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8:38 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Christina School Budget Cuts Begin After Voters Turn Down Tax Hike

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Christina School District has begun cutting costs to address a budget deficit after voters nixed a plan to raise property taxes to cover growing school costs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the district is freezing hiring, cancelling travel for personnel and cutting school budgets. Principals are being asked to cut overtime, reduce contracted services and eliminate unfilled positions in which teachers get extra pay to serve as coaches or advisers.

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7:54 am
Fri February 27, 2015

UD President Criticized by Professors Union

University of Delaware President Patrick Harker
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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A union representing professors is criticizing the University of Delaware president after he wrote an opinion piece saying smart students are looking for alternatives online and that faculty should lose some autonomy in course design.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the union is calling University President Patrick Harker's statements an affront to the university's educational mission and values.

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8:23 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Hogan Pushes Expansion of Charter Schools

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is holding a news conference with education leaders to talk about his charter school bill.

The governor also plans to discuss a bill to create tax credits for people who make voluntary contributions to private or parochial schools at the event on Thursday.

The news conference is being held as the governor's charter school measure is scheduled for a hearing Thursday afternoon before lawmakers. The bill is designed to make it easier to operate charter schools in Maryland.

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8:43 am
Mon February 23, 2015

MD Schools Gear Up for New Testing

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland public schools are preparing for new standardized testing.

Elementary, middle and high school students are to start testing in March through the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The exam is connected to the Common Core State Standards for reading and math proficiency.

School districts statewide provided students with a recent demonstration, allowing schools to test technological infrastructure for the computer-based exams.

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10:49 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Education Secretary Calls Delaware Model for the Country

Education Secretary Arne Duncan
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The nation’s top education official defended the administration’s Race to the Top program that saw $119 million go to Delaware for educational initiatives.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the First State’s record a model for the country.

During his visit to the state yesterday that included the classrooms at Howard High School of Technology he touted Delaware’s lowest in-decades dropout rate, more students applying to college and unprecedented investments in Pre-K education.

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10:34 am
Fri February 20, 2015

No Stun Guns for Campus Security in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Senate committee has killed a proposal to allow school security officers to be armed with stun guns, pepper spray and similar weapons.

The Republican-controlled Education and Health Committee rejected the measure Thursday on an 8-6 vote. Two Republicans, Jeff McWaters of Virginia Beach and Thomas Garrett of Buckingham County, joined minority Democrats in voting "no."

The bill, which passed the House of Delegates last week, was introduced by Del. Mark Cole, a Spotsylvania County Republican.

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Local News
9:24 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Grilling Over How Race to the Top Funds Were Spent in Delaware

Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy
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Delaware Education Secretary Mark Murphy got a grilling by lawmakers yesterday.

It came over his bid for $7.5 million to sustain the federal Race to the Top grant that runs out this year.

Several lawmakers complained to Murphy that too much of the federal funds went to bureaucracy and too little to helping out teachers in the classroom.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the lawmakers questioned whether the state’s resources might not be better spent somewhere else.

Especially, they added, when the state budget was so tight.

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9:13 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Delaware Dropout Rates Decline, Graduation Rates Rise

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The dropout rate for Delaware high school students declined last year to the lowest level in three decades.

2.1 percent dropped out last year as opposed to 2.9 percent the year before.

That amounted to 817 students out of a student body of almost 39-thousand.

The graduation rates also went up to 84.4 percent compared to 79.9 percent the year before.

Meanwhile, low income students saw their graduation rates rise to 78 percent – up from 73.7 percent in 2013.

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9:03 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Maryland Governor to Boost Charter Schools

Governor Larry Hogan (R-Md) during State of the State Address
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BALTIMORE (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is visiting a Baltimore charter school with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss his proposed bill that would strengthen Maryland's charter school law.

Hogan is scheduled to participate in a reading exercise and talk with students at the Empowerment Academy in Baltimore. Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford is also set to join the visit.

The Republican governor is looking to expand choices for students and their families as well as make it easier for charter schools to operate in Maryland.

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8:15 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Proposed: Moratorium on Charter Schools in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A group formed by Gov. Jack Markell to study ways to improve educational opportunities for children in Delaware's largest city is continuing its work after issuing an interim report with a host of recommendations.

The Wilmington Education Advisory Committee was to meet Monday night at Stubbs Elementary School, with a focus on engaging the public in it work.

Among the recommendations the committee has proposed are getting rid of two of the four school districts that currently serve city residents and a moratorium on new charter schools.

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Local News
11:53 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Strong Backing for Elected School Board in Wicomico County

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Wicomico County could soon have an elected school board.

Last night there was almost unanimous support from those attended a public hearing by the Board of Education.

Harry Basehart said that it should follow the model set by Caroline County where the board reflects the gender, ethnic and racial diversity of the local residents.  

Many complained that the Board is accountable to the governor not the county residents even though education takes up half of the Wicomico County budget.

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Local News
10:03 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Fix-It Plan for West Salisbury Elementary School, Tour Questioned

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver
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It’s a fix-it strategy for the West Salisbury Elementary School.

Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver has opted to make improvements in the aging structure rather than building a new facility.

Wicomico County released a report on the building needs and the fix-it strategy will come at a much lower price tag.

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9:55 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Protesting Hogan's Education Budget

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of finding more room in Maryland's budget for education are launching a website to show how a current budget plan would affect school districts.

House Speaker Michael Busch is scheduled to be joined by Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller on Tuesday in Annapolis, along with PTA President Ray Leone.

They are criticizing Gov. Larry Hogan's budget plan, because it scales back funding by roughly $144 million less than what schools were expecting to receive, based on past budgets in recent years.

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9:45 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Budget Battle in Annapolis Begins

Governor Larry Hogan (R-Md)
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The battle of the budget in Annapolis is about to begin. Republican Governor Larry Hogan took some sharp swipes at his Democratic predecessor Martin O'Malley at Marc Steiner's Annapolis Summit as top Democratic Legislative leaders took aim at his budget proposal. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush was there and filed this report.

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12:45 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

African American Lawmakers Blast Hogan Budget

Delegate Jay Walker (D-Prince George's County)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland are criticizing Gov. Larry Hogan's budget proposal for cuts to education and health care.
 
Caucus members said Thursday that Hogan's plan would set back progress Maryland has made.
 
Black lawmakers from the city of Baltimore and Prince George's County are unhappy about cutting funding in half for jurisdictions where education costs more. The loss of roughly $68 million will fall more heavily on their jurisdictions.  
 

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10:59 am
Thu January 29, 2015

MD Bill to Put Armed Guards in Public Schools

Delegate John Cluster (R-Baltimore County)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former police officer turned Maryland lawmaker says it's a matter of when, not if, a mass shooting happens in one of the state's schools.

Delegate John Cluster, a Baltimore County Republican, is hoping his bill to put an armed officer in every public school will prevent a shooting like the ones at Columbine or Sandy Hook. A House committee held a hearing on the bill on Wednesday.

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9:23 am
Wed January 28, 2015

High School Graduation Rates Up in Maryland

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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.

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11:52 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Delaware State of the State, Perdue Still Coming

Governor Jack Markell (D-De)
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Governor Jack Markell delivered his seventh State of the State address yesterday hailing the economic progress in the First State.

But he called on lawmakers to help him close a $780 million spending gap in meeting the state’s transportation needs.

In addition, he focused on issues ranging from ways to improve education and to end veteran homelessness to dealing with substance abuse.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the address was well received by lawmakers.

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8:39 am
Wed January 21, 2015

In-State-Tuition for Immigrants Intact for Virginia

University of Virginia
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An effort to deny in-state college tuition rates to some immigrants has been narrowly defeated in the Virginia Senate.

Introduced by Republican Sen. Richard Black of Loudoun County, it was rejected 20-19 Tuesday, largely along party lines in the Republican-controlled chamber. One Republican, Sen. John Watkins of Powhatan County, voted with minority Democrats against the bill. Another Republican, Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel of Winchester, did not vote.

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8:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

MD Charter School Study Incomplete

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland state analysts say a study on charter schools ordered by the Legislature is incomplete and lacking sufficient detail.

The Maryland Department of Legislative Services issued its findings in a letter Monday to the Legislature's presiding officers.

Lawmakers required the Maryland State Department of Education to conduct the study. It contracted with the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore to carry it out.

The study concludes that the current system "shows enough promise to be expanded."

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7:53 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Enrollment Down at Virginia's Colleges and Universities

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new report shows enrollment is down at more than half of Virginia's public colleges and universities in the current academic year.

The report by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia says fall enrollment declined at eight of the state's 15 four-year schools, compared to fall 2013.

Total head count dropped from 214,667 students to 213,718. It's the first year-to-year decline in enrollment since 1994.

During the same period, enrollment at private, nonprofit four-year institutions rose from 131,910 students to 135,910.

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7:34 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Teachers Union Airs Ad Against Cuts in MD Education

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland teachers' union is launching a petition drive to protect strong investments in schools.

The Maryland State Education Association is kicking off a radio ad campaign and online petition drive on Monday. The ad will run for two weeks in Baltimore, the District of Columbia and other parts of Maryland.

The campaign is calling on Gov.-elect Larry Hogan and state lawmakers to not cut school funding.

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11:04 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Fate of All-Girls Charter School Again in the Hands of the Courts

Reach Academy for Girls
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Less than a year after attorneys agreed to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging a decision by Delaware education officials to close Reach Academy, the future of the struggling, all-girls charter school is once again before a federal judge.

The judge was to hold an initial hearing Friday in yet another lawsuit by supporters seeking to keep Reach Academy open.

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12:00 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

MD Ranking Slips in Education Performance Report

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A new report says Maryland fell two spots from leading the nation in school performance, though it's still ahead of the rest of the Mid-Atlantic region and most of the country.

Education Week's Quality Counts report ranked Maryland No. 3, down from its spot at No. 1 between 2009 and 2013. Massachusetts and New Jersey topped the list.

Citing state officials and Education Week, The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland's downgrade is because of a change in the ranking criteria, not a performance dip.

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7:55 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Delaware Gets Federal Early Childhood Education Grant

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Federal officials say Delaware's Department of Education has been awarded a $1.4 million grant for early childhood education.

The Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant will allow 72 more children to take part in Early Head Start.

The grants are intended to encourage collaboration between Early Head Start grantees and child care providers.

Infants and toddlers in the new program will receive caregiving their physical, cognitive and social development.

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10:28 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Delaware Education Officials Render Judgment on Charter Schools

Reach Academy for Girls
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The Reach Academy for Girls charter school will be closing.

But Delaware Secretary Education Mark Murphy and the State Board of Education allowed Gateway Lab School to stay open but will be required to improve its test scores or face closure.

Meanwhile, Murphy delayed a decision on Family Foundations Academy.

He said that there were serious allegations of financial mismanagement that have arisen over the last few days.

The Education Secretary said regulators needed time to review them before acting.

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8:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Improving Low Performance Schools in Red Clay District

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The Red Clay School Board has given the green light to move ahead with trying to turn around its three Priority Schools.

These have been found to have scored the lowest on state tests.

However, in the 6 to 1 vote the board rejected some of the requirements laid down by the state including requiring each teacher to re-apply for their job.

They also turned back a requirement that would have paid the leaders of the schools $160-thousand a year.

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7:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

VA Governor Makes Budgetary Increase Request

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to more than double the pot of money he can spend trying to lure companies to Virginia, ease school districts' teacher retirement burdens, and give raises to rookie deputy sheriffs.

The governor unveiled these and other proposed changes to the state's biennial budget Wednesday at a Capitol briefing to state lawmakers.

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9:16 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Data Vulnerable at University of Maryland College Park

University of Maryland College Park (South Commons)
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - State auditors say sensitive data in computers at the University of Maryland-College Park remains vulnerable to hackers five years after administrators were told about security flaws.

The university said Thursday that the shortcomings identified in a 2009 audit weren't related to a data breach in February involving the records of about 288,000 students, faculty and staff members.

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10:03 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Federal Grant to Improve Early Childhood Education in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are touting a $5.5 million grant from the federal grant in their effort to improve early childhood education programs.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to visit La Fiesta Child Care Center in Wilmington on Thursday to discuss the grant announced this week.

The child care center is part of the Latin American Community Center and a partner site that will benefit from federal health and human services grant.

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