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The beginning of the school year means school buses will hit the streets in the next few weeks.

Almost 110,000 children ride one of the First State’s more than 1,600 school buses each day - and Delaware State Police is offering guidelines to parents for safe bus riding.  It includes being familiar with each child’s bus driver and supervising their children as they walk to their bus stops.

Delaware State Police spokesman Sergeant Robert Bratz said parents should take charge of their children’s safety.

Smarter Balanced scores due in September

Aug 20, 2015
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Teachers, parents, and, of course, students themselves will get their first look at results from Delaware’s first year using the Smarter Balanced Assessment early next month.


State test scores fall in science and social studies

Aug 20, 2015

Delaware standardized science test scores continue to drop, with the majority of students ranking as below or well-below proficiency.

Data for the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) show that out of the 5th, 8th and 10th graders tested, no group reached 50 percent proficiency in science.

Wilmington education commission announces membership

Aug 18, 2015
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 The membership of newly-created Wilmington Education Improvement Commission was announced Tuesday, just weeks after Gov. Jack Markell (D-Delaware) signed legislation to create the committee and redraw district lines in the state’s largest city earlier this month.

Enlighten Me: The migrant children summer camp

Aug 14, 2015

Parents often struggle to find things to do with their children over the summer. Kids get a break, but most of the time, parents are still working. What would you do with your children if you were a migrant farmworker - at work from 5am til sundown?

Every summer, migrant kids from Florida, Georgia and Texas, living here in Delaware for the summer, go to the Seaford Boys and Girls club for a special camp. In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Anne Hoffman visits their camp and checks out their annual culinary challenge.

Murphy steps down as head of Delaware Ed. Dept.

Aug 14, 2015
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State Education Secretary Mark Murphy will soon resign his post according to state officials.

Gov. Jack Markell (D) will nominate Steven Godowsky, former superintendent of New Castle County Vo-Tech School District to replace him later this fall. The state Senate will consider Godowsky’s nomination during an Oct. 28 special session.

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The Christina School District will begin its new school year dealing with the fall-out from budget cuts and a change in leadership.  

Christina School Board members voted Tuesday night to accept a preliminary budget plan that included needed cuts to finish filling a $9.5 million dollar budget hole left when district voters rejected two tax referendums earlier this year.

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With a little more than three weeks left before the start of the new school year for their 15,300 or so students, officials in the Christina School District are still crunching numbers on final budget cuts and about half of the teachers laid off following a pair of failed referendums are still looking for work.

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There's a change at the top in the Christina School District.  Superintendent Dr. Freeman Williams has submitted documentation to begin a leave of absence, effective immediately

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Kids in Delaware have been trying things like computer coding at STEM education camps this summer. But they're not the only ones honing in on science, technology, engineering and math during the break. Teachers are also getting ready for first-run STEM classes next year.


The new courses will cover material that might already be familiar to some students – but that’s brand-new to many of their teachers.


Delaware Public Media's Annie Ropeik visited one of a series of trainings, where educators from Delaware and beyond were getting a crash course in computer science.