Washington Co. school board considers upping budget for travel expenses

The amount of money budgeted for travel expenses for members of the Washington County Board of Education might be reviewed to see if it should be increased, according to school system officials. The subject arose after school board spending exceeded the budgeted amount in the 2012-13 fiscal year. (Herald-Mail)

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UMES jobs to go?

Food service operations could transfer from in-house to a private administrator that, in turn, would decide the employment fate of up to 80 workers at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The university is gearing up to issue requests for proposals to measure the cost-effectiveness of placing a private-sector vendor in charge of operations and management of all food-service activities on campus. (Daily Times)

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Around Crofton: Kindergartners set out to break reading record

 

The 90 kindergarten students who attend Crofton Elementary School, along with most of the kindergarteners in Anne Arundel County, set out to break a world record last week when millions of people around the globe celebrated literacy by reading the same book on the same day. Created by Jumpstart, a national early education organization, the “Read for the Record” program was first started in 2006 to highlight the need for quality early education in America. (Gazette)

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Oct. 8 // Maryland universities unnecessarily duplicated the programs of black colleges, court rules

A federal judge ruled Monday that Maryland hasn't done enough to help the state's four historically black colleges and universities overcome segregation-era policies that required separate programs for white and black students. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake found that state universities have continued to unnecessarily duplicate the programs of the four historically black institutions, violating the constitutional rights of those students. Plaintiffs had argued that the historically black colleges were hurt because neighboring institutions offered similar programs, siphoning away students. (Balt. Sun)

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Community embraces Dunbar athletic facility amid blighted neighborhood 

Baltimore has its own real-life version of the cinematic triumph “Field of Dreams” playing out on the East Side this year. The first full season of action on the redeveloped football field at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School has sparked a rebirth of hope and pride at the campus, bringing the Poets’ maroon and gold to a new level of gridiron gravitas. “We went from zero to world class,” Lawrence Smith, head football coach at Dunbar, said of the string of sold-out games at the new facility at Latrobe Homes, the public housing projects on Aisquith and Eager streets. (Daily Record)

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Rawlings-Blake Tackles Dropout Rates At The Elementary Level

A recent study of dropouts in Baltimore shows that for those who drop out, absences begin in elementary school. In Baltimore, 15 percent of elementary school kids miss more than 20 days a year. So the mayor is using the celebrity of being mayor “to encourage the students to come to school every day on time,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. “Reaching numbers such as 98-99 percent daily attendance, they get it,” said Mark Gaither, Wolfe Academy principal. But even with such high numbers, the mayor tells these kids there is a city wide contest for the school that shows the best improvement in attendance. (WJZ)

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High rates of exam failure in Montgomery lead to action plans, school by school

Each of Montgomery County’s 25 high schools has created an action plan to identify and support students who need help in math, as part of an effort designed to boost student success overall and improve grades on final exams. Christopher Garran, associate superintendent for high schools, said that in creating action plans each of the county’s high schools has examined data and specifically “named names” of students who need support. Schools provide assistance in a variety of ways: lunchtime tutoring, after-school help, Saturday school. In some cases, students who excel in math may provide one-on-one sessions with struggling students; mostly, teachers do. (Wash. Post)

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Studio helps fill creative void for Prince George's students

What started as informal field trips for free art programs is growing into a multi-elementary school initiative: Art School After School. The after-school program shares the creative talents of a Mount Rainier art school with public schools across Prince George’s County. Abigail Lafertte sponsors the after-school Creative and Performing Arts Club at Thomas Stone Elementary School in Mount Rainier. She said she used to take the club members to the Art Works Studio School to take part in the classes. The nonprofit art school regularly provides free art programs, which were just what the students needed, she said. (Gazette)

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