlines

It’s been 104 years since the allied and central powers laid down their arms and declared an end to World War I in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Since then, Veteran’s Day has been recognized every Nov. 11 as a way to celebrate all who have served in the military, regardless of …

The state's equalization formula has been frozen since 2009.

State grapples over freeze on equalization formula

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Delaware’s Equalization Committee has agreed to not make any decisions on whether to freeze or change the state’s equalization formula, which affects school funding, until next year. The purpose of the equalization formula is to allocate state resources to districts inversely based on their ability to raise revenues through their local property tax base.  “It’s to try to help those …

The grant will help Delawareans who struggle to find ways to manage conditions such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. (Unsplash)

$675,000 awarded to educate patients with chronic diseases

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

A $675,000 grant from the Administration for Community Living will go toward educating older homebound Delawareans who struggle to find ways to manage conditions such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. The grant was awarded to Education Health Research International (EHRI), the non-profit arm of the Milford Wellness Village. “This is a quality of life …

University of Delaware professor Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

UD professor’s book on improving schools drops Friday

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

University of Delaware professor Roberta Michnick Golinkoff believes that to rectify the decline of public education in America, students need to have fun while learning.  So, with the help of five other academics, she spent the last two years working on a new book, “Making Schools Work: Bringing the Science of Learning to Joyful Classroom Practice.” The book, which comes …

There are more than 70 libraries across the state that share 2.5 million ebooks and print books for the benefit of Delawareans.

Delaware to add school libraries into statewide catalog

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

The Delaware Library Consortium announced Tuesday that it will spend $1 million to add school libraries into the statewide catalog. The goal is to broaden the First State’s library catalog and provide more students an opportunity to conduct research or read for pleasure. “Over the years it seems like everything around literacy has been tweaked except school libraries, until now,” …

The statewide ombudsman program provides student advocacy services to Delawareans.

New Del. ombudsman program has helped 70 struggling students

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Last June, second-grader Jackson Houtman seemed on the brink of being booted from the school he had choiced into. Diagnosed with ADHD and anxiety, his behavior had gotten him into trouble, and the school seemed to be using that as a reason to remove him from their rolls and steer him back to the school that was in his feeder …

Delaware students performed worse on math tests in the past three years than any other state.

Report: Delaware math, reading scores drop tops state lists

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Delaware test scores have fallen to the bottom of the heap since 2019, with some worse than any other state, according to the Nation’s Report Card, which was released Monday.  From 2019 to 2022, the average scores for Delaware fourth-graders on the math assessment dropped by 14 points, the steepest of any state.  “In Delaware specifically, our scores were decimated,” …

Delaware's teacher union wants the state to follow Maryland's lead and start teachers' salary at $60,000.

State teachers’ union asks for base pay hike

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Delaware’s teacher union proposed a new salary schedule Monday that includes a base pay of $60,000. Of that base pay, $42,000 would come from the state — $12,000 more than it’s currently paying.  Under the plan, teacher salaries would be raised over three years, costing the state $134.5 million in total. By the final year, total teacher salaries would cost …