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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A conference on school safety will be taking place in Maryland's capital.

More than 250 educators and school safety personnel from across the state will gather Monday and Tuesday in Annapolis for a two-day conference. They'll be hearing from experts and those touched by the tragedy of school violence.

The Maryland Center for School Safety is sponsoring the conference. It will include presentations from a mother who lost her child in the Sandy Hook School shooting and a police expert who will review that shooting and the lessons learned from it.

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The Wicomico County School Budget has been approved for the next fiscal year.

An additional $1.6 million will be spent on improving the safety of students, student discipline and school climate.

WBOC reports the new staff will range from behavior intervention and special education…to reading for elementary students.

Superintendent John Fredericksen told the station that there were certain things that caused some concerns.

Meanwhile, the Wicomico County Education Association President Gary Hammer praised the initial funding but added more can be done.

One Delaware lawmaker wants the state to pony up $4 million to make sure every door in the state’s public and charter schools lock from both sides.

State Representative Earl Jaques told the Wilmington News Journal he was not sure how or when or how long it would take to pay for the cost of his plan.

The Glasgow Democrat said if a shooting like Sandy Hook that left 2 children dead happened in Delawre everyone would be jumping through hoops to provide the $4 million.

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The Worcester County Commissioners gave their approval to a $168 million operating budget for the next fiscal year that begins July 1st.

That’s a $2.7 million increase over last year and leaves the property tax rate unchanged. 

The spending blueprint includes a new school safety plan that will take effect this fall.

The new measures provide for uniformed officers in each of the county’s schools.

The first year will cost almost $600-thousand in the first year with the price tag decreasing to $486-thousand in the following years.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley will be testifying in Annapolis on a comprehensive gun-control measure he is backing this year.

O'Malley is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

The Democratic governor wants to ban assault weapons and create stricter licensing requirements for handguns.

The measure also includes provisions to improve the state's mental health services as a way to prevent violence. It would also set aside money in the state's capital schools budget for school safety.

Eastern Shore Delegate Mike McDermott is proposing a three pronged approach to school safety in the wake of the shootings at a Connecticut Elementary school late last year.

The measures would allow teachers and other staff members to carry guns as long as those teachers are trained.

In addition, it would allow select school staff to carry Tasers as well as allow on-and-off duty police officers to be armed while on school grounds.

If the Maryland Republican’s measures are approved schools would be allowed to decide which measures work best for them.

Delaware’s GOP lawmakers are calling for every school in the First State to have a crisis button that can alert authorities to an emergency.

In addition they want to create a $5 million state fund for school safety grants to address security and gun violence.

The proposals are a response to the deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead.

The Republican proposals are markedly different from Governor Jack Markell and