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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved requiring local school boards to report data on specialized intervention services to help children with learning disabilities early in schools.

The Senate voted 46-0 for the bill Wednesday.

It would require local boards to annually report data to the State Department of Education and the General Assembly from kindergarten through third grade, starting in the 2018-2019 school year.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - School administrators across Maryland are ripping up their calendars for next year and considering shortening spring break in order to meet the requirements of Gov. Larry Hogan's new executive order to start future school years after Labor Day.

The Delaware House of Representatives gave its approval yesterday to legislation that would allow children to use marijuana-based medicines in school.

The vote was unanimous.

It now goes to Governor Jack Markell who has said he would review the legislation.

The measure expands an earlier law named after 10 year old Rylie Maedler who suffers from seizures.

WBOC reports that since marijuana based medicines are not allowed on campus she must leave school for 30 minutes in order to take his medicine.

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There’s legislation in Delaware that would keep registered sex offenders from coming near licensed day care centers.

Currently, the law keeps them from being within 250 feet from a school.

The measure is sponsored by Representative Kevin Hensley a Republican from Middletown.

There is also legislation from down state Republicans who want to tighten restrictions on where sex offenders can live.

There’s legislation in Delaware that would allow students the opportunity to report cases of sexual assault to the police in addition to school officials.

In addition, the measure would force colleges to make information about such incidents more public along with their outcomes.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that state Representative Kim Williams and House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst announced yesterday that they are ready to act on the legislation.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved an adjustment to how localities' wealth is calculated in determining state aid for schools.

The House voted 135-3 for the bill Thursday. It now goes to the Senate.


The Virginia Eastern Shore schools are closing early this afternoon as a cold snap moves into the region.

Northampton schools will close at 1 p.m. while Accomack County schools will shut their doors two hours early with no after school activities.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that light snow is expected for the lower Eastern Shore as well at Virginia.

Northern Delaware is also set to see low temperatures.

Lows tomorrow are expected to hit single digits.

And the wind chill factor is expected to be around zero.  

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is set to give his final State of the State address.

The two-term Democrat, who is prohibited by law from seeking a third term, will address a joint session of the General Assembly on Thursday.

Markell will lay out his vision for the state during his final year in office, calling for Delawareans to build on the accomplishments of his administration and to expect more progress, even in challenging times.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County Public Schools is proposing to replace end-of-semester high school final exams with quarterly assessments.
The Capital reports the school system will unveil a proposal Wednesday to replace the final exams with quarterly exams, which would take place about every nine weeks.
The proposal would also standardize and consolidate assessments in middle and elementary schools. It wouldn't affect students from pre-kindergarten to second grade.

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Concerns are now being expressed in Delaware that allowing charter schools to give preference to students who live within five miles of their facility is leading to the resegregration of neighborhoods.

Representative John Kowalko says that Newark Charter School with almost 2000 students is producing de facto segregation because it sits in a mostly white affluent part of the city.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Newark is the only charter school that uses the preference and will soon become a full K-through-12 facility.