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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A legislative panel has killed a bill that would have required students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the bill died Tuesday with an 8-13 vote in a House subcommittee.

It sought to require school boards to adopt policies ensuring that restrooms and locker rooms are "only used by students based on their biological sex."

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Delaware congressional lawmakers have sent a letter to the head of the FBI seeking information about the recent spate of bomb threats made against public schools.

Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons along with Representative John Carney say that would like the assistance of the FBI to find out who was behind the threats.

The Delegation noted that not only was Delaware effected but that the Los Angeles School District, the largest in the country, saw 900 schools shut down after receiving threats.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is again pushing for tax credits for people and businesses that make donations to public and private schools.

The Republican governor released education initiatives Wednesday for the legislative session. The governor would phase in tax credits over three years totaling $15 million. They are aimed at boosting donations for kindergarten through 12th grade and pre-K programs.

The proposal ran into resistance last year in the Democratically-led General Assembly.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland legislative leaders say they plan to act this session on concerns that children are being tested too much in public schools.

Leaders of a commission said Tuesday they believe progress can be made in improving the administration of standardized tests.

Sen. Paul Pinksy is the vice chairman of the legislature's Commission to Review Maryland's Use of Assessments and Testing in Public Schools. He says he thinks action can be taken without losing another year for students.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are celebrating the completion of a statewide effort to improve safety in public schools.

Gov. Jack Markell joined education and law enforcement officials Tuesday to recognize the completion of comprehensive safety plans across Delaware's school system.

Officials say this school year is the first in which every Delaware public school that was in operation as of last year has a comprehensive safety plan in place.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power is seeking to convert sunshine into power at four public schools.

The utility is seeking applications from schools in its service area under a program aimed at helping students learn about solar energy.

The company's philanthropic arm, the Dominion Foundation, will select the four schools that will receive the 1 kilowatt photovoltaic system.

Dominion says 1 kilowatt is enough electricity to power 15 desktop computers, 33 ten-gallon aquariums, or three 42-inch plasma TVs.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed a new law that reins in the use of seclusion and restraint as methods of controlling children in public schools.

McAuliffe signed legislation Monday requiring the state Board of Education to develop regulations governing the use of the techniques across Virginia's 134 school divisions, according to the governor's spokesman.

The legislation had broad support from both chambers of the General Assembly.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - New Castle County and the city of Wilmington are planning to release new strategic plans for economic development.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the county paid consultants $49,500 for its report, while Wilmington paid the same two firms $25,000 for its plan. The same companies crafted an economic development plan for Newark three years ago. They are Wadley-Donovan Growth Tech LLC of New Jersey and Garnet Consulting Services of Connecticut.

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DOVER, Del.(AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is preparing tl talk about how to create jobs, improve Delaware's economy and strengthen public schools.

Those were among the topics the governor planned to touch on Thursday at a luncheon speech to the Wilmington Rotary Club. State lawmakers, meanwhile, are continuing to review Markell's proposed $423.5 million capital budget for construction projects, equipment upgrades and economic development, and transportation improvements.

 

            Superintendent John Fredericksen will serve another term to head up the Wicomico County public school system.

            But the vote by the school board was not unanimous.

            Members Carolyn Elmore and Don Fitzgerald opposed a second term.

            And several parents, who showed up at the board meeting, also spoke out against him complaining about the meeting being held at night with Fredericksen in the room.

            Board President Ron Willey said members had received many emails both for and against the reappointment.