Baltimore city schools host panel discussion after viral videos of students assaulting teachers

Students walking through the doors of Baltimore City Public schools come as-is. So when some students carry trauma or lack the social tools to manage feelings of anger or rage, it is the entire community’s responsibility to find solutions that keep teachers and students safe. That was the sentiment a panel of six community and school district representatives shared Monday night at the district administrative building with a room of about 100 concerned community members, faculty, parents and students. In recent weeks, three viral videos of students physically harming teachers in the Baltimore City Public School District have drawn outrage from community members. (Balt. Sun)

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New Howard school board members praised for their 'incredible energy'

Howard County welcomed four new school board members Monday afternoon. All said they are prepared to get to work and contribute to making decisions for the state’s sixth-largest school system and one of the highest achieving in the nation, based on test scores. Vicky Cutroneo, Jen Mallo, Sabina Taj and Chao Wu, the top four winners in last month’s election, were sworn in before the school board’s regularly scheduled meeting. They will tackle a variety of issues, including alleviating classroom crowding, building new schools, closing academic achievement gaps, and investing in more social and emotional safety measures for students. (Ho. Co. Times)

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Sykesville Middle School student collecting coats for charity

Ten-year-old Enya Sliwinski dropped 111 coats to the Second Chances free store in Westminster last week as part of her second annual One Warm Coat drive. One Warm Coat is a national nonprofit organization that has raised more than five million coats since its inception in 1992 — and the Sykesville Middle School student donated 287 coats and $500 of her $500 goal to Carroll County and Baltimore residents in need last year. (Carr. Co. Times)

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December 3 // What you need to know about Maryland's new school star rating system

Maryland is introducing a new school accountability system on Tuesday that gives parents, students and teachers a way to easily tell how well their school is doing. For the first time the public won’t have to wade through a mass of numbers on different places in the state’s website to see how well their school is performing. Instead, schools will get a star and a percentile rating. The online location of the rating system will be announced Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know about the rating system. (Balt. Sun)

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After lawsuit, complaints from women, University of Maryland School of Medicine announces sweeping changes

The University of Maryland School of Medicine announced a sweeping initiative Friday that aims to change the culture in the institution, which took a public bruising recently from allegations that officials there failed to create an equitable environment for women. The school is promoting several women to executive leadership positions, creating a committee to make more recommendations and assess progress, and launching an email box for anyone to raise concerns or ask questions under the initiative called “Program in Cultural Transformation.” (Balt. Sun)

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Rice says Kirwan Commission headed in right direction, but Hogan must be willing to pay for proposed reforms

Montgomery County Council member Craig Rice says he remains optimistic about the direction taken by Maryland’s Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, also known as the Kirwan Commission. But he warns the state legislature and Gov. Larry Hogan (R) must find a way to pay for any reforms proposed by the commission chaired by William E. Kirwan, chancellor emeritus of the University System of Maryland. (Bethesda)

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Group calls on Anne Arundel school board pick to step down over controversial Facebook posts

More than a dozen newly elected public officials and community leaders want Robert Leib to withdraw from the Anne Arundel County school board days before he is set to be sworn in next week. In a letter sent to Leib Thursday afternoon, the group cited a collection of Leib’s Facebook posts as giving the perception he is biased against African Americans, immigrants, Muslims and members of the LGBTQ community. (Capital)

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Anne Arundel Community College professor awaits green light on medical marijuana program

An Anne Arundel Community College professor is getting closer to introducing a certification program he hopes will prepare students for jobs in the medical marijuana industry, the first of its kind in Maryland, he said. Shad Ewart, chair of the Department of Business Management at Anne Arundel Community College, proposed the program earlier this year, with the goal of preparing students for entry-level jobs in the medical cannabis industry. (Capital)

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