Carroll County schools working on ‘comprehensive’ data governance program, asking for public feedback

Carroll County Public Schools is seeking to revise its student data governance policy to be “comprehensive” and to serve as a framework that can be built on in the future. The proposed policy, presented to the Board of Education at its July 10 meeting, sets up the committees that will be in charge of creating a plan with specifics. The policy is out for public comment until August. (Carr. Co. Times)

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School board to recommend Blank as interim superintendent

After a contentious debate, the Allegany County Board of Education voted to recommend — to the Maryland State Board of Education — Jeff Blank, chief administrative officer, as interim superintendent of the school system. Through most of Tuesday's school board meeting, ACPS Chief Academic Officer Kim Kalbaugh filled the superintendent seat left vacant by David Cox, who accepted a job in Tennessee. (Times-News)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan highlights mortgage program that cuts student debt

Gov. Larry Hogan's administration is highlighting a Maryland program that enables young adults to cut student loan debt while buying a home. The governor marked the anniversary of the Maryland SmartBuy 2.0 initiative on Tuesday. A pilot program began in 2016. Hogan extended it in July of 2018. He put $3 million in the last fiscal year’s budget for the program, and that has been doubled this fiscal year to $6 million. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland says confidential data must be encrypted. For 1.4 million students, it wasn’t.

“Sensitive, personally identifiable information” of more than 1.4 million students and more than 200,000 teachers was improperly stored by the Maryland State Department of Education, leaving them at risk of identity theft, according to a recent audit. The review found that the department stored the names and Social Security numbers of students and teachers “in clear text,” even though Maryland’s information security policy calls for confidential data to be protected using encryption or other “substantial” mitigating controls. (Wash. Post)

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‘Beyond The Scoreboard’ Summer Camp Blends Sports, Life Skills To Students In East Baltimore

A new program in East Baltimore teaches sports and life skills to student-athletes this summer. Inside an East Baltimore school, middle school students will spend the next five weeks off the bleachers, bouncing between the basketball court and classrooms to learn life skills. “This is a community, and this is who we are,” said Flloyd Taliaferro with Beyond the Scoreboard. Non-profit All Walks of Life, Team Thrill and City Parks and Rec partnered to put on the five-week camp. (WJZ)

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Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announces smaller scope of potential school system audit

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball last week announced a more narrow scope of his request for a performance audit of the school system. The narrowed scope, to be completed by the Maryland State Department of Education, would look into the Howard County Public School System’s health and dental fund; budgeting and actual expenditure variance; personnel cost development; and supplemental income and non-salary benefits. The narrowed scope is “based on an HCPSS commitment to share other information that may also generate cost-saving opportunities,” according to a July 12 news release. Ball and the school system administration have had collaborative, ongoing dialogue on how best to define the scope of the audit since it was proposed last month. (Balt. Sun)

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Study: Maryland charter students’ gains outpace those at traditional schools; black, Hispanic pupils benefit most

A new study has found that students at Maryland charter schools, especially those who are black or Hispanic, have on average made greater academic progress than their counterparts in traditional public schools. While the study noted deficiencies in about a third of charter schools, the student gains were the equivalent of them getting about an extra month of learning over the typical 180-day school year, according to Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes, or CREDO. For black and Hispanic students, the progress was even more pronounced. Black charter students, for example, made math gains equivalent to 47 extra days of learning, while Hispanic children’s advances in reading represented 77 additional days of learning. (Balt. Sun)

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Kurt Schmoke wants to create a ‘City University of Baltimore.’ Can it be done?

University of Baltimore President Kurt Schmoke is proposing three of the city’s institutions of higher education be restructured in a style similar to the City University of New York, an idea he acknowledged is politically divisive but believes could strengthen the schools and benefit students. Nearly 60 years ago, the New York State Legislature formally established the CUNY system — uniting several municipal colleges into an integrated system that’s grown to include two dozen campuses. Schmoke is suggesting the University of Baltimore, Baltimore City Community College and Coppin State University follow suit, together becoming what he’s dubbed the City University of Baltimore. “With collaboration,” Schmoke said, “we could serve this community much better.” (Balt. Sun)

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