Muse asks Alsobrooks to investigate Maxwell, which she calls ‘political tomfoolery’

Maryland state Sen. C. Anthony Muse is asking the Prince George’s state’s attorney — one of his rivals in the race for county executive to investigate schools chief Kevin Maxwell, a request the county’s top prosecutor called inappropriate and ­“political tomfoolery.” State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) said Muse presented no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by Maxwell in a letter sent to her office Wednesday and an appeal made Tuesday night on social media. (Wash. Post)

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Kirwan education commission back to work on most politically sensitive task — how much it will cost

The education commission that met in relative obscurity for 16 months now faces the challenge of deciding what it will take and how much it will cost to implement its lofty goals of change and improvement for Maryland public schools. The Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education has become a key talking point in the 2018 election campaign, and on Thursday it picks up its work where it left off in January for the legislative session. (Md. Reporter)

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Baltimore County schools negotiating with teachers for longer high school day to avoid extending school year

Baltimore County’s teachers and administrators have begun negotiations to add more instructional time per day to the high school schedule, following a decision by the state school board to exempt the county this year from the law that requires students to be in class for a certain number of hours each year. The state school board ruled Tuesday that the county’s high schoolers won’t have to make up eight hours of instructional time they lost this year to bad weather, on the condition that the county rework its high school schedule to lengthen the time students are in class each day. (Balt. Sun)

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MCPS teachers, principals to see salaries climb over next two years

The Board of Education on Tuesday night agreed to salary increases for teachers, administrators and support staff in Montgomery County Public Schools over the next two years. The agreements reached with the trio of labor unions that represent MCPS employees will cost the school system $130.3 million in total, but Superintendent Jack Smith said the district’s workforce is worth the investment. (Bethesda)

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Steven Lockard, new Carroll superintendent, brings 'fresh set of eyes' to position

Applause filled the room after the announcement was made — Carroll County Public Schools has a new superintendent. The CCPS Board of Education announced Wednesday that Steven Lockard, formerly of the Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools system, will take over as superintendent of schools, replacing current Superintendent Stephen Guthrie this summer. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Anne Arundel system could remove bus stops next fall as new transportation system rolls out

When Anne Arundel County parents check where their students’ bus stop will be for the 2018-19 school year this summer, some may find their student’s typical stop missing. Supervisor of Transportation Les Douglas told the Board of Education recently his department is striving to make the system more efficient, reliable, economical and safe. But improvements mean some students may need to start walking farther to their bus stop in the morning. (Capital)

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'Star Wars' creator George Lucas to receive honorary degree at Johns Hopkins graduation

The Force is strong with Johns Hopkins University. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas will receive an honorary degree from the Baltimore university at commencement ceremonies May 24, Hopkins officials announced Wednesday. Lucas and his wife, businesswoman Mellody Hobson, who also is receiving an honorary degree, will attend the graduation, Hopkins spokeswoman Jill Rosen said. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County school year stretched to June 19 after waiver is rejected

Classes in Howard County public schools will continue through June 19, two days later than planned. The county school board voted Tuesday to extend the school system’s calendar year by two days, after the state’s school board earlier in the day denied the district’s request to waive the inclement-weather makeup days. (Ho. Co. Times)

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