Daily Archives: October 2, 2015

Delaware College Prep and Family Foundations Charter Schools Legal Fees are More than Some School Districts

Delaware College Prep and Family Foundations legal fees are enormous. In 2015, Delaware College Prep had legal fees totaling $224,367.23 with enrollment of 203 students. Family Foundations legal fees totaled $328,493.07 with an enrollment of 811 students. Appoquinimink School District legal fees totaled $195,043.27 and their total enrollment is 9,877.

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DelDOT Closes a Portion of Route 1 Near Coast

Dover — Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announce that due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound is closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (includes Charles Cullen Bridge over Indian River Inlet).

Detour northbound: Route 26 westbound to U.S. Route 113 northbound onto Route 24 eastbound and return to Route 1.

Detour southbound: Route 24 westbound onto U.S. Route 113 southbound to Route 26 eastbound and back to Route 1.

Following roadways are CLOSED due to high water:

Sussex County

Primehook Road closed in Milton
River Road closed in Oak Orchard
Front Street closed in Milford

Kent County
North Market Street closed in Frederica
Bowers Beach Road closed at Hubbard Road
South Bowers Beach Road closed at Brokam Bridge Road

Roadways remain OPEN, however water is on the roadway and motorists should use caution while traveling in this area:

New Castle County
Old Airport Road at Nonesuch Creek – Water on roadway
Pyles Lane at Pigeon Point Road – Water on roadway

Kent County

Moorton Road between Route 42 and Lynnbury Woods Road – Water on roadway

South Little Creek Road at Route 9 – Water on roadway
Old Cemetery Road near Route 1- Water on roadway
Tubmill Pond Road – Water on roadway
Market Street in Frederica – Water on roadway
Skeeter Neck Road – Water on roadway
Williamsville Road between Holly Hill Road and Blairs Pond Road – Water on roadway
Prospect Church Road, south of Route 14 – Water on roadway
Deep Grass Lane between Thistlewood Road and Williamsville Road – Water on roadway
Hills Market Road between Route 13 and Sugar Stick Road – Water on roadway
Andrewsville Road between Gallo Road and Prospect Church Road – Water on roadway
Allabands Mill Road between Todds Mill Road and Camden-Wyoming Avenue – Water on roadway
Killens Pond Road, just north of Bloomfield Road – Water on roadway
South Bowers Beach Road at Webbs Cut-off – Water on roadway
Todds Chapel Road between Hickman Road and Fishers Bridge Road – Water on roadway
Hazlettville Road between Wyoming Mill Road and Artis Drive – Water on roadway
Big Stone Beach Road between New Wharf Road and Greenhouse Road – Water on roadway
New Wharf Road between Big Stone Road and Route 1 – Water on roadway
Deep Grass Lane between Williamsville Road and Rod Club Road – Water on roadway
Barkers Landing Road, just east of South State Street – Water on roadway
Cypress Branch Road, just north of Ponderosa Drive – Water on roadway
John Hurd Road between Spectrum Farms Road and Meredith Road – Water on roadway
Irish Hill Road between Fox Chase Road and Route 15 – Water on roadway
Killens Pond Road, south of Sandbox Road – Water on roadway
Andrewville Road between Flat Iron Road and Gingerwood Drive – Water on roadway
Shaws Corner Road between Dinahs Corner Road and Seeneytown Road – Water on roadway
Ponderosa Drive at Plaindealing Road – Water on roadway

Sussex County

New Road at Canary Bridge – Water on roadway

Longneck Road – Water on roadway
Nanticoke Road – Water on roadway
Turn Point Road – Water on roadway
Inlet Road – Water on roadway
Mercer Avenue in Oak Orchard – Water on roadway
South Shore Drive near Turn Point Road – Water on roadway
Fred Hudson Road between Route 1 and Cedar Neck Road – Water on roadway
Route 24/John J. Williams Highway near Bay Farm Road – Water on roadway
Plantation Road near Postal Lane – Water on roadway

The posting will be in effect until the water has receded to a safe travel level.

Electronic variable message boards are deployed in the Beach Areas in the event of Emergency Evacuation.
Evacuation Routes are posted on DelDOT’s website.

President Obama has asked Deputy Secretary John King Jr. to step into the role of Secretary of Education

Secretary Duncan

The work of this Department is exceptionally ambitious – to ensure that every student in this country enjoys genuine opportunity to learn, to grow, to excel. As a comparatively small team, often under challenging conditions and timelines, our staff has continued to offer example after example of dedication beyond the call of duty.

Read Secretary Duncan’s Entire Message

Governor’s Statement on Secretary Duncan Stepping Down

Governor’s Statement on Secretary Duncan Stepping Down

Wilmington, DE – Governor Markell issued the following statement in reaction to today’s news that U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will leave his position in December:

“Secretary Duncan stepped into his role at a challenging time, when our changing economy means that the level of education and training our young people receive, from pre-school through postsecondary programs, is more important than ever,” said Governor Markell. “He recognized that we must improve the resources available for our schools to do their jobs, while doing more to hold our system accountable for serving all students.

“As a country we can be grateful that he never shied away from this hard but necessary work. As a Governor, I particularly appreciate his focus on challenging states to find new ways to increase opportunities for students, while providing unprecedented opportunities for us to implement innovative solutions through initiatives like Race to the Top and the Early Learning Challenge. His determination to get more of our youngest kids the opportunities they deserve raised awareness about the importance of high quality early childhood programs and raised expectations for what should be available to kids from communities that have long been underserved.

“During numerous visits to Delaware, Secretary Duncan showed a commitment to seeking out what’s working and what needs to be improved in our schools, and Delaware students are better off for his efforts. I thank him for his service and wish him and his family well in whatever comes next.”

Part 2 – Sussex Tech agreed to additional funds in exchange for conditions on their enrollment process

Sussex Tech revenues went up when House Bill 100 was passed and signed into law in May. Sussex Tech agreed to certain conditions in order to receive the additional revenue.

On Sussex Tech’s Admissions Application page, it states the following:

For upper class applicants (10-12), please submit the Sussex Technical High School application only with transcripts showing any and all credits earned in addition to current report card. Upper class applications can be submitted any time.

Choice law requires schools to accept choice applications on or after the first Monday in November and on or before the second Wednesday in January.  Sussex Tech is accepting 10th through 12th grade applications at any time and not during the time period stated in Delaware code. Sussex Tech is not following the law.

Sussex Tech agreed to a random lottery, no mention of the lottery for 10th through 12th grade students. Sussex Tech is not following the law.

Sussex Tech agreed to additional revenue but they agreed not to use grades as a part of their admission process. Why are they requesting a report card when an application is submitted?

House Bill 100 added to language for Sussex Tech to follow when admitting students into their school. (b) For any school year in which the number of applications for admission exceed the number of students to be enrolled, the District shall conduct a random lottery admitting student number “one” and progressing consecutively thereafter until the total number of students to be admitted has been reached. 

(d) The District shall be prohibited from denying any applicant for enrollment whose GPA falls below the 70th percentile or who has failed any 8th grade course from its lottery for admission, unless the student does not remain academically eligible for promotion according to the standards set by the Department of Education.