More Prince George’s students passed AP exams while SAT scores dipped slightly

More students in Prince George’s County passed Advanced Placement exams this year while SAT scores dropped slightly as the number of students taking the college admission test increased, according to data recently released by school officials. “This is good news and it demonstrates that we are moving towards our goal of ensuring that students graduate college- and career-ready,” said Schools Chief Executive Officer Kevin Maxwell in a statement. (Wash. Post)

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City officials address school safety fixes, problems

Because of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut nearly a year ago, Baltimore City schools have added security requirements that school personnel must perform, but it's a different story when it comes to technology that could save lives. Before the City Council's public safety committee, city schools interim CEO Tisha Edwards listed new security requirements for each school. (WBAL-TV)

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Comments roll in with support for Montgomery proposal to give teens more sleep

Montgomery County’s proposal to change the hours of high school days is attracting a daily stream of e-mailed opinions, with a large number favoring the changes intended to give teenagers more time to sleep. John Matthews, who led a district-created work group studying Montgomery’s bell times, said this week that he has read all the comments submitted — several hundred so far — and has generally observed support for the idea. Among those who objected, he said, many took issue with the proposal’s effect on elementary school hours. (Wash. Post)

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Maryland college students graduate with an average of $26K in loans

Maryland college students are graduating with relatively modest debt burdens compared with those in other states. But that might not be any consolation for students who are entering the work force with student loan debt equivalent to the price of a brand-new car. The average debt for students who graduated in Maryland in 2012 is $25,951, according to a report from the Institute for College Access & Success. That puts Maryland in the middle of the pack, ranking 26th in the amount of debt its students carry coming out of college. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Guthrie discusses future budget scenarios during Carroll board work session

Closing Outdoor School, restructuring school media centers and reducing teacher and support staff positions are back on the table this upcoming budget cycle, pending county and state revenue received by Carroll County Public Schools for Fiscal Year 2015, according to Superintendent of Schools Steve Guthrie. “We’re back to the same configurations, unless you want to do something radical,” Guthrie told the Board of Education Wednesday afternoon. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Unions Of Support Staff, Teachers Kick Off Annual Negotiations With Calvert County School Board

Salary increases and more work time are two of the biggest requests Calvert’s support staff and teachers’ unions will discuss with the Calvert County Board of Education during their annual negotiations, which are open to the public and began Monday. Calvert Association of Educational Support Staff salary negotiations started this week, and the Calvert Education Association will begin its negotiations next week. (Gazette)

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Prince George’s Board Of Education Seat Continues To Remain Vacant

It took Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) less than a month to select Lyn Mundey to fill the school board seat vacated by Carletta Fellows (District 7) earlier this year. After Donna Hathaway-Beck (District 9) resigned in late August, Baker quickly started accepting applications. Christian Rhodes, his education adviser, said at the time that the county executive planned to make an appointment by the end of September. Three months later, the seat remains empty. (Wash. Post)

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Citizens Against Trash Club To Team Up With Meadowvale Elem. Students To Make Havre de Grace Litter Free

No one wants to live in a dirty city and at least one group is working to make sure that holds true for Havre de Grace residents. The Citizens Against Trash (CAT) Club is teaming up with students from Meadowvale Elementary School to pick up trash and litter at Tydings Park on Saturday. Al Peteraf, a member of the club, said they are expecting at least a half dozen students who are members of the school's Patriots Club, a civic group for boys and girls who volunteer around the city. (Balt. Sun)

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