Howard teachers call for better wages at budget hearing

No hearing before the Howard County Board of Education in recent years has ever drawn more than 200 or so people — not even redistricting. But the board room Thursday, Jan. 29 was filled to the brim with more than 300 people, and across the parking lot another 150 or so watched via live-stream in the Homewood Center cafeteria as teacher after teacher criticized Superintendent Renee Foose's proposed $742 million operating budget request for fiscal year 2015. By and large those who testified were teachers, angry that the request has yet to include funds for raises. (Patuxent)

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Carroll educators learn about Common Core teaching resources

Educators got several opportunities Thursday to be in the position of a student while they tested different online resources that support Common Core learning. Several Carroll County Public Schools personnel attended the Discovery Education math Common Core academy Thursday in Silver Spring, along with several teachers and district personnel from across the state. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Baltimore County school receives high honors for counseling

A school-based counseling program is making a real difference in the lives of some Baltimore County students. The American School Counselor Association has awarded its Recognized ASCA Model Program award to Carroll Manor Elementary School, in Baldwin. The award is given to schools across the country that demonstrate success for how they run their counseling programs. (WMAR-TV)

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Jan. 30 // At least one principal in Baltimore County will put controls on AP classes amid schedule changes

With more than 60 percent of Dulaney High's seniors taking tough college-level Advanced Placement classes, their principal has fewer worries about achievement than most administrators. Instead, she worries about students taking too many difficult classes. So as Baltimore County prepares to change high school schedules in the fall to allow students to sign up for one more class a semester, Lynda Whitlock recently decided to enact a policy that ensures students fully consider the consequences before they take more AP classes. (Balt. Sun)

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Prince George's school system expecting additional state funding

Thanks to a possible additional $46.8 million from the state, Prince George’s County Public Schools is expecting to have more money to expand full-time pre-kindergarten, improve wages and hire more teachers. “We’re putting additional money into salary and wages to make our salaries more competitive with surrounding jurisdictions, and we have increased the number of teachers to address questions of class size and balance,” said schools CEO Kevin Maxwell during a budget work session and public hearing. (Gazette)

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Kasemeyer will support Baltimore County school board bill

Supporters of an elected school board in Baltimore County have reason to be modestly optimistic about the chances of success this year. Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer, D-Howard and Baltimore, said Wednesday he will support a bill that would create a hybrid elected-appointed board in Baltimore County. (Daily Record)

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Students testify against legislation to limit voting rights of board member

As the country's only student member of a local school board with full voting rights, Else Drooff has a unique set of privileges.  And she doesn't want to see that stripped from Anne Arundel County students who will serve on the Board of Education. (Capital)

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Baker seeks County Council input on school board vacancies under proposed bill

Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), who filled two seats on the Board of Education last year when two elected members resigned, is asking the General Assembly to change the way selections are made to the county school board when an elected member vacates their seat. (Wash. Post)

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