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EASTON, Md. (AP) - A Maryland county board of education has settled a lawsuit with a transgender teen that it tried to block from using certain locker rooms.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports 16-year-old Max Brennan filed the lawsuit when his middle school barred him from using boys' facilities. A release by a member of the lawsuit says Talbot County defendants will pay $20 in damages. Brennan also will have permanent access to boys' facilities.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has given final approval to a bill aimed at protecting Delaware school students and teachers from shootings.

The legislation approved unanimously Thursday requires all new school construction and major renovation projects to include measures to prevent a gunman from wreaking havoc.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure relating to the composition of the state school board.

The bill vetoed Thursday would have increased the size of the Maryland State Board of Education from 12 to 15 to members by adding two certified teachers and one parent of a public school student.

The governor opposes the bill because it would have required him to appoint two teachers recommended by teachers unions.

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Business owners and parents jammed themselves into a meeting this week of the Wicomico County Council  considering  a Board of Education request for an increase in funding for the local schools.

Among the programs backed by many in the audience was Superintendent Donna Hanlin’s “Imagine 2022” plan.

WBOC reports that among other features it envisions a county-wide Pre-K program along with increasing teacher salaries to avoid turnover.

The Board of Education is requesting an additional $7 million for its 2019 fiscal budget.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney and state Delaware Education Secretary Susan Bunting have set up a new Teachers Advisory Council to gather feedback from educators on policy decisions.

Bunting invited two teachers from each of the state's 19 school districts and six charter school educators to join the group. The council, announced Tuesday, will met bi-monthly to discuss a variety of issues affecting teachers.

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Too many requests. Not enough money.

That’s the word from Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver as he ponders the department requests for the 2019 budget.

During a budget hearing last night Culver said that the county’s expenses have increased such that it would be difficult to full fill the request from the Wicomico Board of Education.

WBOC reports that to do so he said would require an increase in local property taxes by 12 to 13 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Culver added that just isn’t going go over with local residents.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Taxes on casino revenue set aside for Maryland's education trust fund would have to be used to enhance school funding above state formulas, under a measure passed by the Maryland Senate.

The vote Monday night was unanimous. The bill would put the matter on the ballot as a constitutional amendment for voters to decide in November.

Supporters say it could add roughly $500 million a year when fully phased in over four years.

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Schools are gearing up for a planned student walkout tomorrow on the one month anniversary of the Florida high school shooting that left 17 people dead.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Wicomico County Board of Education said it is working with the Student Government Association presidents at each high school to prepare for the day to honor those who lost their lives.

Meanwhile, in Somerset County the Superintendent John Gaddis issued an email that said was finalizing it plans for the walkout.

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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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