Diane Ravitch thoughts about Relay, one has recently opened in Delaware

Diane Ravitch posted a story yesterday about Denver Public Schools who awarded a large contract to Relay. Delaware DOE recently awarded a $505,000 contract to Relay. Relay Delaware is located in the Community Service Building on W. 10th in Wilmington.

Relay offers a Master of Arts in Teaching in a variety of subjects including K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Eligible teachers may receive a Delaware Initial License through Relay’s Graduate Alternative Route Certification pathway upon completion of the first year of the M.A.T. program. Relay Delaware is eager to welcome the inaugural class of 2017. Visit the admissions page to learn more.

In June 1996, Senate Bill #427 enabled the creation of the Alternative Routes to Certification. Delaware currently has five alternative licensure and certification options. One of those options is an established Alternative Route Certification program at the University of Delaware which has been around for almost 20 years.

In 1994, a broad-based consortium of Delaware educators and legislators began to develop an alternative certification program for secondary teachers in Delaware. Its goals were to bring highly qualified individuals from other professions into teaching, to help Delaware schools address shortages in “critical needs” subject areas, and to increase the pool of minority teachers.

Wondering why Delaware would want to bring in a program that has only been around since 2011 and spend $500,000, when we have established programs that have been around four times as long?

History behind Relay

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3 thoughts on “Diane Ravitch thoughts about Relay, one has recently opened in Delaware

  1. john kowalko

    Jack Markell supports the “Relays” and the added costs of unproven alternative route programs because he is hellbent on spending taxpayer money on “resume” building non-educator programs such as TFA. Before any voters or organizations such as PTA and DSEA support any ambitions of pols who choose to move up the ladder you better consider their support for TFA and their acceptance of the “TEMBO” report as anything other than srap-paper worthy. Even “TEMBO” winning an RFP with no experience or credentials couldn’t obscure the multiple failings (and they tried like hell) of TFA and its ineffectiveness and harmful results in educating the neediest students. Always judge someone’s ambitions with a circumspect view of their agenda. If they prove time and again to hold the wrong view regarding something as important as public education combined with no apparent willingness to experience or learn important intimacies of the subject than please support another for the childrens’ sake.

    Representative John Kowalko

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