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Thanks to those of you who took time to vote in the 2024 School Board elections!

Elections were held in seven school districts: Appoquinimink, Colonial, Red Clay, Delmar, Indian River District 4, Lake Forest and Woodbridge. 

It’s important to learn as much as you can about the candidates running. We will be listing all candidate forums we find so you can hear their views about their priorities and how they plan to hold the superintendent accountable for educating your children or grandchildren in a safe, positive environment.

School Board candidate forums

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CHRISTINA SCHOOL BOARD FORUM

Monday, April 22, 6 to 7 pm

RED CLAY SCHOOL BOARD FORUM

Tuesday, April 30, 6 to 7 pm

APPOQUINIMINK SCHOOL BOARD FORUM

Tuesday April 23, 6 to 7:30 pm

COLONIAL SCHOOL BOARD FORUM

Wednesday, May 1, 6 to 7 pm

School Districts of Failed Referendums Set Dates to Try Again

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Appoquinimink SD referendum passes on second vote

UPDATE: The second time is the charm as voters approved the second attempt to pass the district’s referendums. The first time the vote was narrowly defeated. Read this Delaware Live story about a School Board member’s assessment of what will happen if the referendum doesn’t pass this time. 

Read more about the successful vote

Cape Henlopen SD referendum fails again on May 21

Cape Henlopen joins the school districts that lost their first referendum vote in trying again, this time on May 21.  

On April 16, the Cape School Board discussed the details of their new request. It includes the removal of the building of a natatorium and lower ask.


Smyrna SD sets June 6 for new referendum vote

The Smyrna school district is limiting its second try at passing a referendum on June 6 by only seeking the local share of funds for a new school on Rabbit Chase Lane. 

Superintendent Susan Brown says the request amounts to about $17 a year for residents and allows the brand new school to be completed.

Public Town Hall meeting June 6

The district will host a public town hall meeting to answer residents questions on June 4 at 6 p.m. at Clayton Intermediate.

Watch highlights of the CRI education forum and learn the Delaware story

Each topic is summarized in six-minute clips about Delaware’s education system. 

Academic Performance & Spending – Dr. Tanya Hettler, Ph.D., CRI

Discipline, Violence and Bullying – Dr. Beth Conaway, retired administrator

Teacher Shortages & Student Absenteeism – Rep. Ruth Briggs King

Parental Involvement & School Choice – Britney Mumford, Delaware CAN

Greater Parental Involvement – Adam Coleman, author of Black Victim to Black Victor

Options in School Choice – Americans for Prosperity

 

Kent County Town Hall Video 2023

The Kent County Save Our Schools town hall in May 2023 featured the following speakers in this order:

  • Academic Scores in Delaware: Dr. Tanya Hettler, Caesar Rodney Institute
  • Parental Rights & Involvement: Dr. Elana Fishbein, No Left Turn in Education
  • School Safety: Dr. Beth Conaway, retired principal and educator
  • Teacher Shortages: Celeste Bunting, Indian River School District
  •  School board candidates who attended the town hall were given an opportunity to introduce themselves.
 (1 hour 50 minutes)

Where are the parents in this fight for their children's education?

Dr. Elana Fishbein, founder of No Left Turn in Education, asks during the town halls: what happened to all the parents who would jump in front of a bus for their children? 

Why are they afraid to publicly stand up for their kids? C4DS would like to understand it better. Feel free to submit your feedback below.

(2:14 minutes)

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Kent County Town Hall Video 2023

The Kent County Save Our Schools town hall in May 2023 featured the following speakers in this order:

  • Academic Scores in Delaware: Dr. Tanya Hettler, Caesar Rodney Institute
  • Parental Rights & Involvement: Dr. Elana Fishbein, No Left Turn in Education
  • School Safety: Dr. Beth Conaway, retired principal and educator
  • Teacher Shortages: Celeste Bunting, Indian River School District
  •  School board candidates who attended the town hall were given an opportunity to introduce themselves.
 (1 hour 50 minutes)

Where are the parents in this fight for their children's education?

Dr. Elana Fishbein, founder of No Left Turn in Education, asks during the town halls: what happened to all the parents who would jump in front of a bus for their children? 

Why are they afraid to publicly stand up for their kids? C4DS would like to understand it better. Feel free to submit your feedback below.

(2:14 minutes)

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