Tag Archives: Education

Steven Washington Comments on Education

Independent Party of Delaware Wilmington mayoral candidate, Steven Washington was a recent guest on From the Heart with Marva Richardson on CH 28, featuring a discussion of education with Linwood Jackson and Democratic mayoral primary candidate, Maria Cabrera.

You Tube video can be viewed here:


DE Governor’s Weekly Message 3/4/2016

Expanding Educational Opportunities to Ensure Future Student Success By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Giving our students the best chance to thrive means exposing them to great educational opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math–STEM. STEM jobs are increasing much faster than average, from computer system analysts and software developers to medical scientists and biomedical engineers. And preparing our students means collaboration among our school districts, our colleges and universities, and business leaders to align curriculum with the needs of the workplace. We are making great progress through initiatives like Pathways to Prosperity, through which thousands of students will graduate with workplace experience and college credit in areas like computer science, biomedical science, and engineering. We’re increasing the number of high school students enrolled Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Address 1/15/2016

Investing in Our Students by Building on Dual Enrollment Progress By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell We know that good-paying jobs increasingly require education or training beyond high school, and evidence shows that students who take a college course in high school are more likely to complete their post-secondary education. That’s why we have worked with our school districts and colleges to make dual-enrollment courses a priority, to ensure that students have the opportunity to take college-level courses and earn college credit. This past week, at POLYTECH High School, I announced that by the end of this academic year, we expect to have 2,700 students enrolled in 170 different dual enrollment courses. POLYTECH has doubled participation, to just about 150 just this past year and their partnerships with Delaware Tech and Wilmington University is enabling students to get a head Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message 12/18/ 2015 :”Preparing Our Youngest Learners by Investing in Our Workforce”

Preparing Our Youngest Learners by Investing in Our Workforce By: Delaware Governor, Jack Markell Ensuring Delaware children start school ready to learn is vital to their lifelong prosperity. It’s why we’ve invested heavily in strengthening our early learning programs, as well as supports for new mothers. But those investments will only pay off if we train a high quality workforce to meet these needs. So, this past week, I recognized more than 200 early childhood professionals who this year participated in the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood program to improve upon their own education. They’ve earned advanced degrees and credentials at our colleges and universities, while gaining more knowledge and skills to use in the classroom. The T.E.A.C.H. program shows the incredible dedication of so many members of our early learning workforce – Delawareans like Krysta Thomas, a teacher Read more

DE Governor’s Weekly Message: 12/11/2015

Preparing Students for Success in the New Economy By: Delaware Governor, Jack A. Markell Delaware’s future success, depends on how well we prepare our students today. We must create new opportunities to support them in an economy that requires more education and training than ever to thrive. That’s why I recently announced an additional $600,000 in Pathways to Prosperity grants to high schools to fund more than 50 programs that allow students to earn college credit and gain workplace experience in growing, well-paying fields, so they have a head start on earning a degree or getting a job after graduation. We’re adding programs in finance, health, and computer networking, while expanding others in IT, engineering, and culinary arts. Next year, more than 5,000 students will participate at 29 high schools across the state. And that’s only in the second year of the initiative. Read more

Iran to Build a Nationwide Nuclear Science and Technology School System

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer

The Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, announced last Tuesday that the agency plans to build special nuclear science and technology training schools across Iran.

Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony of the new Nuclear High School in Mashad, he said, “The country’s second nuclear energy school will be constructed in Mashhad and a memorandum of understanding has also been signed among the AEOI, Khorassan Governor General Razavi ‘s Office and the Khorassan Education Department in this regard.”

The AEOI also has plans to construct a hospital with advanced nuclear medicine diagnostic and treatment facilities in Tehran, according to Salehi.

“Race to the Top” – Of What?

All across the fruited plain, state governments are scrambling around trying to scrounge their portion of the $1.35 billion expansion of the “Race to the Top” (RTTT) program funds that the Obama administration has added in its FY 2011 budget. This is in addition to the $4.35 billion for RTTT included in last year’s stimulus bill. Under the Department of Education’s (DOE) guidelines for RTTT, states must meet certain requirements to be eligible for a share of these competitive grants. And here in Delaware, the clamor can be heard everywhere. “Race to the Top” is based on the theory that incentives and guidelines provided by the Department of Education in Washington can spur effective education reforms by state governments and school districts. Unfortunately the pains of the last attempt to do just that are still fresh in the psyche of the administrators, teachers and parents Read more

Comment Rescue: JC on HB117 House Passage

Friend and commenter, Joanne Christian, dropped a comment on Delaware Liberal in reference to the shocking and seemingly ignorant passage of HB117 in the house yesterday. 17 wise and well-thought-out Representatives voted no on this bad piece of Longhurst legislation. My focus being on Appoquinimink, I'd like to thank Rep Dick Cathcart for his no vote, but give loud jeers to Rep Quinn Johnson, whose yes vote is no surprise with his Appo. history. Additionally, I'd like to thank Rep Kowalko for his no vote. He doesn't overlap into Appoquinimink area, but he took the time to come here and comment in reference to the bill, so I felt the need to give him proper praise. To the other 15 representatives who voted no, thank you. Before we get to JC's comment, this bill now goes to the Senate. Senators Bruce Ennis and Bethany Hall-Long, big chunks of your district are Appoquinimink SD. As Read more

Comment Rescue: Calling Joanne Christian! Calling Joanne Christian!

Joanne...need your input! Rescued comment from David A: Art brings up a point that is not lost on voters. Most of the decisions are already made at the Department of Education. Local control is a talking point not a reality. Most of the budget is mandated down to the line. For only the second time that I was in town, I didn’t vote in the school board race. Quite frankly, I didn’t feel like any of the candidates represented me or had any proposals. If they had them, they didn’t present them to the paper or campaign. It all seem like beauty pageant stuff (except for Ms. USA no offense to CP). I didn’t even get a feel that they understood the problems. Now I was away and did not make the forum so I figured maybe someone said something there. They may have been wonderful people with answers, but they didn’t respect me enough to share them and I didn’t feel like I needed to Read more

SJR 11 – One Year Charter Moratorium – Research Required

I am a Charter School proponent.  I am also accepting of Senator Blevins' SJR11, "Instituting a One-Year Moratorium for New Charter School Applications." Two reasons that make me wince first, then two reasons I accept it afterward.  In the name of front page space, take the jump to page two for the low down. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  Reasons that don't excite me about this Joint Resolution... Who's Who Some of the names of sponsorship, namely one Senator DeLuca.  He often has reared his head to complicate the path of charter schools.  One specific example is the Delaware Military Academy and its pursuit of conduit funding.  The prime incident being when they had CONDUIT funding lined up by the county only to have it yanked at the last minute at the behest of Senator DeLuca.  Senator DeLuca and DMA...not Read more