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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys for Gov. John Carney have dropped their opposition to Delaware's education secretary and budget director being deposed in a lawsuit alleging the state is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.

A judge had planned to hear arguments Thursday on a requested protective order preventing Susan Bunting and Michael Jackson from being deposed.

The hearing was canceled after Carney's attorneys informed the court the dispute over the depositions had been resolved.

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(AP) Attorneys for Gov. John Carney are trying to prevent Delaware's education secretary and budget director from being deposed in a lawsuit alleging that the state is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.

A judge planned to hear arguments Thursday on a requested protective order preventing Susan Bunting and Michael Jackson from being deposed.

Attorneys for the ACLU and Community Legal Aid Society say the two officials have knowledge and information that can't be obtained from others.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A judge has denied a request by state officials to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that Delaware is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for students

The judge issued a 133-page ruling Tuesday concluding that plaintiffs represented by the ACLU and Community Legal Aid Society had raised legally cognizable claims that should be decided at trial.

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A decision to resume recreational time for the inmates of the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has some prison guards concerned there may not be enough staff to handle the activity.

The inmates at the maximum security prison would have 17 and a-half hours a week.

The policy is part of a settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Community Legal Aid Society of Delaware.

But it was suspended following the prison uprising earlier this year that resulted in the death of prison guard Steven Floyd.

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During a Delaware Senate panel hearing correctional officers told lawmakers that staff were so outnumbered many of the inmates have unprecedented power.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the officers said this power contributed to the 18 hour hostage standoff that resulted in the death of Officer Steve Floyd.

Officer Aaron Forkum described the situation as “a three ring circus” at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center where the uprising took place.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware prison officials have reached a tentative settlement in a federal lawsuit alleging that mentally ill prisoners have been subjected to solitary confinement without proper evaluation, monitoring and treatment.

As part of the settlement, the Department of Correction has agreed to undertake steps to better classify, track and care for prisoners with mental health issues and in restrictive housing. Prison officials also have agreed to create a special needs unit at the women's prison in New Castle.