Rollback proposed for Michelle Obama school lunch guidelines

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday proposed rolling back nutrition guidelines for school meals that had been promoted by Michelle Obama as part of her campaign to combat child obesity. The impact, child nutrition advocates said, will be less fruit and vegetables and more foods like pizza and fries in the school meals program, […]

State drops opposition to Del. school funding suit depositions

DOVER — Attorneys for Gov. John Carney have dropped their opposition to Delaware’s education secretary and budget director being deposed in a lawsuit alleging the state is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students. A judge had planned to hear arguments Thursday on a requested protective order preventing Education Secretary Susan Bunting and […]

Holy Cross student to be honored for selfless service

DOVER — Reagan Garnsey, a seventh-grader from Holy Cross School in Dover, will receive the 2020 Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for selfless service, determination, innovation and ideals that are changing the world. “Catholic schools are harbingers of committed young people dedicated to service and committing their […]

Delaware attorney general secures relief for 20 teachers affected by retirement accounts

DOVER — Horace Mann Investors, Inc., a broker-dealer operating in Delaware, has agreed to provide settlement payments to numerous customers — including more than 120 teachers in the state — with IRA accounts opened by one of its registered representatives, Dieter Hofmann, Attorney General Kathleen Jennings announced. “The resolution provides necessary relief to over 120 […]

Letter to the Editor: Starting school after Labor Day a sensible idea

When I return to Dover on Jan. 14 to start the second session of the 150th General Assembly, I will be introducing bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by the president pro-tempore of the Senate and myself to establish the first day of classes each school year to be the day after Labor Day for Delaware public schools. […]

Commentary: ‘It’s not where you are from; it’s where you are at’

Happy New Year! One of my favorite musicians is William Michael Griffin Jr., known by late 80s hip-hop enthusiasts as “Rakim.” In his 1987 song “I Know You Got Soul” rests my favorite lyric: “Even other states come right and exact / It’s not where you are from, it’s where you are at.” The ending […]

Indian River to host major capital improvement referendum

SELBYVILLE — The Indian River School District will host a major capital improvement referendum on Thursday, Feb. 13. The referendum will seek funding for the construction of a new Sussex Central High School. With voter approval, the referendum will result in a maximum possible tax increase of $63.24 for the average district property owner. This […]

Commentary: Keeping an eye on Opportunity Funding in Delaware

Money matters in education, as national research shows us. But how money is spent matters just as how much — as long as the how is driven by local context and needs. Let’s check in on the status of the state’s Opportunity Funding investment and put this progress into the broader context of school funding […]

Speak Out: Wesley College at issue

Wesley College, which has received several million dollars from the state this year due to ongoing financial issues, has two potential merger agreements with unspecified institutions in place. According to the college’s Nov. 26 application for $3.2 million from the state’s Higher Education Economic Development Investment Fund, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, […]

Coons, Carper help gain permanent funding for HBCUs

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a bipartisan agreement on Thursday that was brokered by Sen. Chris Coons and several leading Republican and Democratic senators, also supported by Sen. Tom Carper, to make permanent $255 million in annual funding for historically black colleges and universities and minority serving institutions like Delaware State University. The legislation will […]