Hogan, Democrat introduce bills creating school watchdogs

Prompted by alleged grade-fixing in Prince George's County Public Schools and perjury and theft allegations in the Baltimore area, a pair of bills in the General Assembly would establish investigative offices to oversee schools in Maryland. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan and a Democratic lawmaker each are attempting to get their own education accountability bills passed this year. The bills come after state Department of Education officials hired a Washington-based firm, Alvarez & Marsal Public Sector Services, to audit graduation rates in the Prince George's County public school system, following a letter that several school board members wrote to Hogan citing "widespread systemic corruption." (Balt. Sun)

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'Enough is enough': Hundreds of students travel from Maryland to the Capitol to protest gun violence

Daniel Gelillo had just returned home from school when the news flashed on his TV screen. It had happened again. A gunman had walked into classrooms and opened fire, this time in Florida. “When the videos of the shooting from inside the school came out, the first thing I said was, ‘Enough is enough,’ ” the senior from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville said. Gelillo took to Facebook and called on other Montgomery County students to leave school Wednesday morning and venture to the U.S. Capitol to rally for legislation that would aim to curb gun violence. Maybe, he and fellow student organizers thought, 150 of their peers would show up. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore County School Board continues to weigh options for next superintendent

A Baltimore County schools spokeswoman retracted an earlier statement in which she said that the school board plans to begin a nationwide search for the district’s next superintendent. Spokeswoman Diana Spencer said that when she confirmed the national search to The Baltimore Sun Wednesday morning, it was “a misunderstanding on my part.” School board Chairman Edward J. Gilliss clarified later that the board still has three options on the table. They could conduct a national search, ask to extend the interim superintendent for another year or decide against a broad search, and potentially hire current interim superintendent, Verletta White. Her one-year contract expires June 30. (Balt. Sun)

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Board votes to reappoint Superintendent George Arlotto

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County voted Wednesday to appoint Superintendent George Arlotto to a second four-year term. The reappointment isn’t final — it is contingent on the board and Arlotto agreeing to a new contract, according to schools spokesman Bob Mosier. State schools Superintendent Karen Salmon also needs to approve the decision. Mosier said the system has until June 30, when Arlotto’s contract expires, to negotiate the contract and secure Salmon’s approval. The board’s vote was unanimous. (Capital)

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Harford Community College enrollment declines by 6.7 percent

Harford Community College suffered another enrollment decrease this semester, when the number of students enrolled for spring 2018 fell by 6.7 percent. That equates to 400 fewer students on campus and the equivalent of 158 full-time students, Dianna G. Phillips, the college president, reported to the HCC Board of Trustees Tuesday night. The loss of students wasn’t a huge financial loss, Phillips said, adding the college missed its budgeted enrollment revenue for the semester by $23,258. (Aegis)

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As Baltimore Metro shutdown drags on, students frustrated by longer commutes

Since the state shut down Baltimore’s Metro system, Amirah Haney has had to take three buses to get to school every morning. The sixth-grader’s first period math class at Monarch Academy is already under way by the time she gets there — sometimes half an hour after the school’s starting bell. “The bus takes a really long time,” said Amirah, who lives in the Park Heights area. Monarch, a public charter school in northeast Baltimore, is roughly six miles away. (Balt. Sun)

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Students mark FFA Week with a visit to state legislators

Carroll County FFA chapters celebrated National FFA Week with a visit to their state legislators Tuesday. Thirty high school students from Winters Mill, Francis Scott Key, Manchester Valley, Westminster and South Carroll high schools watched House proceedings for 30 minutes, toured the State House and the Government House, and lobbied for House Bill 870, which encourages local boards of education to implement agricultural education programs statewide. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Confusion and frustration from community comes after Francis Scott Key High School threat

Francis Scott Key senior Grace Kaehn rode a mostly empty bus to school Wednesday morning and was one of only two students in one of her classes. More than a third of the high school’s student population was absent Wednesday as rumors and uncertainty spread across social media following a threat made by a student Tuesday, which has since been deemed not credible. “I didn’t really want to go to school, but, I didn’t want to miss a bunch of school and then not be able to graduate,” Kaehn said. “I knew a lot of people weren’t going to school and a lot of my friends were asking if I was still going to school, because they didn’t want to get shot.” (Balt. Sun)

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