Reading Partners Teaches Baltimore City Students To Read

It’s a network of volunteers helping students learn to read in Baltimore City schools. Reading Partners is a children’s literacy program aimed at children from kindergarten to the 4th grade. “We work with community volunteers. We bring them into neighborhood schools to provide one-on-one tutoring for students in grades kindergarten through fourth to help them develop the skills they need to be strong successful readers,” said Jeffrey Zwillenberg, executive director of Reading Partners Baltimore. (WJZ-CBS)

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Hagerstown to establish youth advisory council

Hagerstown-area youths soon will have a seat at the table for making decisions and planning in the city. Not directly, but their input and opinions would be considered as part of a new advisory council proposed Tuesday and supported by the Hagerstown City Council. “I’m very proud of the fact the council supported me with this idea,” said Councilwoman Shelley McIntire, who proposed the concept for the Hagerstown Youth Advisory Council. “I think that we all want to see the youth have a voice, and it’s encouraging to know that they believe in a project like this,” she said. (Herald-Mail)

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Carroll County government partners with Carroll Community College to offer 'Carroll 101' class

Carroll County government and Carroll Community College are partnering up to offer a kind of Government 101 course for citizens interested in learning about Carroll County. The five-session course, Carroll 101, is a noncredit class that will be held in the spring from mid-February through mid-March, “with an agenda which promotes learning everything citizens wanted to know about local government but were afraid to ask,” according to a county government release. “The college is excited to partner with the county to offer Carroll 101 as a noncredit Continuing Education course open to the public,” said Karen Merkle, vice president continuing education and training this week. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Brightwood College Closes All Of Its Locations, Including Baltimore & Towson

Brightwood College abruptly closed all of its locations, leaving students at its Baltimore and Towson campuses wondering what will happen to them and their money. In a letter sent to students, it states that the Towson location will officially close on Friday, Dec. 7 The reasons give for the closure were that the Department of Education added requirements that made operating the schools “more challenging.” (WJZ-CBS)

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Speaker addresses vaping and 'Juuling' to Manchester students and parents

Robert Hackenson Jr. stood on the stage at Manchester Valley High School and directed a group of parents and teachers to perform a popular party trick. First they rotated their feet clockwise. Then, at the same time, they tried to draw a number six in the air. Despite their intentions, the laughing audience members found their feet circling counterclockwise. “You knew exactly what you wanted to do,” Hackenson said. “But along the way there was a disconnect.” The group of parents gathered in the Manchester Valley High School auditorium were there to learn more about vaping and “Juuling,” a type of e-cigarette use that parents and teachers say is widespread among teenagers. (Carr. Co. Times)

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December 5 // Maryland releases first star ratings for every public school; 60 percent earn four or five stars out of five

Maryland released its first star ratings for every public school in the state Tuesday, with results that gave a surprisingly large number of schools — 60 percent — four or five stars out of five. The new rating system, developed by state leaders over an intensive two-year process, is part of an accountability system required by the federal government under the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA as it is known. Schools are graded in a more holistic way, factoring in not just test scores but whether the school has a well-rounded curriculum and whether students are chronically absent. (Balt. Sun)

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Report: 60 percent of graduates sampled in Md. school system excessively absent

More than 60 percent of graduates in a Maryland school system had excessive unexcused absences in one or more required courses last school year, according to a random review of records — a problem that could have kept them from getting a diploma. A new analysis by state-hired investigators found that officials in Prince George’s County did not widely enforce attendance rules for the Class of 2018, even as they worked to shore up grading and transcript practices in the aftermath of a diploma scandal in Maryland’s second-largest school system, the report said. (Wash. Post)

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With three new members, Carroll County school board ready to get to work

In a packed Carroll County Public Schools board room, three people stood at the front, each taking a turn to raise their right hand. The three newest Board of Education members — Tara Battaglia, Patricia Ann Dorsey and Ken Kiler — each took about one minute to recite their oath, swearing them into the school board for the next four years. As each finished, the room broke out in applause. (Carr. Co. Times)

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