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Earl Jaques

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Lawmakers are considering legislation to give school boards more autonomy to raise tax rates after another series of failed referendums statewide. Gov. John Carney is weighing in on legislation that would allow school districts to increase taxes for operating expenses without a referendum.


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First State school districts could raise revenue for operations without a referendum under proposed legislation. State Rep. Earl Jaques’  measure would grant all 19 districts some power to enact a tax hike without voter approval.


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A deal to keep the Statewide Autism Program with the Christina School District may be in place.


Education issues are likely to garnet a fair amount of attention from state lawmakers this year.

And one of the people shaping the legislature’s education agenda is  State Rep. Earl Jaques.

House Education Committee Chairman is passionate about ed. policy and has a long list of priorities – including some more controversial proposals revolving around how to address low-performing schools and the referendum process for school funding.

The Glasgow area Democrat recently sat down with Delaware Public Media’s Sarah Mueller to outline what he’d like to accomplish.


The Joint Finance Committee has started budget hearings for the fiscal year 2020 budget.


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A legal fight over education funding in the First State will continue into 2019. Combined with some new faces at Legislative Hall, that likely means more debate over the state’s funding formula.


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Raising students’ academic performance in public schools is likely to be an issue state lawmakers take up again next year.


Legislation legalizing recreational cannabis came up a few votes short in the Delaware House.

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The School Consolidation Task Force is offering its recommendations for improving education in the First State, but consolidating Delaware’s 19 school districts isn’t among them.

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Some state lawmakers hope to advance legislation to make Delaware schools more secure. They feel a renewed sense of urgency after last week’s school shooting in Florida.


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