Race to the Top

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12:43 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Governor Jack Markell Praises "Race to the Top" in Delaware

Credit Don Rush

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says Delaware should be proud of the progress it's made under the federal Race to the Top education reform program.

Markell discussed the state's Race to the Top progress Monday in a speech to the P-20 council, a group formed a decade ago to coordinate and align education efforts across all grade levels.

Markell said the state has used more than $100 million in federal Race to the Top funding to develop a sound foundation for school improvement, but he knows there's much hard work still left to do.

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12:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Delaware Officials Review "Race to the Top" Implementation

Credit Don Rush

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State officials are reviewing Delaware's progress in implementing Race to the Top education reforms.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join education secretary Mark Murphy on Monday to update state Board of Education member on what Delaware has done with the four-year $119 million federal grant it received in 2010.

Monday's discussion will be followed by a visit to Wilmington on Wednesday by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to mark the four-year anniversary of Delaware's selection as one of the first two states to receive Race to the Top funding.

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8:47 am
Wed March 19, 2014

MD Makes Progress Implementing Race to the Top Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Education Department says Maryland has taken important steps in implementing its $250 million Race to the Top grant and has shown encouraging signs, but a department progress report says the state faced multiple challenges in the third year of the initiative.

The department is releasing a progress report Wednesday.

It says Maryland continued to score well above the national average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress last year.

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9:28 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Delaware Education Officials Want Hike in Budget

Credit Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware education officials are asking for a 4 percent increase in the Department of Education's operating budget for next fiscal year.

DOE representatives told state budget officials Wednesday that the request for more money includes $37 million to continue funding certain existing budget items, including periodic salary increases and funding to accommodate enrollment growth.

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1:09 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Evaulations Not Tough Enough on Delaware Teachers

Credit Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say school leaders aren't being tough enough when they evaluate teachers.

Department of Education figures show that only one percent of Delaware teachers were rated ineffective in the first full year of the state's teacher evaluation system. Overall, 51 percent of teachers were rated "highly effective" and 48 percent were rated "satisfactory."

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8:26 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Capital School Balks at Tying Teacher Eval's to Student Test Scores

Credit Don Rush

The Capital School Board is protesting tying teacher evaluations to student test scores.

The board says it is unfair to the teachers and should not be used in rating the school’s employees.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Capital School Board President Mathew Lindell said its concerns appeared to fall on deaf ears at the Department of Education.

Meanwhile, the Dover district’s administration says it is trying to figure out where to go from here.

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8:45 am
Fri April 20, 2012

State Gives Green Light to Restructuring Crisfield High School

 

            Somerset County officials say they got the official okay to restructure Crisfield High School.

            But the State Department of Education still wants some clarification on the plan about staffing and class schedules.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the state also wants more input from the stakeholders since many of the previous public meetings focused on consolidation of two high schools.

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8:35 am
Wed April 18, 2012

Layoff Notices Sent Out To Be Sent Out by Christina School District

 

 

          More than a dozen elementary school teachers are expected to get layoff notices from the Christina School District as a result of the staffing changes at Bancroft Elementary School.

            It was a close 4-to-3 vote by the Board of Education.

            Board member Elizabeth Scheinberg, who opposed the decision, said she was concerned that the district will struggle to find qualified candidates to fill open positions at Bancroft.

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