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Gov. John Carney signed a bill Thursday requiring public schools to teach certain elements of Black history. 

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Legislation that would provide financial assistance to children who were in the foster care system and attend college in Delaware advances from the House Education Committee.

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DSU is getting $1.9 million over the next four years through the American Rescue Plan to establish a Delaware Integrated Behavioral Health Workforce Training Program (DIBH).

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The Salesianum School in Wilmington will receive a massive donation from a high-profile alum. 

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The Sussex Technical School District continues to repair its high school building—after the state repeatedly denied its bid to build a new one.   

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Two weeks ago, we looked at some charter schools expanding to meet the demands they are seeing.

This week, we look at one - Great Oaks - looking to shrink in coming years to address issues it's having.

Contributor Larry Nagengast looks at their plans for the future.

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The House Education Committee forwarded a resolution to seek ways to modernize Delaware’s education funding system.

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School’s are out for summer starting this week and Delaware’s 2021 statewide Summer Library Reading Program is underway.

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Legislation seeking to improve mental health services in Delaware schools easily passes in the House.


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The James Farm Ecological Preserve receives a $200,000 grant from the Longwood Foundation to improve some of its educational programs.

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Last fall, the lawsuit demanding changes to the state’s education funding system was settled. And since then, state and county governments have started fulfilling the obligations set out for them in those settlements.

This week, contributor Larry Nagengast looks at what’s been accomplished so far, and if calls from advocates for even more to be done will be heeded

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A pair of charter schools become the latest to gain approval to expand by adding grades.

Academy of Dover and Gateway Lab school  will both become K-8 schools in the next few years.

Contributor Larry Nagengast looks at each school’s expansion plans and what they’ll mean for their students.

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The Longwood Foundation is helping to fund the start of a new charter high school in Sussex County.

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New content security is coming to over 200 First State schools next school year. GoGuardian will filter online content in Delaware public and charter schools and on school issued devices regardless of location.

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Sussex Tech High School is getting a new principal.

Matthew Donovan joins Sussex Tech July 1, 2021. 



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Some state lawmakers are pushing for Delaware to join a growing of number of states requiring more substantial Black history education in schools.

And when drafting her bill, State Rep. Sherry Dorsey Walker looked to the community it will affect most - public school students.

Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia caught up with two students from the Delaware Black Student Coalition to get their thoughts on legislation - and their contribution to writing it.

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The consensus is that the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on schools left many students learning less than they would in a normal year.

How best to catch-up is a question schools and the state are grappling with as summer break looms next month. This week, contributor Larry Nagengast looks at some of the issues they face and approaches they'll take.

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Some graduating seniors from Delaware State University are getting additional student debt relief.

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Voters in school districts across the state went the polls Tuesday for school board elections.  Turnout, as usual, was low as 10 districts had contested races to decide.

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School board elections take place throughout the state Tuesday. Ten districts have at least one contested school board race.  

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Gov. John Carney announced this week that he’s lifting COVID-related capacity restrictions indoors starting May 21.

But any event hosting more than 250 people still needs a state approved plan. That includes upcoming high school graduations, which a year ago were substantially pared down because of the pandemic.

Will graduates get a more typical celebration this year?

Contributor Larry Nagengast surveyed schools around the First State to see what they have in the works.

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Both of Delaware’s major universities will require students to be vaccinated in order to return to campus this fall.


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Delaware State University's soon-to-be completed acquisition of Wesley College means major changes for students and staff at both institutions,

But contributor Larry Nagengast reports it's also helping usher in changes DSU’s charter school - the Early College High School.

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The state has a plan to do its part to assist schools and students who have suffered from interrupted learning during the COVID pandemic.


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Legislation introduced Tuesday would provide free skill training to workers impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic through the state's SEED program.

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Delaware State University hosts a vaccination event Wednesday as it sets lofty goals for the amount of students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated.


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The Delaware Historical Society is recruiting teachers for a pilot program.


'Liberty in Our Grasp' is creating a lesson plans for teachers to use to offer a clearer view of the history of slavery in the First State.

A group of Black students from across the state holds its first virtual open house Friday. Members are inviting school leadership, community members and elected officials to learn what the Delaware Black Student Coalition is all about. 

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Residents in the Smyrna School District approved a school tax hike.

Voters backed increases for the district’s operating and capital budgets.

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Early literacy is a topic the state Senate Education Committee wants to improve in the First State.

The committee heard from experts on the topic Monday.