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9:03 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Delaware Tightens Security at Schools

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware schools are facing new requirements for conducting safety drills under legislation being signed this week.

Legislation to be signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell moves the compliance date for schools under the 2012 Omnibus School Safety Act to Sept. 10, instead of September 2017. 

The legislation also requires schools to conduct at least one critical incident tabletop exercise annually, rather than every two years. School also will have to conduct at least two lockdown/intruder drills per year, rather one critical incident exercise annually. 

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8:37 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Peter Franchot: "Let Summer Be Summer"

Comptroller Peter Franchot (D-Md)
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot is planning to launch a petition drive to persuade lawmakers to delay the opening of public schools until after Labor Day.

The Washington Post reports that Franchot is planning an event Thursday on the Ocean City boardwalk to kick off a "Let Summer Be Summer" campaign.

Franchot's aim is to collect 10,000 signatures before Maryland lawmakers reconvene in January.

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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 April 25, 2013

Death Penalty Repeal Stalls in Dover

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Death Penalty

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill to repeal Delaware's death penalty has stalled in a House committee after barely clearing the Senate.

Members of the Judiciary Committee took no action on the measure Wednesday after it appeared it would fail to win passage.

The measure barely cleared the Senate last month on an 11-10 vote after chief sponsor Sen. Karen Peterson removed a controversial provision that would have spared the lives of 17 inmates awaiting execution in Delaware.

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8:44 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Big Federal Grant for Nutrition in Delaware Schools

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300-thousand dollars in federal grants is coming to Delaware for school nutrition programs.

It is one of six states that is getting the money for a total of $2 million.

Now, state leaders must sit down to decide how the money will be allocated .

WDEL radio says funds could for serving more fresh fruits and vegetables in school cafeterias.

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9:28 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Queen Anne's County Police in Schools

CENTREVILLE, Md. (AP) - Police are doing extra patrols around schools in Queen Anne's County.


The Capital of Annapolis reports that officers with the Queen Anne's County Office of the Sheriff and the Centreville Police Department will continue the increased patrols this week. The patrols started after last month's shooting at a school in Newtown, Conn.


A Sheriff's Office spokesman says police presence isn't a response to any specific rumors or threats.

News
8:24 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Protection for Student Social Media Info Gets Backing in Dover

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has passed a bill prohibiting public and private schools in Delaware from requiring that students or applicants for enrollment provide their social networking login information.

House members on Tuesday voted unanimously for the bill, which also prohibits schools and universities from requesting that a student or applicant log onto a social networking site so that school officials can access the site profile or account.

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