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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.

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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.

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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.

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Charter schools could be getting a closer look from the Delaware State Auditor’s office.

The legislation sponsored by Representative Kim Williams was sparked by allegations that leaders of the Family Foundations Academy made personal purchases of more than $94-thousand on the institution’s credit card.

Williams noted that the state auditor already oversees district and vo-tech schools.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The president of a teachers union is urging Maryland lawmakers to reject a tax-credit backed by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for businesses that support students who attend private schools.
 
Betty Weller, president of the Maryland State Education Association, said Wednesday lawmakers should reject what she described as a "voucher scheme," whether or not Hogan "chooses to shortchange Maryland and its schools."
 

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Governor Larry Hogan is urging Maryland residents to stay off the roads today.

10 inches of snow expected in the northern, central and western parts of the state and up to 3 inches of snow are expected to blanket southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore.

Meanwhile, Governor Jack Markell warns that roads may have been clear during the morning rush hour but that heavy midday snowfall could mean a tough afternoon drive.

Markell is suggesting that drivers stay off the roads to allow the crews to clear the snow.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of finding more room in Maryland's budget for education are launching a website to show how a current budget plan would affect school districts.

House Speaker Michael Busch is scheduled to be joined by Maryland State Education Association President Betty Weller on Tuesday in Annapolis, along with PTA President Ray Leone.

They are criticizing Gov. Larry Hogan's budget plan, because it scales back funding by roughly $144 million less than what schools were expecting to receive, based on past budgets in recent years.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.