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Larry Nagengast

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Larry Nagengast, a contributor to Delaware First Media since 2011, has been writing and editing news stories in Delaware for more than four decades.

A native of Babylon, N.Y., he began his career as a reporter and editor with The News Journal, where he covered schools, courts, government and consumer issues, guided the operations of the features department and supervised a team of staff and freelance writers to produce six zoned weekly community news sections. He has won national and regional awards for his education writing and regional awards for his coverage of consumer news and other topics.

Larry has written one book, Pierre S. du Pont IV, Governor of Delaware, 1977-1985, an oral history of the du Pont administration, and has edited three others, including Vietnam Mailbag, Voices From the War, 1968-1972, an award-winning social history by Nancy E. Lynch, and The Heart of America, a collection of images from all 50 states by photojournalist Kevin Fleming that was recognized as one of “America’s Best” by Reader’s Digest magazine.

A graduate of Fordham University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, Larry served as an officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning a career in journalism.

When not at work, he enjoys reading about U.S. history and politics and rooting for New York sports teams ... and the Baltimore Ravens.

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With the state’s $350 million budget crunch putting in jeopardy approval of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission’s plan to improve opportunities for low-income students and English-language learners, a nearly-complete study of the proposal’s fiscal impact muddies the financial waters even further.


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Throughout his campaign last year - and here at the start of his term in office - Gov. John Carney emphasized the state’s Department of Education would look much different under his watch.  He's promised a shift from its regulatory role to a support role

What exactly that will look like is still a bit unclear, but we do know that the person in charge of making it happen is Carney’s choice for Education Secretary – former Indian River School District superintendent Susan Bunting.

Contributor Larry Nagengast spent time with Bunting recently to get some insight into what's next for DOE.


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Members of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission will meet Tuesday (Feb. 28) to review a study on the financial impact of moving six schools in Wilmington from the Christina School District into the Red Clay Consolidated School District, kicking off the second year of their effort to improve the quality of educational services offered in the city’s fragmented public schools.


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Before finding its permanent location in a onetime office park, the Odyssey Charter School embarked on a journey befitting its name.

In comparison, Academia Antonia Alonso’s move was just a short hop, but its relocation was dramatic – from a plush urban palace to the same suburban setting that Odyssey calls home.


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“It’s good to know another language, so you don’t have to speak English all the time,” 6-year-old Emma Bonis says.

“It’s important to communicate with the Chinese people,” adds 8-year-old Jordana Risi. “If I know Chinese, I’ll know what they’re saying.”

Emma, a first-grader, and Jordana, a second-grader, attend John R. Downes Elementary School in Newark, one of the first schools in the state to participate in the World Language Expansion Initiative announced in 2011 by former Gov. Jack Markell.

For the current academic year, 22 schools in 11 districts are participating in the Delaware World Language Immersion Program. Ten more schools will join the program during the coming school year, according to the state Department of Education.

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Delaware Public Media contributor Larry Nagengast reported on the Wilmington school desegregation case from 1973 through 1976 and the start of school desegregation in New Castle County in 1978. He recently sat down with Jeffrey A. Raffel and Jea P. Street to discuss their experiences in the 1970s and the current state of public education in New Castle County.


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Thirty-eight years after the start of city-suburb busing to desegregate schools in Wilmington and its suburbs, the racial composition of most schools the city has reverted to the majority black ratios that prevailed in the early 1970s.

While discussing their work during the desegregation era, Jea P. Street and Jeffrey A. Raffel, also offered some insights into the current debate over high-poverty schools in Wilmington and its suburbs.

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New regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration have helped to clarify who can use drones – and how – for commercial purposes, but business use of unmanned aircraft systems has yet to soar in the First State.

After a year and a half of steadily plodding forward, Wilmington’s Creative District achieved a significant objective this week, as Philadelphia-based NextFab agreed to terms on a lease to locate a branch of its “Gym for Innovators” in a 10,000-square-foot horseshoe-shaped building at Fifth and Tatnall streets.

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