After school board member resigns, Indian River seeks candidates to fill spot

The Indian River School District is seeking candidates to fill the open board seat for District 5. The move comes after Douglas Hudson, who previously held the District 5 seat, resigned effective at the Nov. 27 board meeting. District 5 runs from the Maryland-Delaware border up to Dagsboro. It goes to the extreme western edge of the district in Gumboro and east to Roxana. Perspective candidates will interview with the board, and the board will select one member to serve until June 30, 2018. In May, there will be a school board race in District 5. The person who wins that election will serve from July 1, 2018, until June 30, 2019, to finish up Hudson's five-year term. (Daily Times)

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November 29 // Community members speak in defense of city schools recommended for closure

Standing outside the Baltimore city school district headquarters Tuesday, dozens of students and parents protested the recommended closure of William Pinderhughes Elementary/Middle School. During a 2½-hour school board meeting immediately following the protest, hundreds more residents showed up to make their case against shutting down their school in West Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, along with others throughout the city. (Balt. Sun)

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Legal challenge to transgender policy in Maryland school system withdrawn

A Maryland family that sued over school measures to protect transgender students has dropped the lawsuit, citing stress and potential humiliation that stemmed from the legal action. That means a district policy described by advocates as among the most progressive in the state will remain intact. The legal battle started after the school board in Frederick County, an exurb of Washington, voted in June to adopt a comprehensive policy on school practices that affect transgender students. (Wash. Post)

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Superintendent: WCPS faces 'very desperate budget situation' without funding increase

Washington County Public Schools might be forced to consider workforce cuts in the coming fiscal year without additional funding support, schools Superintendent Boyd Michael said Tuesday. Speaking before the Washington County Board of Commissioners, Michael said the district is facing a "very desperate budget situation" next year in light of rising health care and other costs combined with minimal funding increases from the county and state. (Herald-Mail)

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Board of Education gives unanimous support to six-year school construction plan

The Montgomery County school board Monday night signed off on a $1.83 billion school construction plan that calls for reopening Woodward High School in Rockville, expanding John. F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring and building a new high school in Gaithersburg. Board members said the proposal does a good job of stretching limited dollars to address capacity and renovation needs across the school system. However, they recognized that many community members will still view the six-year capital funding program with disappointment. (Bethesda)

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Parent reactions to halt of Baltimore field trips mixed

Parents of some students in Carroll County Public Schools think the school system is overreacting by barring field trips to Baltimore for the foreseeable future, while others applauded the decision in an effort to keep students safe. While waiting to pick up his child from Sandymount Elementary School on Tuesday, parent Jeff Findlay said he understands that safety is important, but Baltimore has a lot to offer. Findlay said he would take his child to the Maryland Science Center “in a heartbeat.” (Carr. Co. Times)

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Elementary-age students in Rockville get new school assignments

A map that took weeks to finalize, sparked community debate about student poverty rates and cost at least one school board member some sleep finally won approval on Monday night. The attendance plan will bring students from Beall, Ritchie Park and College Gardens elementary schools to the new Rockville elementary school, scheduled to open in September 2018. The proposal will leave untouched the boundaries for Twinbrook Elementary School, where student reassignments could’ve jeopardized the school’s Title I status. (Bethesda)

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HCC to host public forums as it starts search for next president

Hagerstown Community College is beginning a nationwide search for its new president by turning to those who know the Washington County school best. The college will host three one-hour open forums next week to give HCC faculty and staff members, as well as local residents, a chance to weigh in on the qualities, characteristics and qualifications they hope to see in the next president, according to an HCC news release. (Herald-Mail)

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