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BOWLING GREEN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia county supervisor has apologized for comments he made on social media that were criticized as singling out disabled and nonwhite students.

The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star reports that Caroline County Supervisor Clay Forehand publicly apologized at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Forehand made a Facebook post last week saying teaching has become challenging because federal guidelines prohibit students from being removed from a classroom for acting up based on race or ability status.

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A panel reviewing how effectively the Delaware school system is using a $75 million funding plan held its first meeting last night in Dover.

The plan backed by Governor John Carney is aimed at helping students from low-income families and those whose primary language is not English.

WBOC reports that the Opportunity Funding Community Engagement Committee will also examine ways to get the word out about the how the money can be most effectively used.

In addition, it will also recommend the rules and mechanisms for the program’s future.

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Delaware has been awarded $7.5 million over the next five years to expand its support for children who have been exposed to trauma or toxic stress.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Education will provide help with the resulting academic, social and behavioral health challenges.

Governor John Carney said that it was the state’s job to address the effects of such trauma.

WBOC reports that the Delaware Department of Education will up its screening of students to spot those experiencing trauma.

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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.

Voters again said no for the second time this year to a referendum by the Indian River School District.

But it was close losing by just 65 votes based on initial results.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the tax increase would have required residents to pay around $70 dollars a year over a four year period.

It would have provided money to build eight classrooms on the campus of the Indian River High School and for more at the Selbyville Middle School.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Law enforcement and school officials in Maryland are starting a program aimed at helping students linked to traumatic incidents.

The Capital reports that Anne Arundel County is one of a handful of counties where law enforcement officers are now notifying school principals after a child is either a victim or a witness of a traumatic event. The aim is help school administrators provide special care to students as needed.

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Salisbury University students could soon find themselves residing in the area now known as the Court Plaza Shopping Center.

University officials are looking to redevelop the center for housing and some commercial space and hope to begin work as early as next summer.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Salisbury University Foundation bought the shopping center, the former Temple Hill Motel and a commercial office space last year.

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Test scores for Delaware students are set to be released tomorrow.

They will cover to the subject areas of math and English Language Arts.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that in recent years the results have remained mostly flat with around half of the students meeting the proficiency requirement last year.

The tests are given to third through to eighth grade and are known as Smarter Balanced Assessments.

The tests attempt to evaluate the knowledge and skills that demonstrate critical thinking.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Hundreds of Baltimore students have marched on City Hall to protest gun violence and call for stricter gun control legislation weeks after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that left 17 dead.

The Baltimore Sun reports students from multiple high schools walked out of class Tuesday, chanting "Grades up! Guns down!" during a 5-mile (8-kilometer) march to the plaza outside City Hall, where Mayor Catherine E. Pugh and Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa offered support.

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The Christina School district has officially become a safe haven for undocumented immigrant students.

The board approved the measure on a 4-to-2 vote last night.

Under the new rules employees at a school are not required to hand over information about a student to immigration authorities.

But they are not allowed to block access.

In addition, the measure declared that a request from immigration authorities must go through the office of Superintendent for legal purposes.  

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are eyeing proposals to bring more transparency and accountability to the state school board, if not abolish it.

A legislative committee on Tuesday discussed several recommendations for overhauling the seven-member board of gubernatorial appointees.

The board has been criticized by lawmakers, teachers, school districts and parents in recent years for being heavy-handed and inaccessible.

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A series of kidnappings and sexual assaults of women has sent fear through New Castle County – especially University of Delaware students.

There have been three incidents so far with an armed masked man carrying out the attack.

He is described as 5-fee-7 inches, tall with a thin build.

The university has shared posts by the New Castle County Police Department along with safety tips but has not sent out an alert.

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Voters in the Indian River School District gave the thumbs up to a referendum that would raise $7.3 million.

It was approved an overwhelming margin of around 17-hundred votes – that is 7-thousand to 53-hundred.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the district argued that the funds were needed given that its student pollution had grown over 22 percent over the last decade.

The district says it is projected to hit over 10-thousand students by 2026.

The district said that this would save up to 200 jobs.

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Somerset County Commissioners wants Governor Larry Hogan to include money for tuition so that local students can go to Wor-Wic Community College tuition free.

County Administrator Doug Taylor told the Salisbury Daily Times that the county’s students are behind the average for residents with college degrees.

Only 19 percent of Somerset County residents have a college degree compared with Wicomico and Worcester counties where the percent is in the upper 30’s.

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Voters in the Appoquinimink School district will be getting $268 million for capital expenditures.

Voters gave their overwhelming approval to two referendum questions by a 5000 to 2000 vote margin.

The school board president Richard Forsten hailed the vote as evidence of getting the word out to voters.

School superintendent Matt Burrows noted that the district is the fastest growing in the state of Virginia.

The Daily Times reports that the district has grown from around 3-thousand students ten years ago to around 10-thousand this year.

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Salisbury University has a new app.

It will allow students and staff to quickly contact police for help.

It’s called the 911 Shield App.

Julia Howell, president of the Student Government Association, told WBOC that even if there isn’t a problem the new app provides a sense of security.

The app can be customized to provide personal information that can help authorities when a student is in trouble.

Within the last month there have been cases of assault on students around the campus.

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With the recent reports of assaults Salisbury University is considering implementing a loitering measure near the campus.

WBOC reports that a number of students it interviewed yesterday told the television station that they did not feel safe when left campus.

University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach has said that the city and the school would consider a measure against loitering.

But University officials told the television station yesterday that it was still too early to provide details about how the ordinance would be enforced.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State officials are touting Virginia's compliance with a federal law designed to help students with disabilities.

State education officials said Thursday that the Old Dominion has earned the "Meets Requirements" rating from the U.S. Department of Education, which officials said was the highest possible rating.

Virginia is one of 23 states and territories to receive the designation.

The federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ranks states on a number of factors, including graduation rates of special education students.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware has announced a commitment to recruiting more diverse students and faculty from under-represented backgrounds.
The university plan focuses on recruiting and developing faculty members who are the first in their families to go into academia and are from low-income backgrounds.
The state is currently accepting bids for consultants to study the issue of diversity on Delaware's flagship campus.

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There were around 200 students who rallied this morning in support of Sidney Hankerson who was dismissed as principal of Washington High School & Academy.

They assembled at the school’s stadium with some telling the Salisbury Daily Times that they were puzzled by his dismissal.

The paper reports that the students held handmade signs reading “We want Hank back.”

Car horns were also heard along Route 13 in apparent support of the students.

Somerset County Superintendent John Gaddis placed Hankerson on paid leave.

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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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland legislative leaders say they plan to act this session on concerns that children are being tested too much in public schools.

Leaders of a commission said Tuesday they believe progress can be made in improving the administration of standardized tests.

Sen. Paul Pinksy is the vice chairman of the legislature's Commission to Review Maryland's Use of Assessments and Testing in Public Schools. He says he thinks action can be taken without losing another year for students.

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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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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials are scrapping a state standardized test for high school juniors in favor of the SAT college entrance exam.

Wednesday's announcement comes one week after House Democrats sent a letter to Gov. Jack Markell urging that 11th-graders be allowed to take the SAT in lieu of the state Smarter Balanced assessment, which is tied to the Common Core standards.

The change takes effect this spring.

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BRUNSWICK, Md. (AP) - Some students at a Maryland high school were asked to change out of clothes displaying the Confederate symbol.

School district spokesman Michael Doerrer says at least two students at Brunswick High School wore the Confederate symbol Tuesday. The Frederick News-Post reports Tuesday also marked USA Day. During the event, the school encourages students to wear patriotic colors in honor of Spirit Week.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to force the Red Clay school district to enroll three children living outside the district.
The children previously attended a Red Clay school but have been living outside the district since their mother was placed on unpaid leave and lost her apartment. Their father, who shares custody, enrolled the children in the Christina school district, and the children now reportedly live with their godmother in the Colonial district.

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The Met Charter School in Wilmington will not close after all.

The school leaders convinced its board last night the facility could solve its behavioral problems that have come up during its first few weeks into its first academic year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the school had not enacted clear rules or consequences for disruptive behavior.

In addition, the paper reports that teachers have been having trouble with the schools teaching model.

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The Bank of Ocean City has donated $50-thousand to the “Champions of Education” of the Worcester County Education Foundation.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this brings the education closer to its one million dollar goal.

Reid Tingle president of the bank called education one of the greatest investments that a community can make.

The goal of the foundation is to assure equal access to a top notch education for all of the students in Worcester County.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment is hosting a manned submersible to be used for deep-sea research.

WBOC-TV reports that students will be able to board the OceanGate-created Cyclops 1, a vessel that can travel almost 550 yards underwater.

The college's acting dean Mohsen Badiey says the school will use the submersible during the fall semester ahead of a potential longer-term agreement and collaboration.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A new standardized test linked to Common Core academic standards is proving to be a challenge for Delaware school students.

First year results from the Smarter Balanced test released Wednesday show, on average, that barely half of Delaware students who tested are proficient in English language arts.

Statewide, less than 40 percent of students scored proficiently in math, including less than one-fourth of 11th graders.