‘We Want Resolution … As Badly as Students And Staff and Parents Do’

School system officials are asking for the community’s patience and support following the criminal indictment of a James M. Bennett High School guidance counselor. At the start of last week’s Wicomico County Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Donna Hanlin addressed the public’s concerns regarding charges against James M. Bennett High School guidance counselor Allen Edward Mitchell, 32, of Fruitland. Mitchell was arrested on multiple charges in January after it was alleged he engaged in several instances of sexual misconduct with minors, to include the criminal use of social media apps, according to an initial statement from the Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center. (Dispatch)

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D.C. Council rejects reprieve for students ineligible for School Without Walls

D.C. lawmakers Tuesday rejected an effort to provide a reprieve to hundreds of students who applied to one of the city’s most selective public high schools but were disqualified because of a mistake by city officials. The unsuccessful legislation by D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Robert C. White Jr. (D-At Large) came 10 days after city officials acknowledged they scuttled a plan a to diversify the applicant pool at School Without Walls High School because they failed to properly announce new admission requirements. (Wash. Post)

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Baltimore County school board expected to give teachers raises when it votes on budget Tuesday night

Baltimore County’s school board is expected to approve a spending plan Tuesday night that includes pay raises for employees, a move that is likely to strain an already tight county budget. “We stand united in our desire to prioritize investing in our employees,” School Board Chair Kathleen Causey said in a statement Monday. Causey said the board intends to give teachers both their step increases and a cost-of-living increase, but may cut technology, travel and administrative budgets. Interim Superintendent Verletta White has proposed some reductions in technology spending, but Causey said the board may go further by buying less expensive laptops and reducing the one-to-one ratio of laptops to students. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford school board increases budget request by $5 million to $472.7 million for FY2020

The Harford County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to increase its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2020 by $5 million and submit a request to the county executive for $472,678,414. It would be $15 million more than this fiscal year’s budget. If the total budget request is funded by Harford County Executive Barry Glassman and approved by the Harford County Council, the entire additional $5 million would be used to restore about 70 instructional positions, according to an amendment introduced by board vice president Laura Runyeon. (Balt, Sun)

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Dozens of Hopkins faculty members sign letter opposing private police force

More than 60 Johns Hopkins University faculty members have signed a letter in opposition to proposed state legislation that authorizes the school to create a campus police force. The faculty members wrote that a police force employed by the university would be “undemocratic” and “antagonistic” with Baltimore’s nonwhite population. The introduction of new armed police officers, they wrote, could pose an increased safety risk and “inevitably amplify the climate of fear and justify their roles by citing stops, arrests, and detainments.” (Wash. Post)

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'Students want to have a say,' says Anne Arundel school board's youngest-ever vice president

Baltimore schools' vocational programs fail to live up to promise, report says

Baltimore’s school system has long described its vocational programs — which can allow students to earn industry-recognized certifications along with a high school diploma — as a clear path to solid employment. They celebrate teenagers who learn to style hair, fix cars and build furniture while still in school. But in reality, a new report says, these Career and Technical Education — or CTE — programs don’t live up to their promise. (Balt. Sun)

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Students Fight To Bring Clean Energy To Maryland

Students from all over Maryland hit Annapolis by storm Monday to fight for laws to protect the environment. The students believe that clean energy will bring jobs and money to Maryland. The energy was contagious at the House of Delegates in Annapolis. Young advocates are supporting the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Act and they said that it’s now or never to change the way we see our environment. (WJZ-CBS)

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