June 28, 2013

June 28th, 2013

Category: Early Childhood Education, News, Policy and Practice

Local News

The News Journal
Delaware’s low-income private school students get chance at scholarships
A former charter school leader is raising money for scholarships to pay private school tuition for low-income students. Should his plans take off, it would thrust Delaware into a growing national debate over whether such efforts are a smart way to serve underprivileged students or an attempt to leech money out of traditional public schools.

Delmar’s David Ring named Delaware Superintendent of the Year
After leading the Delmar School District for eight years, Superintendent David Ring has become the Delaware Superintendent of the Year. Following his role as president of the Delaware Chief School Officers Association during 2012, Ring once again will be one of the more recognizable figures in Delaware public education during 2013.

Middletown Transcript
MOT Charter planning to open new high school for 2014-2015 school year
MOT Charter School cleared a major hurdle last week its quest to open Middletown’s newest high school by the fall of 2014. The state Board of Education voted unanimously June 20 to approve the 10-year-old charter school’s request to add ninth through 12th grades to its existing K-8 program, concluding a formal application process that began in January.

National News

Education Week
Toyota boosts investment in Kentucky Early Learning Program
More Kentucky parents and caregivers will be given the keys to help their children unlock everyday learning experiences, as Toyota pledged to double its sponsorship of the their Born learning Academies to $1 million. The academies, which are based at elementary schools, strive to close achievement gaps by providing parents and caregivers with tools to support their child’s future academic performance.

Pro-charter school groups unite in Mississippi
Now that Mississippi has passed a law allowing the creation of public charter schools, those who have advocated its passage have banded together to form an organization to help get the state’s nascent school choice movement off the ground. The group, called the Mississippi Charter School Association, will work to translate the law, which goes into effect next week, into actual operating charter schools.

U.S. education gap narrows between whites and minorities: report
The achievement gap between white and minority children has narrowed considerably in recent decades, as black and Hispanic students have posted strong gains on math and reading tests, according to a new report out Thursday. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as “the nation’s report card,” found that minority students at all ages tested – 9, 13 and 17 years old – have made substantial progress on standardized tests since the early 1970s.

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