Governor’s Weekly Message: Bringing Innovation Into Delaware Classrooms


In his weekly message, Governor Markell discusses innovative classroom methods to help children learn as the world changes around them.

“In celebration of proclaiming the 92nd anniversary of American Education Week, we express our greatest appreciation for the extraordinary work done by educators, administrators and other school leaders throughout our state who devote themselves to giving all of our students the best opportunities” said Governor Markell.

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Transcript of the Governors Weekly Message: Bringing Innovation Into Delaware Classrooms


Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Bringing Innovation Into Delaware Classrooms


In celebration of proclaiming the 92nd anniversary of American Education Week, we express our greatest appreciation for the extraordinary work done by educators, administrators and other school leaders throughout our state who devote themselves to giving all of our students the best opportunities. We honor teachers like Lisa Mims at
Pleasantville Elementary in New Castle. Visiting her fifth grade class during their its Mystery Skype lesson, it was inspiring to see the enthusiasm for learning among her students. They tested their geography, critical thinking and communications skills to determine the location of the class on the other end of a virtual conversation. The students have partnered virtually with peers from Arizona to Spain and New Zealand, opening their eyes to the changing world around them. We are seeing many examples of these types of creative, engaging activities in our classrooms. A partnership between Mount Pleasant and Maple Lane Elementary Schools is setting a foundation for second graders in basic physics concepts like force and motion by having the students build and refine toy sail cars. As one teacher said of the program: “The way we teach is changing, because the way the world works is changing.” The approach of teachers like these is making it possible to raise expectations for students across our state so they are prepared for success in colleges and careers. We must continue to highlight the incredible possibilities for innovative educators to provide these kinds of unique opportunities that have a lasting impact on our youth. By highlighting successful programs like these that serve as examples to schools throughout our state, we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.


State Electrical Board Orders Unlicensed Inspector to Cease Performing Inspections

(Dover, Del.) – On November 6, 2013 the Board of Electrical Examiners voted to issue a cease and desist order to Raymond L. Vincent and his electrical inspection business, National Code Inspection Agency. The action resulted from a Division of Professional Regulation (DPR) investigation that determined Mr. Vincent unlawfully continued performing electrical inspections after his license expired on June 30, 2013.

DPR’s investigation also revealed that Mr. Vincent provided false information regarding his criminal history and failed to disclose four felony convictions on his license application.

Mr. Vincent has knowingly and willfully continued to conduct unlicensed electrical inspections since his license expired.  The Attorney General’s formal complaint also notes that on April 19, 2011, Mr. Vincent was criminally charged for unlicensed electrical inspections in the state of Maryland.

Any electrical inspections conducted in Delaware by Mr. Vincent or the National Code Inspection Agency after June 30, 2013 are invalid.

For a list of licensed electrical inspection agencies, visit dpr.delaware.gov.

Contact: Tammy Stock at (302) 857-3038 or tamara.stock@delaware.gov, Delaware Department of State, Chief, Community Relations

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Department of Insurance Reaches Tentative Agreement with One Carrier and Continues Discussions with Other Carriers to Offer Renewal Opportunities for Policyholders with Terminated Coverage

NEWS FROM THE DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

Department of Insurance Reaches Tentative Agreement with One Carrier and Continues Discussions with Other Carriers to Offer Renewal Opportunities for Policyholders with Terminated Coverage

DOVER– In order to assist individual and small group policyholders whose current coverage is being terminated between January 1, 2014, and March 31, 2014 because it is not compliant with the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Insurance has reached tentative agreement with one carrier and is in ongoing conversation with remaining carriers to provide opportunities for policyholders to renew their existing coverage.

Even those who had previously been offered this option and did not opt to utilize it will be provided an additional opportunity to renew the existing policy. While the details are still being developed, these offerings will not preclude the opportunity to enroll/purchase an ACA-compliant policy.

“I welcome today’s announcement as a significant step toward our goal of providing access to health care for all Delawareans,” said Rita Landgraf, secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. “Making sure individuals and families are covered remains our priority, and this first tentative agreement will bring peace of mind to many state residents as they weigh their coverage options for the coming year. I thank our sister agency, the Department of Insurance, and representatives of the carriers operating in the state for their hard work.”

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Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.

 

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Biden supports financial restitution for victims of child pornography

Delaware AG signs onto multistate brief filed with U.S. Supreme Court

 

Wilmington – Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has joined 33 of his colleagues in arguing to the U.S. Supreme Court that federal law allows victims of child pornography to recover full financial restitution from predators who produce, posses, or trade sexually explicit images of children.

 

“Child abuse, especially abuse related to child pornography, can have significant and long-lasting effects,” said Biden, who as Attorney General created the state’s Child Predator Task Force to track down and arrest those seeking to prey on kids, and successfully pushed for increased penalties for the possession of child pornography. “Victims deserve full restitution to help them recover.  It is the right thing to do and we believe it is the law.”

 

The Attorneys General made their argument in a “friend of the Court” brief filed Wednesday in the U.S. Supreme Court case Paroline v. Amy Unknown, urging the nation’s highest court to uphold a 2012 federal appellate court ruling that ordered a convicted child pornographer to pay restitution to a victim depicted in images he possessed.  In the case before the Court, the victim was raped as a young girl by her uncle who took photos of the abuse and traded the pornographic images online with others, including Doyle Randall Paroline.  Paroline pled guilty in 2009 in federal court to one count of possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of children and was sentenced to two years in prison. Among the images of child pornography found on Paroline’s computers were those depicting Amy’s sexual abuse, and Amy’s counsel sought financial restitution from the defendant.  That request was denied by federal District Court but, on appeal, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that Amy was entitled to full financial restitution from Paroline under the federal Mandatory Restitution for Sexual Exploitation of Children Act of 1994.  The Supreme Court is currently considering Paroline’s appeal of this ruling.

 

Images depicting child sexual abuse are often traded through online networks for months or years after they are produced, contributing to significant and ongoing harm to victims and extended treatment.  Restitution can help recover an array of these costs, including medical care, psychological care, other therapy and rehabilitation, housing, lost income, transportation and child care.  The courts have rarely awarded victims of child pornography full restitution, often finding that the victims cannot prove exactly what losses resulted from an individual pornographer’s actions.  Biden and his fellow Attorneys General believe that the federal law has clear language mandating full restitution by predators who victimize and re-victimize children.

 

The states signing the brief, in addition to Delaware, are: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, , Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington State, West Virginia, and Wyoming, and the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

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