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

Education, 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

Education, 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

Education, 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 …

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Dolly Parton serenades book celebration party at Wilmington Library

Culture, 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

Education, 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. …

Meet school board candidates in 6 upcoming virtual forums

Education, Headlines

Upcoming school board forums will allow community members to meet, question school board candidates. Photo by Element5 Digital.   Meet the candidates in 6 upcoming school board forums Delaware school board election forums kick off tomorrow, with six being held during the next two weeks so community members can meet their district’s candidates and hear their thoughts. With only 10% …

Conservatives marshal forces as school board elections near

Education, Headlines

Republicans are going all in this year to support their candidates for school board elections that take place in three weeks.  The Delaware State Republican Party is sponsoring a “Super Saturday Day of Action” Saturday to encourage volunteers to meet candidates and help them campaign The right-wing Patriots of Delaware this week sent out an email saying “it’s time to …

State: Students should be tested for COVID after spring break

Headlines, Health

    With COVID-19 cases rising again, the state Division of Public Health and Department of Education are asking parents to have their children tested the day before they return to the classroom. Spring break for most Delaware schools will occur the week of April 18. Families can use over-the-counter tests — which some schools gave to student families during …

School mask mandate to be lifted Tuesday; courts on Wednesday

Government, Headlines

Gov. John Carney on Tuesday will lift his emergency order about schools and masks. Gov. John Carney will end his school mask mandate Tuesday at 6 p.m. To be specific: Masking will not be required in kindergarten-twelfth grade schools, on school buses, or in child care facilities after that time. Carney’s lawyers in a Chancery Court hearing about masking requirements …