September 7, 2012
The News Journal
State: Pencader should fix issues now, not later
It should be “days, not weeks” before problems identified by the state at Pencader Business and Finance Charter School are fixed, state Education Secretary Mark Murphy said. Murphy, along with state board of education president Teri Quinn Gray, met privately Thursday in Wilmington with three Pencader school board members following last week’s announcement about concerns with the school’s operations.
Lt. Gov. Denn reports schools improve in putting cash into classrooms
Delaware’s school districts have been devoting more of their budgets to the classroom and less to administrative expenses on average. That’s according to the Lieutenant Governor’s third annual report on school district and charter school spending.
New breed of community partnerships aiding schools
New kinds of agreements between school districts and their neighboring communities to share space and assets are on the rise. These symbiotic “joint use” partnerships enable districts and entities such as cities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to maximize the use of facilities and money, while meeting the needs of children and others in the community.
Educator cadres formed to support common assessments
One of the groups designing tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards has launched a major effort to help state teams of educators understand—and be able to translate for their peers—what the new assessments will entail for classroom instruction.
Rhode Island’s top elementary school and its secret weapon
In second grade, Henri could only read 7 words a minute accurately. You’re hoping for about 60 words. As such, Henri was about to slam into the critical 3rd grade reading milestone. That’s when students switch from learning to read, to reading to learn. Reading is the key to school success. Remediation is certainly possible, but gets progressively harder to accomplish. Statistically, students who blow that 3rd-grade benchmark face a bleak academic future.