Howard school redistricting meetings set for September

Two community meetings regarding the upcoming middle school redistricting process are set for next month. The primary focus of the meetings will be the upcoming middle school redistricting process and the opening of the new middle school in Hanover. The new school is set to open in August 2014, which is also when any approved redistricting would go into effect. (Patuxent)

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Councilman Guthrie and Edgewood Leader Gear Up for Legal Action Against Harford Schools’ Pay-to-Play Fees and Cuts to School Bus Service

Gearing up for legal action against Harford County Public Schools, County Councilman Dion Guthrie and Edgewood Community Council Chairman Jansen Robinson held a meeting in Edgewood to gather potential testimony from parents harmed by the implementation of pay-to-play fees and cuts to school bus service in the school year just underway. Guthrie and Robinson said they have secured legal counsel with plans for a class action to halt both measures through a petition for preliminary injunction to be filed as early as Friday. (Dagger)

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August 28 // Number of Md. schools getting top rating falls

Maryland saw a dramatic decrease in the number of its elementary schools that received the highest rating for academic progress under a tough new school ranking system, according to results the state released Tuesday. (Balt. Sun)

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MSA science test scores mixed for younger students

The latest state test scores indicate a mixed bag of results for some Maryland elementary and middle school students, and how they're performing in science. The latest test scores come on the second day of a brand-new school year, showing the state still has a lot of work to do, especially in the early grades, but top school officials said they have a reason to remain optimistic. (WBAL-TV)

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Board finalizes details of proposed school-mitigation policy

The Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday ironed out final details of a proposed amendment to a county ordinance that would create a standardized formula for determining school-mitigation costs imposed on developers. (Herald-Mail)

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Montgomery County students improve ACT scores

Montgomery County Public Schools’ latest batch of graduates who took the ACT college entrance exam scored higher in each of the test’s four areas compared to last year’s students and beat both state and national average scores. (Gazette)

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Prince George’s sees some improvements on state science tests

Science scores on Maryland’s standardized tests improved in nearly 50 percent of the 165 elementary and middle schools in Prince George’s County where fifth and eighth graders were given the exams last spring. While the county continues to make modest gains, it still remains near the bottom in state test scores in reading, math and science. (Wash. Post)

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Harford councilman, citizens, work to stop school fees, bus consolidations

The 2013-2014 school year began Monday, and Harford County Public Schools officials proceeded with their implementation of fees for playing sports and participating in extracurricular activities and their adjustments to school bus routes countywide. A county councilman and some of his fellow citizens, however, are seeking ways to stop them from going further. (Balt. Sun)

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