Baltimore County Interim Superintendent Verletta White files amended financial disclosure forms

Baltimore County Interim Schools Superintendent Verletta White has filed amended financial disclosure reports to show she worked as a consultant while holding her job as chief academic officer for the school system. White reported that she worked for Dulle Enterprises from 2013 through 2016, the last year for which she has filed a form with the school system’s ethics panel. The 2017 form is not due until April. (Balt. Sun)

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3 guns recovered at Baltimore City schools this year; BB gun found Thursday at an elementary school

On Thursday — one day after a shooting rampage in a Florida high school killed 17 — a student in Baltimore was caught with a BB gun at school. The scare prompted a lockdown at Pimlico Elementary/Middle School. While that student wasn’t carrying a real gun, there have been three incidents so far this school year in which a loaded weapon has been confiscated from a Baltimore city student on school grounds. (Balt. Sun)

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Howard schools in midst of security assessment

Following Wednesday’s mass shooting at a Florida high school, the leader of Howard County’s public schools released a statement reassuring parents of the school system’s commitment to security. The statement did not include any mention of increased security measures or change in school protocol in response to the shooting and was issued after a Thursday morning staff meeting to discuss security matters. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Ralph R. Fields, vice president of the old Baltimore International College, dies

Ralph R. Fields, a retired educator who had been vice president of the old Baltimore International College, died Wednesday from influenza at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. The Lutherville resident was 79. Ralph Rodney Fields who was the son of Ralph Raymond Fields, dean of the Teachers College at Columbia University, and Catherine Tinker Fields, a bookkeeper and real estate professional. (Balt. Sun)

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Wicomico parents ask schools for better response to bullying

In Guerrieri Hall at Wor-Wic Community College, parents, school officials and the community came together to talk about Bennett Middle School. Parents took their time standing up and recounting their children's stories about physical fights in the hallways or aggressive comments made in classrooms. Emotions swelled as parents said enough is enough and asked for solutions. What started as a conversation on concerns about safety and bullying in Bennett Middle, became an entire town hall on how to make all Wicomico County public schools a positive environment. (Daily Times)

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Frederick County schools report few bullying incidents

Frederick County Public Schools students experience far fewer bullying instances than the national average, according to district data reported to the state. During the 2016-2017 school year, 221 instances of bullying were reported across more than 60 schools. In a district with more than 41,000 students, that means less than one-half of 1 percent of students reported some form of bullying during the school year. (News-Post)

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Worcester Board of Education found in violation of open meeting laws

In response to a complaint, the Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board recently determined the Worcester County Board of Education violated four provisions of Maryland's Open Meetings Act. Open meeting laws are designed to provide broad public access to public records while respecting privacy rights of citizens and protecting legitimate government interests, according to the Maryland attorney general's website. (Daily Times)

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University students land social media marketing internships

Students at Frostburg State University are managing social media marketing campaigns for award-winning musicians thanks to an internship program created by bluegrass musician Del McCoury’s team at Rainmaker Music Management. “I always wanted an internship within the music industry,” Demetrius Farley, an FSU senior in mass communications with a focus in audio production, said. “So this is pretty much like the golden ticket.” (Times-News)

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