September 14, 2017
Harry K Foundation hires executive director
In 2013, Rehoboth Beach businessman Harry Keswani established the Harry K Foundation to help end childhood hunger and poverty in Sussex County. Since then, the foundation has grown into a major fundraising force for the Food Bank of Delaware, helping feed children across the state through pantries and school backpack programs.
Indian River School District may change school bus times over extreme shortage of drivers
A critical shortage of drivers has one Sussex County school district weighing the possibility of changing school bus pick-up and drop-off times. The Indian River School District may be required to change school bus pick-up and drop-off times for certain students in the coming days and weeks, and if that becomes the case the district will notify parents of any changes in bus schedules for their children.
Delaware State News
Funding extended for CHIP program
Parents of about 8,000 children in Delaware no longer have to worry about their kids losing health care coverage at the end of the month. The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee said Tuesday night they reached an agreement to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years. The program, which covers about 8.9 million people nationwide, was set to run out of federal funding Sept. 30.
Capital School District aims to get fathers involved in education
It’s been a long-running joke that men aren’t particularly known for their proficiency at stopping and asking for directions. Perhaps that’s why some fathers tend to stray off course and get left behind, especially when it comes to keeping up with their children’s education. The Capital School District has decided to provide their fathers and male role models with a road map towards gaining that direction as it will participate for their first time in the Million Father March next Tuesday.
North Country Public Radio
NY education officials say they are not lowering teacher standards
The state Board of Regents is taking steps to make it easier for teachers to become certified in New York. But the state education commissioner denies that its a lessening of requirements. Prospective teachers in New York will no longer have to score as high on a qualifying test to obtain teaching certificates now that the Board of Regents has agreed to lower the passing score Until now, a score of 41 out of a total of 75 was required on the exam, known as the edTPA, for educative Teacher Performance Assessment.
Education leaders seek $21.4 billion for schools next year
The Florida Board of Education on Wednesday approved a 2018-2019 budget request that includes a $200 per-student boost in the K-12 system, increased funding for the 28 state colleges and construction money for public schools, colleges and universities. The board met in a conference call, with Chairwoman Marva Johnson and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart saying their focus remains on helping Floridians recover from Hurricane Irma, which ravaged almost all of the state earlier this week.
Walker objects to challenger’s Wisconsin education plan
Gov. Scott Walker objected Wednesday to Wisconsin’s education accountability plan drafted by a Democratic challenger in next year’s election, saying it doesn’t embrace enough innovative ideas to help turn around struggling schools. Walker sent a letter to state Superintendent Tony Evers asking him to rework the plan, which all states are required to submit to the federal government by Monday.
The New York Times
3 books on the importance of early education
Across the country, school reformers are pushing for the expansion of publicly funded early education. In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who won the Democratic mayoral primary on Sept. 12, ran on a platform in 2013 centered on the expansion of prekindergarten education to all 4-year-olds; now, in a proposal he is calling “3-K for All,” he plans to reach 3-year-olds, as well. The science is clear: Quality early education has long-term benefits. Still, not everyone is on the same page about what young learners really need.
The Seattle Times
How to help students who struggle with ‘executive function’ skills? Education Lab IQ has answers.
Students need more than academic skills to succeed in school. Before their day starts, they need to be able to get ready on time. In the classroom, they need to maintain self-control. After their school day ends, they need to finish their homework. Some students have a more difficult time with such tasks than others, which is the crux of the Education Lab IQ question sent in by reader Lisa Anderson: “What services and support are available for students who need help with executive function (and are not part of an IEP)?”