October 16 // In Prince George’s, a battle over whether developers must fund school construction

In the final months of his eight-year tenure, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III is battling with the County Council over legislation that touches on two of the county’s most hotly debated issues: education and development. The back-and-forth, which led Baker to issue his third-ever veto, began last month, when the council approved a bill allowing it to waive a school facilities surcharge for some residential developers. Supporters say such waivers would spur development in areas where long-vacant buildings have frustrated lawmakers and residents alike. (Wash. Post)

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Anne Arundel County school board candidate defends donation from cell tower company

A county school board candidate’s campaign contributions have reignited tensions over cellphone towers, ahead of a forum for District 5 nominees. Current board vice president Terry Gilleland accepted a $500 contribution from cellphone tower company Milestone Tower Limited Partnership III in January, according to campaign finance documents. Gilleland said the company made the contribution out of support for his platform. (Capital)

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Maryland’s second JA Finance Park to open Tuesday in Silver Spring school

Less than a week after the ribbon cutting for the Thomas Edison High School of Technology, the school will be highlighted again this week as a key feature of the technical school holds its grand opening. The Junior Achievement Finance Park, located on the third floor of the high school, will officially open Tuesday with a 3 p.m. ceremony. (Bethesda)

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FCC board of trustees chair says she didn’t know about Burmaster’s alleged history of abuse

Frederick Community College President Elizabeth “Libby” Burmaster has a history of behavioral allegations dating back to 1994, a recent investigation by The Frederick News-Post found. Numerous parents, families, teachers and faculty members have complained over the years, but these complaints did not surface when the FCC search committee was researching and selecting a new president in 2014. (News-Post)

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Jill Barnes has a big idea to bring literacy help to students

Unlocking the key to a child’s ability to read is always a new problem to solve, said Jill Barnes, literary specialist at Valley Elementary School in Jefferson. After a brainstorming session and years of training as a literacy specialist, Barnes has a plan to bring resources and tools directly to students struggling with literacy during the summer months. She proposed a first-of-its-kind Frederick County Mobile Literacy Clinic as part of the Dream Big Challenge, a $100,000 grant for teachers. (News-Post)

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Patricia L. 'Pat' Skebeck, longtime Harford County public school educator, dies

Patricia L. “Pat” Skebeck, a longtime influential Harford County public schools educator who was an inveterate Ravens and Orioles fan, died Thursday from cancer at her Kingsville home. She was 75. “Pat was one of those kinds of people who really made good decisions with the kids in mind. It was always the kids first,” said Peg Goodson, of Bel Air, a retired Harford County public schools educator and administrator. (Balt. Sun)

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October 15 // Post-U. Md. poll: Maryland parents say crowded classrooms are a problem

More than 6 in 10 Maryland parents with children 18 or younger believe crowded classrooms are a problem in their schools, according to a new poll that also shows substantial concern about low test scores and overtesting. Even so, a majority of voters rate their county’s public schools as good or excellent, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll. Voters in some suburbs of Washington — including Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel counties — are especially upbeat about their schools: Roughly 8 in 10 give them positive marks. (Wash. Post)

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UMBC president: 'We need to do much more' regarding sexual assault on campus

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County needs to do “much more” personal outreach in the aftermath of a lawsuit alleging the cover-up of sexual assaults on campus, university President Freeman Hrabowski III said Friday during an interview with The Baltimore Sun’s editorial board. “I'm saying, straight up, we need to do much more. I’m saying that, while we thought we were doing the right things with the legal side, we had not really addressed [the] human side” of Title IX, Hrabowski said. (Balt. Sun)

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