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Dr. Donna Hanlin has been named the next Superintendent for the Wicomico County School District.

After the announcement Hanlin said that she looked forward to bringing the community together to improve the education of the county’s students.

WBOC reports that currently she is the Co-Chair and Director of Assessment and Accountability in the Department of Education at Shepherd University in West Virginia.

But she was raised in Wicomico County and was principal at James M. Bennett High School among other positions in the county.

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ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (AP) - A private school in southeast Virginia says three students have been disciplined for using "blackface" to depict an African-American character in a video.

Isle of Wight Academy Headmaster Benjamin Vaughn says the video was presented in a senior government class that illustrated a landmark Supreme Court case. One of the students in the video is in blackface representing an African-American woman.

The Daily Press reports that the video was made several weeks ago but came to light this week through social media.

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Liza Hastings has been named Middle School Principal of the year for Maryland.

Hastings is principal of Bennett Middle School.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports she was startled when she heard the news by a district school official who broke into the morning announcements.

She is a graduate of the Wicomico County school system and began teaching sixth grade history at Glen Avenue Elementary school in 1997.

Hastings eventually went on to be an assistant dean and history teacher at Wicomico High School.

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More than a quarter of Delaware State University’s majors are being cut.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the elimination of the 23 programs will allow for expansion of academic programs that are expected to bring in more money.

The paper reports that the decision came during a vote in January.

The cuts in areas such as education and romance languages are one of the biggest changes in the history of the university.

University President Harry Williams said the leveling off of state and federal funding has forced the school to shift its priorities.

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Delaware lawmakers are considering a measure that would end requiring school officials to report to police incidents of bullying in which there are no injuries.

Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn has proposed to eliminate the requirement that all fights be reported to law enforcement authorities.

WBOC reports that he points out there 130 students were sent to the police involving non-injury incidents.

The measure also requires the schools to inform parents that the Attorney General’s office is available if they believe an issue is not being addressed.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is allocating more money for education and heroin treatment.

Hogan on Thursday announced $13.8 million in additional one-time K-12 funding, including $12.7 million for Baltimore. It also includes $46.2 million for higher education. There is $4.7 million for the new student services support building at Morgan State University and $1.3 million to renovate a science building at Coppin State University.

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There are three finalists for Superintendent of the Wicomico County Public Schools.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that educators who are familiar with the finalists say they are Donna Hanlin, Lorenzo Hughes and Cathy Townsend.

Each of them will spend a day in Wicomico County next week along with meeting local officials.

Townsend is currently assistant superintendent for administrative services and a former principal at Salisbury Middle School and Delmar Middle and High school.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Free-speech groups are calling on Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to veto a bill that would force schools to notify parents if their child is assigned to read books with sexually explicit content.

The National Coalition Against Censorship and other groups said in a letter to McAuliffe that they fear the bill could apply to "a great deal of classic and contemporary literature," including Anne Frank's "The Dairy of a Young Girl" and most of William Shakespeare's work.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A movement is growing to remove the name of Virginia's foremost defender of school segregation from a Richmond-era middle school.

Harry F. Byrd was Virginia's leading political figure from the 1920s through the 1960s.

But some parents and students, along with African-Americans who once attended segregated schools, are asking a suburban Richmond school board to erase Byrd's name from the building. The Henrico County school board could act as soon as Thursday.

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Sidney Hankerson has been replaced as principal at Washington Academy & High School.

He confirmed to the Salisbury Daily Times that he has been replaced after being on the job for less than three years.

The paper reports that he said was on leave but would not add anything about the circumstances of his departure.

However, the Daily Times added he called his removal as “abrupt”.

Hankerson had been an administrator at the Princess Anne High School until he took on the job at the high school.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia students who are charged with crimes at school could point to learning and behavioral issues as a defense under a bill approved by the General Assembly.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Republican-controlled House voted 95-1 in support of the bill on Monday, sending it to Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The measure would allow students to introduce records in a trial that show educational and behavioral issues as evidence of "diminished capacity." It applies only to misdemeanor offenses during school activities.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Senate has approved a bill that would allow some students to use public funding to pay for private school tuition.

The Senate voted 20-19 to pass the bill on Monday. It would allow parents of students with disabilities to use a portion of their child's share of state school funding to cover educational expenses, like textbooks and tuition at a private school.

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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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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is meeting with business leaders and educators in Washington to discuss ways to help high school students move from the class room to the workplace.

Deputy federal labor secretary Christopher Lu also was among Friday's scheduled speakers at a luncheon hosted by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

The meeting is aimed at strengthening the "School-to-Workforce Pipeline" by bringing business leaders together with more than 100 principals from top-performing STEM and magnet high schools from around the country.

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The Cape Henlopen School District wants to build a new elementary school to replace H.O. Brittingham and Rehoboth Elementary schools in addition to renovating the Lewes School and Milton Elementary school for a total cost of $130 million.

Superintendent Bob Fulton said that it would require a referendum vote in late March.

WBOC reports that the state would cough up 60 percent of the funds but the rest would have to come from local tax payers amounting to $48 million.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia would alter its high school graduation requirements under a bill nearing final approval in the General Assembly.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Democratic Sen. John Miller's bill would require the Virginia Board of Education to establish new graduation requirements no later than Sept. 1, 2017. It directs the board to create a "Profile of a Virginia Graduate" that identifies the knowledge and skills students need to become "successful contributors" to Virginia's economy.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Legislative budget writers are vowing to work with state officials to ensure that Delaware's visually impaired children get the help they need to be successful in school.

Members of the Joint Finance Committee heard emotional testimony Tuesday from parents and children who say they are not getting the specialized instruction they need.

The head of the state Division for the Visually Impaired says his agency serves about 260 students, including about 15 who require Braille instruction or other intensive help.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Teachers and lawmakers will be highlighting measures to reduce standardized testing demands in schools.

They have scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon.

One of the bills would limit the amount of time that could be devoted to federal, state and locally mandated tests for each grade to 2 percent of a school year's instruction time.

Another would end the state's ability to mandate that districts include PARCC scores in teacher and principal evaluations. PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

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There is an effort in Delaware to have the $29 million left over from the financial crisis settlement to go to the Delaware State Housing Authority.

The Delaware Housing Coalition’s Nonprofit Housing Agenda is made up of 16 groups.

And it said that giving the funds to the agency would ensure that all of the money would go toward housing.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A proposed change to Virginia's constitution aimed at expanding the number charter schools has failed in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The Senate voted 21-19 to reject the constitutional amendment granting the Virginia Board of Education the power to approve charter schools. That authority is currently in the hands of local school districts, which have been hesitant to do so.

The Republican-controlled house has already approved similar legislation, but it will likely meet the same fate as the Senate bill.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - The University System of Maryland's chancellor could get a $125,000 kitchen renovation in the Baltimore County mansion the system provides for its chief executive.

The Baltimore Sun reports in December, the executive committee of a foundation associated with the system discussed allocating money for the new kitchen and other work at the Hidden Waters estate.

University system spokeswoman Anne Moultrie says the $125,000 figure is "for discussion purposes only." No final decision has been made.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A legislative panel has approved a bill that would require students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex.

The Daily Press reports that the bill would mandate that school systems and state agencies adopt policies designed to keep transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. 

The House General Laws subcommittee endorsed the bill Thursday.

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During the education budget presentation Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver told council members this week he would like to offer county high school graduates free tuition at Wor-Wic Community College.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that those who qualify would have to be residents of the county for two years, enroll in a degree or certificate program, apply and accept all financial assistance and enroll for 12 credits or more.

Guaduates from Delmar High school would also be eligible.

Books would not be covered.  

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Legislation that would require that Virginia public school students get at least an average of 20 minutes of physical activity a day is advancing in the General Assembly.

A House version of the bill received preliminary approval Wednesday, despite criticism from some lawmakers that it was an unfair imposition the state was putting on teachers and local school districts.

The Senate has already approved its version of the bill. The legislation applies to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia House GOP plans to roll out their agenda on education-related issues.

Republican delegates have planned a news conference Tuesday to present their legislation related on education.

In a speech earlier this month, House GOP Speaker William J. Howell said he supports a "major amendment" to the Virginia Constitution aimed at promoting charter schools.

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There is a suspect in the bomb threat phoned into Stephen Decatur High School this week.  

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it is a student who is charged with the threat of arson and disturbing school activities and personnel.

He is being charged as a juvenile.

On Wednesday a bomb threat was phoned in causing the high school to be evacuated.

The student was taken into custody yesterday and sent to the Lower Eastern Shore Children’s Center in Salisbury. 

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There was another bomb threat yesterday.

This time at Stephen Decatur High School.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Worcester County school district officials said the high school got a live call at around 9:30 a.m.

The school’s 13-hundred students were quickly evacuated.

Law enforcement officials found no explosives and the students went back to class at around 11:25 a.m.

Meanwhile, there was a rumor of a bomb threat at Richard A. Shields Elementary School.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are poised to challenge Gov. Jack Markell's veto of a bill allowing Delaware students to opt out of standardized tests.

The legislation would allow students to opt out of tests without repercussions. It is aimed in particular at the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which is tied to Common Core standards championed by Markell.

Rep. John Kowalko, a Newark Democrat, was expected to seek an override vote Thursday, following a rally by supporters of the legislation.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to kick off the 2016 legislative session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth speech.

The Democratic governor is entering his third year in office and will be seeking support from state lawmakers to support his $109 billion proposed budget that includes a billion-dollar increase in education spending, small corporate and individual tax cuts, and a 2 percent raise for state employees.

He delivers his third State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

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