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New Castle County Officials announced last week the winners of a raffle between communities in District 2 for Little Libraries.

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Woodbridge High School in Greenwood is closing temporarily over concerns surrounding an outbreak of COVID-19 cases there among staff and students.

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Two weeks ago, The Green began a two-part look at education advocacy - specifically the people beyond state officials, school officials and lawmakers that are trying to make a difference.

The first part examined historical efforts to advocate for change in education.

This week, Delaware Public Media contributor Larry Nagengast looks at the current state of education advocacy.


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The Capital School District is among the school districts statewide moving to some in-person learning starting next month. 


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The University of Delaware plans more in-person learning for its spring semester. 

 

In a letter Wednesday, UD President Dennis Assanis announced spring classes will be taught face-to-face “whenever possible.”

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Delaware’s 2021 State Teacher of the Year wants to share her message about schools’ need to give students equitable access and opportunities.

 

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A settlement was announced Monday in the high-profile lawsuit filed by NAACP, ACLU and other education advocates seeking to overhaul Delaware’s school funding system to better assist disadvantaged students.

Contributor Larry Nagengast has been covering this case and the issues associated for some time now – and this week examines the settlement itself and what it means.


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Much of what is in this week’s education funding lawsuit settlement, including the funding elements, require the Delaware General Assembly’s approval.  

Contributor Larry Nagengast talked with a number of legislators this week to gauge their support.


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Delaware has named its State Teacher of the Year for 2021.

 

Kimberly Stock earned the honor. She is an English learner teacher at McKean High School in the Red Clay Consolidated School District.

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The suit seeking to reshape education funding in the First State will not go to trial. The state and education advocates announced a settlement Monday.


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Discussions about work to address education issues in the First State often focus on school leaders, Dept. of Education officials and lawmakers or groups created by them, like the Redding Consortium.  But there are others trying to make a difference – parents, private citizens and grassroots groups that advocate for change.

Over the next two weeks, Delaware Public Media contributor Larry Nagengast looks at that latter group - then and now. 

This week, he checks in with some fighting the fight since the 1970s when desegregating schools was the focus of the battle to get their perspective.


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Following a parent protest earlier this week, the state’s largest school district has modified the online offerings for its next phase of reopening.


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The University of Delaware is making more cutbacks to deal with the lost revenue during the pandemic.

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Delaware Technical Community College announced Wednesday it will continue conducting most courses online during the spring semester. 

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Some more school districts are moving to offer in-person learning options later this month—even as Delaware’s COVID-19 cases numbers trend up. 

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Parents protested the state’s largest school district Tuesday over its plan for the next stage of reopening. 


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The Delaware GOP used the Bancroft School in Wilmington as the backdrop for unveiling its plan to address First State education issues.


A Delaware high school student is seeing a project she started a couple of years ago take root in Wilmington and beyond.

It’s called The Urban Garden Initiative, and it’s the brainchild of Newark Charter School senior Megan Chen.

Delaware Public Media contributor Larry Nagengast introduces to Chen and her project.


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University of Delaware staff face layoffs and furloughs as the university tries to mitigate a $250 million deficit created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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First State universities received mixed results from the annual U.S. News and World Report best colleges ranking.

The University of Delaware dropped slightly in the 2021 rankings, while Delaware State University improved in several categories.

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Sussex County Council is set to welcome two newcomers following Tuesday’s primary. 

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Teachers in the Cape Henlopen School District say they doubt the district’s plan to reopen safely.

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Delaware State University receives National Science Foundation funding to allow undergraduates to take part in ongoing hemp research.


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Delaware’s largest university reports 66 cases of the coronavirus since classes started last week. 

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The Delaware Museum of Natural History is trying to help families deal with learning from home this fall.


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Just days into the fall semester, both of Delaware's largest universities have found cases of COVID-19 on campus. 

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The YMCA of Delaware is offering help to working parents struggling with the return of remote learning as the new school year begins.


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The portion of a lawsuit seeking to change the way the state of Delaware funds it schools could come to an end earlier than expected.

The case goes to mediation Monday. 

Delaware Public Media contributor Larry Nagengast has followed this case since it was filed in 2018, and this week delves into the possibilities mediation presents and, if it fails, what could be brought up at trial later this year.


While the state track in the school funding suit is headed for a mediation session scheduled for Aug. 31, the county track is now on hold.

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The state’s public school districts and charters have now largely settled on how they’ll approach beginning the new school year.

Delaware Public Media contributor Larry Nagengast provides an overview of their various plans and walks us through the knowns and unknowns.

 


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