August 23, 2017
Delaware State News
Delaware Teacher Center closing: Budget cuts blamed for shutting down all nine locations in state
Some Delaware teachers are about to be spending more of their own money on classroom supplies and learning aids. The Delaware Teacher Center, which operates nine locations throughout the state that assist educators in preparing materials for lessons and offer professional development courses, is shutting down. The Teacher Center functions in a way like a Staples or Office Depot, providing educators with all sorts of supplies.
Learn. Lead. Launch! inspires kids to be leaders of today
What started as a conversation at the kitchen table between Pooja D’Souza and her two sons, Rahul, 11, and Ajay, 8, evolved into Saturday’s Learn. Lead. Launch! leadership conference for middle- and high-school students. Created by a group that included D’Souza and her sons, Mona Singh and her son, Arjan Kahlon (a seventh grader at the Independence School), Ananya Singh (a Sanford School senior and member of Global Youth Help) and Neel Anand (a sophomore at Wilmington Charter and founder of First Hack Delaware Chapter), Learn. Lead. Launch! is about leadership — but not just about preparing to be leaders of tomorrow.
The News Journal
Delaware PTA: Make safety a back-to-school priority
Notebooks? Check. No. 2 pencils? Check. Erasers, folders, highlighters, loose-leaf paper, backpacks? Check. But do you have a back-to-school safety plan? Few parents do, Delaware PTA President Terri Hodges said. With all the hustle-and-bustle of sending the kids back to school in the fall, many families forgot to sit down and walk through what to do if there is an emergency during the school day.
Digging Deeper: Early childhood educators are woefully underpaid
More young Delawareans and their families are accessing high-quality early learning today than ever before, thanks to some key investments, collaboration, and leadership over the past several years. Today, more than 1,200 programs participate in the Star rating system. Eighty-three percent of low-income children—that’s more than 15,000 kids—are participating in highly rated Stars programs, up from five percent in 2011.
Federal judge finds racism behind Arizona law banning ethnic studies
An Arizona law banning ethnic studies violated students’ constitutional rights, a federal judge said Tuesday. His ruling made clear that the state showed discriminatory intent when it essentially shut down a Mexican-American Studies program at Tucson Unified School District. “Both enactment and enforcement were motivated by racial animus,” Federal Judge A. Wallace Tashima said in the ruling.
The 74 Million
New study: KIPP pre-K has big — and possibly lasting — impact on early student achievement
Earlier is better when it comes to the KIPP charter network, suggests new research released Tuesday. Researchers with Mathematica Policy Research, an independent group, found positive effects both for the combination of KIPP pre-K and KIPP early elementary grades and for KIPP pre-K programs alone.
The Hechinger Report
Real-world learning gets real: How one Chicago high school turned the corner using full-time internships
One spring morning, 22 stories above Chicago’s Wabash Avenue, Aurice Blanton ignored the stunning spring view of Lake Michigan. He had work to do. He toggled his computer between a budget spreadsheet and his color-coded schedule, double-checking figures for an upcoming meeting with his supervisor at CNA Insurance. Blanton, a high school senior, was interning for the firm’s information technology group.
‘Our community rising up’: First day at new north Tulsa partnership school brings hope
Greenwood Leadership Academy’s first moments as a school were marked Monday by cheers and excitement. Local officials, school staff, and parents hope the excitement carries over and that the partnership school’s opening helps change educational outcomes for students in north Tulsa. The new school, aimed at fostering a new generation of black leaders, opened with the customary excitement of a new school year — infused with the potential of a new beginning.
U.S. News & World Report
Latino parents sue Massachusetts schools over lack of translation services
For more than two decades, schools in western Massachusetts have been denying families with limited English-speaking skills translation and interpretation services required under federal law so they can make informed choices about their children’s education, a group of Latino parents who filed a lawsuit Monday argues.