Dozens of schools in Delaware have been identified as having lead contaminants in their water supply.

William Penn among 22 schools with elevated levels of lead in water

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The bad news: Colonial School District expects to pay at least $350,000 to repair a water main suspected of bringing lead into its buildings. The good news: None of the water is reaching students or workers. As soon as Colonial was notified, school fountains were turned off, while sinks and toilets are allowed to run, because lead is not absorbed …

University of Delaware president Dennis Assanis shared institution updates with the board of trustees during their two-day retreat Thursday and Friday.

UD expects half a billion in research funding by 2029

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

The University of Delaware expects to be receiving half a billion dollars in federal expenditures for research by 2029. UD President Dennis Assanis told the school’s Board of Trustees Thursday that the money would more than double UD’s current federal research expenditures of $220 million. “That’s big,” Assanis said. “Big for Delaware, and big for our sites without having a …

UPchieve is a free application for low-income students to receive tutoring and counseling services.

Who needs 24/7 tutoring? UPchieve says Del. students do

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

UPchieve, an application that provides around-the-clock ​​free, online tutoring and college counseling for low-income high school students could be making its way to the First State. The idea has the interest of the state’s Child Protection Accountability Committee, which last month heard a presentation of the app from Katy Laird, senior director of programs at UPchieve.  “We want to help …

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Nat’l group wants teachers educated about union alternatives

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Opt Out Today, a national campaign to encourage teachers and other government workers to leave their unions, is ramping up its presence in the First State. So far, 69 Delawareans — mostly teachers — have left their union through the program, said Hunter Tower, director of Freedom Foundation Pennsylvania. The Freedom Foundation’s stated mission is to batter “the entrenched power …

Governor Carney, First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, Delaware Department of Education Launch School Registration System

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System will streamline and unify the Kindergarten, school registration process statewide WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor Carney, First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, and the Delaware Department of Education on Monday and Tuesday launched the new school registration system, authorized by Senate Bill 82. The new registration system makes critical updates suggested by families and school districts. […] The post Governor Carney, …

From left: First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, Program Manager Diane Frentzel and Community Coordinator Camelia Vivero of Delaware Readiness Teams presented the state's new kindergarten registration process. (Jarek Rutz/Delaware LIVE News)

Kindergarten registration: Meet state’s new quick process

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

A new digital and uniform process to register children for kindergarten in the First State was unveiled to an audience of 25 Tuesday at the Wilmington Public Library.  “Having a consistent process throughout Delaware allows libraries and other agencies to provide quick support and assistance to parents who are registering their children for school for the very first time,” said …

The $30,000 in scholarship gifts will go to high school seniors who have a love farming, food and feeding others.

New Mountaire scholarships focus on food production 

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Mountaire Farms has launched a new college scholarship program that will give 10 Delaware high school seniors focusing on careers in food production and feeding the world a $2,000 scholarship each. Two of those will get an additional $5,000. The chicken producer’s scholarship program will select one student each month of the 2022-23 school year to be a “Farm to …

After a string of chaotic and confusing events at high school football games, Appo and Howard are changing their policies.

Appo, Howard change football admissions policies

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Sports fans shouldn’t just assume that incidents like the ones that rocked recent Howard and Appoquinimink high school football games are inevitable, says the superintendent of New Castle Vo-Tech. “As a lifetime educator, most of the kids we interact with every day are doing wonderful, and even in these incidents, you discover it’s only a few kids,” said Dr. Joseph …

MSD partners with local farms to offer healthier options

Terry RogersEducation, Headlines, Health, Milford Headline Story

With childhood obesity a growing problem in the United States, Milford School District is taking steps to help students eat healthier meals by partnering with local farms to obtain fresh produce and other products. The latest partnership is with 302 Aquaponics who will provide fresh lettuce greens for salads and sandwiches. “The Delaware School Districts participate in Farm to School …

Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club pool to get upgrades

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The Greater Milford Boys and Girls Club recently announced that the Richard M. Johnson Aquatic Center pool would be getting some upgrades, thanks to funding provided by the state bond bill. The upgrades will require the pool to be shut down for approximately one month. “The old pool lighting has been replaced with LED lighting,” Paul Dorey, Executive Director of …