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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.

More Delaware high school students are taking and passing Advanced Placement exams, according to recent findings from the College Board.

The number of First State students taking AP exams has doubled since 2004. And scores have improved as well.

AP exams are graded on a scale of one to five, with five being the highest. The number of First State students who received a three, which can qualify them to earn college credit, also doubled over the past ten years.

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15 Delaware high schools are splitting a half million dollars in state money to create new career and technical education programs.

Gov. Jack Markell (D-Delaware) announced Wednesday the schools are receiving the grants as part of his Pathways to Prosperity initiative.

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Delaware State University is marking a historical milestone this week.

2015 is the 125th anniversary of the 1890 Morrill Act.  That was the federal legislation, sponsored by Sen. Justin Morrill of Vermont, that led to the creation of Delaware State and over a dozen other Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The Colonial School District announced Friday that it will redesign its three middle schools around special themes.

George Read will offer instruction in Agriculture, Culinary and Business, McCullough will focus on STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art and Math) courses, and Gunning Bedford will be the home of the visual arts and media program.

Students interested in a specific program will be able to attend the corresponding school, rather than automatically go the school in the feeder pattern based on their residence.

 

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.

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The State Board of Education assented Thursday to requests from Secretary of Education Mark Murphy to place four charter schools on “formal review” status.

Three of the schools, including two high schools scheduled to welcome their first students in August, are currently far short of their enrollment targets for the coming school year. The fourth, the Academy of Dover, is under investigation for issues related to financial management and oversight as well as academic performance.

US District Court dismisses Reach Academy suit

Apr 16, 2015

A US District Court judge has thrown out a gender discrimination suit against the state filed by the soon to be shuttered Reach Academy for Girls.

In an opinion released Thursday, Judge Leonard Stark says that charter schools do not have to exist in equal numbers when they segregate by sex. Reach is the only public, all-girls charter school in the state and it argued it would leave a gap that would be legally unequal.

Education activists and a state lawmaker are irate over what they see as a lack of engagement from Gov. Jack Markell (D) over his latest partnership involving the controversial Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Most colleges and universities in the state agreed to use scores from the latest incarnation of Delaware’s standardized test in whether or not incoming students will need remedial classes.

John Kufuor, former president of Ghana, will be the keynote speaker at Delaware State University’s spring Commencement.

 

President Kufuor will be the first former head of state to speak at the school, and DSU spokesman Carlos Holmes says the administration is deeply excited.

 

"This is not just any President, but this a historic president. And he was able to bring about some great things there. And he is revered there in that country."

 

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