School board approves landmark plan to consolidate five Wilmington schools

WHYY | by Cris Barrish A divided Christina school board gave guarded blessings Tuesday night to a plan by the Carney administration to consolidate five of the lowest-performing schools in the state — all of them in Wilmington. The board voted 4-2 with one abstention to close three struggling and under-used Wilmington elementary schools and expand two other schools into buildings serving Kindergartners through eighth graders. Approval of the Memorandum of Understanding with the state unveiled in November paves the way for Stubbs, Elbert-Palmer, and Pulaski schools to shut their […]

Board approves plan that will consolidate Wilmington schools

The News Journal | by Jessica Bies Plans to close two elementary schools in Wilmington will move forward now that the Christina Board of Education has approved a partnership agreement with Gov. John Carney and the state Education Department. Preliminary timelines call for Pulaski and Elbert-Palmer elementary schools to close after the 2018-19 school year. Bancroft Elementary and Bayard Middle schools will likely house grades 1 through 8, while kindergartners will move to what is currently Stubbs Elementary School. Stubbs is also the likely site of a dual-generation center, which […]

Christina approves Wilmington schools consolidation plan

WDEL | by Joe Irizarry Two Wilmington schools in the Christina School District will close, and the others will be repurposed allowing for two first to eighth grade schools in the city–one on the east side and another on the west side. The Christina School Board voted to approve the Memorandum of Understanding with the state, which means the closing of Pulaski and Elbert-Palmer elementary schools. Stubbs Elementary School will become a Dual Generation Center, which will house Kindergarten, Pre-K, and other services. “This board and our district hasn’t engaged […]

Delmarva Power lowers rate increase request by $26 million as result of corporate tax cuts

The News Journal | by Karl Baker Tax cuts passed by Congress in December have effectively caused Delmarva Power to reduce its power rate increase request in Delaware by $26 million, the company announced on Friday. After Congress slashed corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 21 percent, state regulators in January directed public utility companies, such as Delmarva Power, to calculate their total amount of savings “to ensure that consumers will receive the benefits.” The move came at the behest of Delaware Public Advocate Drew Slater and state legislators […]

Delmarva Power slashes rate hike request after tax breaks pass

Delaware Public Media | by Sarah Mueller Delmarva Power said it’s dropping its rate hike request by $26 million because of federal corporate tax breaks. The move comes after the state’s Public Advocate Drew Slater successfully petitioned to have utility companies pass the savings on to consumers. Delmarva is now asking for a $17 million rate increase, down from last fall’s ask of about $43 million. It’s currently the only rate increase request before state regulators. Delmarva officials said the drop in its rate hike request means customers can expect […]

Delaware lawmaker proposes new upper income tax brackets

WDEL | by Mark Fowser Creation of two new upper income tax brackets is being proposed as a way to create long term revenue stability for the State of Delaware, instead of depending upon one-time revenues. A state House committee Wednesday voted to release legislation that would tax individual filers who make $125,000 at 7.1 percent. Delawareans who earn $250,000 would face an income tax rate of 7.85 percent. The current rate is 6.6 percent for someone who earns $60,000 or more of taxable income. State Representative John Kowalko, D-25th, […]

Warning: There is no budget surplus in Delaware

Delaware State News | Opinion | by Rep. John Kowalko With the governor’s proposed budget scheduled to be unveiled today and in light of recent Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) reports purportedly showing an uptick in revenues, it is incumbent upon me, as an elected official, to alert the taxpaying public to the reality and complexity of Delaware’s economic situation. While increased revenue projections might appear to be welcome news, a number of factors should be considered in the final analysis. The specifics of the revenue gains and […]

Report: Charter schools struggle to find and pay for facilities

The News Journal | by Jessica Bies Charter schools in Delaware struggle to find suitable buildings and to finance facility and construction costs, a new report says. Many are shoehorned into old office buildings, churches or strip malls where rent is high — an average of $1,545 per student — and amenities are lacking. Some do not have full kitchen facilities, lunchrooms, auditoriums, specialized instructional space, playgrounds, gyms or even areas where buses can pull up and safely drop off kids. One, which was located in a Red Clay School […]

Corporate tax cuts are undermining Delaware’s budget

The News Journal | Delaware Voice | by Rep. John Kowalko With the Governor’s proposed budget scheduled to be unveiled in less than a week, and in light of recent Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council (DEFAC) reports purportedly showing an uptick in revenues, it is incumbent upon me, as an elected official, to alert the taxpaying public to the reality and complexity of Delaware’s economic situation. While increased revenue projections might appear to be welcome news, a number of factors should be considered in the final analysis. The specifics […]

Delaware utility rates are set to drop as a result of federal corporate tax cuts

Delaware Public Media | by Nick Ciolino The Delaware Public Commission voted to approve a petition to reduce Delaware utility rates in response to recently passed federal tax cuts. Last month the federal government passed legislation dropping the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Delaware’s Public Advocate petitioned to have utility companies in the state drop their rates proportionate to the savings from the cuts. The Delaware Public Commission voted unanimously—four to zero—in favor of the petition Wednesday. Public Advocate Drew Slater says there was some argument to put […]