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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are eyeing proposals to bring more transparency and accountability to the state school board, if not abolish it.

A legislative committee on Tuesday discussed several recommendations for overhauling the seven-member board of gubernatorial appointees.

The board has been criticized by lawmakers, teachers, school districts and parents in recent years for being heavy-handed and inaccessible.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A nominee to the Maryland State Board of Education is facing questions about a record of traffic offenses and debt.

Brandon Cooper appeared Monday before a state Senate panel that is considering his nomination by Gov. Larry Hogan.

Cooper, who is 28, says he has learned from his mistakes. His record includes a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to appear in court and liens for failing to pay state taxes.

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The Cape Henlopen School District wants a $154.5 million referendum to go before the voters.

The funding request comes after the state of Delaware offered $106 million for renovating and rebuilding five elementary schools.

WBOC reports that school officials say the request is based on need not want pointing out that the average elementary school in the district is 70 years old.

The referendum proposal is set to come up before the Board of Education at 6 p.m. at Beacon Middle School.

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Another charter school could close in Delaware.

The Charter School Accountability Committee found that problems at The Delaware Met were significant enough to warrant moving the students in the middle of the school year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the problems ranged from safety and discipline issues to leadership financial and instruction problems.

There are around 210 students who attend the institution.

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The Superintendent of the Christina School District will be retiring in February.

Freeman Williams has been in his job for the last three years and he went on a leave of absence in August.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the school board is now exploring a time line in the search for a new superintendent.

The paper reports that the change in leadership comes after the state Board of Education came into conflict with the district over how to improve three Priority Schools in Wilmington.

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The Indian River School District has lowered its property tax rate for a second year in a row.

For this fiscal year it will go down a penny from $2.69 per $100 of assessed value to $2.68.

The reduction was approved by the Board of Education earlier this month.

It is the result of a retirement of 20-year construction bonds and a decline in interest payments.

In addition, there was a minor capital adjustment due to a carryover of money from last year.        

BALTIMORE (AP) - School systems in Maryland can apply to waive up to three snow days this year.

After a winter that saw many systems delay and cancel classes because of snow and ice, the state Board of Education voted Tuesday to authorize Superintendent Lillian Lowery to make case-by-case decisions on waivers from the state's 180-day requirement.

The board also asked that each system's waiver request include an outline of calendar changes made to meet students' instructional needs.

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Mayor Jim Ireton and Wicomico’s NAACP Chapter president Marty Ashanti said they opposed legislation in Annapolis that would allow for an elected school board in Wicomico County.

During a state Senate hearing the Salisbury official said there has been little community input with only one public hearing on the proposal.

If approved the measure would present the question of an elected school board to the voters during the general election next year.

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Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy and the state Board of Education got a no confidence vote from teachers unions in the two biggest school districts.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Red Clay Education Association and the Christina Education Association say that state leaders have “slandered” Delaware’s traditional public schools.

The paper reports that they charged the administration has done this through the over reliance on standardized test scores and imposing mandates on teacher without their input.

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Larry Dodd who was just elected to the Wicomico County Council has a potential conflict of interest.

He also serves on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

For the moment Dodd says he will serve on both bodies at least until 2015.

He told the Salisbury Daily Times that with board of education Vice President Donald Fitzgerald’s term ending after 2014 he wanted to make it easier for Republican Governor-elect Larry Hogan to make both appointments at the same time.

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