Washington Co. schools increases focus on safety, security for upcoming school year

There has been a sharper focus on school safety in the past few months since the Parkland, Fla., mass shooting Feb. 14. The cause hit closer to home for Washington County residents following the shooting at Great Mills High School in southern Maryland on March 20. As the 2018-19 school year approaches, Washington County Public Schools is taking more steps to help ensure the safety of students and staff at the district's 47 school buildings. (Herald-Mail)

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Parents of Maryland players seem mostly supportive of DJ Durkin, saying team culture was tough but not 'toxic'

Parents of University of Maryland football players met for nearly 90 minutes Saturday morning with athletic director Damon Evans, and many stayed around to talk with university president Wallace D. Loh and members of the commission hired by the school to look into media reports of a “toxic” culture in the program’s two seasons under coach DJ Durkin. The meeting was the first for parents with Evans since shortly after offensive lineman Jordan McNair died June 13 from heatstroke suffered during a May 29 conditioning test. (Balt. Sun)

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Md. law schools see higher enrollment despite being more selective

Both Maryland law schools are welcoming larger classes of students this fall, signaling a renewed interest among prospective lawyers that wavered in recent years. As of last week, the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law had deposits from 221 students, compared to 211 deposits at the same time last year. The final enrollment number last fall was 207, according to figures provided by the school. (Daily Record)

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Goucher College freshmen move into new digs amid changes

Pushing cardboard carts brimming with their belongings, Goucher College’s newest students arrived on campus Saturday amid sweeping changes to the college’s campus and academic programs. Two of the three dorms in the “First-year Village” opened their doors for the first time this week to welcome residents, days after the college announced it would eliminate a number of majors and minors to reallocate resources to more popular programs. (Balt. Sun)

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A first look inside the brand-new Butterfly Ridge Elementary

Within the boundaries of the city of Frederick, the brand-new Butterfly Ridge Elementary School is situated in one of the fastest-growing areas in the county. The school will open its doors to teachers for classroom setup on Monday ahead of its first-ever first day of school in September. The Butterfly Ridge Elementary community will be known as the Trail Blazers, and the school’s logo features its initials in front of a green and yellow mountain design. (News-Post)

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New Harford superintendent urges early discussions on budget, seeks community input

Sean Bulson, the new superintendent of Harford County Public Schools, is filling composition notebooks weeks before the new school year begins. Those notebooks are full of information and ideas, none more important than getting an early start on developing the next fiscal year’s budget, that he wants to incorporate as he leads the school system forward. (Aegis)

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August 17 // Kirwan commission wrangles over who will oversee increased education funding, school reform

As the Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education moved closer to recommending billion-dollar increases in K-12 funding along with major structural changes, commission Chairman Brit Kirwan again stressed his repeated calls for accountability. “This accountability has to be real and it has to have teeth,” said Kirwan, former chancellor of the university system. Kirwan said he has been advised by many people across the state that “without a credible accountability system,” the commission’s final recommendations are likely to fail. (Md. Reporter)

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Montgomery Co. to name new school after Bayard Rustin, civil rights leader

In September, Montgomery County, Maryland, will open a new elementary school named for Bayard Rustin, a not oft remembered leader who played a pivotal role in the burgeoning civil rights era. Rustin helped spark a movement that would change the course of American history — even if his name might not be as instantly recognizable as others in the civil rights movement. He was an adviser and an intellectual who, unlike some of his fellow organizers, kept a relatively low profile. (WTOP)

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