District/Charter Educational Support Professionals of the Year Celebrated; One to be Named State Honoree

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The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) is honoring 20 educational support professionals for their outstanding work supporting their students and school communities.Ā Now in its fourth year, the Delaware State Educational Support Professional of the Year (ESPOY) program recognizes outstanding service by school employees who provide direct or indirect services to students and their families.Ā The 2024…

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Delaware Autism Program Office Moves to State Agency

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The Delaware Office of Statewide Autism Programs is now part of the Delaware Department of Education. The office provides supports to students with an educational classification of autism. The change allows them to better coordinate with other state supports and programs so that ultimately, they can better serve our children with autism. The move took…

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Del. School Funding System to be Studied

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The Delaware Department of Education has begun a study into the stateā€™s education  funding system. The state has contracted with the American Institutes  for Research to analyze current policy and to make  recommendations for improvements. According to the Department, the  focus will be on equity for all students. A final report is expected in late…

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Del. Report Card Released On Teacher Prep

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Delaware is making progress in preparing teachers and specialist educators of the future. The Delaware Department of Education has released a report providing detailed information on the diversity of candidate classes, student performance outcomes of graduates, employment placement and retention. The DOE noted progress being made by Delaware institutions of higher education in attracting a…

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Del. Universal Mask Mandate Will End Fri., School Mask Mandate Expires Mar. 31st

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Delaware’s indoor mask mandate under Governor John Carney’s COVID-19 State of Emergency order will expire this Friday morning, February 11th effective at 8:00 a.m. Also, Carney Monday announced that the school mask requirement will end March 31st. That date was selected to allow districts and schools to consider local mask requirements. The Division of Public…

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Gov. Carney Submits Nomination For New Secretary Of Education

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Governor John Carney has nominated a former superintendent of the Brandywine School District to become Delaware’s next Secretary of Education. If confirmed by the State Senate, Dr. Mark Holodick would replace Dr. Susan Bunting. Bunting was superintendent of the Indian River School District before joining the Carney administration in 2017. She plans to step down…

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Who Will Be The Next Del. Teacher of the Year?

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Delaware’s 2022 Teacher of the Year will be named tonight (Monday). The Delaware Department of Education will live-stream the event on its social media channels starting at 7:00 p.m. School districts and the Delaware Charter Network submitted nominations for the statewide award. The candidates have been observed in the classroom by a former Delaware Teacher…

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Del. 2020-21 School Assessment Results Released

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The Delaware statewide education assessment results have been released, reflecting a school year like no other. Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting said significantly fewer students took the assessment, which makes it impossible to compare to previous administration of the test. Still, she said the data is valuable as the state and schools try…

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Del. Faces Shortage Of School Bus Drivers

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Delaware school bus drivers are in demand, with a new school year just weeks away. According to the Delaware Department of Education, local districts and charter schools are getting few new applicants to meet a shortage of bus drivers. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the shortage, because the age of many drivers put them at higher…

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Del. Reaches $15-Million Agreement With School COVID-19 Testing Partner

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Delaware has reached a $15-million partnership with a corporation that would provide comprehensive COVID-19 testing in schools. According to Delaware Public Health, Quidel will provide rapid antigen testing with on-the-spot results available in as little as ten minutes. ā€œWhen used alongside other prevention strategies, like distancing and face masks, testing creates an additional level of…

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20 Candidates Nominated For Del. Teacher Of The Year

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20 Delaware educators are in the running to become Teacher of the Year for 2022. Public school districts and charter schools nominated their candidates based on ability to inspire a love of learning in students, demonstration of professional traits and devotion to teaching. According to the Department of Education, Delaware has about 10,000 public school…

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Graduation Rates Up, Dropout Rates Down in Delaware

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The 2018-2019 school year saw an increase in graduation rates and a decrease in the dropout rate in Delaware’s public high schools. The Delaware Department of Education’s annual report showed an overall graduation rate of 86.69 percent, an increase from 85.75 percent the year prior. The graduation rates for several subgroups like African Americans, American…

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