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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have proposed legislation aimed at recruiting teachers to work in schools with high concentrations of low-income students, English language learners and students with disabilities.

The bill proposed by Gov. John Carney, state Rep. David Bentz and Sen. Bryan Townsend would provide up to $2,000 of student loan assistance annually to teachers who qualify. Educators may qualify for up to five years of assistance.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware education officials are asking lawmakers for more than $52 million in additional spending next year, citing the need for more teachers to address skyrocketing numbers of students identified as having special needs.

The request presented to the legislature's budget committee Thursday includes about $16.4 million for 190 new positions, on top of 52 positions currently funded with the state budget office's contingency money.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed the state's $42 billion budget.

The Senate voted unanimously Tuesday for the spending plan for the next fiscal year, after House and Senate negotiators worked out some minor differences.

They agreed on a $5 million initiative for tax credits for businesses to donate to private schools that serve low-income students.

The House could take a final vote on budget later Tuesday.

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A new report finds that the University of Delaware could be doing more to increase the number of low-income students in its ranks.

That’s the conclusion of a report by the Institute of Higher Education Policy.

The Wilmington News Journal says that the report found only 13 percent of the students at the University qualified for Pell Grants from 2011 to 2013.

But similar institutions had 28 percent.

Among the 10 institutions in the report the University had the lowest percentage of low-income students.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Members of the legislature's budget-writing committee are set to hear from Attorney General Matt Denn on his proposal to direct almost $37 million from a major bank settlement to economically distressed and crime-stricken areas in Delaware.

Denn will attempt to sell his proposal to the Joint Finance Committee on Thursday.

Denn's plan includes spending about $16 million on substance abuse treatment programs, after-school and summer programs for children, re-entry programs for criminal offenders, and community policing efforts.