Anne Arundel considering $500 gift cards to help new teachers pay for school supplies

A federal study found that school teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money on school supplies — a fact Anne Arundel County hopes to mitigate with $500 gift cards to new teachers. The proposal is expected to cost $300,000 and would be managed by the 21st Century Education Foundation. Details of the program — how it would be monitored and managed — are not available yet as the county is waiting until the money is approved before finishing the paperwork. If approved by the County Council, the gift cards could help attract teachers and offset costs, said Amalie Brandenburg, County Executive Steve Schuh’s education officer. (Capital)

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Superintendent George Arlotto gets another four years with Anne Arundel schools

The Board of Education unanimously approved a new four-year contract for Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto on Wednesday evening. The board reappointed Arlotto to the position in February, contingent on the contract negotiation and the approval of the state superintendent — which the system received. Arlotto’s salary for his first year under the new contract will be $269,000. His new term begins July 1. His current salary is $259,996, according to schools spokesman Bob Mosier. He can get raises along with other 12-month executive staff, or Unit VI, employees. (Capital)

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Carroll school board continues work on strategic plan, discusses goals and measures for student success

The Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education continued paring down its strategic plan, focusing this week on setting baselines, ways of measuring and determining appropriate goals. “If we can agree on the what, then moving forward we can begin to plug in the baseline for where we currently are then we can establish those growth goals,” Greg Bricca, CCPS director of research and accountability, told the board at Wednesday’s meeting. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Carroll County teachers and farmers concerned about FY19 budget

Teachers and farmers made up the majority of Carroll County residents who came out Tuesday night, May 15 to fight for fiscal year 2019 funding despite a torrential rainstorm that began when the public budget hearing began. At least one-third of the attendees represented educators, 20 out of a crowd of about 60, and spoke out against the $4 million gap between what the county will award Carroll County Public Schools and what the Board of Education has requested. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Manchester Valley officially named one of two Green Ribbon Schools in the state

A Carroll County school was officially honored with the 2018 Green Ribbon Schools Award this week. The U.S. Department of Education announced that two Maryland schools have received the award, according to a news release from the Maryland State Department of Education. Manchester Valley High School and Newport Middle School in Montgomery County received the honor, according to the release, and were among 46 schools across the nation to receive the award, along with six districts and six postsecondary institutions. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Bill Cosby's honorary degrees in crosshairs of UMES, other schools

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and two other state universities are recommending the University System of Maryland revoke Bill Cosby's honorary degrees.   The Princess Anne, Maryland-based school, University of Baltimore and University of Maryland, College Park are all recommending Cosby's honorary degrees be revoked. This follows the comedian's sexual assault retrial, where he was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault on April 26. Cosby received an honorary degree of humane letters from UMES on May 17, 1998, at a commencement ceremony in Salisbury at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, UMES spokesman Bill Robinson said via email. (Daily Times)

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First Amendment comes to life at Long Reach High School

When it came to choosing a topic for his entry in C-SPAN’s national student documentary contest, Long Reach High School sophomore Eli Kuperman thought about showing the ways the Constitution related to his life, settling on a provision that he said allows “me to be me”— freedom of speech. “The First Amendment encompasses a lot of the rights to be your own person,” Eli said. Eli’s entry, focusing on U.S. Supreme Court cases that paved the way for student free speech in schools, was one of 150 honored by the cable television public affairs channel, which received 2,985 middle- and high-school student contest submissions. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford schools superintendent candidate David Ring meets community

David C. Ring Jr. considers three things as “absolutely pertinent” in being a successful school leader — building relationships with all parties within and without a school system, networking within one’s community and visibility. “People need to know who you are ... they want to match a name with a face, they want to hear from you, they want to see you,” Ring said. Ring, one of two finalists for superintendent of Harford County Public Schools, met with representatives of multiple community groups Tuesday afternoon and evening in the Board of Education meeting room in the A.A. Roberty Building, the HCPS headquarters, in Bel Air. (Aegis)

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