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In his State of the State address Governor John Carney told lawmakers that they must come together to solve the budget issues that are now facing the First State.

The Delaware Democrat said that they must also find ways to improve the economy and bring better education to the state’s children.

The governor warned lawmakers not to use one-time revenue shortfalls but rather focus on structural budgetary reforms.

Carney called for additional funding next year for to hire nearly 200 teachers to deal with the increase in the number of students attending school.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Two civil rights groups are suing state and local officials, claiming Delaware is failing students from low-income families, students with disabilities and students who are learning English.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Court of Chancery on behalf of Delawareans for Educational Opportunity and the Delaware NAACP.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are hiring independent experts to review inmate access to health care and the prisoner grievance system in the wake of a deadly inmate riot and hostage taking last year at the state's maximum-security prison.

The outside reviews are in response to recommendations in an independent review of the February 2017 uprising at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.

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There’s a legislative proposal that would allow a school board in Delaware to remove members from office.

Grounds for dismissal would include perceived misconduct, incompetency or willful neglect of duty.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that the proposed legislation is drawing skeptical criticism that the measure is aimed at removing those who do not abide by Governor John Carney’s policy for education reform.

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The Christina School Board has put off a vote on a memorandum of understanding with the Governor John Carney over plans for school consolidation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that one board member called the latest draft “power-play gut punch” that failed to focus on students.

Board member Elizabeth Paige said instead it focused on buildings and adults.

She wound up voting not to table the item because she was not sure if further negotiations with the governor would make a difference.

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A consolidation plan for the Christina School District is running into trouble.

The latest draft of the memorandum of understanding between the school board, Governor John Carney and the state Department of Education may have lost support from two board members.

The latest revisions could mean a postponement of tonight’s planned vote.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the plan includes shifting students from three elementary schools to Bancroft Elementary and Bayard Middle School.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge says a provision in Delaware's constitution requiring a political balance among state court judges is unconstitutional.

The judge granted summary judgment Wednesday to James Adams, a lawyer who sued Democratic Gov. John Carney over a state constitutional provision that requires Carney to split judicial nominations and judgeships between the two major political parties. The judge said Delaware's constitution violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by restricting government employment based on political affiliation.

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The Christina School Board asked Governor John Carney to give the district until 2019 to reduce five Wilmington school down to two.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the board voted 5-to-2 to push back the 2018 deadline.

The two dissenting votes were board president George Evans and Vice President Fred Polaski.

Polaski said if the board does not push the reduction it will fail to act.

But board member Elizabeth Paige said she believed that the governor would take the district’s concerns into account in moving so quickly.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's governor is refusing to release the state's entire pitch for Amazon's second headquarters.

The Wilmington News Journal reported Thursday that it obtained a heavily redacted version of the 103-page document through the Freedom of Information Act.

It showed that New Castle County promised Amazon it would not collect an extra dime in property taxes. The county also said it would be willing to expand New Castle Airport. Some runways would be reserved exclusively for Amazon's use.

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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.