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Major changes are coming to Widener Law school.

The school announced Friday the American Bar Association has approved splitting its Wilmington and Harrisburg, PA campuses into two separate law schools. 

Delaware's junior Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware) will join approximately 500 Delaware State University students on Saturday for the college’s 4th annual Inspired Day of Service.

The event stems from the Inspire Scholarship, which provides financial assistance for in-state students to attend DSU.

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Delaware’s Department of Education announced Monday that it has signed a contract with New York City-based Schoology to implement a new learning management system in more First State schools.

The Schoology LMS will allow teachers to distribute documents and assignments, provide feedback to students and post grades more efficiently online. The LMS will also help teachers align their curricula more closely with the national Common Core standards.

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Gaining approval to start a charter school in Delaware is a challenge.

Getting it open is an even bigger challenge.

Working behind the scenes is a nonprofit that helps smooth the way, the Innovative Schools Development Corporation.

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For five charter schools scheduled to open their doors in August, the day of reckoning is near. In fact, by the start of next month, all five will have a pretty good idea of where they stand.

On April 1, the new schools – three in Wilmington, one in suburban New Castle County and one in Kent County – must give preliminary enrollment projections to the Charter Schools Office in the state Department of Education. According to the department’s rules, they are supposed to have confirmed enrollments equal to at least 80 percent of their authorized enrollments.

State will ask for more time before using new test in teacher evaluation

Mar 18, 2015
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The state Department of Education is requesting an additional one-year delay on the national requirement to use state test scores when evaluating teacher performance.

Last year, DOE requested and received a similar delay for this year - the first that the Smarter Balance assessment is being used in Delaware public schools.

The move comes as some state lawmakers are set to introduce a bill in the General Assembly that would force the state DOE to request another waiver.

Wesley College names its new school president

Mar 17, 2015
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Dover’s Wesley College has named its new school president.  Robert E. Clark will begin work as the College’s 17th president in July.

Clark, a former Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S Naval Academy, retires this summer from the U.S. Navy. He also held several senior executive leadership positions, most recently Joint Service Coordinator for Penn State University.

Targett tapped as UD interim president

Mar 16, 2015
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University of Delaware officials have picked Nancy Targett to serve as interim president during a nationwide search for the school’s next top administrator.

Targett is currently the dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and has served in that position since 2005. The marine chemical ecologist has been part of the UD faculty for more than 30 years.

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Some might call it educational Darwinism. Others would say it’s simply the charter school bargain playing out as it was intended.

But this much is clear: new management in the state Department of Education’s Charter Schools Office and the introduction of a new application for proposed schools and a performance framework for reviewing expiring charters has forced charter operators to pay more attention to detail — in academics, in finances and in school management.

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The New Castle County Department of Elections says two individuals have been referred to the state Department of Justice on suspicion of fraud in the Red Clay School District referendum last month, but the results of the vote passing the tax increase have been certified.