St. Mary Magdalen teacher arrested for sending sexual pics to 14-year-old

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

A 24-year-old female educator who teaches eighth grade at a Wilmington private catholic school has been arrested for sending sexual photos to her 14-year-old student. The New Castle County Police Department announced that Alanis Pinion, a now ex-teacher at St. Mary Magdalen School, “had frequently communicated with her students via Snapchat and had sent sexually explicit photographs to one of …

DSU’s early ed. center awards 13 degrees, 223 credentials in first year

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

At the conclusion of its first year, a new program at Delaware State University focused on training professionals to serve the state’s youngest learners, graduated 13 people with degrees and gave credentials to hundreds more.  DSU’s Early Childhood Innovation Center aims to empower and cultivate a highly skilled, educated and diverse workforce by providing holistic, comprehensive and evidence-based supports. Its …

First State Educate's new free school board training has once-a-month sessions scheduled through December.

FSE launches another free training for school board members

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The president of the tumultuous Christina School District Board of Education said a new – and free – training program from a state education group is much needed and very beneficial.  “I’ve had this conversation with other legislators about bringing in organizations like School Board Partners to train our board members, and I think if you look at what’s going …

Another year, another slew of education bills were discussed and passed the Delaware legislature in 2024. (Photo by Maksym Yemelyanov/Adobe Stock)

Education experts offer takeaways from 2024 school bills

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

With an 8.6% increase in state education funding for fiscal year 2025, which began July 1, the Delaware General Assembly continued its trend of passing legislation specific to the state’s schools.  There were dozens of educational bills passed this legislative year, which concluded June 30.  From college scholarships to improving school climate to establishing a commission to evaluate how schools …

A new survey shows that school climate has had an effect on teachers, perhaps pushing them away from the field in Delaware. (Photo by Media_Photos/Shutterstock)

Survey shows majority of teachers dissatisfied, likely to retire early

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

A lot of the state’s teachers are concerned about the working conditions in schools, and new survey results shared at a state committee meeting Monday night put hard data behind those claims.  The survey was presented at the Student Behavior and School Climate Task Force meeting. That group, created in March, is made of government and educational officials as well …

Milford's school board has now tabled the policy revisions vote twice.

Milford board again tables vote on controversial topic policy 

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

After about an hour-and-a-half of public comment on a district policy, which included mainly opposition from staff, students and even the ACLU, the Milford School District Board of Education voted for the same outcome it did last month.  The board voted to table revisions on Board Policy 6103, which was originally adopted in 1974 and  has not been updated since …

Delaware Students Excel at National STEM Conference

Staff WriterEducation, Police & Fire, RSS-Education

The Delaware Technology Student Association (DETSA) proudly announces the outstanding performance of its student leaders June 26-30, 2024 at the 2024 National TSA Conference held in Orlando. This year’s conference celebrated the continuous advancement and innovation of youth pursuing STEM careers. Delaware students showcased their skills and creativity, achieving seven notable Top 10 placements across various technical and professional competitive …

Grants to Support Students Experiencing Homelessness

Staff WriterEducation, Police & Fire, RSS-Education

Fourteen districts or charter schools will benefit from McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Education for Homeless Children and Youth grants to facilitate the enrollment, attendance, and success in school of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, adequate, and regular nighttime residence.

Massotti sworn in as school board member

Terry RogersEducation, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

On Monday, July 1, at their annual reorganization meeting, Jennifer Massotti was sworn in to a two-year term on the Milford School District Board of Education. Massotti has served on the board since May 2023 when she ran unopposed for a one-year special election after Kris Thompson stepped down from the board after moving out of the district. Massotti was …

MSD lowers tax rate for eighth straight year

Terry RogersEducation, Headlines, Milford Headline Story

Milford School District voted to lower the Kent County school tax rate from $1.6593 per $100 of assessed property value to $0.2807 per $100 value after receiving reassessed property values from that county. The rate in Sussex also dropped from $4.6503 to $4.4556 per $100 of assessed. “We received final information from Kent County that we are basing this off …