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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Some members of a Maryland panel on education funding say the state should cover the costs of a proposal aimed at helping students who live in poverty.

A work group considering recommendations on how the state shares costs with local jurisdictions for an updated funding formula met Tuesday.

Part of what the panel is trying to decide in wide-ranging proposals to improve education is how to pay for services to help students in poverty succeed in school.

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The September 15th deadline looms for those struggling with student debt to get some relief from Maryland.

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says the Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit is open to any state resident who has at least $5-thousand to pay on their student loans.

He said, “This is a new program and it’s obviously not a cure all. But it’s something that says the state of Maryland wants young people to know who have a lot of college debt that we’re on their side and we’d like to help them out.”


The District 2 seat on the Wicomico County Council has been filled.

Nicole Acle will replace former council member Marc Kilmer.

Acle received a unanimous vote last night in a special legislative session.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the new council member and local business owner said that some of inter top priorities will range from education and safety to economic growth and the environment.

She pointed specifically to the ongoing sewage problems in her district.

The county council was facing a July 30th deadline.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is asking his administration to come up with a plan to improve early education efforts for low-income kids.

The governor announced a new "Executive Leadership Team on School Readiness" Wednesday made up of education, social services and budget officials he's tasked with expanding access to early education in Virginia.

Northam said he wants the team to develop a plan to make sure all kids aged 3 to 4 have access to publicly subsidized child care and education programs by 2025.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia GOP House Speaker Kirk Cox says he plans to prioritize education spending if he's still in power next year.

Cox announced Thursday that his goal is to see Virginia teacher pay catch up to the national average in four years. The speaker is a retired teacher and said he also wants another tuition freeze at state universities next year.

State lawmakers passed a budget earlier this year that boosted public school teacher pay and held college tuition flat.

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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) - Maryland's House speaker is urging her colleagues in the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland to make a robust education funding plan its top priority.

Speaker Adrienne Jones spoke Saturday at the caucus's unity breakfast.

She is asking the 50-member caucus to make a funding plan to implement a state commission's recommendations the No. 1 priority for the next legislative session, or however long it takes.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware is hiking tuition and fees by more than 4 percent for the upcoming academic year.

The school announced the tuition increases Friday for the academic year beginning next month. Tuition and fees for in-state undergraduate students will increase by 4.3% to $14,280. Out-of-state undergraduate students will pay $35,710; that's an increase of 4.1%.

Students in the school's business, engineering and nursing programs pay additional fees.

Room and board for the upcoming year will average $13,208. That's a 2.7% increase.

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Governor Larry Hogan made an appearance at the Maryland Municipal League conference in Ocean City yesterday.

And his themes ranged from job growth and education to transportation.

Speaking to around 600 local leaders hailed the gain of more than 120-thousand jobs in the state.

He also said that the state was committed to helping cities deal with the growing number of storms and hurricanes that arisen in recent years.

On the state’s public schools the governor noted that the state has invested $32 billion in K-12 education.

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Legislation approved by the Delaware state Senate would create a Universal Pre-K Consortium.

The group would develop a comprehensive plan for non-compulsory early education for 4-year-olds.

WBOC reports that Senate Education Committee Chair Laura Sturgeon said that research clearly shows those children benefit from the additional educational enrichment.

She noted that the First State ranks 38th in the nation for Pre-K.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Senate lawmakers in Delaware have given final approval to a $4.45 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that starts next Monday

Democratic Gov. John Carney was expected to sign the fiscal 2020 budget Tuesday following the Senate's endorsement in a 20-to-1 vote.

The budget is about 4.2% higher than this year's budget, an increase greater than what Carney had proposed in January.

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Wilmington says goodbye to three schools as part of the consolidation of the Christina School District.

Elbert-Palmer Elementary, Pulaski Elementary and Stubbs Elementary schools have seen their final days this week.

The Wilmington News Journal reports first-through-eighth grade students from the three schools will be divided between Bancroft Elementary School and Bayard Middle School.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are once again proposing to increase the age for compulsory school attendance.

A bill expected to be filed on Thursday raises the age through which students must attend school from 16 to 18. The age increase would be phased in over a two-year period, starting in 2022 with students required to stay in school through age 17.

The legislation is similar to bills filed in recent years and aims to encourage more Delaware children to graduate from high school.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced a new public information campaign aimed at explaining recent changes in public education policy.

Northam launched a "Virginia is for Learners" website Monday to highlight the state's effort at modernizing curriculum and helping students developing "real-world skills."

Policy changes Virginia has enacted in recent years include fewer standardized tests, known as Standards of Learnings exams, and new high school graduation requirements that require work-based learning experiences.

Voters in the Christina School district will be going to the polls to vote next Tuesday for their fourth referendum in the last four years.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that before the voters is a tax hike of around $220 a year that would go toward staffing and the operating budget.

The district says it will not ask for another referendum this fiscal year if the vote fails next week.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has approved an education funding measure to begin a major investment in schools with bipartisan support.

The Senate voted 43-1 Wednesday for a measure to begin funding a blueprint of recommendations submitted by a state commission.

Lawmakers already have included $255 million in the state budget for the next fiscal year to begin implementing the recommendations.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed a measure to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $15, as well as a measure to give local school boards the ability to decide whether school starts before or after Labor Day.

The Republican governor announced the vetoes on Wednesday. He also vetoed a bill that would remove regulatory authority over alcohol, tobacco and gasoline from the Maryland comptroller's office.

Hogan says the minimum wage increase would hurt the state's economy. He says the other two bills are "politically motivated legislation."

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to the state's $46.6 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

The Senate voted 47-0 and the House voted 122-13 for the legislation.

It includes $255 million in extra education funding to start implementing a state commission's recommendations to improve schools. That's not as high as the $320 million the House of Delegates had hoped for, but lawmakers had to account for a recent drop in state revenue estimates. In total, there is about $7 billion in education funding.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers who have been negotiating the finishing touches on the state's $46.6 billion budget have wrapped up their work.

The budget conference committee reached agreement Monday on the state's budget measure and a separate bill that is working in tandem to balance the budget.

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(AP) The Maryland General Assembly has given final approval to a measure to let local school boards decide when school starts.

A final vote by the Senate on Monday sends the measure to Gov. Larry Hogan, who has opposed the bill. The House and Senate passed the measure with enough votes to override a veto by the governor.

Hogan signed an executive order in 2016 to require schools to start after Labor Day.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are reaching a milestone in their 90-day legislative session.

Monday is known as crossover day. That's a deadline set by lawmakers for a bill to pass either the House or the Senate to have a chance of clearing both chambers and making it to the governor's desk.

It's not a deadline that's written in stone. But lawmakers generally aim to have legislation they intend to pass clear one of the chambers by the end of the crossover day.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's budget legislation with added education funding has advanced in the House of Delegates.

The House gave preliminary approval Wednesday to the state's spending plan for the next fiscal year.

It includes about $320 million to begin supporting recommendations from a state commission on education. It also has about $500 million for school construction.

Del. Maggie McIntosh, who chairs the House Appropriations Committee, says the budget is balanced and "great for Maryland's children."

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Teachers rallied in the Maryland State Capitol last night urging lawmakers to up their salaries

Dorchester Education President Katie Holbrook told WBOC called the rally a powerful movement that stands up for education.

She said that has spent hundreds of dollars of her own money on supplies for classroom.

And teachers got some encouragement from Eastern Shore Delegate Carl Anderton who told the television station that current state funding could help meet these demands.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's state House and Senate are working on competing versions of the state budget as a deadline approaches.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports the House Appropriations approved its revised two-year budget that includes extra money for teacher and state employee pay, an offer of money to colleges and universities to forestall tuition increases. It also includes down payments on high-tech education initiatives for Amazon and the state's growing technology business sector.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill to require schools across Virginia to notify parents before holding lockdown drills has been voted down.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a House of Delegates subcommittee on Monday voted down the bill, which would have required schools to give at least 24 hours' notice ahead of the drills simulating high-stress situations.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The chairman of a Maryland commission on education says the state can either continue on a path of mediocrity, or make bold changes to put Maryland schools on the way to performing with the world's best.

William Kirwan presented recommendations from the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education to lawmakers on Thursday.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Lawmakers are again considering groundbreaking legislation that would impose a statewide property tax in Delaware.

A bill that cleared a Senate committee on Wednesday would allow Delaware's statewide community college system to issue bonds to finance building construction, repairs, equipment purchases and educational technology.

The bill also establishes a Community College Infrastructure Fund to pay off the bonds and allows Del Tech to impose a statewide property tax to raise the required funds.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has announced initiatives to support charter schools, including a new funding proposal.

Hogan announced the Public Charter School Facility Fund Act of 2019 on Wednesday. It would provide $1,600 in per-pupil funding for each public charter school student. Maryland has about 23,000 charter school students, so that would add up to about $36.8 million, if passed in its entirety.

It would be distributed through the Maryland State Department of Education.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has given a preview of the state's $46.6 billion budget plan for the next fiscal year.

Hogan outlined his proposal Wednesday at a news conference. He says there's $6.9 billion for K-12 education. He's also proposing a new fund to create $3.5 billion for school construction over five years.

Hogan is proposing about $248 million in general funds for prevention and treatment of drug addiction. That's a 20 percent increase over the amount in the last budget to fight drug addiction.

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Governor John Carney is set to give his State of the State address to Delaware lawmakers this afternoon.

WBOC reports that Carney has said that while the state’s finances are showing progress they need to be on firmer financial ground.

In addition, the Delaware Democrat wants to expand the ability to vote with early voting and same day voting.

On jobs Carney says that he has seen some progress but more needs to be done.

And on education the Democrat says he was $60 million for more school funding.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have unveiled a plan to provide more funding for low-income students and students whose native language is not English.

The proposal announced Tuesday calls for an additional $60 million over three years for educating poor students and students designated as English Language Learners.

District schools and charter schools would receive an extra $500 for each ELL student and $300 for each low-income student.