August 25, 2017
Department of Education
Governor Carney coordinates support for basic needs closets for students in high-needs schools
Governor John Carney on Thursday announced an initiative to stock basic needs closets in 45 high-needs Delaware schools. The closets will receive supplies in time for the start of the school year thanks to the coordinated efforts of Delaware educators, Delaware businesses, Delaware healthcare institutions, and a partnership with the nonprofit First Book.
Delaware stocks ‘basic needs closets’ at 45 high-poverty schools
Delaware is coordinating with educators, businesses, healthcare institutions and nonprofits to stock “basic needs closets” at 45 high-poverty elementary and middle schools. The closets will be stocked with student supplies, books, clothes, hygiene products and more. Students can discreetly access the closets during the school year.
The News Journal
Delaware schools offer breakfast to all students
Pinched faces. Pursed lips. Crinkled brows. Terry Carson, principal at Seaford High School in southern Delaware, knows what hunger looks like. All students, regardless of their socioeconomic status, will have access to free breakfasts in the district again this year, she said. Several other Delaware schools also will serve breakfast to all students.
Top teachers recognized
Two recent graduates from the University of Delaware’s mathematics education program for secondary school teachers have been awarded prestigious fellowships from the Knowles Teacher Initiative. Amy Fligor, AS17, and Anthony Reid, AS16, are among the 37 early-career math and science teachers selected as 2017 fellows.
Here’s what states are doing with their ESSA block grant money
For decades, district leaders have been clamoring for more say over how they spend their federal money. And when the Every Student Succeeds Act passed back in 2015, it looked like they had finally gotten their wish: a brand-new $1.6 billion block grant that could be used for computer science initiatives, suicide prevention, new band instruments, and almost anything else that could improve students’ well-being or provide them with a well-rounded education.
Education grant will fund Maine social justice initiative
The Maine Education Association says a University of Southern Maine faculty organization is receiving nearly $600,000 to help establish a social justice education campaign. The National Education Association Center for Great Public Schools is making the award to the USM chapter of the Associated Faculties of the Universities of Maine.
The Chicago Tribune
Democrats, Republicans say a tentative deal reached on school funding
The four Democratic and Republican legislative leaders said Thursday that they have reached a tentative agreement with Gov. Bruce Rauner on a plan to fund schools, though the sides warn a deal is not yet final. The leaders recently held several closed-door meetings in search of a compromise after the Republican governor vetoed Democrats’ plan to change the way state money is distributed to local school districts.
The Hechinger Report
Rural schools turn to high-tech teacher training solutions
In an isolated area deep in the Appalachian Mountains, finding enough teachers can be a challenge, to say the least. And once teachers arrive, schools have to contend with another problem. Educators must meet annual requirements that dictate how much time they spend improving their craft – even though teachers’ colleges aren’t often nestled in such remote locations.
New Orleans education town hall: 5 key issues raised by parents
Parents and school officials filed into Alice Harte Elementary in Algiers Wednesday (Aug. 23) for the first of four town hall forums, designed to give residents the chance to get education questions answered by the Orleans Parish School Board. Orleans school superintendent Henderson Lewis, Jr., and school board president John Brown Sr., responded to concerns regarding transportation, school quality and student behavior.