Culture clash comes before administrative judge with U.S. Naval Academy set to defend firing of Bruce Fleming

In hindsight, Bruce Fleming says, the Speedo photo was open to misinterpretation. The English professor and ex-model sent his youthful glamour shot to midshipmen in an all-male class at the U.S. Naval Academy. Fleming says he tried to make relevant the 200-year-old poem “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and the theme of reality vs. an ideal. Instead, the photo became evidence for Navy commanders to finally fire the longtime civilian rabble-rouser. Fleming, 64, will argue for reinstatement before an administrative judge Wednesday in Philadelphia. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Department Of Education Names ‘Teachers Of The Year’

The Maryland Department of Education puts its best teachers forward Tuesday, announcing the Teachers of the Year. Each of 24 teachers represents their local district. “They have been selected from Maryland’s very best,” said State Superintendent Karen Salmon. “And will spend the year as teacher ambassadors representing teachers throughout Maryland.” Baltimore Teacher of the Year Kyair Butts said he is motivated by the need for equity in school systems. (WJZ-TV)

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Howard schools add nine locations for free summer meals program

With the end of the school year approaching, the Howard County Public School System is ramping up its free weekday lunch program to provide meals to children over the summer with 15 locations this year, compared to last year’s six. The additional nine locations are “in response to the high demand and to support families with limited access to transportation,” according to the school system. The program, which begins June 25, addresses the need to fill the nutritional gap some children may face when school is not in session. The free meals will be served at 12 county schools and three community locations. (Ho. Co. Times)

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What will the SAT's 'adversity score' mean for Baltimore students?

When Victoria Bruton was growing up, she regularly heard guns firing outside her East Baltimore home as she tried doing her homework. In spite of the violence and poverty swirling around her, Bruton became the valedictorian of Carver Vocational Technical High School’s 2018 class. She excelled in the classroom — but her dedication and smarts didn’t translate to her SAT score, which data shows is correlated with family wealth. Bruton scored about 100 points below the state average on the high-stakes college admissions exam. (Balt. Sun)

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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing adds degree program for lucrative nurse anesthetist roles

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is adding a new study track for its students who want to be trained in nurse anesthesiology, one of the most lucrative roles in the field. The nursing school plans to launch the new option starting in May 2020, as part of the advanced practice track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program. The new program will include a 36-month course of study, and students who successfully complete the program will earn their doctorate degree and be prepared to apply for certification as a registered nurse anesthetist, or CRNA. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore City third in U.S. for per-pupil spending; Baltimore County drops out of top 10

Baltimore City Public Schools continue to rank among the highest spenders in the U.S. on a per-student basis, placing third among the 100 biggest school systems during fiscal year 2017. City schools spent $16,184 per pupil, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau, up 6.7% from last year when the school system ranked fifth nationally. Baltimore City is the 40th-largest elementary and secondary public school district in the U.S. with 82,354 students. Four Maryland school districts ranked among the top 10 nationally, compared to five a year ago. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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MCPS Reviewing Policy To Screen for Potentially Violent Students

The Montgomery County Board of Education is expected to adopt a policy aimed at identifying and providing interventions for potentially dangerous students and other threats. The policy under review mandates each school establish a behavior threat assessment team, including administrators, law enforcement and staff members trained to respond to mental health crises, interact with non-English speakers and students with special needs. Team members would receive two days of training about how to react to real or perceived threats made toward the school communities, which could range from little intervention to “imminent threats,” which would require calling police and implementing a lockdown. (Bethesda) 

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Harford school leaders working to find spots for 18 teachers whose jobs are to be eliminated

Eighteen people who are in one of the 84.5 Harford County teaching positions proposed to be eliminated next school year as a cost-savings measure don’t have another job within the school system to move into, the superintendent said Monday. While those 18 people don’t have the necessary certifications to fill one of the 60 vacancies throughout Harford County Public Schools, Superintendent Sean Bulson said he would work with those teachers to keep them in the school system and get them certified — if they so choose. (Aegis)

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