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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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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Baltimore County officials narrowly voted to keep schools open on Muslim holidays, prompting shouts of "Injustice!" from some members of the public.

The Baltimore County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 6-5 against closing schools for the two most important Muslim holidays when they fall on school days.

The vote followed an emotional discussion among school board members, while dozens of Muslims stood in the audience.

If the policy had passed, the school system would have been the first in Maryland to close on Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - When Baltimore's streets erupted in the worst rioting in 40 years, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan pledged to help heal the city. Instead, critics say, some of his administration's policy decisions over the last 16 months undercut local efforts to address the deep-seated poverty and violence that triggered the unrest in the first place.

The Hogan administration counters that the state allocates more direct local aid to Baltimore than any other jurisdiction and the highest K-12 funding per pupil.

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The Worcester County Board of Education gave its approval yesterday to design a $35.8 million replacement for the Showell Elementary School.

The vote was unanimous.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that construction of the 99-thousand square foot structure is expected to begin in 2019.

There will be two committees made up of teachers, parents and school officials as well as County Commissioners to come up with a plan.

The Becker Morgan Group will move ahead with the next phase of the planning and construction is to be completed by July of 2021.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia Rector William H. Goodwin has appointed a committee to review the school's disputed $2.2 billion Strategic Investment Fund

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Goodwin said Monday that he welcomed scrutiny of the fund, which he thinks has been unfairly criticized.

Former rector Helen Dragas characterized the $2.3 billion fund as a "slush fund" in a column in The Washington Post. UVA says the fund is not connected to tuition or public funding.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are mandating that child sexual abuse awareness and prevention be taught in schools.

Officials say Delaware is joining more than 25 other states that have enacted legislation requiring the study or development of curricula for educating teachers, students and parents about personal body safety and child sexual abuse awareness and prevention.

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) - A new policy in Baltimore County requires non-air conditioned public schools to close when the heat index reaches 90 degrees.

Media outlets report the Baltimore County Public Schools Board of Education passed the policy Tuesday, which directs the superintendent to close the affected schools if the heat index is forecast to reach 90 degrees by 11 a.m. When possible, the closure should be announced by 8 p.m. the preceding night.

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$80 million will not spent by the state of Maryland.

That’s the decision by Governor Larry Hogan who decided against the outlay because of worries about softening state revenues.

The state legislature had provided the funding in an all-or-nothing deal with the governor having the final say on whether it would be spent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that $19 million would have been spent on an additional one-time financial allocation for teacher pension contributions by state agencies.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is launching a new grant program aimed at helping students get skills for high-demand jobs.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration says the New Economy Workforce Industry Credentials Grant Program will make certain workforce credential training programs at community colleges cheaper for students.

The grants cover 124 community college training programs .

Students will be eligible to receive up to $3,000. If they complete a training program covered by the grants that costs $4,500, they'll pay just $1,500.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education has found that Maryland's spending on prisons is growing at a rate that's twice as fast as spending on education.

The Baltimore Sun reports that such an increase is not unique to Maryland. Nationally, state and local budgets for incarceration rose three times faster than school spending.

The report analyzed spending data from 1980 to 2013. During that time, Maryland's incarcerated population rose from about 11,000 to nearly 34,000. The state's population rose as well, but at a far slower rate.

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Wicomico County handed over a check yesterday for $265-thousand to fund scholarships for qualifying students who attend Wor-Wic Community College.

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore will handle the funds and distribute the money for the scholarships.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the students must be Wicomico County residents and recent high school graduates.

The money will cover their tuition and fees.

This year they must apply by July 29th.

They must also maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Democrats who control Maryland's legislature are hoping Republican Gov. Larry Hogan approves spending $80 million that lawmakers have fenced off for education, health care and public safety. But a Hogan spokesman says the governor hasn't decided yet due to economic uncertainties.

The money could be released at the start of the new fiscal year Friday.

Del. Maggie McIntosh says lawmakers steered the money into areas they believed Hogan would be inclined to support to avoid last year's dispute over $68 million for education that Hogan declined.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - DeRay Mckesson, who took a leave of absence from his career as an educator to become an activist and one of the most recognizable faces in the Black Lives Matter movement, has been appointed to a post with Baltimore schools.

Baltimore City Public Schools said in a news release that incoming chief executive officer Sonja Santelises appointed Mckesson to be interim chief human capital officer. The Board of School Commissioners approved the appointment Tuesday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers have passed legislation endorsing a proposed school redistricting plan for Wilmington while not committing any funding for the effort.

The measures cleared the Democrat-led House with no Republican support Wednesday.

Wilmington is currently served by four school districts. The redistricting plan centers on moving inner-city students from the Christina district and into the Red Clay district in hopes of improving educational outcomes for minority students.

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Public school districts across the nation have been struggling to keep up with the new regulations and testing required by Washington -- from No Child Left Behind to Race to the Top.  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Frederika Jenner, president of the Delaware State Education Association about the challenges the school districts face.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has narrowly approved a bill requiring that school districts wait until after Labor Day to begin the school year.

The measure cleared the Senate on an 11-to-10 vote Wednesday and now goes to the House.

Supporters of the bill, which follows the majority recommendation of a task force that studied the issue, say it could provide an economic boost, allowing high school students to keep summer jobs longer and extending the summer tourism season into the Labor Day weekend.

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There’s a new petition being circulated that calls on the Dorchester County schools restricting transgender students use of bathrooms or locker rooms.

WBOC reports that there are a 100 names so far on the petition with the group hoping to get 5-thousand.

The petition says that they were concerned about the safety and privacy of their children in the school locker rooms and bathrooms.

There has been no decision by the board on the issue but it could play a role in their decision.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware has announced a commitment to recruiting more diverse students and faculty from under-represented backgrounds.
    
The university plan focuses on recruiting and developing faculty members who are the first in their families to go into academia and are from low-income backgrounds.
    
The state is currently accepting bids for consultants to study the issue of diversity on Delaware's flagship campus.
    

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has unanimously approved a bill aimed at strengthening reporting of sexual assaults on college campuses.

The bill approved Wednesday requires employees of higher education institutions to offer to report sexual assault incidents to law enforcement officials if the alleged victim agrees. Lawmakers struck a previous version of the bill that required school officials to contact police regardless of the alleged victim's wishes.

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Brandywine School District voters gave their overwhelming support for a referendum for another 28 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

The money will go towards the operating budget and capital projects.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that over 9-thousand voters cast their ballots for referendum while nearly 58-hundred were opposed.

Superintendent Mark Holodick told the paper that if the referendum did not pass that school district would have had to cut $8 million from its $174-million.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are considering legislation to shorten the terms of local school board members.

The bill, which was to be discussed in the House Education Committee on Wednesday, changes the term of a school board member from five years to three years.

According to the bill,  longer terms that can enable school boards to have more years of experience among their members must be weighed against the goal of providing other community members with sufficient opportunities to seek election to school boards.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Members of Gov. Terry McAuliffe's "Children's Cabinet" are heading to Virginia Beach to discuss policies that impact the state's kids.

The group will meet Monday to tour the Brock Environmental Center and discuss their goals and priorities for the remainder of the Democratic governor's term. Among other things, the group has focused on trying to reduce the number of students being referred to law enforcement.

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There’s a large building that stands at the corner of Route 13 and West College Avenue which houses the education programs at Salisbury University.

This week it was dedicated to the man who for years represented the area…in the Maryland House of Delegates.

University President Janet Dudley Eshbach was there to formally make the announcement changing its name to the Conway Hall

Conway was a major player in Annapolis and chaired the Appropriations Committee generating millions of dollars for the educational institutions on the Eastern Shore.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Nearly 400,000 Virginia elementary and middle school students will take shorter Standards of Learning math tests this spring.

The state is expanding the use of computer-adaptive testing, which it says means shorter exams for students.

The Virginia Department of Education says the computer-adaptive version of the test third graders will take this year has just 32 items. Last year, the exam third graders took had 50 items.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill requiring students enrolling at Delaware colleges and universities that have campus housing to prove that they have been vaccinated against meningococcal disease.

The bill, which was approved Tuesday and sent to the House, requires that students be vaccinated within five years prior to the date of enrollment.

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Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver unveiled his $135 million budget this week – a 5 percent increase over last year.

Under the plan county employees will get a 3 percent raise with a major contribution to the public school system to meet the rising number of new students.

On the education front high school grads would receive free tuition at Wor-Wic Community College.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Culver keeps a lid on estate taxes and business property taxes.

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