The Department of Education, Redding Consortium and Wilmington Learning Collaborative had their yearly state budget requests Wednesday.

Education groups costing ⅓ of state budget face JFC

Jarek RutzGovernment, Headlines

Education – what one legislator called the most important investment by the state – consumed Wednesday’s Joint Finance Committee hearing for a category that makes up about one-third of the state’s $6 billion budget.  Appearing in the morning before the committee that decided how and where the state’s budget will be spent was The Redding Consortium and the Wilmington Learning …

Delaware's school choice application window closes Jan. 10.

School choice window closes next week 

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Parents have eight days to submit applications if they wish to send their children to a school outside of their residential district or assigned school. Delaware is one of the 13 states in the country that allows families to apply for their children to attend any public school – district or charter – rather than sending them to the neighborhood …

Jimmie Allen to appear on literacy program with new book

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Country music sensation and Delaware native Jimmie Allen will join Read Aloud Delaware Wednesday for a Q+A session about his children’s book, “My Voice Is a Trumpet.” The book will then be read by his kindergarten teacher, Mary Beth Alexander. “He took my hand and held my arms and said, ‘I want the world to hear you read to them …

Founder’s Folio: On education, virtue and civic engagement

Chris L. KennyEducation, Headlines

As the Great American experiment continues to explore what works in education for communities, parents and their children across the 50 states, one fact is certain: Education is a critical component of our society. Knowledge through education creates an enlightened people, and an enlightened people are most equipped with the necessary tools to govern collectively.  The Founding Fathers agreed on …

DOE chief Holodick honors 2022 Secretary Scholars

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

    In a tradition that dates nearly 40 years, the secretary of education at the Delaware Department of Education has published a list of Secretary Scholars. This year, Secretary of Education Mark Holodick honored 89 high school seniors across the state with the award. In a press release, he called the students the kind of leaders the state needs …

5 districts see hefty increase in voter turnout for school board election 

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

  Five school districts had huge increases in voter turnout in Tuesday’s school board elections, with some doubling or tripling their vote count from last year’s election. At the same time, seven districts with contested races actually saw a decrease in voter participation since last year. Many observers hoped to see the statewide forums and increased interest in what’s happening …

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Bryan Allen Stevenson charter wins state OK; will open in 2023

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

Howard T. Ennis school will be home to the Bryan Allen Stevenson School for Excellence in fall 2023.   After a few organizational hiccups, a new Sussex County charter school will be opening its doors in fall 2023. The Bryan Allen Stevenson School of Excellence, first proposed in 2017, received state approval on May 5, and it’s already garnered a …

School board elections open to voters Tuesday

Jarek RutzEducation, Headlines

  After weeks of candidates campaigning, Delaware’s 38 school board candidates face the voters Tuesday, May 10. Polls open on May 10 at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. While school board elections typically draw only 10% of the available voters, many Delaware organizations are hoping for a higher turnout this year. Jane Brady, chairwoman of the Delaware State …

Dolly Parton standing in front of a building

Dolly Parton serenades book celebration party at Wilmington Library

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Dolly Parton talks to a crowd of politicians and librarians Thursday at the Wilmington Library.   Delaware politicians and librarians told superstar Dolly Parton Thursday that they will always love her and her Imagination Library program, which sends one free book each month to 21,515 state children. During an invitation-only program at the Wilmington Public Library, the state officially thanked …

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Only 1 Milford candidate takes part in online forum

Betsy PriceEducation, Headlines

School board elections are May 10 across the state of Delaware.   Jalyn Powell, running for Milford School District’s at-large seat, said Thursday night that board members should be open-minded, all students should be seen as gifted, critical race theory is not an issue, charter schools and choice are good, and that ethnicity of school workers should reflect the community. …