Naval Academy, ousted Professor Bruce Fleming present cases on whether he's fit for the classroom

The midshipman stared across the courtroom at his fired English professor. With anger in his voice, the young man said it three times: “I don’t want to be anything like him.” Midshipman Matthew DeSantis saw no role model in Professor Bruce Fleming and he told the court so. His testimony brought tense moments Wednesday to the reinstatement hearing for one of the U.S. Naval Academy’s most senior and controversial professors. DeSantis’ 16-page complaint in January 2018 — he notes Fleming called him a “right-wing extremist” — launched a seven-month investigation that resulted in Fleming being fired after 31 years at the Annapolis institution. (Balt. Sun)

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Family of U-Md. student who died of adenovirus takes step toward suing school

The family of an 18-year-old University of Maryland freshman who died of adenovirus in the fall has filed a notice of claim against the college, setting the stage for a possible lawsuit. Ian Paregol said the death of his daughter, Olivia Shea Paregol, could have been prevented had the university disclosed that the virus was spreading through the College Park campus. He notified the University of Maryland on Monday of the wrongful-death claim following a report by The Washington Post that revealed officials waited 18 days to tell students about the presence of adenovirus. More than 40 students would become sick, including 15 who were treated at hospitals. The university first acknowledged the virus on Nov. 19, the day after Olivia Paregol died. (Wash. Post) 

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'That is not how things have operated': Baltimore County school board kept vote on superintendent secret

The Baltimore County school board kept the name of its new superintendent unusually secret until a quick vote was taken at a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night. Even County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. had no idea. He wasn’t alone. School board chair Kathleen Causey announced shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday that the board would vote on the appointment of Darryl L. Williams, a Montgomery County administrator. The teachers union president, PTA president and county leaders were all in the room and surprised. Just minutes before, two legislators had made a public plea to the board to make Interim Superintendent Verletta White the new superintendent, unaware that the decision had been made behind closed doors and that the formal vote was imminent. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Co. Schools Seek Public Opinion On Whether To Start After Labor Day

Baltimore County Public Schools officials want to hear from parents, teachers and other members of the public on when the school year should start, before or after Labor Day. Officials want people to vote for the school calendar of their choice. Under a law passed over Gov. Larry Hogan's veto, school systems have the power to set when the school year starts and ends. Under a prior executive order by Hogan, systems had to start after Labor Day and wrap up by June 15. The new law allows systems to extend the length of the school year for up to five school days beyond that date without approval from the state board of education. (WBAL-Radio)

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Who is Baltimore County's new school superintendent Darryl L. Williams?

The Baltimore County school board this week named longtime Montgomery County administrator Darryl L. Williams to be its next superintendent. The board announced its decision a week after saying it was beginning to interview six finalists. Williams’ appointment will be contingent on the approval of Maryland State Superintendent Karen Salmon. The board is legally required to have a permanent superintendent in place by July 1. (Balt. Sun)

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Marriotts Ridge High student tackles floodwater reduction, builds Ellicott City scale model

Legos in a variety colors, shapes and sizes were scattered across Michael Wade’s desk in his bedroom. He moved swiftly, picking up pieces in front of him and searching for ones in his many drawers filled with even more interlocking plastic bricks. To the right of him was a Lego neighborhood he had once built, leading off with a scale model of his home in Woodbine. However, on a Monday afternoon after school, Michael, 16, wasn’t playing with Legos to add to his neighborhood. He was building old Ellicott City. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Talbot election board requests schools closure for presidential primary, general elections

Michael Garman, Talbot County Board of Education president, ultimately advised Einhorn to request the waiver, look into other options to accommodate voters without ending schools on Monday, June 15 and to further discuss the calendar at the board's next meeting, June 19, when they hope to hear back from MSDE.

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New Baltimore County school superintendent is Montgomery County administrator Darryl L. Williams

A divided Baltimore County school board named a longtime Montgomery County administrator Tuesday night to be its next superintendent, passing over Verletta White, who had led the system for the past two years and sought the job. Darryl L. Williams is an area associate superintendent for eight clusters of schools in Montgomery County, and oversees eight high schools, 15 middle schools and 44 elementary schools. He has served in a variety of supervisory positions in Montgomery County, the state’s largest school system. He was also a principal at Montgomery Blair High School, one of the highest-performing high schools in the state, from 2007 to 2011. (Balt. Sun) 

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