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Senator Chris Van Hollen says he will vote against three of President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominations.

The Maryland Democrat says he will oppose Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General saying that he is trouble by his record on voting rights and the rights of women, minorities and the LGBT community.

He also said he did not believe that Sessions would provide an independent check on Trump’s push to bar Muslims from coming into the country.

Maryland’s Junior Senator said he opposed Chris Pruitt to head up the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) and top Democratic Legislative Leaders spar at Marc Steiner's Annapolis Summit as the General Assembly's 90 day session got underway this week. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has this report.

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is pledging millions of dollars in tuition and student loan debt relief.

The Republican governor told a news conference Tuesday at the University of Maryland in College Park that he's proposing a $17.5 million investment to enable the state's 14 colleges and universities to cap tuition increases at 2 percent.

He says they would otherwise have had to raise tuition by as much as 5 percent.

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Voters in the Appoquinimink School district will be getting $268 million for capital expenditures.

Voters gave their overwhelming approval to two referendum questions by a 5000 to 2000 vote margin.

The school board president Richard Forsten hailed the vote as evidence of getting the word out to voters.

School superintendent Matt Burrows noted that the district is the fastest growing in the state of Virginia.

The Daily Times reports that the district has grown from around 3-thousand students ten years ago to around 10-thousand this year.

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The Cape Henlopen School Board voted 6-to-1 to offer students contraceptives and HIV testing next year.

WBOC reports that currently the wellness center provides such services as immunizations, STI and & pregnancy tests.

The contraceptives to be offered next fall will involve condoms, oral contraceptives, birth control implants and Depo-Provera.

The television station reports that a major issue has been parental consent.

That is now required for students to use the wellness center.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says his budget proposal will include a 1.5 percent one-time bonus for state workers next year.

McAuliffe said Tuesday during a regular appearance on WRVA-AM's "Ask the Governor" that the bonus would be paid in December 2017. He says he's setting aside $130.6 million for the pay boost, career development and money to reduce salary compression among law enforcement.

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FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - Officials with Frederick County Public Schools say about 1,000 former students are affected by a pre-2010 data breach that was discovered in September.

Schools spokesman Michael Raymond Doerrer said in an email Tuesday that students who attended county public schools between November 2005 and November 2006 were affected. He says the data includes names, Social Security number, and date of birth.

The breach was brought to the school system's attention by a former student who found his data on a website.

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An arrest has been made of a Dorchester County High School Student after she allegedly threatened a school administrator.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department said that the incident occurred on December 5th when 19-year old Sonia Morales allegedly threatened the administrator with a pair of scissors.

WBOC reports that she was upset about with the administrator, picked up the scissors and made a threatening remark.

Morales is facing charges that include possession of a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and disturbing school operations.

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Dr. Donna Hanlin, the superintendent of the Wicomico County Schools, issued a statement to calm rumors emerging out of an incident at James M. Bennet High School.

On Friday the facility was in lockdown for about two hours in the wake of a fight on campus.

WBOC reports that students told the television station that there were three fights.

Hanlin issued a statement that said the altercation took place between three students and was not schoolwide.

She said she incident was sparked by comments made on social media but did not provide any further explanation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland commission that is reviewing state education funding levels is holding its third meeting.

The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education is scheduled to meet Thursday in Annapolis.

The Maryland State Department of Education's consultants are presenting findings on public school funding to the panel.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland casinos will keep a higher share of slot machine revenue when MGM National Harbor opens this week.

State lawmakers approved the added shares several years ago to help the two casinos make up for lost business after MGM opens.

Maryland Live! in Anne Arundel County will increase its share from 41 percent to 49 percent. Horseshoe Baltimore's share will rise from 39 percent to 46 percent. Those two casinos are the closest ones to MGM, which is in Prince George's County.

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The Accomack County school board tonight will take up two books that they have pulled from their classrooms because of a complaint about the use of racial slurs.

The novels in question are “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain and “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

Marie Rothstein-Willliams, who is white and complained about the books, told the Salisbury Daily Times that she understood these were classic literature but said she there was too much offensive wording.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Chincoteague Elementary School.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland State Board of Education has set guidelines for considering waivers to post-Labor Day school starts under Gov. Larry Hogan's recent executive order.

The board announced the guidelines Monday.

Local boards will have to demonstrate they've met at least one compelling justification outlined in the governor's order. They also will have to have conducted at least one public meeting where the waiver application was considered and approved.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland legislative leaders are announcing a compromise with Gov. Larry Hogan on school funding and a loan for Northrop Grumman.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced the compromise Tuesday.

Northrop Grumman requested aid to acquire a 300,000 square-foot facility in Linthicum and keep 10,000 employees in Maryland. Last year, lawmakers approved a $37.5 million tax credit for the defense contractor. Another $20 million proposed by Hogan needs approval by the Legislative Policy Committee.

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Voters in the Indian River School District are set to go to the polls today to decide a $7.3 million referendum.

If approved it would raise property taxes by more than $95 a year and would providing funding for school security, technology and hiring among other needs.

But the vote comes just as a state audit found that there had been mismanagement of school funds over seen by the former CFO Patrick Miller.

WBOC reports that the audit said the district did not have adequate safeguards to control and detect financial improprieties.

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Susan Bunting, Superintendent of the Indian River School District, says that the district had no idea that their CFO had been mishandling its money.

The press conference by Bunting came a day after the state auditor found that there has been mishandling of funds.

The audit said that it created “an environment ripe with intimidation tactics, favoritism, and nepotism.

Bunting said that there had never been an audit that came back finding there was such an issue before.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Department of Education is asking for a 7.7 percent increase in its operating budget.

Education Secretary Steven Godowsky presented state budget officials Tuesday with a budget request of about $1.49 billion, roughly $107 million higher than this year's DOE operating budget.

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More than 30 students who enrolled in a now defunct Physician Assistant program have hammered out a deal with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

A year ago the program was shut down after it lost its accreditation leaving the students high and dry.

The students then asked UMES and the University system to provide funding for the costs of students who wanted to transfer to programs with were more expensive.

In addition, the students asked for a total of $1.5 million to compensate them for lost pay caused by the delay in transferring to another program.    

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It’s now President-elect Donald Trump who swept to victory with 289 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 218.

But, the states of Maryland, Virginia and Delaware did go blue giving the Democrat their electoral votes.

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Maryland Eastern Shore voters told Delmarva Public Radio’s Savanah Hatch there were mixed feeling:

On the Eastern Shore Trump overwhelmingly carried the three Lower Shore Counties of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset.

Trump campaigned in Worcester County in April of this year.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - School officials say two Warner Elementary School students were shot with a pellet gun, but were not injured.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Red Clay Consolidated School District spokeswoman Pati Nash says one student was hit on the thumb and another was grazed in the neck area.

Nash did not say whether any students were disciplined, but she says officials are following the student code of conduct.

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Wendy Turner, a second grade teacher at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in Brandywine, has been named Delaware’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.

She stood on the stage for an annual banquet with 19 other top Delaware teachers at Dover Downs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that she told the gathering that she has been allowed to follow her passion of teaching – a challenge, she added, that she has grown to love.

She said that she was concerned about where the country is headed in these economically troubled time.

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The gubernatorial candidates in Delaware appeared yesterday during a town hall at Delaware State University that focused on issues affecting the African American community.

Both Democratic Representative John Carney and Republican State Senate Colin Bonini said that there was a need for greater access to preschool and greater scrutiny of state government for systemic discrimination.

Both said the efforts were needed to deal with high unemployment rate in the community.

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The Wicomico County School system is mourning the loss of assistant principal David Allen Miles.

The 45 year old educator had been an administrator for several schools including James M. Bennett High School.

He was also a staff member with the Baltimore City Public Schools and was named Assistant Principal for Wicomico High in 2014 and Assistant Principal for James M. Bennett High School in 2016.

He was also a graduate of Bennett High in 1989.

WBOC reports that the school board and district expressed their deep sadness at his untimely passing.

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Nick Purnell is out as coach for the Washington High School Jaguars basketball team.

Over four seasons Purnell had a 70-to record.

Purnell told the Salisbury Daily Times that he did not resign.

Rather, he told the paper, that someone in the school system had expressed an interest in the position and “they decided to take that route.”

The high school’s athletic director Danny Lamb did not immediately respond to multiple requests for comment from the Daily Times.       

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has revised an executive order on requiring public schools to start after Labor Day.

The revised order issued Tuesday adds details on how schools can apply for waivers.

It also requires local school boards to hold a public meeting where the waiver application is considered and approved.

The governor's initial order allowed for waivers with "compelling justification." The revised order elaborates on what qualifies. That includes waivers for an innovative school schedule for certain low-performing schools or at-risk schools.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A new poll has found that while 54 percent of Maryland residents say an executive order should be used "rarely or never," 67 percent approved of Gov. Larry Hogan using one to start schools after Labor Day.

The poll by Goucher College was released Monday.

The Republican governor announced the executive order on Aug. 31 for next year's school start. Democrats who control the legislature have criticized the use of executive order to make the change.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is giving schools extra money to help support year-round and extended-year school programs.
 
The governor's office announced Wednesday that McAuliffe has awarded more than $7.7 million to 66 schools.
 
The General Assembly created the Extended School Year Grant Program after a legislative commission found that students in struggling schools do better with longer school years.
 
McAuliffe said the grant distributions would help narrow the achievement gap between richer and poorer school districts.

 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - School administrators across Maryland are ripping up their calendars for next year and considering shortening spring break in order to meet the requirements of Gov. Larry Hogan's new executive order to start future school years after Labor Day.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan signed an executive order Wednesday to start Maryland public schools after Labor Day.

As he stood on the boardwalk in Ocean City Hogan said that this would help extend the tourist season for Marylanders and local businesses.

In addition, he said that it would help schools avoid the hot weather of August – especially for those without air conditioning and would save on energy costs.

The change is set to take effect next year. It requires public schools to complete the 180 days required under state law.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Students across Maryland generally improved their math scores from last year on the state's annual standardized test, but once again fewer than half of the test-takers were able to pass.

The Maryland State Department of Education on Tuesday released the scores for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam.

The tests, which debuted during the 2014-15 school year, were given in grades three through eight, and in two subjects in high school.

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