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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A New Castle County charter school could close at the end of this academic year.

The state Department of Education's Charter School Accountability Committee voted Monday not to recommend the state renew the charter of Reach Academy for Girls. A public hearing will be held Wednesday. A final decision will be announced in the coming days by the state's education secretary.

The charter school accountability committee said in a statement that the academy hasn't met academic standards.

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Delaware is set to adopt a program to bring its science courses up to the national standards.

But the Next Generation Science Standards program that is aimed to make science classes more rigorous is expected to draw opposition.

The Delaware Education Reform Coalition, a group of parents, grandparents and teachers, recently criticized a national math and reading standard program for taking control out of the hands of the local community.  

Don Rush

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is giving shoppers a break on buying back-to-school supplies.

Gov. Bob McDonnell's office said Wednesday that the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will begin Aug. 2 and run through Aug. 4.

During the 4-day holiday, shoppers at retail stores statewide won't have to pay sales tax on notebooks, pens, calculators, binders and other school supplies priced up to $20.

Shoes and most clothing items priced up to $100 also will be exempt from the sales tax.

Don Rush

The statewide results of the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment is expected to be released to the public during a State Board of Education meeting this afternoon.

It will also be posted on

Individual parent summaries will be mailed on tomorrow to explain the individual student’s scores and how to interpret them.

Public school students take reading and math portions of the tests every year in third through 10th grades in the fall and spring.

It’s taken by around 95 percent of the students in the state.

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - School guidance counselors are telling U.S. Rep. John Carney that Delaware parents need to be more involved when it comes to planning for their children to go to college.

Earlier communication with students and their families, starting in middle school, also was among the recommendations made at a discussion Carney led Monday on the soaring costs of higher education.

Counselors also said they get little time and virtually no training for helping students navigate the college application process.

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A brand new $74 million structure is going up to replace aging Laurel High School in Delaware.

The new facility is set to be open for the 2014 school year.

It will have multiple wings with one for the high school and another for the middle school.

The two facilities will share a cafeteria and gymnasium.

The town of Laurel is putting up the most of the money for the project with the state of Delaware coming up with the rest. 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Goucher College President Sanford Ungar has announced he will step down from his post after 13 years.

Ungar, who became president of the liberal arts college in 2001, made his announcement Friday in a letter to the to Board of Trustees chair. He said he will step down in June 2014.

After a year-long sabbatical, Ungar plans to return to Goucher in the fall of 2015 to teach.

The college says it will begin a search for a new president soon.

Goucher College President Sanford Ungar has announced he will step down from his post after 13 years.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - School employees in Anne Arundel County would receive pay raises under an agreement being voted on this week.

The county school board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on terms of employment that would give salary step increases and cost-of-living adjustments to thousands of school district employees.

The cost-of-living adjustments would range from 1 percent to 2 percent of employees' salaries, depending on position, and they would take effect next month. The step increases would go into effect early next year.

Don Rush

Governor Jack Markell wants $31 million in new funding for Delaware’s public schools.

The largest part of the growth comes from $8.8 million to fully fund the increasing size of enrollment at the schools and another $8.5 million for step increases for school employees…that are given to teachers as they gain experience and education.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the state is required to fully fund both programs.

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The switch is official.

The charter middle school Sussex Academy and the Delmarva Christian High School exchanged campuses yesterday during a ceremony in Dover yesterday.

Sussex Academy is expected to grow to 770 students with the addition of grades up through 12th grade over the years and thus needs more space.

Meanwhile, Delmarva Christian has 120-thousand square feet but has not needed that much space.

The old Sussex Academy facility has 38-thousand square feet and is considered a much better fit.

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Colonial School District voters are set to weigh in on a measure that aims to raise $9.6 million for the district.

Voters will decide Tuesday whether to raise property taxes after the district's first attempt at a tax increase failed in February. The measure is meant to fill in for declines in federal and state funding.

Colonial School District Superintendent Dorothy Linn says this time administrators have made an effort to explain the district's position.

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget-writing committee have rejected a Democratic lawmaker's request to stop allowing charter schools to keep unspent student transportation funds.

For the past several years, charter schools have been allow to keep the money if their actual costs for student transportation are lower than their state allotment. The goal is to encourage charter schools, whose state share of transportation fund has decreased by about $1.3 million in recent years, to negotiate better contracts.

Don Rush

University of Maryland students will be shelling out a little more for tuition in the coming school year.

The Board of Regents gave the green light for a 2.4 percent hike in tuition and fees to bring in more than $35 million.

For students at Salisbury University this will mean a tuition increase of 6 percent while out of state students will pay up to 4.4 percent more.

For most schools officials say that Maryland residents won’t see more than a 3 per increase.

Don Rush

Tonight residents in the Colonial School District will get a chance to hear about a referendum set for June 4th calling for an increase in the property tax of 35 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Superintendent Dr. Dorothy Linn said that the district is trying to just maintain the status quo.

She said that 30 cents would go toward operations.

One penny would go toward curriculum, while four cents would shore up technology.  

District officials will be on hand at Gunning Beford Middle School at 7 pm to take the public’s questions.

Don Rush

The residents of the Appoquinimink School District have given the thumbs up in yesterday’s referendum to add $2.8 million to next year’s school budget.

The property tax increase will amount to an additional 15 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

This is the second time the District has sought funds through a referendum.

In February voters rejected a request for a 24 cent hike per $100 of assessed property value next year with an additional 11 cents in the following three years.

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Wicomico County has set aside money for the upcoming fiscal year to increase security at public schools.

There is $1.8 million for school security and technology upgrades that would go for more surveillance cameras, buzz-in systems and security training.

Andy Turner, Coordinator of Safe Schools for the district, told WBOC that officials will start shoring up vulnerabilities of the schools whose average age in 43 years old.

He said that the district would prefer to spend its money on enhancing student’s education but there is a need to ensure that children feel safe.

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Mayor Jim Ireton has proposed a property tax hike…in his latest $53 million budget for the city of Salisbury.

And, the new Council President Jake Day called it “fiscally appropriate.”

Ireton is seeking $8.84 per $1000 of assessed property value.

Last year, former Council President Terry Cohen rejected the Mayor’s proposal for a hike of $8.34 cents.

The increase comes in the face of one of the most dramatic plunges in property values of 8 percent and is needed just to maintain the amount revenue the city has been receiving.

Lt. Governor Matt Denn has kicked off his re-election campaign appearing with Governor Jack Markell during a 3 county tour. 

Denn emphasized education telling the gatherings the he wants to ensure students have the best teachers and reward those who demonstrate excellence.

In addition, he said Delaware had under-performed in getting the most from its workforce training dollars.

Governor Markell, who has not made his formal reelection announcement, said he was thrilled to serve with Denn.  


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland board has approved $161 million in unallocated school funding.

The Board of Public Works approved the money on Wednesday. That brings the total amount allocated for school construction to $349 million for the next fiscal year.

The board approved $187 million in initial funding for school construction in January. Representatives from 19 jurisdictions came before the board to seek portions of the remaining $161 million.




           A potential $14.4 million hit to the Wicomico County budget may be reduced to $6.7 million with a new amendment.

            Legislation in Annapolis was set to increase the Maintenance of Effort spending requirement for education for the County from $36.4 million to $50.8 million.

            That local officials said would have required the county to either dramatically increase taxes or sharply cut core services. 


      DOVER, Del. (AP) - The president of Delaware Technical Community College is asking state lawmakers to approve an additional $10 million for capital funding over Gov. Jack Markell's recommendation if funds become available.

     Delaware Tech President Lonnie George tells WDEL Radio the money would be used to expand instructional space. He says the school needs additional classrooms, science labs and computer labs.