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After Christina School District residents resoundingly defeated a referendum to increase school taxes in February, Christy Mannering was so upset that she wrote a three-page letter to the board of education and the district superintendent, outlining mistakes she thought they had made in the campaign and what they might have done better.

DSU alumni give alma mater a record donation

May 20, 2015

Delaware State University’s Class of 1965 has given their alma mater a record donation.


That alumni class presented the school $104,000 during a reception hosted by DSU President Harry L. Williams during its recent 50th anniversary celebration.

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John Kufuor, former President of Ghana, delivered the keynote address at Delaware State University’s 2015 Commencement Sunday.

In addition to speaking to the graduates, Kufuor, the first former head of state to visit the school, also spoke to about 100 people at a town hall on DSU’s Dover campus. 

Class of 2015 graduates at Delaware State Univ.

May 16, 2015

Delaware State University’s Class of 2015, which includes graduates from its December 2014 Commencement, marks a milestone for the college. DSU has surpassed the 20,000 mark of four-year diplomas and above awarded in its  124-year history.


Four students attending Sunday’s DSU commencement ceremony are Presidential Academic Award recipients – graduates who maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout their undergraduate years.


The results of Delaware’s education assessments are less accurate than they appear, according to a new report.

A new study from Educational reform organization Achieve compared state reported proficiency rates across the nation to rates reported by the National Assessment for Educational Progress to discover discrepancies or "honesty gaps." The NAEP is the nation’s report card, regarded as the gold standard of student assessment across state lines.

Delaware was among the bottom 12 states for gaps in reported eighth grade math proficiency - with a proficiency rate 35 percent higher than what’s in the nation’s report card. There’s also a 35 percent gap between the state and NAEP fourth grade reading proficiency rates.

The Delaware State University Board of Trustees decided to raise the school’s tuition next school year.


The three percent increase means in-state tuition will rise by almost $200 a year, while out-of-state students will pay an extra $445 a year. There is no increase in housing costs for the 2015-2016 school year.

It’s DSU’s first tuition increase in three years.

For a second straight year, Milford School District failed to garner support for a plan to pay for new school construction and increase operating funds.

Voters Tuesday rejected a referendum that sought a tax hike to help build a new high school and bolster its operating budget.

The preliminary vote was 2,074 to 1,760 against the referendum that would have raised the district’s $20.7 million share of a new $69 million, 1,400 student high school and added $3 million annually in new operating funds.

Milford School District is looking to win over voters in tomorrow’s (Tuesday) referendum as it seeks a tax hike to help build a new high school and increase its operating budget.]

District residents last year turned down a request to pay for a new middle school and a similar call for more operating revenue.  This year’s combined request is larger than a year ago.

The new $69 million, 1,400 student high school will cost the district $20.7 million, with the state chipping in the rest. The operations request will raise $3 million annually.

Those expecting a sizable income tax refund every year may be disappointed if they’re behind on their local school district property tax bill.

Local districts across the state have $32.4 million in uncollected property tax over the past five years and a new bill from state lawmakers would garnish state tax refunds to try and recoup it by including them in the state’s intercept program.

Our Enlighten Me segment again spotlights Generation Voice - our youth media project that’s completing its first year in the Brandywine School District at Mount Pleasant High School and its radio station 91.7 WMPH. 

The work produced by students with help from our youth media producer Anne Hoffman and Mount Pleasant teacher Paul Wishengrad is showcased on our new Generation Voice website.

And again this week on The Green - we offer a sample of what you’ll find at that website.