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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware education officials are asking lawmakers for more than $52 million in additional spending next year, citing the need for more teachers to address skyrocketing numbers of students identified as having special needs.

The request presented to the legislature's budget committee Thursday includes about $16.4 million for 190 new positions, on top of 52 positions currently funded with the state budget office's contingency money.

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The Wicomico County School Board says it expects to fall short by just over $9 million for the fiscal year budget of 2018 to 2019.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the school system is now slated for a General Operating budget of around $194.4 million.

That’s an increase of just over $2 million.

But in order to fill that gap the board says that figure should $203 million.

The board will be finalizing its budget over the next several months and Superintendent Donna Hanlin says public input will be important in developing the spending blue print.

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Governor Larry Hogan delivered his final State of the State address in his first term calling for bipartisanship, but Democrats delivered sharp response. Delmarva Public Radios Don Rush has this look at the speech and reaction.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers want to change the state constitution to require money raised by the state's casinos for education to enhance schools funding above the amount set by state formulas.

House Speaker Michael Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced plans for legislation Tuesday. They were joined by educators from the Maryland State Education Association and dozens of Democrats, who control the General Assembly.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers are set to vote this week on a bill aimed at protecting Delaware school students and teachers from shootings.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday requires all new school construction and major school renovation projects to include measures to prevent a gunman from wreaking havoc.

The construction standards include an intruder alarm, bulletproof glass in entrance areas and on interior doors and windows, and doors that can be locked from either side with a key.

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In his State of the State address Governor John Carney told lawmakers that they must come together to solve the budget issues that are now facing the First State.

The Delaware Democrat said that they must also find ways to improve the economy and bring better education to the state’s children.

The governor warned lawmakers not to use one-time revenue shortfalls but rather focus on structural budgetary reforms.

Carney called for additional funding next year for to hire nearly 200 teachers to deal with the increase in the number of students attending school.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is providing some highlights of his budget proposal.

Hogan said Tuesday it will include about $6.5 billion for K-12 education, a record amount for the state.

Hogan says every single school system in Maryland will see increased funding. The governor says the state is investing an additional $365 million more in school construction, bringing the total to $1.4 billion.

The budget also contains $1.38 billion for the University of Maryland, an increase over last year.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Senate has passed a bill granting federal recognition to six American Indian tribes in Virginia, a move that makes the tribes eligible for federal money for education, housing and health care.

The bill will now be sent to the president's desk. It gives the Rappahannock, Monacan, Nansemond, Upper Mattaponi, Chickahominy and Eastern Chickahominy tribes a status they have sought for two decades. Many of the members of the tribes are descendants of Pocahontas' Virginia Powhatan tribe.

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BURKE, Va. (AP) - A high school student in northern Virginia says a teacher pulled her hijab from her head, prompting the school system to put the teacher on leave.

The student posted on Twitter that she was infuriated by the actions of the teacher Wednesday at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia.

Fairfax County Public Schools said in a statement Thursday that the teacher's action was inappropriate and unacceptable. The schools said the teacher has been put on leave while the headscarf incident is investigated.

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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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