Category: Education

In the interest of greater transparency, the Sussex Technical Board of Education is considering a freshman admissions policy that codifies past practice and puts the random lottery process formally in the hands of the state Data Service Center. Sussex Tech Superintendent Stephen Guthrie has proposed a formal policy for the school board’s approval. The policy…

(AP) — A judge on Tuesday denied a request by state officials to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Delaware is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students. Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster issued a 133-page ruling concluding that plaintiffs represented by the ACLU of Delaware and Community Legal Aid Society Inc. had raised…

First State Military Academy strives for excellence amid charter boom

By DAN LINEHAN Special to Delaware Business Times At First State Military Academy, students wear the MARPAT, short for “Marine pattern,” the same pixelated camo uniform worn by Marines. But they’re not allowed to wear it outside of school, and they could face discipline even for stopping at a gas station before class in a…

The Philadelphia-based Springboard Collaborative this summer helped students at Kuumba Academy and Great Oaks Charter avoid the “summer slide,” meeting ambitious growth goals toward grade level reading. The 211 students who attended the six-week program gained an average of 2.3 months of reading growth, while preventing the three-month loss in reading skills that’s often expected during…

(AP) — The University of Delaware is closing two large dorms several years ahead of schedule. News outlets report the university announced recently that it is closing both Christiana Towers dorms at the end of this school year. The nearly 50-years-old towers house about 1,300 students. The university had initially planned to close them at…

Shortage of reliable subs creates market for staffing

By Dan Linehan Special to Delaware Business Times Every morning before school, the call goes out for New Castle County substitute teachers through automated phone lines and online messages from a New Castle hub. Following a national trend, all four major districts in the county now rely on staffing companies to find, train and assign…

On October 30th, Delaware Technical and Community College held a meet and greet to introduce its new vice president and campus director, Dr. Lora Johnson. After a brief introduction by President Dr. Mark Brainard, Johnson shared her vision for Del Tech’s Wilmington Campus before opening the floor to questions from community partners and decision-makers. Johnson…

By Joyce L. Carroll Special to Delaware Business Times Dr. Tony Allen gets it: He sees the value of building relationships between academia, corporate America and the community. He’s held prominent roles in all three. Allen has served as provost of Delaware State University for just over a year, and last month he was appointed…