Foose focuses on closing gap at Howard African American community forum

A key focus of the new strategic plan for Howard County schools, laid out by Superintendent Renee Foose, is engagement — on the parts of teachers, administrators, students and parents. It was that engagement that took center stage Monday, Sept. 30, as nearly 300 people turned out for a forum held by the African American Community Roundtable of Howard County and the Howard County Public School System at Long Reach High School in Columbia. (Balt. Sun)

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Oct. 1 // Dallas Dance apologizes for problems with curriculum

In an unusually open letter to administrators and teachers Monday, Baltimore County school Superintendent Dallas Dance took responsibility for problems that teachers have had accessing the new elementary school language arts curriculum, which has been frustrating hundreds, if not thousands, of teachers in the first month of school. The school system had begun rewriting the curriculum earlier this year to be aligned with the rigorous new standards known as the common core, but the system handed teachers the curriculum digitally a few days before school started. (Balt. Sun)

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Ft. McHenry to shutter amidst fed shutdown; Marylanders to lose millions in income

Sorry, kids. But your field trip could be one of the casualties of a government shutdown. Baltimore City school children won’t get to visit Fort McHenry on Tuesday if Congress cannot avert a planned partial shutdown of the federal government. Officials at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site in Towson are preparing to close the two landmarks to the public starting Tuesday if House Republicans and Senate Democrats can’t hammer out a last-minute budget compromise. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Threat of federal shutdown adds to Science Bowl delay

The threat of a federal shutdown dealt the final blow in the decision to postpone Prince George’s County’s elementary school Science Bowl competition, which had been scheduled to start Oct. 1. “We have never had to postpone before for any reason other than inclement weather,” said David Zahren, who is in his 28th year of hosting the program. Zahren said a couple factors forced the postponement, including a potential lack of judges. Some of the judges come from the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, a federal wildlife refuge. (Gazette)

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City starts school attendance campaign

In an effort to reduce truancy among Baltimore City schools, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the second annual Mayor’s School Attendance Campaign: It Takes a Baltimore Community to Raise a Child The initiative, announced during a visit to Frederick Elementary School, will award the school that shows the biggest improvement in attendance rates from last year to this year. (WMAR)

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Public forums on city superintendent search begin this week

Baltimore city educators, parents and members of the public will have the opportunity to sound off this week on what they're looking for in the next Baltimore city schools CEO during a series of public forums that will take place throughout the city.  The first, where Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will speak, is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Co. taking suggestions for name of new elementary school in Mays Chapel

With construction underway on the new elementary school at the site of Mays Chapel Park in Timonium, Baltimore County Public School officials are inviting the community to suggest a name for the school. (Patuxent)

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Baltimore Museum of Art wins $500,000 in federal grants

The Baltimore Museum of Art has won more than $500,000 in federal grants to be used for new initiatives at the attraction. A $275,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant will support a new presentation of the museum’s African art collection, scheduled to reopen in spring 2015 as part of a $28 million renovation at the BMA. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has granted the museum $147,000 toward BMA Go Mobile Africa, a website optimized for smartphones that provides content about the artwork on view, as well as video and audio interviews. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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