December 20, 2012
Delaware First Media
Gov. Markell asks for Friday moment of silence for Connecticut shooting victims
Governor Jack Markell is asking Delawareans to observe a moment of silence for the victims of the recent school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy declared Friday to be a day of mourning and asked his fellow governors to join in the remembrance slated for 9:30 AM.
The News Journal
Did your child earn a scholarship from the state? Find out.
The state Department of Education announced the names of hundreds of Delaware students who earned a scholarships based on high scores on math and reading assessments.
Facebook’s Zuckerberg donates $500 million for education and health
As the $100 million he donated to the Newark, N.J., schools makes its way into the district there, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday he will donate $500 million of his company’s stock to education and health causes.
K-12 may not benefit from brighter fiscal outlook
Despite some positive signs that could help school budgets, states still are facing a shaky financial environment as they head into the new year. Even in those states where money is being added to education budgets, officials still gun-shy about their finances are looking at more-focused increases. Higher general revenues for states may not always translate to reinvigorated budgets in general
Education Department proposes changes for investing in innovation
The federal Investing in Innovation grant program would get a makeover under a proposed set of new priorities. While the Department of Education will still be looking to further the initial general principles of the i3 program, they’ll also be aiming future competitions more narrowly at one or more of 10 different areas of focus.
Advice, caution from early adopters of new teacher evaluations
Two-thirds of states are in the process of adopting new evaluations, and many will include student achievement, along with intensive classroom observations. It’s unclear whether the new evaluations will have the desired effect. But early adopters say they have at least begun to pinpoint what hasn’t worked, and what teachers and principals find most useful.