Stephen Beaudoin will take over as president and CEO of the Music School of Delaware on Feb. 5, 2024. 

Music School of Delaware has new leader after 24 years

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

After a quarter century, the Music School of Delaware has a new leader.  Stephen Beaudoin, who’s had decades of work in music, education, business and social impact, has been picked as the school’s new president and chief executive officer. “This opportunity feels very alive to me, and very aligned with my values and the kind of impact I hope to …

Georgetown Elementary School is one of the four schools in Indian River School District to be used as a polling place.

Indian River schools closed for special election; 4 poll sites

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Indian River School District, in the heart of Delaware’s 37th House District, will be closed for a special election in a few weeks. The district announced the closures Tuesday, citing that Delaware law requires public schools to be closed if they are being utilized as polling places for state elections.  Last week, Rep. Ruth Briggs King, a Republican representing the …

The court order is in response to the illegal student loan practices of Prehired.

Delawareans included in $30M Prehired student loan settlement

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The First State is one of 12 involved in a national $30 million order against a student lender for malpractice.  Attorney General Kathy Jennings’ office worked with the federal Consumer Protection Financial Bureau and 11 other states to crack down on the bankrupt student lender Prehired. A Delaware bankruptcy court approved a stipulated judgment that requires Prehired to pay more …

Red Clay and Colonial school districts were the biggest funding beneficiaries of this year's certificate of necessity approvals.

Colonial, Red Clay biggest winners in state funding requests

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The state Department of Education has made some school districts very happy by deeming their requests for state funding necessary to fulfill building projects. For fiscal year 2025, the Department of Education approved 50 certificate of necessity requests, 44 of which involved state funding. They were concentrated in six districts. Districts submit certificates of necessity each year to the department, …

DSU continues to grow in enrollment.

DSU sets record enrollment…again

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

For back-to-back years, Delaware State University has a new record for student enrollment.  DSU this week reported an overall enrollment increase of 3.5% from this time last year,  The 132-year-old institution now has 6,451 students, a 23% increase since 2020, making the Dover school the fastest-growing Historically Black College and University in the country. “We have overcome some notable trends …

Sussex Central

Sussex student happy principal fired, wants criminal charges

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The family of a student whose breast was exposed during a fight at Sussex Center High School cheered the firing of its principal and expressed hopes criminal charges will be filed in the case, according to their lawyer. The student, Aniya Harmon, had sued former principal Bradley Layfield, the assistant principal and the district in the case for invasion of …

Parents shared personal anecdotes to Milford's school board, pleading for improved school safety.

Milford parents voice concern about school safety, bullying

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

School safety and violence in the hallways and on buses was a major concern among parents Monday night at the Milford School District’s board meeting.  Casey Calhoun, a mother of two children in the district and one recent graduate, was the first to speak. Milford’s schools are a hit or miss in terms of students safety and support. One of …

Principal Bradley Layfield has been fired by the Indian River School District.

Layfield fired by Indian River board over student breast case

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Bradley Layfield, the principal of Sussex Central High School in the middle of a lawsuit over a meme using a student’s exposed breast, has been fired. He had been suspended after a fight in which the breast was exposed and then he, other staff, the school and Indian River School District were sued for allegedly circulating a meme photo of …

The state has put an emphasis on civics education in social studies classes.

State Ed board approves social studies cut scores, focus on civics

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The State Board of Education voted in its monthly meeting Thursday night on Social Studies Student Assessment Performance Levels. These are also referred to as “cut scores.” Achievement levels Students can land in one of four achievement levels on the standardized tests. Level 1: Students show minimum understanding and evidence of an inability to apply the fundamental skills and knowledge …

It is unclear what the Indian River School District decided as the future of employees placed on administrative leave.

More mystery in Sussex case involving student breast photo

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

It is unclear whether Bradley Layfield, the principal at Sussex Central High School, still has a job. Layfield is among those sued by a former student who claims the district officials circulated a photo of her exposed breast to other staff with a picture of Janet Jackson superimposed on her face. His position was expected to be discussed Wednesday night …