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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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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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