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10:28 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Delaware Education Officials Render Judgment on Charter Schools

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The Reach Academy for Girls charter school will be closing.

But Delaware Secretary Education Mark Murphy and the State Board of Education allowed Gateway Lab School to stay open but will be required to improve its test scores or face closure.

Meanwhile, Murphy delayed a decision on Family Foundations Academy.

He said that there were serious allegations of financial mismanagement that have arisen over the last few days.

The Education Secretary said regulators needed time to review them before acting.

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8:11 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Improving Low Performance Schools in Red Clay District

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The Red Clay School Board has given the green light to move ahead with trying to turn around its three Priority Schools.

These have been found to have scored the lowest on state tests.

However, in the 6 to 1 vote the board rejected some of the requirements laid down by the state including requiring each teacher to re-apply for their job.

They also turned back a requirement that would have paid the leaders of the schools $160-thousand a year.

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7:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

VA Governor Makes Budgetary Increase Request

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to more than double the pot of money he can spend trying to lure companies to Virginia, ease school districts' teacher retirement burdens, and give raises to rookie deputy sheriffs.

The governor unveiled these and other proposed changes to the state's biennial budget Wednesday at a Capitol briefing to state lawmakers.

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9:16 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Data Vulnerable at University of Maryland College Park

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - State auditors say sensitive data in computers at the University of Maryland-College Park remains vulnerable to hackers five years after administrators were told about security flaws.

The university said Thursday that the shortcomings identified in a 2009 audit weren't related to a data breach in February involving the records of about 288,000 students, faculty and staff members.

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10:03 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Federal Grant to Improve Early Childhood Education in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are touting a $5.5 million grant from the federal grant in their effort to improve early childhood education programs.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to visit La Fiesta Child Care Center in Wilmington on Thursday to discuss the grant announced this week.

The child care center is part of the Latin American Community Center and a partner site that will benefit from federal health and human services grant.

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10:42 am
Thu December 4, 2014

New Wicomico Executive Slashes Construction Bond for Elementary School

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At this week’s county council meeting Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver cut bond funding for the construction of a new West Salisbury Elementary School from the county’s capital improvement budget.

The newly elected Republican slashed the $1.25 million bond from the plan along with a $1.8 million bond for construction of the Westside Collector Road and another $1 million from improvements for the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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7:24 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Naval Academy Attrition Rate Declines

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - U.S. Naval Academy officials say the school's attrition rate continues to drop.

The academy superintendent, Vice Adm. Ted Carter, said Monday this year's freshmen class only lost 9 students out of 1,091 during plebe summer. That's the lowest ever.

Plebe summer is when first-year students come to the academy before the start of the academic year to get conditioned to the rigors of academy life and learn basic military skills.

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8:21 am
Thu November 13, 2014

School District Cuts Religious Holiday Names After Muslim Request

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A major Maryland school district has scrapped religious names from its calendar.

Presented with the opportunity to recognize a Muslim holiday on the school calendar for the first time, leaders of Maryland's largest school district went a different direction: They removed all mention of religious holidays from the calendar.

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12:04 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Middle School Student Believed to Have Ingested Heroin at Dance

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A student at Selbyville Middle School apparently was taken by an ambulance from a school dance on Halloween because it was believed he had ingested heroin in a bathroom.

An Indian River School District official told the Wilmington News Journal that only one student was involved and that he did not inject the substance with a needle.

Spokesman David Maull said that the emergency responders showed up at the scene after receiving a 911 call and took the student Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

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8:30 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Enterovirus 68 Shows Up in Accomack County

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The Enterovirus 68 has shown up on Delmarva.

Roberta Webb with the Accomack County public Schools says there has been one confirmed case among its 5-thousand students.

And Superintendent Kregg Cuellar has sent a letter to staff members and families about the efforts to prevent the spread of the disease.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports no other cases have shown up so far on Delmarva.

The Wicomico County Health Department says they have not encountered any documented cases yet.

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8:26 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Helping Juvenile Delinquents With Educational Opportunities

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Alternative schools are among the issues being discussed by a panel charged with helping to ensure that juvenile delinquents in Delaware have adequate educational opportunities when returning to their communities.

The Youth Re-Entry Education Task Force will hold a roundtable discussion on district-run alternative schools at Friday's meeting in Wilmington. It was also scheduled to hear from the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings.

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8:37 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Tweet Embarrasses Governor Jack Markell

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It was an embarrassing tweet for Delaware Governor Jack Markell.

He posted it on his Twitter account yesterday promoting an education event.

But it was linked to a suggestive photo of an Estonian model.

The Wilmington News Journal reports either Markell or someone tweeting on his behalf sent out the post during an event at Warner Elementary school in Wilmington at around 10:30 a.m.

It was part of Markell’s announcement that would direct $5 million to low-performing schools.

17 minutes after the posting the photo was deleted.

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8:28 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Fate of Wilmington Charter School Close to a Decision

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State education officials are getting closer to a final decision on the fate of a struggling charter school that serves mostly low-income black children in Wilmington.

The state Charter School Accountability Committee was to hold a final meeting Friday regarding Maurice J. Moyer Academic Institute.

The committee will issue a final report next week for the state board of education to consider on Sept. 18 following a public comment period.

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11:58 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Maryland VA Partners with Everygreen Health Care

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BALTIMORE (AP) - VA Maryland Health Care System is partnering with Evergreen Health Care to improve health care access for veterans.

The system announced Thursday it has awarded a one-year contract for up to $485,000.

The contract enables the system to refer new veteran patients to Evergreen for general outpatient care and preventive health and education services. It also allows the system to refer new veteran patients for various medical screenings.

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9:13 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Wicomico County Public Schools

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Two former Wicomico County public school employees have filed a lawsuit against the Board of Education, alleging gender discrimination.

The lawsuit was filed this week by former employees Stacy Messick and Stephanie Moses. They allege they were fired because the school system held them to different standards than men in similar positions.

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8:23 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Delaware Teachers Score High on Evaluations

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No teachers in Delaware were judged ineffective this past school year by a new state evaluation system.

And only one percent was deemed to need improvement.

That left more than 50 percent rated as more effective while the other half were rated as highly effective.

The new evaluation system has drawn some skepticism because the state announced it would include consideration of standardized test scores.

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7:55 am
Wed August 20, 2014

MD Gov. Candidates Outline Education and Business Ideas

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CATONSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland's candidates for governor have outlined some of their plans to improve education and the state's business climate.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Republican Larry Hogan took questions Tuesday night from residents of the Charlestown retirement community in Baltimore County.

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12:45 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Maryland Shoppers Get a Back-to-School Tax Break

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Maryland is wrapping up Shop Maryland Week that allows customers to buy clothing and shoes without having to pay the sales tax to help out parents and students as they prepare to go back to school. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has a look at what shoppers and businesses are saying. (Tom Hunt provided reportorial work for this story.)

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8:46 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Hearing on Fate of Struggling Wilmington Charter School

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State education officials are holding a public hearing next week regarding the fate of a struggling charter school that serves mostly low-income black children in Wilmington.

Officials put the Maurice J. Moyer Academy on formal review two weeks ago, noting that the school turned in the lowest standardized test scores of any charter school in Delaware for the 2013-2014 school year.

The latest test results from Moyer were even worse than the previous year, when less than half of Moyer students demonstrated proficiency in reading and math.

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9:10 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Cost of Higher Education Going Up in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The amount paid by students at public colleges and universities in Virginia is increasing.

The State Council of Higher Education of Virginia says undergraduates at public four-year schools will see an average increase of about 5 percent, or $544, in tuition and fees in the 2014-15 academic year.

Virginia community college students will pay about $180 more per year, or an increase of 4.6 percent.

Officials say tuition and fees also had increased more than 4 percent in the previous academic year.

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3:03 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

School Board Frustration Over Expected Immigrant Students

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Members of the Indian River School Board expressed frustration at yesterday’s meeting with Governor Jack Markell over the impact of the state taking in over a hundred unaccompanied undocumented children.

The federal government has place 117 of them with families in Delaware.

Superintendent Susan Bunting told the board that the children will attend schools in the district promising to work with them.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in recent years there has been a surge of overall student population including Sussex Central High School.

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12:10 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Delaware Families Host Undocumented Immigrant Children

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell says 117 children who immigrated alone to the United States have been placed with families in Delaware.

Markell told state lawmakers in a letter Thursday that his administration is prepared to work with nonprofits to ensure that the children's basic needs are met.

He says the children may enroll in Delaware schools while awaiting immigration processing.

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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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