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Students will pay more to attend the University of Delaware during the 2015-2016 school year.

The university announced Tuesday that tuition and fees for in-state and out of state students will go up – but call the hike the lowest percentage increase in more than 30 years.

In-state undergrads will pay $12,520 to attend UD.  That’s $178 more than last year -- or a 1.44 percent increase.  Out-of-state undergrads will see $728 added to their bill – pushing it to $31,420.  That’s a 2.37 percent.

Sen. Coons visits STEM camp to fly drones

Jul 6, 2015
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Students at FAME, the Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering, got to watch drones fly with Senator Chris Coons at A.I. Dupont High School in Wilmington on Monday.


At FAME, students learn robotics, coding and math skills to enter the job market with a leg up.

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Right now, Delaware is in the midst of a race to educate its kids for the future. The state has funded new science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM classes in high schools -- and is pushing districts to write more STEM into younger grades, too.

Education officials are proud of their early successes -- but what happens when school's out for summer? It's up to summer camps to keep STEM on kids' minds -- especially concepts like coding, which they'll soon see at almost all grade levels.

Delaware Public Media's Annie Ropeik visited a pair of STEM camps answering that call by teaching kids kindergarten through eighth grade to create video games.




When a SpaceX rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded Sunday, it also blew apart at least 30 student science projects, including two from Delaware.

Meredith Schwartzendruber, a science teacher at Caravel Academy in Bear spent months preparing her students to launch their science experiment on fruit flies into space. They wanted to see how the fruit fly anatomy would be affected by the low gravity environment in the ISS.

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A Dover charter school could face a criminal investigation after a report from the state auditor says the school mismanaged its finances for years.

Auditor Tom Wagner issued the report on his inspection of Academy of Dover Charter School on Tuesday. He says $127,000 of the school's $3 million state-funded budget was spent on personal items, with another $129,000 unaccounted for.

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Back in February, we brought you the story of Indian River School District’s intensive ESL program for the wave of Central American teenagers who migrated to Delaware last summer.

The APELL program , which just finished its first year, specifically focuses on students with low literacy skills. Those students aren’t mainstreamed into bigger public high schools until they’ve completed a year of the program.

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After nearly a year of work, a state task force is issuing part of their recommendation to pay Delaware teachers more.


Under the draft plan, new teachers in Delaware would make up to $5,000 more per year, with other boosts in pay sprinkled throughout their careers.


State officials and lawmakers have spent significant time and energy addressing education issues this year.

Skirmishes over topics like Priority Schools, charter schools and allowing parents top opt-out their kids out of the new Smarter Balanced student assessment have been contentious - and in some cases remain unresolved.

Delaware State Education Association president Frederika Jenner says it’s important to debate these issues, though the head of state’s largest teacher’s union she admits worrying about the tone these debates have taken.

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Two schools in the Christina school district will be getting an energy makeover.


Glasgow High School and Gauger-Hobbs Middle School will be subjects of a $5 million dollar pilot energy efficiency program, sponsored by the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility.

Opt-out bill on hold in State Senate

Jun 10, 2015
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State senators are still mulling whether to release a bill from committee that would allow parents to opt their children out of taking the state's new Smarter Balanced Assessment.