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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of Virginia teachers are rallying at the state Capitol for increased public education spending and the repeal of a prohibition on collective bargaining by public employees.

Gov. Ralph Northam has proposed more than $1 billion in new K-12 education spending.

Northam's budget plan includes a 3% raise for teachers and more money for struggling schools.

But education advocates said Monday that the governor's proposals fall short of what's needed because lawmakers have neglected education funding for years.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he wants to put more money into at-risk schools and give teachers a 3 percent raise.

Northam on Monday highlighted portions of his forthcoming two-year budget proposal. His plan also calls for increased funding for school counselors and more money to help children whose first language isn't English. 

The governor plans to make his full budget public on Tuesday at a hearing before lawmakers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has taken a step toward joining a growing number of states that have enacted legislation to prevent teachers with records of sexual misconduct against students from moving from school to school.

The Maryland House of Delegates unanimously approved a bill Thursday to ban nondisclosure agreements for school employees who have direct contact with children involving sexual abuse. The measure also would require prospective school employers to conduct a thorough review of the employment history of applicants.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is calling on lawmakers to raise teacher pay and extend tax breaks to low-income families.

The Democratic governor addressed the GOP-controlled legislature Wednesday, the start of the 2019 legislative session.

Northam also proposed decriminalizing marijuana, extending high-speed internet access in rural areas and allowing no-excuse early voting.

The session is likely to be dominated by debate over tax policy and what to do with a projected windfall in state revenues due to a 2017 federal tax overhaul.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland teachers are among public employees across the country being targeted by a Michigan free-market think tank's campaign urging them to drop their union memberships.

The Baltimore Sun reports teachers recently started getting emails through the "My Pay, My Say" campaign organized by The Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

The effort was spurred by a recent Supreme Court decision that said government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware House has given final approval to a $4.27 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting Sunday.

The budget bill passed unanimously Tuesday and now goes to Democratic Gov. John Carney, who is expected to sign it Thursday.

The bill represents a 4 percent increase over this year's budget. It includes $26 million for pay raises of $1,000 for most state employees and 2 percent for teachers, and millions more than Carney proposed in areas including disability services, special education and school transportation.

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The Dorchester County budget has been approved but it failed to provide additional money for the schools.

WBOC reports that Superintendent Diana Mitchell says 62 personnel are now leaving the district and that most of them are teachers.

Katie Holbrook with the Dorchester Educator’s Teachers Union warns the unofficial number could be more than a hundred.

She told the television station that shortage is crippling the system.

Holbrook did praise the $100-thousand allocated for school safety.

The budget was approved unanimously by the county council.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic Gov. John Carney wants to increase Delaware's state operating budget by 3.5 percent next year, an election year proposal that includes pay raises for teachers and other state employees, more money for roads and buildings, and the restoration of cuts in grant funding to nonprofit organizations.

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Today it’s one more time to the polls in the Indian River School District on a referendum that would raise $7.3 million in property taxes.

The district has argued that it needs the funds to handle the massive growth the district has seen in recent years.

WBOC reports that the district says the money will allow it to hire more teachers and improve security and technology.

In addition, the money would also help fund school programs.

If approved residents would pay an additional 49 cents for $100 of assessed property value.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state employees will be getting raises, some of them quite hefty, under a budget plan headed to Gov. Terry McAuliffe's desk.

The GOP-controlled General Assembly on Saturday passed a state spending plan that includes significant pay increases for state police and other law enforcement officers, as well as a 3 percent across-the-board raises for state employees and the state's share of a 2 percent raises for teachers. The budget does not include tax increases.

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A top Delaware lawmaker is pushing a measure that would tighten regulations on troubled teachers.

The measure would require the Department of Education to say why a teacher lost their license not just who.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the legislation notes that from September of 2012 to September 2014 there were 105 allegations of misconduct by educators.

There were 12 times when the license was revoked and 10 when they were suspended.

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Governor Jack Markell gave is last state of the state address yesterday hailing the changes that have taken place as Delaware emerges from the Great Recession.

The Delaware Democrat said the state must still evolve calling for higher pay for teachers and to meet the changing economy he wanted to expand job training programs.

In addition, he said it was time to revamping health care coverage for state employees.

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A legislative hearing exploded yesterday when Delaware lawmakers and parents found themselves in a shouting match over whether to allow students to opt-out of the statewide test.

It’s called the Smarter Balanced Assessment which students took for the first time this year.

The legislation before the lawmakers would allow students to opt out of taking the test.

A number of angry parents said they would keep their children from taking the test with one saying he didn’t care what the law said.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Christina School District has begun cutting costs to address a budget deficit after voters nixed a plan to raise property taxes to cover growing school costs.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the district is freezing hiring, cancelling travel for personnel and cutting school budgets. Principals are being asked to cut overtime, reduce contracted services and eliminate unfilled positions in which teachers get extra pay to serve as coaches or advisers.

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No teachers in Delaware were judged ineffective this past school year by a new state evaluation system.

And only one percent was deemed to need improvement.

That left more than 50 percent rated as more effective while the other half were rated as highly effective.

The new evaluation system has drawn some skepticism because the state announced it would include consideration of standardized test scores.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A committee formed by state lawmakers to develop a new compensation system for Delaware's public school teachers is having its first meeting.

Gov. Jack Markell is scheduled to attend Wednesday evening's inaugural meeting of the Committee to Advance Educator Compensation and Careers at the Tatnall Building in Dover.