State awards federal grants for new, expanding charter schools

The Delaware Department of Education has awarded funds to five charter schools as part of a $10.4 million federal grant Delaware won in October to strengthen the state’s charter school system.

 

The following sub-grants were awarded based on how the charters plan to:

  • Increase academic achievement for all students in the school as well as educationally disadvantaged students;
  • Collaborate to share best practices with district and charter schools;
  • Engage the families of educationally disadvantaged children on school choice opportunities with a focus on Delaware’s rural and urban areas;
  • Leverage partnerships with local agencies (i.e. social services, behavioral health, mental health, educational support, job placement, before/after care) to enhance school services and ensure sustainability.

 

School Funds Awarded
First State Montessori School $832,363
Las Americas ASPIRA $750,000
Newark Charter School $550,000
Providence Creek Academy $50,000
Sussex Montessori School $800,000
                                        Total Awarded $2,982,363

 

New charter schools interested in opening in Delaware and highly effective existing schools looking to add seats or additional locations were eligible to apply for the grant.

 

Funds from the U.S. Department of Education’s Charter School Program will be distributed over five years to support:

 

  • Sharing best practices between charter schools and other public schools;
  • Evaluating and enhancing the impact of charter schools on student achievement, families and communities;
  • Strengthening the charter school authorization process; and
  • Providing subgrants for the planning, program design and initial implementation of new charter schools and expansion and replication of highly effective existing charter schools.

 

The grant also will help the Delaware Department of Education to improve its charter authorization process by enhancing reporting to include additional measures, providing technical assistance to charter school stakeholders and addressing policy to strengthen authorization practices.

 

Media Contact: Alison May, alison.may@doe.k12.de.us, 302-735-4006


Prison sentence for 2017 murder

A Queens, NY man was sentenced by a Superior Court judge for a Wilmington murder. In September 2017, Sandy Lashley, 31, shot and killed Allen Melton of Wilmington after Melton attempted to intervene in an altercation on Cedar Street between his girlfriend and Lashley’s female friend. Lashley pleaded guilty in May to Murder Second Degree and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony and was sentenced to 23 years in prison followed by 2 years of probation. Deputy Attorneys General Cari Chapman and Anna Currier secured this outcome with assistance from paralegals Jaime Prater and Julie Caputo, Special Investigator Cliff Dempsey, social worker Kristen Fluharty Emory, and Wilmington Police Detective Tom Curley.

DOJ’s Community Engagement Unit joined the Wilmington Police Department, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and Probation and Parole, and other organizations Tuesday for National Night Out in Rodney Square. The event, organized and hosted by the Wilmington Police Department, aims to strengthen the connection between law enforcement and the community and to give residents of Wilmington an opportunity to interact with police and other public safety officials. National Night Out is tailored for families and kids and includes K-9 presentations, touch football games, and public safety-themed giveaways. Deputy Attorney General Allison Abessinio, Deputy Attorney General Abolore Oshodi, Community Engagement Specialist Corie Priest, and paralegal Nicole Morton participated in the event.


DOJ announces early success in child support absconder initiative

The Delaware Department of Justice’s Family Division announced that a new targeting of child support absconders has resulted in location of individuals who collectively owe more than $1 million in child support payments in order for them to begin paying support to their families.

Led by Deputy Attorney General Phyllis Scully, Special Investigator William McGillan, and Paralegal Tracy Cunningham, the initiative has located 20 people with outstanding warrants for failure to pay or failure to appear, with individuals owing between roughly $10,000 and $146,000 in unpaid child support. Absconders are targeted with outreach efforts and persuaded to voluntarily surrender and begin a process of resolving their arrears.

“Our goal is first and foremost to support families and kids who depend on child support,” said Abigail Rodgers Layton, Director of the Family Division. “Child support payments can be the only thing standing between children of single parents and poverty, so when someone abandons their obligations, they are not only putting themselves at risk of arrest, they’re also hurting their kids and the community. This initiative’s early success in convincing absconders to get on track is making real progress for kids, keeping law enforcement safe, and ultimately helping the individual take responsibility and do the right thing.”

Absconders who have legitimate basis to modify their payments—due, for example, to life-changing experiences like the loss of a job or health problems—can file with the courts to request a reassessment of their obligation.

The initiative has succeeded in the City of Wilmington and New Castle County with the assistance of Delaware State Police, New Castle County Police, and Wilmington Police, and has begun to expand into Kent County and Sussex County. Delawareans who struggle to collect child support can contact the Department of Justice at (302) 577-8400.


“The Scorched Pamphlet: Sherlock Holmes Returns to Delaware” at Dover’s Old State House on Aug. 17, 2019

(DOVER, Del.—Aug. 7, 2019)—On Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., The Old State House, located at 25 The Green in Dover, Del., will present “The Scorched Pamphlet: Sherlock Holmes Returns to Delaware,” a theatrical performance in which the celebrated British detective, on his second trip to the First State, is called upon to solve a grisly case at Delaware College. Holmes and Watson are now in a race against time, a reluctant administration and impossible odds to solve one of Delaware’s unsolved mysteries. Admission to the play is free but visitors are encouraged to arrive early to ensure seating. For additional information, call 302-744-5054.

Photo of historical interpreters Gavin Malone (left), as Dr. Watson, and Chris Hall, as Sherlock Holmes, will appear in the play “The Scorched Pamphlet: Sherlock Holmes Returns to Delaware” at The Old State House on Aug. 17, 2019.
Historical interpreters Gavin Malone (left), as Dr. Watson, and Chris Hall, as Sherlock Holmes, will appear in the play “The Scorched Pamphlet: Sherlock Holmes Returns to Delaware” at The Old State House on Aug. 17, 2019.

“The Scorched Pamphlet: Sherlock Holmes Returns to Delaware” was created by historic-site interpreters from The Old State House in celebration of the Dover Comic Con comic-book festival that will be held at a variety of Dover locations on Aug. 17, 2019. The play is based on an actual New Castle, Del. court case and features Sherlock Holmes, the fictional private detective who appeared in four novels and 56 short stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and published between 1887 and 1927.

Completed in 1791, The Old State House is one of the earliest state-capitol buildings in the United States, serving as the home of Delaware’s legislature until 1933 when the General Assembly moved to larger quarters in Legislative Hall. The venerable structure now appears as it would have in the late 1700s during the United States’ critical early years as a nation. It features a courtroom, governor’s and county offices and chambers for the state’s Senate and House of Representatives. The building is situated on Dover’s historic Green, a public area designated by William Penn in 1683. The Green is a partner site of the First State National Historical Park.

Photo of The Old State House
The Old State House

The Old State House is administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, an agency of the State of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality and providing educational programs and assistance to the general public on Delaware history. The division’s diverse array of services includes operation of five museums which are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, administration of the State Historic Preservation Office, conservation of the state’s archaeological and historic-objects collections, operation of a conference center and management of historic properties across the state. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, a federal agency. However, the contents and opinions expressed in the division’s programs and services do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Department of the Interior.

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Contact:
Jim Yurasek
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Phone: 302-739-7787
E-mail: Jim.Yurasek@delaware.gov
Web: http://history.delaware.gov


“The 1960s in Delaware” – Chautauqua Tent Shows in Lewes, De. From Sept. 19 to 21, 2019

President Lyndon B. Johnson (left) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., two pivotal American leaders during the 1960s, will be portrayed by American Historical Theatre actor-historians on Sept. 19 as part of Lewes, Del.’s Chautauqua Tent Shows.

(DOVER, Del.—Aug. 6, 2019)—The white-hot crucible of events that was the 1960s—including the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the space program and rock ‘n’ roll—will be explored during the 21st annual Chautauqua tent show, “The 1960s in Delaware: A Decade of Turmoil and Transformation,” that will take place at the Lewes History Museum, located at 101 Adams Ave. in downtown Lewes, Del., from Sept. 19 to 21, 2019. A preliminary schedule of events is included below. Admission is free and open to the public. For information, call 302-645-1148 or 302-645-7670.

A unique mixture of education and entertainment, Lewes’ Chautauqua will be held under a large tent and will feature historical theater, music, film and lectures. Highlights of the three-day event include actor-historians from the American Historical Theatre portraying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Lyndon B. Johnson on Thursday, Sept. 19; a screening of the documentary “Good Ol’ Freda” about the Beatles secretary on Friday, Sept. 20; and a concert/dance featuring the Fabulous 60’s Revival Band on Saturday, Sept. 21. Visitors are encouraged to dress in their favorite ’60s fashions for the performance.

Photo of a poster for the documentary film “Good Ol’ Freda.”
The documentary “Good Ol’ Freda” about the Beatles secretary will be screened on Friday, Sept. 20.

Chautauqua takes its name from a series of adult education programs that were first held at a campsite on the shores of Lake Chautauqua in upstate New York during the late 19th century. Chautauquas spread throughout America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries bringing speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day to a wide cross-section of the nation’s rural and small-town population. Circuit Chautauquas (also known as Tent Chautauquas) were an itinerant manifestation of the movement. Programs would be presented in tents pitched in a field near town. After several days, the Chautauqua would fold its tents and move on to the next community. The popularity of Chautauquas peaked in the mid-1920s, after which radio, movies and automobiles brought about the gradual disappearance of the movement by the 1940s.

Reborn in the 1970s as a vehicle for humanities education, modern Chautauquas are often organized around a core program in which actor-historians portray celebrated historical figures, speaking and interacting with audiences. Modern Chautauquas have been presented annually in Delaware since 1999 featuring a wide variety of historical figures including Mark Twain, Woodrow Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln; Amelia Earhart; Dolley Madison; Eleanor Roosevelt; Edgar Allan Poe; the Lone Ranger; John Philip Sousa; and Delaware’s own Pvt. James Elbert, Maj. Allen McLane, F.O.C. Darley and Clifford Brown.

“The 1960s in Delaware: A Decade of Turmoil and Transformation” is co-sponsored by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Zwaanendael Museum, the Lewes Historical Society, and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, and is partially funded by a grant from Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The Zwaanendael Museum is administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, an agency of the State of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality and providing educational programs and assistance to the general public on Delaware history and heritage. The division’s diverse array of services includes operation of five museums which are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, administration of the State Historic Preservation Office, conservation of the state’s archaeological and historic-objects collections, operation of a conference center and management of historic properties across the state. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, a federal agency. However, the contents and opinions expressed in the division’s programs and services do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Department of the Interior.

 

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“The 1960s in Delaware: A Decade of Turmoil and Transformation”
21st annual Chautauqua tent show, Lewes, Del., Sept. 19 to 21, 2019

Preliminary schedule as of Aug. 6, 2019

All activities take place at the Lewes History Museum, 101 Adams Ave. Lewes, Del. 302-645-7670.
Free admission for all activities.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

“Preserving African-American History in Delaware: Highlighting Vibrant Communities Through Research and the ‘Green Book.’ ” Presentation by historian Carlton Hall of the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office on the “Green Book,” a travel and vacation guidebook for people of color during the segregation era. 11:45 a.m.

“Vietnam Mailbag.” Journalist Nancy E. Lynch, author of the award-winning book, “Vietnam Mailbag, Voices From the War: 1968-1972,” and Vietnam veteran Rick Lovekin share their experiences of the war from letters and correspondences from that period. 1 p.m.

“Deadly Storms of the Delmarva Coast.” Author and historian Michael Morgan will discuss the storms that have affected the coastline along Delmarva, among them, the Ash Wednesday nor’easter of 1962. 2:15 p.m.

“Dover International Speedway: 50th Anniversary of Racing at the Monster Mile.” Lecture by Mike Lewis, communications manager of Dover International Speedway. 3:30 p.m.

“Martin Luther King, A Man of Conscience.” Keith Henley of the American Historical Theatre portrays the noted civil rights leader. 6 p.m. 

“Lyndon B. Johnson.” Bob Gleason of the American Historical Theatre portrays America’s 36th president. 7:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

“Fashioning America’s Space Suit—The Story of the Local Company That Outfits Our Astronauts.” Lecture by Bill Ayrey, retired quality manager and company historian for ILC, Dover. 1 p.m. 

“Menhaden Industry in Lewes.” Lecture by Robert Kennedy, Lewes resident and director of the town’s Board of Public Works. 2:15 p.m.

“Governor Carvel of Delaware.” Lecture by Richard Carter, retired communications director for the Delaware state Senate, and former chairman of the Delaware Heritage Commission. 3:30 p.m.

Smooth Sound Dance Band. A component of the Milford Community Band playing songs of the 1960s. 6 p.m.

Good Ol’ Freda.” Documentary film about the Beatles secretary. 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019

“We Came in Peace: 50 Years on the Moon.” Lecture by Eric Mease of Delaware Humanities. 1 p.m.

Radio Theater presented by the Possum Point Players of Georgetown, Del. 2:15 p.m.

“The Enduring Influence of 1960’s Fashion.” Lecture by Nancy Alexander, executive director of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society. 3:30 p.m.

Concert/dance featuring the Fabulous 60’s Revival Band. Visitors are encouraged to dress in their favorite ’60s fashions for the performance. 6 p.m.

Contact:
Jim Yurasek
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Phone: 302-739-7787
E-mail: Jim.Yurasek@delaware.gov
Web: http://history.delaware.gov