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The Indian River School District is looking at referendum seeking money for the construction of a new Sussex Central High School.

If passed by the voters it would raise the average property tax with a maximum increase of $63.71.

WBOC reports that Superintendent Mark Steel says that the overcrowding at the northern end of the district has reached a crisis stage.

The new facility would accommodate 22-hundred students with nearly 310-thousand square feet.

And it would be built next to the existing high school on existing district property.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is encouraging eligible high school students to register to vote.

The Democratic governor recently issued a proclamation designating the week of April 21 as Virginia High School Voter Registration Week. The governor's said it is the 4th year in row the state has done such a designation.

Northam has also launched a challenge to high schools to register at least 65 percent of their senior class. Schools that do so will get a banner from the governor commending their voter registration efforts.

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A two-year debate over whether to change the name of a northern Virginia high school honoring a Confederate general is coming to an end.

The Fairfax County school board is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to change the name of J.E.B. Stuart High in Falls Church.

The debate over the name began in earnest in 2015 when Hollywood actress Julianne Moore, who attended Stuart in the '70s, launched a petition supporting the name change.

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Forty-one percent of high school graduates in Delaware’s public schools are entering colleges and universities unprepared.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Department of Education issued the number during a conference held in Wilmington yesterday.

The Department stressed that acceptance to an institution of higher learning does not mean the student is ready.

The paper reports that 61 percent of the 2015 graduating class enrolled in college – an uptick of 3 percent.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - House lawmakers are set to vote on a bill aimed at encouraging teenagers to stay in school and get their high school diplomas.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday requires any student over the age of 16 who wants to leave school prior to graduation to obtain the written consent of a parent or guardian.

The student also would have to attend an exit interview where he or she would be told that dropping out could lead to diminished earning potential and the increased likelihood of unemployment.

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An arrest has been made of a Dorchester County High School Student after she allegedly threatened a school administrator.

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department said that the incident occurred on December 5th when 19-year old Sonia Morales allegedly threatened the administrator with a pair of scissors.

WBOC reports that she was upset about with the administrator, picked up the scissors and made a threatening remark.

Morales is facing charges that include possession of a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and disturbing school operations.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials say roughly 91 percent of high school students in the state who started ninth grade in 2012 earned their diploma in four years.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says 91.3 percent of the roughly 95,000 students in the class of 2016 received a diploma. That's up from 90.5 percent of students who graduated on time in 2015.

McAuliffe's office says more than half of the students that graduated this year received the state's more rigorous diploma.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan says the state will provide scholarships to students who finish high school in three years or less.
The governor signed an executive order on Wednesday creating the $6,000 scholarships.
Hogan says it's a smart use of tax dollars. That's because the state can reallocate money it would have spent on the student's last year in public high school to help with the first year of college instead.

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The graduation rates are going up in Delaware.

Data from the U.S. Department of Education found that rates rose from 80 percent in the 2012-2013 school years to 87 percent in the last school term.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that’s the largest increase in the nation.

School officials told the paper that this is the result of the efforts in high schools to home in on students having difficulty in school and making sure they get the assistance they require.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Cramming for finals could become a thing of the past for some students in suburban Washington.

The Montgomery County, Maryland, school board is backing a plan to end final exams in middle school. The board is also looking closely at a proposal to scrap high school finals.

The end of finals for high school students could begin as soon as the next school year.

Board president Patricia B. O'Neill says the move means more instructional time for students. In Loudoun County, Virginia, the school system recently made a move in the same direction.

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It’s another day at the polls for residents of the Milford School District.

The polls open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Voters will be asked to approve a property tax increase to help deal with overcrowding in the district as well as reductions in spending by the state and federal governments.

The money would go toward a new 14-hundred student high school spread out across 190 acres.

It would sit along Route 113 near Redners.

The old high school site will be used as a new Junior High School for seventh and eighth graders.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland State Department of Education says newly released data shows that more Maryland high school students are graduating than ever before.

The state says the dropout rate in the state has declined, while the graduation rate climbed to over 86 percent in 2014, four percentage points up from 2013's 82 percent graduation rate.

For those entering colleges in Delaware over 50 percent of the state’s public school students have to take remedial courses.

The state education leaders have worked out a plan that would allow students who pass a new math class in their senior year to be automatically guaranteed to take a college course for credit.

The Foundations of College Math would replace the normal fourth year math class and would emphasize the skills they need for college such as algebra, geometry and statistics.


     Somerset County high school students will be required to wear uniforms starting in September after a unanimous vote by the Board of Education.

     A pilot program began in Greenwood and Deal Island, which immediately reported a decreases in discipline problems because uniforms put everyone on equal footing. 

     Since Greenwood was so successful, uniforms were expanded into Princess Anne Elementary and Woodson Elementary in Crisfield.