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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.


President Trump vowed last week to make Historically Black Colleges and Universities an “absolute priority” of his administration.

 

And now, HBCU leaders are calling on Trump to make funding for these schools a priority.

 


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Indian River School District’s second attempt to pass a tax referendum is successful.

The district’s plan to add $7.4 million to its operating budget was approved with relative ease – passing by a nearly 1,800 vote margin. The Department of Elections unofficial vote tally had 7,091 people voting for the referendum and 5,298 voting against.

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Indian River School District residents are being asked again to approve a tax referendum.

Last November, a tax hike designed to bring an additional $7.4 million to the district’s operating budget failed by a mere 30 votes.

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Governor John Carney addressed the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission Tuesday evening.


Residents in the Colonial School District rejected a tax referendum Tuesday.

Voters said “no” to a tax hike of 39.4 cents per $100 of a home's assessed value, phased in over two years.

Delaware State University and the country’s other Historically Black Colleges and Universities now have a more direct connection to the White House.

 

President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday moving an initiative to assist HBCU’s from the U.S. Dept. of Education to the White House.

Voters in the Colonial School District will have their say on a tax referendum Tuesday.

 

The Colonial School District is seeking a tax hike of 39.4 cents per $100 of a home's assessed value.  The increase would be phased in over two years.

 

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Delaware State auditor Thomas Wagner issued a glowing report Monday on efforts by the Indian River School District to fix policies that allowed financial and ethical abuses to thrive.

The report comes days before a $7.4 million tax referendum vote scheduled for Thursday.


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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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