Category: Education

Citing gains, Vision Coalition of Delaware rolls out a second 10-year plan

By Christi Milligan In 2006 the Vision Coalition of Delaware launched “Vision 2015,” a strategic plan for public education that asked citizens to “imagine the best schools in the world for every Delaware student … no exceptions … no excuses.” Nearly a decade later, coalition members are celebrating upward trends in test scores and graduation…

By Joyce Carroll Special to Delaware Business Times New law school dean Rod Smolla is a man of many hats: Scholar, professor, philosopher, author, litigator . Rod Smolla says he’s in Delaware to stay. The new dean at Widener University’s Delaware Law School has acclimated well, having moved his family in May from South Carolina. As a wearer…

By Ron Russo Contributing Writer Education is about much more than producing capable, productive kids.  It is all about the cascading multiple effects of producing such kids. Education is about everything we value in our communities and desire for our citizens.  It is about economics, real estate values, population shifts, crime rates, community development, retaining…

Wilmington, Del. — Gov. Jack Markell vetoed legislation today that would allow for any student to be opted-out of any state or district assessment. But he signed Senate Joint Resolution 2, which aims to eliminate unnecessary, ineffective, or redundant tests required by the state, districts, and individual schools. In his veto statement the Governor expressed…

Wilmington, Del. – Junior Achievement of Delaware, in partnership with Capital One, announced the launch of a redeveloped digital curriculum and accompanying technology for the Junior Achievement Finance Park program. The initiative will give Wilmingt on middle and high school students personal finance tools and digital skills to help them succeed in today’s technology-driven economy.…

Library and Innovation Campus aims for 2016 opening

By Christi Milligan New Castle County (NCC) officials unveiled renderings for a 41,000-foot library and innovation campus, the centerpiece of a broader effort to revitalize a struggling corridor of Route 9 in Wilmington. “This is a library of the future,” said Sophia Hanson, general manager of the NCC Department of Community Services. “We’re going to…

RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state House has approved a revised bill allowing school students to opt out of state standardized testing. The bill passed Tuesday after lawmakers rescinded a vote just minutes earlier defeating the measure. The original legislation allowed parents to have children skip annual state assessments without repercussions.…