Montgomery school leaders organize ‘conversation’ about substance abuse

School officials have called a countywide “conversation” about drug and alcohol abuse among Montgomery County students, with a two-hour meeting planned for Monday. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr asked that the event be planned after hearing concerns at community meetings and testimony at school board meetings over the last two years, officials said. (Wash. Post)

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Calls renewed for St. Mary's schools to reduce achievement gap

Members of the NAACP and others in the community are pushing the school board to come up with more ways to boost academic achievement for St. Mary’s students, especially minorities. (Enterprise)

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Talbot BOE to hold community meetings on supt. search

Tuesday, Oct. 22, the search for Talbot county's superintendent begins with the help of the community. The Talbot board of education has contracted with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education to conduct the search, and MABE is holding a series of meetings to make the community active participants in the search. (Star-Democrat)

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Youth Dreamers start new chapter

A group of young people banded together more than a decade ago to overcome public opinion, personal doubt and bureaucracy and build a safe space where Baltimore's youths could thrive and be recognized as productive members of the community. But the Youth Dreamers recently realized they couldn't overcome their biggest hurdle: reality. The Dreamers started as a small, elective middle-school class and became one of the most successful youth-run organizations in the city, drawing national attention. Now they no longer have a home. (Balt. Sun)

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Mold found at Md. school still worries parents, who request survey of health problems

Parents at Rolling Terrace Elementary School have requested that the Montgomery County Public Schools coordinate with health officials to survey families about illnesses that have arisen among students since a major mold outbreak was discovered last month. (Wash. Post)

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Common Core state standards spark controversy in the county, state

Many people are still unsure of exactly what the Common Core state standards are and if they will be good for the state’s public school students. The Common Core state standards are educational expectations for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 in the subjects of English/language arts and mathematics. (Carroll Co. Times)

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Religious schools have faithful following

God plays a central role in the religious schools that some families choose as alternatives to public elementary and high schools. Nine schools in Frederick County, founded by Roman Catholics and several Protestant denominations, weave faith, character development and academics for about 1,650 students. They create a special environment that draws out the best from students, said parents and administrators. (News-Post)

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St. Mary's schools out to build more diverse teaching staff

St. Mary’s public schools officials are looking for ways to hire a more diverse teaching staff that better reflects the diversity of its student body. Those efforts will be among the day-to-day responsibilities of Nicola Williams, who began work last month as the school system’s new coordinator of certificated staffing and minority recruitment. (Enterprise)

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