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7:44 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Delaware Student Assessment Test Results Largely Unchanged

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Scores on Delaware's state-issued standardized tests are largely unchanged from a year ago in the final year before the state moves to a tougher exam.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that in grades 3 through 10, 72 percent of students were rated as proficient in reading and 69 percent were proficient in math. Last year's numbers were essentially the same. No single grade saw a change of more than 2 percent in math or reading.

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9:05 am
Tue July 8, 2014

UD Tuition Inches Upward

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware says tuition and fees in the upcoming academic year will increase by about 2 percent for in-state undergraduates and about 2.5 percent for out-of-state undergraduates.

The university announced the increases Monday. The school says the increase is the lowest percentage increase in more than 30 years.

For the 2014 to 2015 academic year, tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates will be $12,342. That's up $230.

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12:19 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Property Tax Cut for Indian River School District Residents

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Residents in Indian River School District will see a reduction of 5 cents in their property tax rate for the fiscal year of 2015.

Last night the Indian River Board of Education voted to cut the rate from $2.74 cents per $100 of assessed property value to $2.69 cents.

Most of the decrease came from a reduction in the debt service.

The District says that while it was required to sell bonds to fund the costs of building expansion that was offset by paying off bonds from construction projects in the mid-1990’s.

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7:51 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Special Needs Education in Need of Assistance in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Education says Delaware's special education services are doing so poorly that the state needs intervention.

The department said Tuesday that Delaware, with California, Texas and the District of Columbia, received the ranking based on the gap between regular and special-needs students on state proficiency measures and scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

The department also said Maryland is among the states that no longer meet federal requirements for special education and was ranked "needs assistance."

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8:14 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Removing Delaware Universities from FOIA Exemption

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Some lawmakers say the University of Delaware and Delaware State University should be subject to more public scrutiny.

A  House committee was to convene Thursday to consider a bill revising Delaware's Freedom of Information Act to remove an exemption for the two schools.

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11:59 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Group Demands Delaware School Districts Open Up On Suspensions

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A group of Wilmington and New Castle County leaders are calling on the Delaware Department to open up about who is being suspended from school and why.

The Coalition for Fairness and Equity in Schools says there is a disproportionate number of African American, Hispanic and special-needs students, who are being sent home.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they say this is setting those students up for social failure and potentially prison.

The leaders say these suspensions put student behind academically and affect their interest in school.

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9:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

No Property Tax Increase for Somerset County Residents

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There will be no property tax hike for Somerset County residents.

But the 2015 $36.2 million budget will be spending $708-thousand less than the current year because of a fall in tax revenues and fewer grant awards for capital improvements.

The biggest chunk -- $11.2 million -- will go toward education.

Another $6.9 million will pay for public safety.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that instead of raising taxes the budget draws $3.7 million from its reserves to offset the decline in revenues.

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11:08 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Allowing Delaware School Boards to Raise Taxes With Referendum

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There’s legislation in the Delaware General Assembly that could allow school boards to raise taxes incrementally without first going to the voters.

The House Education Committee Chair Darryl Scott plans to introduce the measure next week.

Scott told the Wilmington News Journal that he believes this would give the school boards a need tool to manage the district’s money.

The legislation would still force school boards to go to the voters for any tax increase over 3% and for capital projects such as a new school.

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7:32 am
Wed May 7, 2014

MD Governor Calls for Study of School Construction

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O' Malley has ordered a study on school construction funding in Maryland.

The governor announced Monday he was directing the Interagency Committee on School construction to work with the Department of budget and Management and the Department of legislative Services to conduct the study.

O'Malley has made school construction funding a top priority of his tenure in Annapolis. The state has made $2.7 billion in school construction investment under the O'Malley administration.

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7:58 am
Mon April 28, 2014

MD High School Graduation Rate Above National Average

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WASHINGTON (AP) - An annual report on high school graduation says Maryland's high school graduation rate is 84 percent, slightly above the national high school graduation rate.

The "Building a Grad Nation" report released Monday shows that in 2012, the latest year for which data is available, schools nationwide posted the highest graduation rate ever. For the first time, the report says, the national high school graduation rate has hit 80 percent.

In Maryland, the 2012 graduation rate was 84 percent. That's up from 82.8 percent in 2011.

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10:18 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Four New Charter Schools Approved by Delaware Officials

Education Secretary Mark Murphy
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The Delaware Secretary Mark Murphy and the state Board of Education has given approval to four new charter schools while rejecting one application.

These included Freire Charter School, Delaware STEM Academy, Great Oaks Charter School and the Mapleton Charter School at Whitehall.

The four new schools are located in Wilmington, Southern New Castle County and Appoquinimink.

Three are expected to open in Fall 2015, while Whitehall is set to open in 2016.

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10:44 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Charter Schools Top Agenda for Delaware Education Board

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Charter schools promise to be a major topic of discussion at this month's meeting of Delaware's state board of education.

Action items for Thursday's school board meeting in Dover include several new charter school applications, a request for modification of an existing charter and decisions on formal reviews of three existing schools.

The five new charter applications up for approval all involve proposed schools in New Castle County. A Department of Education committee is recommending approval of four of the five applications.

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11:17 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Dow Chemical Weighs In On STEM education

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are joining with the Dow chemical company and Junior Achievement to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math instruction in Delaware's middle schools.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join members of Delaware's STEM Council on Tuesday to announce a partnership with businesses to give middle school students more exposure to learning in the four STEM fields.

The STEM Council was established as part of Delaware's Race to the Top education reform effort.

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12:43 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Governor Jack Markell Praises "Race to the Top" in Delaware

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says Delaware should be proud of the progress it's made under the federal Race to the Top education reform program.

Markell discussed the state's Race to the Top progress Monday in a speech to the P-20 council, a group formed a decade ago to coordinate and align education efforts across all grade levels.

Markell said the state has used more than $100 million in federal Race to the Top funding to develop a sound foundation for school improvement, but he knows there's much hard work still left to do.

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12:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Delaware Officials Review "Race to the Top" Implementation

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - State officials are reviewing Delaware's progress in implementing Race to the Top education reforms.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join education secretary Mark Murphy on Monday to update state Board of Education member on what Delaware has done with the four-year $119 million federal grant it received in 2010.

Monday's discussion will be followed by a visit to Wilmington on Wednesday by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to mark the four-year anniversary of Delaware's selection as one of the first two states to receive Race to the Top funding.

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2:07 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Education Funding Referendum Approved by Cape Henlopen District Voters

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A referendum to raise property taxes to build a new school in the Cape Henlopen District was approved by a thousand vote margin out of 6-thousand cast yesterday.

In addition to building a fifth elementary school that will hold 720-students that money will also pay for additional classrooms at Beacon Middle School and Mariner Middle School.

The referendum means that the average property tax will go up by $22 in the next fiscal year and $37 in the following year.

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8:29 am
Tue April 1, 2014

MD Education Secretary Departs

Danette Howard
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's secretary of higher education is leaving her post to work for an education foundation.

Danette Howard, who has served as the secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission since 2011, will join the Lumina Foundation as vice president for policy and mobilization. Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday that Catherine McCullough Shultz will take over as acting secretary of the commission.

O'Malley says during Howard's tenure, Maryland has improved the quality of its colleges and universities and fought to hold down tuition.

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12:42 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

"Brave New World" Rocks Cape Henlopen School District

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Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel “Brave New World” has created a maelstrom in the Cape Henlopen School District where two board members say parents should be able to screen their children’s curriculum for explicit content before they begin classes.

During a meeting last night board members Sandi Minard and Jennifer Burton delivered impassioned arguments saying they were concerned about literature that they said had violence, despair and sexual references.

They said they did not want to ban the book but just alert parents about the material and let them decide.

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8:51 am
Thu March 27, 2014

MD House Okays Pension Money to Help Budget

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The House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to sticking with a plan already approved by the Senate to avoid cuts to education, health and other programs. The plan calls for using $200 million that had been planned to strengthen the long-term financing of the state's pension system.

Supporters say the state will gradually restore the full $300 million paid annually beyond the required payment to fully fund the state's pension system by 2039. But opponents say using the money now will cost the state more in the long run.

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8:47 am
Wed March 19, 2014

MD Makes Progress Implementing Race to the Top Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Education Department says Maryland has taken important steps in implementing its $250 million Race to the Top grant and has shown encouraging signs, but a department progress report says the state faced multiple challenges in the third year of the initiative.

The department is releasing a progress report Wednesday.

It says Maryland continued to score well above the national average on the National Assessment of Educational Progress last year.

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9:20 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Governor Jack Markell Warns of Myths About "Common Core"

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says supporters of the new Common Core academic standards need to do a better job countering misinformation about the education initiative, which is designed to better prepare students for college or a job by the time they graduate from high school.

Markell and former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas visited a Wilmington school Monday to promote the Common Core standards, saying parents and students must not be fooled by what Markell called misinformation and mythology.

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9:15 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Working Group Proposed To Improve Common Core Implementation

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Implementation of the Common Core State Standards has been rocky and uneven across Maryland, and state officials want a new workgroup that would take a closer look at each district's needs.

Del. Eric Luedtke, a Montgomery County Democrat who teaches middle school, explained the need to his colleagues in the House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday.

Some schools are poorly positioned to administer standardized tests online and teach students computer skills. Some also need help preparing teachers for the new standards, Luedtke said.

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7:53 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Educators Lobby Md Lawmaker for Higher Pay

Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch (D)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County teachers are telling House Speaker Michael Busch they are overworked and underpaid as the 2014 legislative session begins.

The Capital reports Busch, a former teacher, met with the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County on Saturday.

Busch said the General Assembly provides $6.2 billion for Maryland schools, making them some of the best funded in the nation.

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11:49 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Supporters of Reach Academy for Girls Rally to Stop Shutdown

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Around 75 parents, teachers and supporters rallied at the gym for Reach Academy for Girls Charter School this week as part of a campaign to prevent the closure of the institution.

Cheerleaders filled the building chanting Keep Reach Open.

The Academy is the state’s only all-girls school but is set to be closed in June after its charter was not renewed by state officials last week.

They noted that test scores registered the lowest academic performance in the state.

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9:30 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Demands For Info on Delaware Treasury Office Spending

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Questions are being raised about whether employees in the Delaware state Treasurer’s Office are spending more than they should for trips.

During the annual hearing on the department’s budget yesterday Office of Management and Budget officials asked Treasurer Chip Flowers about an explanation of his own travel expenses.

Flowers reimbursed the taxpayers more than $1-thousand for his trip to Alaska for a state Treasurer’s conference.

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9:28 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Delaware Education Officials Want Hike in Budget

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware education officials are asking for a 4 percent increase in the Department of Education's operating budget for next fiscal year.

DOE representatives told state budget officials Wednesday that the request for more money includes $37 million to continue funding certain existing budget items, including periodic salary increases and funding to accommodate enrollment growth.

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12:03 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Reach Academy For Girls Could Close

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A New Castle County charter school could close at the end of this academic year.

The state Department of Education's Charter School Accountability Committee voted Monday not to recommend the state renew the charter of Reach Academy for Girls. A public hearing will be held Wednesday. A final decision will be announced in the coming days by the state's education secretary.

The charter school accountability committee said in a statement that the academy hasn't met academic standards.

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8:56 am
Mon August 5, 2013

New Math and Science Standards for Delaware Schools

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Delaware is set to adopt a program to bring its science courses up to the national standards.

But the Next Generation Science Standards program that is aimed to make science classes more rigorous is expected to draw opposition.

The Delaware Education Reform Coalition, a group of parents, grandparents and teachers, recently criticized a national math and reading standard program for taking control out of the hands of the local community.  

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9:33 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Sales Tax Holiday for School Supplies in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is giving shoppers a break on buying back-to-school supplies.

Gov. Bob McDonnell's office said Wednesday that the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin Aug. 2 and run through Aug. 4.

During the 4-day holiday, shoppers at retail stores statewide won't have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to $20.

Shoes and most clothing items priced up to $100 also will be exempt from the sales tax.

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8:56 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Maryland Education Assessment Scores Down

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland School Assessment scores are down this year.

The Maryland State Department of Education released results on Tuesday.

The department says the drop reflects a transition period as state schools move toward new learning standards. The department says similar results have been recorded in other states this year.

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