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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Some Republican lawmakers and a conservative group are criticizing Delaware's proposed nondiscrimination policy for transgender students in schools.  
 
The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware, reported Monday that the proposal would let students self-identify their gender without telling their parents. Schools could also provide access to locker rooms and bathrooms that correspond with a students' gender identity
 
Democratic Gov. John Carney in July directed the Department of Education to come up with the policy.
 

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Saturday’s Dewey Beach elections saw incumbent Mayor Dale Cooke returned to office and was joined by newcomers on the town commission Paul Bauer and TJ Redefer.

Redefer and Bauer received the most votes with over 400 while Cooke who has been on the commission for a number of terms and is also Mayor got 399.

The two incumbents who lost were Diane Hansen and Jill Compello.

The elections come amidst allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination by the Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

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There’s not enough evidence to fire or suspend Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

That’s the conclusion from the lawyer hired by the resort to investigate complaints against the city official.

Attorney Max Walton told the town officials that some of the most serious complaints occurred three to four years ago.

The Salisbury Daily Times reported that he said that his interview found those who filed complaints had either inflated the incidents or were inspired by their resentment of Appelbaum’s perceived interference with their responsibilities.

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There is another call for the removal of Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

Rick Cross, an attorney representing a number of plaintiffs against Appelbaum, pointed to a note that says the town manager made lewd comments in front of several women in town hall.

WBOC reports that the note said Appelbaum made remarks about women who he could see through a window with a glass mirror near the courtroom adjusting their breasts.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling against a former Delaware prison guard who claimed he was fired in retaliation for complaining that he was the subject of illegal job discrimination.

The court on Thursday affirmed a federal judge's 2015 ruling in favor of Department of Correction officials in a lawsuit filed by Rene Flores.

Flores claimed he was passed over for a promotion to captain in 2011 because he is Hispanic, and that officials later fired him in retaliation for complaining of discrimination.

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Governor John Carney has called on Delaware state educators to come up with anti-discrimination policies for transgender students in the public and charter school system.

The memo was sent to Education Secretary Susan Bunting calling for strong regulations that would prohibit unlawful discrimination against these students.

The new regulations are to be made available by November 1st for public comment.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports it is not clear how the state Department of Education would enforce the guidelines if there is noncompliance.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers have introduced a resolution calling for Delaware's Department of Education to develop regulations with specific guidelines to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression.

The resolution says state employment policies and guidelines mandate that government employees not be discriminated against based on gender identity or expression. That includes the right to be called by their preferred names and pronouns, treated with dignity and respect, and allowed to use bathroom facilities corresponding to their gender identity.

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McLEAN, Va. (AP) - A study by professors at George Mason University has found that Virginia's largest school system is far more likely to hire a white teacher applicant than an African-American.

The study, published in the Spring edition of the Harvard Educational Review, found blacks made up 13 percent of all teacher applicants to the Fairfax County school system, but only 6 percent of all job offers.

White applicants, meanwhile, made up 70 percent of applicants but received 77 percent of job offers.

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The Baltimore police force has committed to sweeping policy changes as part of a court-enforceable agreement with the federal government.

The improvement plan was filed in federal court Thursday.

It is meant to require an overhaul in how police officers do their jobs, mandating improvements in stops and searches as well as arrests.

The agreement resolves months of negotiations with the Justice Department, which had identified pervasive constitutional violations.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is touting his record of a growing and diversifying state's economy.

But he warned lawmakers that progress could be undermined by socially conservative legislation on abortion and transgender issues.

McAuliffe's remarks came last night evening at the annual State of the Commonwealth, kicking off the start of the 2017 legislative session.

The Democratic governor asked lawmakers to work with him on helping the state become less dependent on federal defense spending.

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