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Christina School District

The Christina School District hired its a new superintendent Thursday.

The Christina School Board voted unanimously to hand the reins to current Capital School District superintendent Dan Shelton.

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The coronavirus pandemic has put on hold many of those familiar senior year milestones: prom, recognition for their accomplishments, and a commencement ceremony with all of the familiar trappings.

Now, graduation plans at Delaware high schools are evolving after Governor John Carney recently updated the COVID-19 State of Emergency to allow outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people.


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The coronavirus dramatically altered life for high schoolers in Delaware. 

Many are getting more sleep, trying out new hobbies or playing more video games. Others are struggling with online school, social isolation and persistent worries about the virus.

Delaware Public Media partners with McKean and Mount Pleasant High Schools in the Red Clay and Brandywine school districts to work with students in those schools when classes are in session in those buildings.

But with students all working remotely, Delaware Public Media’s youth media producer Sophia Schmidt tried something different - collecting audio journal entries from radio students at these schools over the past month.  The result is their pandemic experiences, in their own words. 

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The state’s School Reopening Working Group - tasked with planning how to bring students safely back to school this fall - started its work after a week's delay.


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Occasionally, The Green takes time to highlight work created by student journalists, including those at the University of Delaware.

 

And while learning during the spring semester has been completely online at UD, these students continued to do their work telling stories about issues and topics they find interesting and important - remotely

 

In this week’s Enlighten Me, we highlight a series of thoughtful, informative pieces produced without the usual access to equipment and interviews studnets would normally have when working on these stories -- which make them all the more impressive.

 

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Delaware State University students can return to campus starting next week to gather their belongings from the dorms.  It’s their first time back since campus closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gov. John Carney has announced the creation of several working groups to plan for the safe reopening of Delaware school buildings. 

Carney ordered school buildings closed for the rest of the school year last month in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Delaware State University’s Class of 2020 couldn’t receive their degrees in-person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But, that didn’t stop the largest graduating class in school history from celebrating in a big way during a virtual commencement Saturday.

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Colleges and universities in Delaware are taking a hit from the coronavirus outbreak. Just how big financial losses will be depends on whether schools are on-campus or online this fall, and several institutions are waiting to make that call. 


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Gov. John Carney updated his State of Emergency order again Sunday, addressing issues raised by shutting down schools for the remainder of the academic year.

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In a 149-page decision, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster on Friday ruled that the property tax systems used by all three counties violate the state’s Constitution.

Laster, however, declined to rule on how the matter should be resolved. Instead, he gave the parties in the case 45 days to set up a schedule for conducting the remedy phase of the trial.

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Christina School District could see close to $10 million in cuts to teachers and programs if its June referendum fails.


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Delaware State University is bringing star power to its virtual commencement ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2020.

The online graduation celebration Saturday, May 16th will now feature former Vice-President and presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden, as well as the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson - a Milton, Delaware native.

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is prompting pay cuts at the University of Delaware.

And top administrators and the school’s senior leadership team are taking the hit.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic us prompting All Saints Catholic School in Elsmere to close at the end of this school year.

 

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Changes made over the last three years are paying off for the nursing program at Delaware State University. 

The program remains in good standing after receiving renewed accreditation from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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The University of Delaware faces an unprecedented multimillion dollar loss after the coronavirus crisis pushed classes online this semester. 


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Students in Delaware won’t return to the classroom this school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. John Carney announced Friday schools will remain closed and teaching will continue remotely over the next two months.

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Delaware State University is helping its most vulnerable students during the coronavirus pandemic with an emergency relief fund.

 

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While admitting Thursday that Delaware schools will likely stay closed for the remainder of the academic year, Gov. JohnCarney says it’s not an easy call to make.

 


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Education in the First State faced a number of issues before the coronavirus pandemic upended everything.

But those pre-COVID-19 issues have not disappeared.  And work to address some of them continues.

Contributor Larry Nagengast checks in on one - Redding Consortium for Educational Equity - this week.


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Contributor Larry Nagengast has spent the past two weeks detailing how schools across the First State have ramped up remote teaching with their buildings closed until at least May 15th under Gov. John Carney’s emergency order.

This week, he turns his attention to what this sudden shift in teaching could mean for the future of education in the First State.


Brandywine School District

The Brandywine School District has a new superintendent. 

The school board voted unanimously this week to appoint interim  superintendent Lincoln Hohler to the post.

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Last week, contributor Larry Nagengast took an in-depth look at how schools across the First State were preparing to teach students remotely with their buildings closed until at least May 15 under Gov. John Carney’s emergency order.

Many schools began their remote teaching efforts this week – and Larry checked in with teachers and others on the frontlines to get a sense for how it is going.


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The University of Delaware’s commencement is among the latest events called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The school announced Thursday that its 2020 graduation ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at Delaware Stadium, is postponed.

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Researchers at First State universities are forced to make adjustments during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Schools in the First State remain closed until at least May 15th under Gov. John Carney’s emergency order.  That means at least a month and a half more of school trying to educate students remotely.

The challenge of doing that it’s a huge one.  Delaware Public Media contributor Larry Nagengast checked in this week with districts and schools around the state to see how they’re faring – and found approaches and preparedness vary.


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The University of Delaware was the site of the first confirmed cases of the new coronavirus disease COVID-19 in Delaware.

The University responded by suspending classes, moving up, then extending spring break, closing its residence halls, and promising a move to online-only courses starting this Monday.

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talked with Sharon Pitt, vice president for information technologies and chief information officer at UD - and Lynn Okagaki, deputy provost for academic affairs - about how the school plans to make the transition.

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University of Delaware students can now opt to take classes pass/fail this semester due to the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Gov. John Carney is extending the time Delaware schools will close in response to the spread of the new coronavirus.

Public schools, including charters, will remain closed until May 15th.

 

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