Baltimore students' generosity inspires others, prompts fundraiser to pay for college field trips

City Springs Elementary/Middle School students taught Baltimore a lesson in empathy. Now, some in the city are looking to give back to the students. At a school with one of the highest poverty rates in Baltimore, a group of eighth graders launched a fundraiser last month for victims of Hurricane Harvey. After raising $1,000, the story of their generosity went viral and more donations poured in. City Springs students have since tripled the amount of money they plan to donate to the American Red Cross. (Balt. Sun)

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2018 Maryland Assistant Principal of the Year named at Glenwood Middle

For a quarter of a century, Debra O’Byrne has been a teacher and assistant principal in the Howard County Public School System. This month, O’Byrne, Glenwood Middle School’s assistant principal, was named the 2018 Maryland Assistant Principal of the Year and is in the running for a national award. “I was very shocked and surprised,” said O’Byrne, a Woodbine resident. “It’s a true honor to represent the students, staff and parents of Glenwood.” (Ho. Co. Times)

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Students, adults injure two staff members at Edmondson-Westside High School, official says

Two people were arrested Wednesday in connection with an after-school confrontation earlier this week inside Edmondson-Westside High School that left two staff members injured, a school official said. Edie House-Foster, school system spokeswoman, said a group of eight students and adults entered the high school after dismissal on Monday and “physically confronted staff members.” She did not identify the staff members or specify their injuries. “Two staff members were injured and subsequently received medical attention,” House-Foster said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with them for their speedy recovery.” (Balt. Sun)

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Howard County arts, cultural groups receive grant funding

The Howard County Arts Council is awarding more than $580,000 in matching grants to 46 arts and cultural organizations in 2018. Grants were made based on artistic merit, the applicant’s ability to complete their project and their community service. The council’s board of directors reviewed and approved this year’s grants, which were announced last month. The Community Arts Development grant was awarded to 22 arts organizations in the county, totaling more than $327,000. The grant funds daily activities and special projects. (Columbia Flier)

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October 11 // Kirwan education commission hashing out recommendations, including universal pre-kindergarten

The Kirwan Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education on Thursday will continue hashing out its recommendations for improving Maryland public schools and revising the funding formulas to pay for them — such as a proposal for universal pre-kindergarten. The commission, chaired by former University System Chancellor Brit Kirwan, will cap off the day with a long public hearing that has 60 people signed up to testify in Baltimore. (Md. Reporter)

 

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Baltimore school system joins Urban School Food Alliance

Baltimore public schools are among the latest to join a national coalition working to improve the quality of food served to students. The Urban School Food Alliance announced Tuesday that Baltimore and two other large school districts have joined their program. The alliance works to use its collective purchasing power to drive up food standards and keep costs down. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County public school board meets to discuss removal of Jewish holidays from school calendar

Baltimore County Public Schools are considering whether to remove two Jewish holidays from the school calendar. The consideration is stirring up strong opinions from the Jewish community and others who say the calendar should be inclusive for everyone. During a Tuesday night hearing, board members got an earful from parents and community leaders. (WJZ-TV)

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Montgomery County school board again seeking leniency from governor on academic calendar mandate

The Montgomery County school board will send Gov. Larry Hogan a letter about their struggles with the academic calendar. Again. The board voted 6-2 Tuesday to ask Gov. Larry Hogan to relax an executive order that schools begin classes after Labor Day and end by June 15. The school board is urging him to push back the mandated end of the school year statewide to June 22. (Bethesda)

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