June 30, 2017
Teacher Academy offers pathway for future teachers
The next generation of teachers is in high school today, and a new teaching program is poised to take advantage of potential Delaware teachers. Cape High teacher Linda Marvel said she is excited there is a new program intended to cultivate a pool of new teachers. The teaching pathway is the latest to join other learning pathways for high school students to choose.
Education is focus of Alliance for Racial Justice meeting July 11
The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice will present a program called It’s All About Education at its meeting set for 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 11, at Trinity Faith Christian Center; 15516 New Road, Lewes. The program will feature an introduction to the alliance’s new focus on education for the remainder of 2017 and beyond. For the past year or so, SDARJ has presented standout programs focusing on the U.S. criminal justice system, which disproportionately impacts African-American men, and their families and communities.
Department of Education
Future STEM professionals honored at national student conference
Students from across Delaware represented the First State as part of the Delaware Technology Student Association last week at the 39th annual National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, many bringing home awards for Top 10 finishes. In total, 172 students from Delaware competed in 127 individual and 115 team events that were focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The News Journal
Naysayers don’t truly know Delaware public schools
Opinion by Mervin B. Daugherty, superintendent of Red Clay Consolidated School District
In my eight years as superintendent for the largest school district in the state of Delaware, I have been amazed by the attacks on public education. Throughout this state, I have had the opportunity to see and hear of outstanding educational efforts for Delaware students.
Huge cuts to education, nonprofits now on table
The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee has approved more than $27 million in budget cuts to Delaware public school districts and called for eliminating all state grants-in-aid for nonprofits. Those were only the biggest of the more than $88 million in cuts JFC voted on or announced Wednesday. Wednesday’s votes mean the General Assembly will have a budget it could vote on by the June 30 deadline.
American Enterprise Institute
Liberia’s new, bold approach to education reform
Can independent school operators transform education in the developing world? Bridge International Academies is trying. A for-profit company, Bridge operates 520 schools around the world, including in Kenya, Nigeria, and India. Early results look promising — according to a recent New York Times article, students who attend Bridge schools reached English and math benchmarks at roughly double the rates of their public school peers.
Chan-Zuckerberg to push ambitious New Vision for personalized learning
Pediatrician Priscilla Chan and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are gearing up to invest hundreds of millions of dollars a year in a new vision of “whole-child personalized learning,” with the aim of dramatically expanding the scope and scale of efforts to provide every student with a customized education.
Two-thirds of NY’s private colleges opt out of tuition deal
Private colleges haven’t jumped aboard New York’s plan to cover a portion of tuition costs. Just 29 out of 95 private colleges with undergraduate programs have enrolled in the new state program, which lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved in April along with a program to offer free SUNY tuition, state records show.
Tennessee’s plan for new federal education law receives strong grades
An independent, national review of Tennessee’s plans to comply with a new federal education law drew positive marks in all but one category. For the last year, Tennessee has been working on a plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, enacted in 2015. “Tennessee has submitted a very solid plan for which they should be proud,” said Jim Cowen, executive director of the Collaborative for Student Success, which partnered with Bellwether Education Partners on the 17 state review, in a statement.
Perception vs. reality: Chicago students outperform kids in rest of Illinois
Chicago Public Schools for decades has shouldered a reputation shared by big-city school districts across the country — perennially challenged by poverty and chronically low-performing. It was 30 years ago this year that the U.S. secretary of education declared the school district the “worst in the nation.” But even as Illinois’ largest school district reels from an ongoing budget crisis, a string of recent studies is challenging the perception of CPS academics as lacking.
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