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Larry Nagengast

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Larry Nagengast, a contributor to Delaware First Media since 2011, has been writing and editing news stories in Delaware for more than four decades.

A native of Babylon, N.Y., he began his career as a reporter and editor with The News Journal, where he covered schools, courts, government and consumer issues, guided the operations of the features department and supervised a team of staff and freelance writers to produce six zoned weekly community news sections. He has won national and regional awards for his education writing and regional awards for his coverage of consumer news and other topics.

Larry has written one book, Pierre S. du Pont IV, Governor of Delaware, 1977-1985, an oral history of the du Pont administration, and has edited three others, including Vietnam Mailbag, Voices From the War, 1968-1972, an award-winning social history by Nancy E. Lynch, and The Heart of America, a collection of images from all 50 states by photojournalist Kevin Fleming that was recognized as one of “America’s Best” by Reader’s Digest magazine.

A graduate of Fordham University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Larry served as an officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning a career in journalism.

When not at work, he enjoys reading about U.S. history and politics and rooting for New York sports teams ... and the Baltimore Ravens.

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The Christina School District continues make progress toward implementing a Memorandum of Understanding with the state to reorganize its Wilmington schools.  But the path to the finish line is not without obstacles.

Contributor Larry Nagengast looks at issues still on the horizon in this latest effort to improve schools in the state’s largest city.


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The state of Delaware finds itself in court, defending its public school funding system in a lawsuit filed last year.

This week, Delaware Public Media completes an in-depth look at the key issues in the case with Part 2 focusing.  Last week, Part 1 dealt with the controversial issue of  property reassessment.


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Whenever the school funding lawsuit against top state officials and county tax collectors is decided by Vice Chancellor Travis Laster, its outcome will likely have an impact on every school district in Delaware.

But the state’s school districts are, for the most part, sitting on the sidelines as the case plays out.

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The state of Delaware finds itself in court, defending its public school funding system in a lawsuit filed last year.

Over the next two weeks, Delaware Public Media is taking an in-depth look at the key issues in the case. Part 1 focuses on the controversial issue of  property reassessment.


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As litigation over Delaware’s school funding system proceeds in the state’s Court of Chancery, an interesting side battle has emerged – between the City of Wilmington and New Castle County.

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Blankets for foster children, placemats for soup kitchens, hygiene kits for the homeless, books for young readers, potted plants for senior citizens.

Students and parents at Tower Hill School didn’t have something for everyone in need on Monday, but they had more than enough to go around as they marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of community service.


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Several other schools in New Castle County conducted community service activities associated with the commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Delaware’s Hispanic population continues to grow – especially in Sussex County

But addressing the needs of this population and challenges it faces has proven difficult.

Contributor Larry Nagengast reports that could be changing.


For more than a decade, the Arsht-Cannon Fund has been underwriting projects, primarily in Sussex County, to advance educational opportunities and access to social services to Hispanic immigrant families.

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Earlier this fall, Delaware received a $10.4 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education to improve state’s charter school system.

In addtion to supporting efforts to share charter schools' best practices, Delaware's Dept. of Ed. says the money will help add thousands of new charter seats in the First State.

Contributor Larry Nagengast examines the state's initial plans for these funds.


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