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UD President Harker to leave office

Mar 3, 2015

University of Delaware President Patrick Harker is stepping down to lead Philadelphia's branch of the Federal Reserve Bank later this summer.

He announced his move in an internal university letter Monday. Harker wrote that his experience with the university has been "inspiring, invigorating and unforgettable," adding that he will work closely with UD's Board of Trustees and administration to ensure a smooth transition to the institution's new leadership.

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Southern Delaware has long been a popular destination for Guatemalan immigrants seeking a better life, often in the chicken industry. But last year, officials at Indian River School District saw the number of recently arrived immigrant teenagers enrolled in school swell because of the wave of unaccompanied kids who crossed the U.S. border in 2014. They soon discovered traditional ESL programs were not effectively serving that group of kids, most of whom had little to no schooling back in Central America.

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A state committee is on the verge of offering plans for a new teacher salary system.

The group has been working since July to boost starting salaries and establish “teacher leader” positions, which gives educators ways to make more money and have more responsibility without moving into management roles.


As a state committee begins trying to morph the pay structure for educators, the head of Delaware’s teachers’ union says there are issues that must be addressed to gain her support.

The Markell Administration has emphasized creation of optional teacher leadership positions. They would include a boost in pay to give educators a way to increase their salary without leaving the classroom to become an administrator.

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After sitting atop Gov. Jack Markell’s to-do list for the past two years, state lawmakers and officials are now looking at raising public teacher salaries.

Markell has mentioned the need to retain teachers who want to stay in the classroom in his past two State of the State Addresses.

A new task force created at the end of the General Assembly last month met for the first time Wednesday to address the issue.