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Education Highlights Week of Oct. 7


Two Delaware Public Elementary Schools and One Charter School recognized as 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools. Congratulations to Allen Frear Elementary School (Caesar Rodney District), The Charter School of Wilmington and Richard A. Shields Elementary School (Cape Henlopen District) for being recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. "Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers," said Secretary Duncan. "National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education."  ( , 9/24/13,“U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Announces 286 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2013”   School finance couldn’t possible be more obtuse reportsthe Kansas Policy Institute. The property tax levied to support public education isn’t considered part of state aid. Delaware local property taxes represent nearly 30% of total cost of education but are generally not reported. (Full report available from Kansas Policy Institute, Not being in school has consequences.Many in labor force may never achieve middle-class wages. Only 36% of men and women age 16 – 24 are not enrolled; 10% down since 2007. Young people leave school without skills and many do not have long-term jobs. Nearly a quarter of Delaware’s incoming high school pupils will not graduate. (New York Times, 9/7/13) Scaling is successful school models is key strategy to saving failing school district. Philadelphia School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. said in recent interview, "We have to have an investment conversation about the types of schools we would love to see in our district," Philadelphia, like most districts in Delaware is underperforming. The district was prodded to encourage innovation by scaling successful models like Science Leadership Academy by new academic standards, increased competition from charter schools, and the growing use of technology that "disrupt" traditional forms of schooling. (Benjamin Herold, September 25, 2013, as “Phila. Seeks Salvation in Lessons from Model School” Survey shows superintendents mixed about common-core and are do not give strong approval ratings to school boards.Gallup-EdWeek Superintendents Panel survey results show that 72% of superintendents feel their schools are very effective delivering quality education however only 40% rate their school very effective preparing students for work. 58% believe Common Core will improve the quality wile 42% feel it will have little or no effect; 28% are coordinating implementation with any local postsecondary education institution.   Only 2 percent of superintendents strongly agree that districts are effectively governed at the board level; although they are more confident in their board. (Full report is available at

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