Delaware Board of Education

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Board of Education could gain new power to restrict charter schools if they will affect surrounding school districts.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the General Assembly gave final approval to a bill Tuesday night. It would allow the Board of Education to restrict geographic areas, grades and the academic emphasis of charter schools.

The House passed the bill 24-13, despite Republican opposition. The bill awaits Gov. Jack Markell's signature.

Delaware Department of Education

The Reach Academy for Girls will be closed at the end of the year.

Delaware Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said that there were too many problems academically to keep the school open.

So, last Thursday  the Board of Education decided not to keep the charter school open.

Over the last week, the New Castle School and its supporters launched an effort to forestall the decision, including more than two dozen speakers who praised the school at a public hearing.

Don Rush

The statewide results of the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment is expected to be released to the public during a State Board of Education meeting this afternoon.

It will also be posted on

Individual parent summaries will be mailed on tomorrow to explain the individual student’s scores and how to interpret them.

Public school students take reading and math portions of the tests every year in third through 10th grades in the fall and spring.

It’s taken by around 95 percent of the students in the state.