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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attorneys for Gov. John Carney have dropped their opposition to Delaware's education secretary and budget director being deposed in a lawsuit alleging the state is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.

A judge had planned to hear arguments Thursday on a requested protective order preventing Susan Bunting and Michael Jackson from being deposed.

The hearing was canceled after Carney's attorneys informed the court the dispute over the depositions had been resolved.

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(AP) Attorneys for Gov. John Carney are trying to prevent Delaware's education secretary and budget director from being deposed in a lawsuit alleging that the state is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.

A judge planned to hear arguments Thursday on a requested protective order preventing Susan Bunting and Michael Jackson from being deposed.

Attorneys for the ACLU and Community Legal Aid Society say the two officials have knowledge and information that can't be obtained from others.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state panel is recommending probation for a Delaware charter school whose governance and finances have come under scrutiny because of board members' conduct.

The Department of Education's Charter School Accountability Committee voted Monday to recommend that Odyssey Charter School be put on probation and that it recover more than $93,000 in misappropriated funds. The CSAC will issue its final report by Friday, followed by a July 8 public hearing.

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Plans to protect transgender students from discrimination in Delaware public schools has stalled.

The Delaware Education Secretary Susan Bunting said that recent court rulings had raised important legal questions.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this was an apparent reference to an appeals court decision on Pennsylvania’s policy of allowing students to use bathrooms and locker room that correspond to their gender identity was not required under Title IX.   

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. John Carney and state Delaware Education Secretary Susan Bunting have set up a new Teachers Advisory Council to gather feedback from educators on policy decisions.

Bunting invited two teachers from each of the state's 19 school districts and six charter school educators to join the group. The council, announced Tuesday, will met bi-monthly to discuss a variety of issues affecting teachers.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Two civil rights groups are suing state and local officials, claiming Delaware is failing students from low-income families, students with disabilities and students who are learning English.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Court of Chancery on behalf of Delawareans for Educational Opportunity and the Delaware NAACP.

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There’s been a big turnaround for special education in Delaware.

It has now been given the highest rating possible from the U.S. Department of Education.

But it was only three years ago that the First State was told the program need intervention.

Secretary of Education Susan Bunting told the Wilmington News Journal that she was proud of the progress that the state has made.

She added it was a collective effort led by the school districts and charter schools.

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The Indian River School Board is going give it another try.

Yesterday the board decided to present another referendum next March that would ask for a hike of 49 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

The vote was 8-to-2.

Despite the rejection last month of a referendum board member James Fritz said he was optimistic since that one lost by only 30 votes.

Superintendent Susan Bunting noted that there was some work to do in the Long Neck area where the referendum lost by a significant margin.

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Voters in the Indian River School District are set to go to the polls today to decide a $7.3 million referendum.

If approved it would raise property taxes by more than $95 a year and would providing funding for school security, technology and hiring among other needs.

But the vote comes just as a state audit found that there had been mismanagement of school funds over seen by the former CFO Patrick Miller.

WBOC reports that the audit said the district did not have adequate safeguards to control and detect financial improprieties.

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Susan Bunting, Superintendent of the Indian River School District, says that the district had no idea that their CFO had been mishandling its money.

The press conference by Bunting came a day after the state auditor found that there has been mishandling of funds.

The audit said that it created “an environment ripe with intimidation tactics, favoritism, and nepotism.

Bunting said that there had never been an audit that came back finding there was such an issue before.