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15 First State charter schools are taking the Christina School District and the state’s Department of Education to court over funding.

A suit filed Tuesday in Chancery Court claims that in recent years Christina has withheld millions of dollars that should gone to charters under a state funding formula, and the state is not doing its part to address the issue.

The founder of Delaware State University’s optics program has left the University.


After 21 years at DSU, Dr. Noureddine Melikechi left to head the Kennedy College of Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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The Indian River School District will try to raise $7.4 million in a new tax referendum in November.

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A Brandywine Hundred Library patron recently won the grand prize in a Mid-Atlantic region essay contest.


The contest aims to inspire fifth and sixth graders to continue to read and write during summer vacation.


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Greek athletes visited Odyssey Charter School Saturday for an Olympic torch and cauldron lighting ceremony celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.


The torch used, from the 2004 Olympic Games, will be displayed permanently at the school.

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Wilmington University’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved

Dr. LaVerne Harmon’s selection as the school’s next president.

In recent years, we’ve heard a fair amount about public libraries here in the First State reinventing themselves to remain relevant.  They’ve upgraded technology and started offering e-books and free wi-fi while dedicating more space for community use and job centers to help people looking for work.

But what about school libraries? Where to they fit in now?

We have a look at what the state has in mind in the Delaware School Libraries Master plan released last month.  The report called the state of school libraries "dire," then presented 10 recommendations to change that.

This week we sat down with State Librarian Annie Norman to discuss what the report and the path forward it suggests.

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One of Delaware’s newest charter schools is getting a huge investment from a national organization in the hopes of overhauling the American education system.

Both First State public universities earned spots on U.S. News and World Report’s latest college rankings, though one of them slipped slightly.

As election season heats up in the First State with Tuesday’s Primary election, one thing we often hear about during the campaign is the “middle class.”   How can candidates appeal to the middle class?  Does their tax plan help a struggling or shrinking middle class?  What can be done to help middle class families afford college or retirement?

What you don’t often hear is exactly who is the middle class and what it means to be middle class. This week, we’re joined by someone who has put a bit more thought into it than the average person.  Dr. Martin Nunlee is an associate professor of marketing at Delaware State University and author of a new book “When Did We All Become Middle Class?” which examines class identity.