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July 20, 2017

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Cape Gazette
Cape increases school tax rate
The Cape Henlopen school board approved a 27-cent increase in the tax rate July 13, primarily to cover increasing costs for special education for six district students. “This is hitting every district, not just us. We’re playing catch up since our tax rate is too low to support the expenditures that are coming,” said Oliver Gumbs, director of business operations. Gumbs said private, residential placements, which are very expensive, have doubled from three students last school year to six for the 2017-18 school year.

Coastal Point
Dagsboro offer for school resource officer rejected by IRSD
At the monthly town council meeting on July 17, Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey reported to the council on his presentation to the Indian River School District regarding the role of school resource officer. Dagsboro had asked Toomey to approach the district regarding the Town taking over the position of school resource officer for Indian River High School and John M. Clayton Elementary, via contract service through the Dagsboro Police Department.

Delaware Business Times
Survey looks at how teachers feel about their jobs
How do Delaware teachers feel about their jobs? An annual survey aims to figure that out. About 4,000 certified educators out of a total of 10,000 in the state responded to the 2017 Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) Delaware survey. They answered questions on everything from workplace conditions to curriculum and student resources.

Human Rights Campaign
Delaware Governor aims to make local schools more LGBTQ inclusive
Delaware Governor John Carney has issued a directive for the education department to draft anti-discrimination policies to protect LGBTQ students in the state’s public and charter schools. The memo was sent to Delaware’s Education Secretary Susan Bunting, calling for stronger protections statewide that would “prohibit discrimination based on gender, race and/or ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic.”

Rodel Blog
Meet Jeremy Hidalgo
Hello! My name is Jeremy Hidalgo and I am excited to join the Rodel Foundation as a policy fellow. I am a Delaware native and recent graduate of the School of Public Policy & Administration at the University of Delaware (UD). At UD, I researched issues like prisoner reentry, healthcare, and reform; civil rights and environmental justice; restorative justice; and the effects of urban development on public education.

The News Journal
Carney vetoes bill eliminating 5-mile radius for charter schools
Gov. John Carney has vetoed a bill that would have eliminated charter schools’ ability to give enrollment preference to students who live within 5 miles of their campuses primarily because he felt it was unfair to Wilmington students in the Christina School District.  The bill would have allowed charter schools to prioritize students who live in parts of a school district “geographically contiguous” to them.

National News

Education Week
Florida to seek waiver from key ESSA provisions
Florida plans to seek a waiver from several fundamental portions of the Every Student Succeeds Act that dictate how schools handle some of the country’s most historically underperforming and disadvantaged students. But the draft request, which seeks to mostly keep intact a state school accountability system that predates the new federal K-12 law, already has inflamed civil rights advocates, and could prove an early test of how the U.S. Department of Education intends to weigh states’ bids for flexibility in the ESSA plans being submitted for approval.

The Atlantic
How teachers are taught
One charter school teacher-training program gives first-year teachers a part-time workload and allows them to learn alongside mentor teachers. Another has summer workshops that include home visits with students’ families. A third network often starts the year with a week of workshops at a Westchester hotel, has a staff member devoted to professional development, and brings in consultants for math, writing, and reading instruction.

The Hechinger Report
African-American boys who tell better stories as preschoolers may learn to read more quickly
Helping African-American boys improve their ability to tell stories in preschool could increase the speed at which they learn to read later on, according to new research from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Researcher Nicole Gardner-Neblett said the results were something of a surprise.

The Recorder
State Senate OKs mental health education
Three women from north central Massachusetts were on hand Thursday to watch as the Senate passed a bill they wrote to give high schools the option of adding mental health education to their health courses. The Senate’s approval of the bill marked a milestone for the college-aged women, who began their quest to add a mental health component to health education while attending Leominster High School.

USA Today
Teachers union boss skewers Betsy DeVos on vouchers, likening them to ‘cousins’ of segregation
In a blistering speech slated to be delivered to more than 1,400 teachers here on Thursday, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten likens U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to a climate-change denier, saying DeVos refuses to acknowledge “the good in our public schools and their foundational place in our democracy.”


July 20, 2017

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Delaware News

Department of Education
Survey gives educators voice on workplace strengths, needs
School leadership is the working condition that most affects a teacher’s willingness to stay working in their school, according to the more than 4,000 Delaware educators who responded to the 2017 TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Delaware survey. The majority of Delaware educators feel their schools’ curricula is aligned to state standards, use assessment data to inform their instruction, have time to collaborate with peers and have school leaders who facilitate using data to improve student learning and encourage trying new things to improve instruction.

Newark Post
Thurgood Marshall Elementary wins nationwide Scary Pump Room contest
New moms Stacey DiIenno and Sarah Sozio-Kennard, teachers at Thurgood Marshall Elementary, used to pump their breast milk in the school’s computer server room because they had nowhere else to go, but now, after winning a nationwide contest, they have a dedicated space designed specifically for their needs. “It’s relaxing and there’s privacy,” Sozio-Kennard said.

Gov. Carney orders new anti-bias guidelines to protect Del. students
Gov. Carney has ordered the creation of new state guidelines to prohibit discrimination against students based on characteristics such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. The governor wants Delaware’s 19 school districts and charter schools to use the “model policy” developed by the Department of Education to inform their own policies “to suit the needs of their students,” Carney’s office said in a news release.

Office of the Governor
Governor Carney signs legislation to boost library technology, scholarship opportunities
Governor John Carney on Wednesday signed into law House Bill 94 and House Bill 34, legislation that will allow Delaware libraries to further their efforts to coordinate technology resources statewide and offer more educational opportunities to library and archives professionals.

The News Journal
Lack of responses raises questions about Delaware teacher survey
Though little data was collected from some of Delaware’s lowest-performing schools, officials say a 2017 survey of local teaching conditions still has valuable takeaways. Less than half of the state’s educators participated in the survey, results show. At some schools, like Bayard Middle School in Wilmington, only a few teachers responded.

Carney wants model anti-discrimination policy for public schools
Facing pressure from transgender students and advocates, Gov. John Carney has instructed state education leaders to draft a model anti-discrimination policy for Delaware public and charter schools. In a memo sent Monday to Secretary of Education Susan Bunting, Carney directed the department to develop, through regulation, clear guidance to public and charter schools to “prohibit unlawful discrimination in educational programs and activities for students, on the basis of any legally protected characteristic,” including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression.

National News

Education Reform Now
Doubling down: The black-white graduation gap in the Midwest
The Midwest is home to some of the nation’s finest public institutions of higher education. However, for many black children growing up in these states, degrees from these respected institutions are shockingly out of reach relative to their white peers. Indeed, the graduation gaps between black and white students at both the high school and university level in many Midwestern states are among some of the worst in the nation. Take Wisconsin, for example.

Education Week
What should special education teachers know and be able to do?
A newly-minted special education teacher should be able to: “collaborate with professionals to increase student success,” “use multiple sources of information” to understand a student’s strengths and needs, and “systematically design instruction toward specific learning goals.” These skills are among 22 “high-leverage practices” for special education teachers that were developed by the Council for Exceptional Children and the federally-supported Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform, also known as CEEDAR.

Why a California district is recruiting teachers from the Philippines
Officials at the Sacramento City Unified School District took an international field trip to the Philippines this year — to hire teachers. The district says it has no choice but to look abroad to fill vacancies, as schools around California and the nation face a shortage of employable teachers. Sacramento City Unified is the only district in the greater Sacramento region hiring from the Philippines through a program that began last year.

The Des Moines Register
Ruling could expand special education services to more Iowa students
A legal judgment could force Iowa schools to change how they determine which students qualify for special education, potentially allowing thousands of more children to qualify for services, advocates say. Administrative Law Judge Christie J. Scase issued a ruling that requires the Iowa Department of Education to reimburse an Urbandale family for private tutoring costs incurred after their child was denied access to special education programming at school.

The Hechinger Report
Schools collect more data, but how is it used?
State leaders are collecting reams of data on students, but they must do more to put that information into the hands of parents and teachers, according to a new report. Making that information available to school communities consists of more than merely publishing complicated, archaic spreadsheets online, according to the Data Quality Campaign, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that advocates for better data use.


July 19, 2017

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Delaware News

Department of Education
Governor Carney Directs DOE to Create Regulation, Model Policy to Prevent Discrimination in Schools
Governor John Carney announced on Tuesday that he has directed the Delaware Department of Education to develop specific guidelines – by regulation – for school districts and charter schools to use in developing policies that prohibit discrimination against students. The guidelines will help districts and charters create consistent policies statewide that prohibit discrimination based on gender, race, and/or ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic.

The News Journal
Award-winning author speaks at Brandywine school
Robert Peace was the kind of student most teachers dream about. Born outside Newark, New Jersey, to an unwed mother who worked long hours to send him to a private Catholic high school, he was intellectually gifted. He worked hard and got a 4.0 GPA, impressing Delaware bank executive Charles Cawley so much that he paid for him to go to Yale University, where Peace majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

Delaware Attorney General: Milford Schools Violated FOIA
Delaware’s attorney general has ruled that a local school board violated the Freedom of Information Act. State Attorney General Matt Denn’s office ruled the Milford School Board violated FOIA when it failed to include a vote for the 2017 tax rate on its original June 2016 meeting agenda.

National News

Education Week
Thousands of English-learners fall short on test of language skills
A change to how a widely used English-proficiency test is scored has led to thousands of students being retained in English-language-learner classes and created budgeting and staffing challenges for some school districts. The change has rattled educators in states with an established English-learner student body, such as Nevada; those with fast-growing populations, such as Tennessee; and even states, such as Maine, that have a relatively small percentage of students who don’t yet communicate fluently in English.

How to beat teacher burnout: With more education
When mathematician John Ewing started lobbying state governments to adopt a new model for keeping top teachers in the classroom, he anticipated all the usual pushback over funding and resources. One thing he didn’t anticipate was a resistance to the idea in general. In education right now, “the focus is on everything that’s not working,” he says.

Miami Herald
Does public education in Florida get a passing grade? Appeals court to decide
The Florida Constitution requires the state to provide “a uniform, efficient, safe, secure, and high quality system of free public schools” — but is that general standard something that can be measured? That’s what an appeals court in Tallahassee will decide in the latest round of a long-standing battle over whether the Legislature, state Board of Education and the Florida Department of Education are fulfilling their constitutional obligations for 2.8 million children in the state’s public schools.

When black hair violates the dress code
Raising teenage girls can be a tough job. Raising black teenage girls as white parents can be even tougher. Aaron and Colleen Cook knew that when they adopted their twin daughters, Mya and Deanna. As spring came around this year, the girls, who just turned 16, told their parents they wanted to get braided hair extensions.

The Hechinger Report
Buffalo shows turnaround of urban schools is possible, but it takes a lot more than just money
When 18-year-old Karolina Espinosa looks back to her freshman year at Buffalo’s Hutchinson Central Technical High School, graduation seemed like a long shot. “At the time,” she said, “both of my parents were incarcerated. I had trouble with reading, and I had problems with attendance.” But in May, sitting in the office of her school’s family support specialist, Joell Stubbe, Karolina talked excitedly about going to Buffalo State University, where she’s been accepted into the class of 2021.

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