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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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Accomack County will be electing their school board.

That was the decision by voters yesterday in a decision replace the appointment of the board.

WBOC reports that the vote was overwhelming with 72 percent favoring an elected board.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State University has named the board chair as interim president while a search goes on for a new leader.

The university said Thursday that Wilma Mishoe, the first woman to chair the board, will take over as interim president on Jan. 25. The current president, Harry Williams, announced recently that he become CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund in Washington.

The News Journal reports that Wilma Mishoe's father was Luna Mishoe, who was president of then-Delaware State College from 1960 to 1987.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Council of Higher Education wants state lawmakers to approve funding for faculty pay increases and more financial aid.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the council is requesting $366.3 million in the next two-year state budget.

Of that amount, $171.5 million would be used for an increase in faculty pay and $66 million in additional financial aid for students in need.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe will present his proposed budget to state lawmakers in December.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden told a gathering yesterday that a University of Delaware initiative could be a model for creating healthier and more equitable communities.

He gave his remarks the Vision Coalition of Delaware’s 10th Annual Conference which is focusing on improving partnerships in health and education.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the coalition is a public-private partnership.

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Governor John Carney has called on the Department of Education to draw up a state model anti-discrimination policy for the schools in Delaware.

WBOC reports that among other things the draft that is now available for public comment would allow students to join sports based on their gender identity.

The television station reports that it calls for school districts and charter schools to work with student and their families in providing access to locker rooms and bathrooms based on their gender identity.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - An English educator is Delaware's nominee in a national competition after being named 2018 State Teacher of the Year.
 
Delaware Gov. John Carney announced the honor for Virginia Forcucci on Tuesday. News outlets report that Forcucci teaches at Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown. Forcucci was selected from 19 other candidates and will receive at least $11,000 from various grants.
 

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BEL AIR, Md. (AP) - Seven Maryland high school students have been disciplined for creating a photo spelling out a racial slur.

A spokeswoman for Harford County Public Schools declined to say what type of discipline the students received, citing confidentiality policies.

The spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun that six students posed for the photo and a seventh took the photo in the school library. The students spelled out the racial slur of African-Americans by pinning to their shirts or holding up oversized letters.

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ADELPHI, Md. (AP) - To help entice a second Amazon headquarters to Maryland, a state board has voted to waive a 12-month residency requirement to qualify for in-state tuition for any Amazon employees who move to the state, if a new headquarters is established.

The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents voted to waive the residency rule on Tuesday.

It also would apply to spouses and children of employees at the system's 12 degree-granting institutions.

Chancellor Robert Caret says the board acted to support Maryland's economy.

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