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April 21, 2017

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Delaware News

The News Journal
Delaware gets $7.65M early education grant
Officials say a $7.65 million, five-year grant will not only expand early childhood education in Delaware but help low-income families with young children access housing, food and job support. Gov. John Carney and Secretary of Education Susan Bunting announced the grant Thursday during a visit to the Latin American Community Center’s early childhood center in Wilmington. The preschool program is one of several funded by a similar 2015 grant.

‘Fresh Start’ scholarships now available
The Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation is currently seeking applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. Fresh Start provides financial support and mentoring to women in Delaware who are seeking to improve their lives through education. Specifically, the foundation awards scholarships to women who have had a break in their education.

Hockessin Community News
Students celebrate Earth Day at Brandywine Springs
Last week, students at Brandywine Springs School in Hockessin got an early start on their Earth Day 2017 activities by engaging their minds and bodies in a variety of earth-friendly ways. The Earth Day activities take place as part of an arrangement with the nonprofit Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, a watershed conservation and education organization based out of Chester County, Pa. Students from kindergarten through eighth grade are taking on the mantle of “Water Warriors” as they learn about water conservation efforts across the spectrum.

Cape Gazette
Pathways program empowers teens
Jawon Sivels says he was not on track to finish high school. “I actually failed my senior year,” he said. “I get emotional about it. It’s not a good feeling.” Sivels graduated in 2015. Now 21, he said he was a stubborn teenager who didn’t want to listen to advice. It was counselors from Pathways to Success who made the difference. “They were the ones who kept pressing me on and kept saying, ‘You can finish,’” he said. Now Sivels is working at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in Lewes while pursuing a degree in early childhood education at Delaware Technical Community College.

Rodel Blog
The link between career/technical education and student success
Blog by Jenna Bucsak
Just one career and technical education course above the average can boost a student’s odds of graduating high school and enrolling in a two-year college, according to a study by the Fordham Institute. It can also lead to a higher likelihood of college enrollment, employment, and better wages.

Newark Post
Christina facing $6 million reduction in state funding; could mitigate loss with tax increase
Once again, tough decisions loom for the Christina School District. Just a year after finally finding its financial footing by passing a referendum, the district is facing a nearly $6 million cut in state funding. “We have a pretty good idea of what $6 million looks like,” new Superintendent Richard Gregg told the school board on Tuesday, his first day leading the district. “It isn’t pretty. It’s people, and it impacts kids.” Facing a $394 million shortfall in the state’s budget, Gov. John Carney is calling for an equal mix of revenue increases and budget cuts.

National News

Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Seven District principals honored with Lindback Award
Seven principals received the annual Lindback Award Tuesday night at the Prince Theater, after city officials and the first lady of Pennsylvania heaped praise on their work, and spoke about the importance of bringing more resources into the District. Each of the seven principals who won, chosen from 47 nominated by their school communities, was given a $20,000 stipend from the Lindback Foundation to spend in their school as they see fit.

U.S. News & World Report
The Effectiveness Dilemma
The most important factor in a student’s academic success is an effective teacher, most education policy experts agree. In fact, high quality instruction can counter crippling disadvantages, like those associated with low socioeconomic background. That’s why Florida’s Palm Beach County school district, where about 65 percent of its 190,000 students are poor enough to qualify for free and reduced-priced lunch, places so much emphasis on teacher preparation and professional development.

Vermont Biz
Fourteen supervisory unions, districts awarded flexible pathways expansion grants
The Agency of Education today awarded Flexible Pathways Expansion Grants to 13 supervisory unions and school districts through Vermont. These awards will be used to support 14 projects to expand SUs/SDs’ capacity to provide meaningful, personalized learning opportunities and better clarify flexible pathways for students in Vermont. These grants represent the continued effort to support schools and communities in their efforts to implement the Flexible Pathways Initiative – Act 77.

Bismark Tribune
New standards a vital step for education
North Dakota teachers have developed new math and English standards to replace the much loathed Common Core. The new standards were crafted by North Dakota educators and didn’t totally abandon Common Core. However, one of the leading critics of Common Core, Rep. Ben Koppelman, R-West Fargo, seems satisfied. He expects the new standards will be the first step in moving away from Common Core. Opponents of Common Core thought establishing nationwide standards took away local control and considered it federal overreach. State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler will have to select a new standardized test to replace the exam from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Chicago Tribune
DeVos and Weingarten, combatants on education, meet in rural Ohio district
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited an Ohio school district Thursday at the invitation of one of her chief critics, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who used the occasion to make a case for investment in public schools. The two combatants in the nation’s education battles met for several hours, touring classrooms and hearing from teachers and students in Van Wert, a rural community of about 11,000 in northwestern Ohio.

April 20, 2017

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Delaware News

The News Journal
UD program promotes music among low-income students
For Xiang Gao, a violinist, the power of music is incomparable — it can illuminate, transform and heal, he says. Music makes the world a better place, Gao believes, and can turn lives around. For kids, it can represent opportunity and solace. It gives them an outlet for their creativity and stress and can also help keep them off the streets. “It helps with math, problem-solving, developing a healthy youth and childhood,” Gao said, listing off the benefits of learning to play an instrument.

Symrna-Clayton Sun-Times
Autistic struggle in Delaware school
For the Schroeters it was seeing their autistic son get booked for assaulting his teacher. For Jessica Badner, it was seeing her autistic son afraid to go to school for fear he’d be bullied again. Parents shared their heartbreak at Autism Delaware’s April 10 Parent’s Coffee Hour, where they discussed concerns and new autism topics. The aroma of fresh coffee filled the room as parents of autistic children vented about the horrors their kids faced in public schools.

Cape Gazette
Absent art of cursive may return
Teaching cursive writing may stage a comeback to schools in Delaware. House Bill 70, introduced last month by Rep. Andria Bennett, D-Dover, would require that all Delaware public schools teach cursive writing by the end of fourth grade. The bill proposes handwriting be taught during English class beginning in fall 2017. A similar bill introduced by Rep. Deborah Hudson, R-North Wilmington, died in 2016 after the General Assembly failed to take action on it.

Milford Live
Miller Runs for Milford School Board
Milford will see five candidates running for the Milford School Board in the upcoming election, to be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Ronald T. Evans, Michael Firch, Jason M. Miller, Michael D McKain and Michael Wells are vying for the At Large seat, which serves for five years.

Rodel Blog
The link between career/technical education and student success
Blog by Jenna Bucsak
Just one career and technical education course above the average can boost a student’s odds of graduating high school and enrolling in a two-year college, according to a study by the Fordham Institute. It can also lead to a higher likelihood of college enrollment, employment, and better wages.

National News

Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Charter reform law voted out of House committee, more revisions likely
The Pennsylvania House Education Committee voted out of committee Tuesday a charter school reform bill that makes significant changes in what the state’s Auditor General called “the worst charter school law in the United States.” The bill, HB 97, the subject of fierce lobbying, is likely to be further revised as it moves forward.  Legislators, including its sponsor, Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland), called it “a work in progress” as they continue to face detailed concerns from both charter proponents and skeptics about different parts of the legislation.

Blunt talk, from personal experience
Carl Antisell, 29, walked into Terry Wildman’s classroom at McClure Elementary School in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia ready to talk about some serious issues in his life: anxiety, alcohol and drug abuse, and the ups and downs of his mental health. The 4th graders, all about 10 years old, were ready to listen. And to ask some pointed questions. “When you had anxiety, what did you worry most about?” “Why did no one stop you from drinking alcohol?” “What was your experience like when you stopped breathing?” Antisell answered every question about the issues he struggled with in his youth.

The Brown and White
Sir Ken Robinson discusses creativity in the classroom
A revolution is occurring in education. The importance of the humanities, science, technology, engineering and mathematics is a never-ending debate among educators. Finding a creative balance between moving students’ feet and solving algorithms is commonly dismissed in the classroom. Sir Ken Robinson, a world-renowned speaker on creativity in education, spoke at Lehigh on Tuesday as a part of the College of Education’s Distinguished Lecture Series: Leaders of Practice.

Los Angeles Times
Obama’s former Education secretary ticks off how Trump is changing the department
It’s been a long few months for John B. King Jr.  Since finishing his tenure as President Obama’s second Education secretary, King has watched a new administration implement policies diametrically opposed to his own.  “As a teacher, as a parent and as a citizen, it’s distressing to see the department walking away from its core responsibility of advancing equity,” he said Wednesday. King is starting a new job as president and chief executive of the Education Trust, a Washington-based nonprofit focused on educational equity.

Mountain Lake PBS
Make It Matter – Young Montrealers with a Passion for Education and Equal Access for All
Make It Matter is a new non-profit organization in Montreal started by the enthusiastic team of Deborah Athanosopoulos and Olivia Sheehy-Gennarelli – 2 young Montrealers who have a vision of creating a system that enhances the quality of education here in Montreal.  Make It Matter (MIM) believes that all students, regardless of their challenges, strengths and economic backgrounds, are entitled to a great education.

April 19, 2017

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April 19, 2017
Delaware News

Delaware Public Media
State budget shortfall grows larger according to latest revenue estimate
Delaware’s budget shortfall continues to grow, now hovering just below $400 million for fiscal year 2018. The additional bad news comes just weeks after Gov. Carney unveiled his $4.1 billion budget plan that seeks to address the deficit with an equal mix of tax hikes and spending cuts.  His plan includes $37 million in education cuts, cutting 200 vacant jobs and trimming a property tax credit for seniors.

Education Week
First wave of ESSA plans gives early look at state priorities
One of the biggest changes from the No Child Left Behind Act to ESSA is that states will no longer have to demonstrate adequate yearly progress on state exams or show that all students are proficient on those tests by a certain year. Instead, they’ll get to set their own goals for student achievement. Not all the states’ goals have a single specific number in mind. Delaware, for example, wants to cut in half the share of students who are not proficient on state exams in English/language arts and math by 2030.

Middletown Transcript
Girl Scout Allyson Wills goes for the Gold with history project
Girl Scout member Allyson Willis, the girl who spearheaded the movement to make the Channeled Whelk Delaware’s state seashell, now has her sights set on achieving the Girl Scout Gold Award.To obtain the award, Willis must commit 80 hours to a “take action project” that will benefit the community, while also having a sustainable impact. Willis plans to collaborate with Townsend Mayor Rudy Sutton to help unlock the community’s past.

The News Journal
New program connects young adults without degrees to jobs
Year Up itself is a national nonprofit that focuses on empowering young adults by offering them education and professional development. Its mission is to close the “opportunity divide” by teaching them valuable job skills, helping them get college credit and connecting them with paid internships at large firms such as JPMorgan Chase. It has been serving students in Philadelphia for several years, but just this spring was extended to Wilmington.

This Rudolph’s nose isn’t so bright any more
“It’s a part of life,” 10th-grader Jason Nolasco said sagely, commenting on the badly decomposed deer carcass kept behind the high school for study. Nolasco’s a student in Frank Lusch’s forensics class, which provides an overview of criminal forensics studies and evidence as it applies to the criminal justice system. The class evaluates, in part, how biology, chemistry and physics tie into the field and how trace evidence is used in court cases.

Rodel Blog
The link between career/technical education and student success
Blog by Jenna Bucsak
Just one career and technical education course above the average can boost a student’s odds of graduating high school and enrolling in a two-year college, according to a study by the Fordham Institute. It can also lead to a higher likelihood of college enrollment, employment, and better wages.

Seaford Star
Seaford school board to hold election in May
Seaford School board elections will be held Tuesday, May 9. Incumbent board member Mike Kraft is being challenged by former board member John Hanenfeld. Both candidates, who are vying for a five year term, have answered questions given to them about their thoughts and reasons for running for the school board position.

Sussex County Post
Anchors Aweigh! Best friends set to sail as Naval Academy appointees
Longtime best-of-best friends George Martin and Jared Arlett will not go their separate ways after graduating in late May. It’s “Anchors Aweigh” for the two 18-year-old Indian River High School seniors, who leave in late June for the United States Naval Academy. At Annapolis, they plan to tackle academics, athletics and prepare for a subsequent four-year military service commitment.

National News

The 74
3 ways to think about school choice through the lens of equity and diversity
Commentary by Valerie Braimah
The question is not whether choice is a good thing. The question we should all be asking is, under what circumstances is choice a good thing? Simply put, choice is only a good policy when it advances equity.  Public money to unaccountable private schools that can select only the best and most qualified? Bad. Money to public schools of choice that are closing the achievement gap for all kids? Good.

Education Week
Can requiring a post-graduation plan motivate students? Chicago thinks so.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed requiring students to report more formally on their post-graduation plans in order to get their diplomas. Emanuel has proposed a new graduation requirement for the city’s high school students: a letter of acceptance to a college or university or proof of employment, military enlistment, or participation in a gap-year program. If the nation’s third-largest school system implements the plan, it would be breaking new ground. While many districts work to educate students about post-graduation options and to track their experiences, no major school system asks students for tangible proof of their future plans.

Providence Journal
Raimondo seeks permanent funds for English language learners
Elizabeth Burke Bryant, executive director of Rhode Island Kids Count, supports the governor’s request, saying, “Without those targeted resources, we are really putting the employment prospects of a growing number of our students at risk and we’re holding back our overall educational outcomes.”

U.S. News & World Report
High school isn’t enough: States need to start thinking about metrics other than graduation rates.
By Ryan Reyna, a senior associate at Education Strategy Group
The increased focus on postsecondary credential attainment creates a perfect opportunity for state K-12 leaders to move beyond graduation as their driving goal for high schools and set their sights on postsecondary readiness, transitions and success. States should take advantage of the Every Student Succeeds Act to align long-term K-12 and postsecondary goals to close the country’s economic and equity gaps. As a new brief by Higher Ed for Higher Standards – a project of Education Strategy Group – lays out, this can be accomplished in the following ways.

 

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