recommendation to establish a college preparatory high school in
Wilmington is expected to be presented to the Christina school
board within the next couple of months. Although a public
school, it would be a boarding school.
Pritchett, assistant to the superintendent for family and
community engagement and advocacy, told Delaforum that the
committee which he co-chairs with Raye Jones-Avery, past
president of Kuumba Academy, was ready to go before the board
last autumn, but has held up while the district hires a new
superintendent and conducts a bond referendum.
the Seed School of Washington, an academically rigorous academy
serving inner-city students in the District of Columbia, the
goal would be to have all of its graduates go on to a college
Wilmington school would also be directed toward economically
disadvantaged youth, although it would look to draw students
from families of various income levels from throughout New
Castle County, Pritchett said.
advantage of a boarding school, he added, is that students not
only would be removed from day-to-day contact with such things
as drugs and street crime but also would be in an environment
where they would focus on their education.
in Washington is sponsored by the non-profit Seed Foundation.
The one in Wilmington, Pritchett said, would be run under the
auspices of the Christina district. It would necessarily require
additional financial backing because of its room-and-board
has been an educator in Wilmington for many years. A graduate of
Howard High and Delaware State University, he was principal of
Bancroft during the transition to court-ordered desegregation in
the late 1970s.
acknowledges a full measure of idealism in the plan, but points
out that the committee is composed of people with their feet
firmly on the ground. Mayor Jim Baker is one of the members.
Only one in five college graduates and
nearly a third of those earning two-year associate degrees have
only basic quantitative literacy skills, a national survey by
the American Institutes for Research found. That means that they
can't estimate if their car has enough gasoline to get to the
next gas station or calculate the total cost of ordering office
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Saying Massachusetts could become a legal
battleground in the war over childhood obesity, a Washington,
D.C., nutrition group has threatened a lawsuit in Boston against
the Nickelodeon cable network and Kellogg Co. for using cartoon
characters like Sponge Bob Square Pants and Tony the Tiger to
sell junk food to children.
Chief executive officers of major companies
are now being paid 400 times what the average worker makes. The
Houston Post reported that in reference to proposed new
Securities and Exchange Commission regulations that would
require corporations to be more forthright in disclosing
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