Markell touring facilities for back-to-school day

    Some students in Delaware are already heading back to class. To soften the blow of the end of summer, Gov. Jack Markell will welcome some of them to the new school year.

    The Associated Press reports: The governor begins his day Tuesday with state education secretary Lillian Lowery on a visit to Smyrna High School, where they will take part in an opening day breakfast.

    Markell will later join Corrections Commissioner Carl Danberg on a tour of a full-time education housing unit Howard Young Correctional Institution.

    The unit, formally known as Q-Pod, was changed last year from a traditional housing unit into a full-time education housing unit, where 60 inmates dedicate their time to educational programs, including working toward GEDs and high school diplomas.

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