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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland State Department of Education says newly released data shows that more Maryland high school students are graduating than ever before.

The state says the dropout rate in the state has declined, while the graduation rate climbed to over 86 percent in 2014, four percentage points up from 2013's 82 percent graduation rate.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State education officials are holding a public hearing next week regarding the fate of a struggling charter school that serves mostly low-income black children in Wilmington.

Officials put the Maurice J. Moyer Academy on formal review two weeks ago, noting that the school turned in the lowest standardized test scores of any charter school in Delaware for the 2013-2014 school year.

The latest test results from Moyer were even worse than the previous year, when less than half of Moyer students demonstrated proficiency in reading and math.

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Senator Chris Coons has privately apologized to Delaware’s African American Community for voting against President Obama’s nominee to head up the civil rights division.

The Gannett Washingtion Bureau reports that two people who attended a recent meeting said that Coons agreed to reverse his March 5th vote against Debo Adegbile.

The nominee became controversial after defending Mumia Abu-Jamal who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer.