Commentary: Junior ROTC alive and well at Polytech High

Maybe you have heard rumors about the Junior ROTC program at Polytech. Maybe you heard the program is going away. Maybe you’ve heard there’s no more flight program. Well, let’s get rid of the rumors and misunderstandings once and for all! The Air Force JROTC program at Polytech High School is alive and well and […]

DHSS seeks school supplies, cash, gift cards

NEW CASTLE — The Department of Health and Social Services in partnership with the Human Services Council, Inc., is seeking individuals, businesses and organizations to help thousands of children living in poverty or in low-income households by providing backpacks, school supplies, and gift cards to purchase uniforms, or by choosing items to purchase for students […]

Commentary: Delaware elementary schools need to look at test scores in a new way

Delaware released its 2018-19 student test scores recently with the headline that achievement is sluggish. Some state leaders contend the tests are a waste of time and money. But if we look at the data in a new way, following groups of students over time, we see important successes and failures everyone could learn from. […]

The Jefferson School, Sussex Academy mulling merger

GEORGETOWN — Preliminary discussion is under way on a possible future merger of two Georgetown-area educational institutions — The Jefferson School and Sussex Academy. Sussex Academy Director of Development Gina Derrickson said there is not a definite timetable on any potential merger, but no changes would occur for this coming school year. “Honestly, right now, […]

Filling a need: Groups rally to give away school supplies

DOVER — With the start of a new school year looming just a couple of weeks away, most students are still trying to squeeze in as much summer fun as they can before those buses arrive and that dreaded first bell rings. Mount Zion American Methodist Episcopal Church, in partnership with several other churches in […]

Commentary: Talking education, equity with the Mandela Fellowship

This summer, Rodel hosted a visit from the Mandela Washington Fellowship. The Mandela Washington Fellowship started in 2014, and is the base program of the Young African Leaders Initiative that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The fellowship recognizes young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa between the ages of 25 and 35 […]

Speak Out: Delaware test results

Delaware’s standardized test scores saw little change from 2018 but are mostly trending upward since the launch of the Smarter Balanced Assessment in 2015. Despite that, little more than half the students in grades three through eight tested as proficient in the English language arts section, while fewer than 50 percent of test-takers were found […]

Some good, plenty of bad in state testing scores

DOVER — Delaware’s standardized test scores saw little change from 2018 but are mostly trending upward since the launch of the Smarter Balanced Assessment in 2015. Despite that, little more than half the students in grades three through eight tested as proficient in the English language arts section, while fewer than 50 percent of test-takers […]

Commentary: Sussex County is transforming technical education

Tabitha Harris has known for years that she wants to work as an auto technician. So she came to Sussex Technical High School, where for three years she studied in our auto tech program and earned top-level certifications. Over the last year, as a senior, she spent half her time outside of school — not […]

Sussex Tech unveils work-based Career Capstone Program

GEORGETOWN – Sussex Technical High School officials Tuesday announced a new work-based capstone experience for its incoming freshman class, part of a transformation of the school’s award-winning career and technical education program. Beginning with this fall’s freshman class, all seniors will have the opportunity to work part-time in a job in their technical area for […]