Washington Co. schools still looking to fill some teaching positions

With less than three weeks before classes start for Washington County students, most teaching vacancies have been filled. According to WCPS Communications Officer Erin Anderson, the district had five open teaching positions as of Tuesday, all of which were expected to be filled by the first day of class Sept. 4. Board of Education President Melissa Williams said she knew the number was in the single digits and interviews were being conducted. "I'm optimistic we will have all positions filled," she said. "It's rare that we don't." (Herald-Mail)

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August 15 // Maryland parts ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court amid football scandal

Amid reports of a toxic coaching culture, the University of Maryland has parted ways with football strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, athletic director Damon Evans announced at a news conference Tuesday. The dismissal comes less than a week after school sources told The Baltimore Sun that Court was among four staffers, including coach DJ Durkin, who were placed on administrative leave. (Balt. Sun)

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UMD football player who died didn't get proper care, preliminary investigation finds

University of Maryland President Wallace Loh and athletic director Damon Evans revealed preliminary findings regarding the death of student football player Jordan McNair at a press conference Tuesday. Evans said early stages of an internal investigation showed that McNair did not receive appropriate medical attention. Evidence shows training staff failed to follow an emergency response plan, take McNair's temperature, and apply any kind of cold water immersion treatments after McNair began showing signs of exhaustion. (Examiner)

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State doctor's group urges meningitis vaccine for University of Maryland students

The state’s largest doctor’s group called on the University of Maryland to require its students to get the meningitis B vaccine, joining other health advocates in making the request to Big Ten Conference schools. The Maryland State Medical Society, or MedChi, said the life-threatening condition can spread easily in dormitories, classrooms and places where students are in close quarters. (Balt. Sun)

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Mount St. Mary's to give reduced tuition to FCPS teachers

Mount St. Mary’s University announced Monday it will offer Frederick County Public Schools employees 20 percent off tuition starting this fall at its Frederick campus. FCPS employees — including teachers and non-educators — interested in pursuing accelerated undergraduate degrees, post-baccalaureate certificates and graduate degrees will benefit from the new agreement. Possible areas of study for FCPS employees might include undergraduate programs in elementary education and special education or master’s degrees in teaching or education in instructional leadership. (News-Post)

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Harford school board approves 10-cent increase in lunches, 15-cent increase for breakfast in 2018-19 school year

Increases in the price meals served to Harford County Public Schools students — 10 cents per lunch and 15 cents per breakfast — were approved by the Board of Education Monday evening. Breakfast prices will increase from $1.05 to $1.20 for the upcoming school year, which begins Sept. 4. Lunch for elementary school students will go from $2.20 to $2.30, and lunch for secondary students, those in middle and high school, will increase from $2.30 to $2.40. (Aegis)

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Anne Arundel students call on school officials, political leaders to address safety improvements

Mackenzie Boughey doesn’t want her school to resemble a jail. But she said something needs to change — and fast. The rising junior at Severn School has organized a roundtable discussion with state and local officials on Wednesday about improving school safety and gun reform. The discussion will focus on three areas: who should oversee and fund school safety changes, what specific safety measures should be made and the need for “common sense gun safety.” (Capital)

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BOE: Removing superintendent not easy task

Officials with the Allegany County Board of Educations said Tuesday that anyone wishing to potentially remove a superintendent of schools will find it is not an easy task. BOE President Sara-Beth Bittinger and board member Laurie Marchini, who are not seeking re-election after serving two terms, addressed current Superintendent of Schools David Cox's future at Tuesday's regular board meeting at the Central Office. (Times-News)

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