Daily Archives: April 24, 2015

House Bill 50 WILL Be Voted On By Delaware State Reps Either Next Week or Week After

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House Bill 50, which would allow parent opt-out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, will be on the floor of the Delaware House of Representatives either next week or the week after.  And this is coming from the Delaware Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf.  I will certainly let you know once it is on any agenda.  But I need your help!

Please email your Delaware State Representative, not once, but twice, or even a third time.  Call them as well.  They need to know you support this bill, because at the end of the day, it is the people of Delaware they serve, not the Governor, not the DOE, and not the many corporate business entities in our state that opposed the bill yesterday.  Let your legislator know that WE ARE DELAWARE!  Let them know you want your email to be a part of the public record.  Let them know…

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When will Markell delivery the jobs promised to Delaware college graduates?

Student loans: Delawareans face a rising, long-term cost of a diploma William H. McMichael and Scott Goss, The News Journal

One in nine Delawareans is carrying some form of student debt, according to data released by the White House last month. The average amount owed is $26,802, the 15th-highest average in the nation.

Collectively, Delaware borrowers owe more than $3.2 billion. By comparison, the state’s operating budget for fiscal year 2015 is $3.8 billion.

Nearly 70 percent of seniors who graduated in 2013 had some form of student loan debt, according to The Institute for College Access and Success.

More than 60 percent of University of Delaware students graduate with federal loan debt. School officials say the current average amount is $21,586 for in-state students and $23,566 for out-of-state sudents. Delaware State University, the only other public four-year college in the state, did not provide the percentage of its students who graduate with federal loan debt. According to school officials, the average debt for its in-state students is $32,045 and $42,403 for out-of-state students.

Louise Fox, about to earn her master’s degree in school leadership from Wilmington University and who will soon pay about $600 a month on the $57,000 she owes in students loans, says that monthly obligation means she is one unforeseen accident or health issue away from financial turmoil.

“I just have to hope that I don’t lose my job or something like that,” she said, “that would cause me to go into further debt.