Settlement of Delaware education suit promises historic changes

Historic change to Delaware’s education system is one step closer.

Watch: Education secretary takes back-to-school questions from reporter Natalia Alamdari

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Gov. John Carney and civil rights groups settled a lawsuit that accused Delaware education officials of sending more money to schools with affluent children than it does to schools with high concentrations of children living in poverty.  

The settlement kicks the issue to the General Assembly, which for two decades has not implemented state commissions’ suggestions to formally allocate more funding for low-income students, English language learners and students with disabilities.

The plaintiffs wrote in their complaint that schools with high concentrations of those students struggle to afford enough staff to meet the children’s needs. 

The potentially landmark case in Delaware Chancery Court sought to have the state’s school funding system ruled unconstitutional, with civil rights groups arguing state officials knowingly fail to give

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Two Texas school districts cancel remote learning options. Will others follow suit?

Louise ISD Superintendent Garth Oliver had high hopes for virtual learning when the school year began in his tiny school district just southwest of El Campo.

About 30 percent of his roughly 530 students had opted to learn online, and teachers spent most of summer reconfiguring instructional models and lesson plans to accommodate those who did not want to return to campuses on Aug. 19. However, once the school year began, it became clear many of the remote learners were logging on but not participating.

“I don’t think (Texas Education) Commissioner Mike Morath expected kids would sign in and do nothing. We didn’t expect it either, but that’s what was happening,” Oliver said. “Our kids were doing so poorly we said, ‘We can’t continue to allow our kids to not get their education.’”

Oliver ultimately decided to cancel the district’s virtual learning program all together, telling Louise ISD students and

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