Some FCPS teachers use #clearthelist to collect school supplies

Lauren Pencola spent Wednesday decorating her first-grade classroom at Orchard Grove Elementary School with all her new school supplies — something that may not have been possible if not for a nationwide social media campaign to support teachers that has gone viral. At least two Frederick County teachers have been successful using #clearthelist to receive everything from the basics such as index cards and crayons to more specific items like liquid droppers for science classes. “It’s great, because I know so many teachers that spend so much extra money just because we want to go above and beyond to provide what we need for our kids,” Pencola said. (News-Post)

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Washington County students score record highs on AP, baccalaureate exams

Washington County Public Schools students passed advanced placement and International Baccalaureate exams at record highs over the last school year, according to data from the school system. The Washington County Board of Education heard updates Tuesday on exam results from Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Peggy Pugh and Supervisor of Testing and Accountability Maureen Margevich. Margevich said for 2019, there were 2,005 advanced placement, or AP, exams passed out of 2,592 taken. For International Baccalaureate, or IB, exams, 236 received a score of four or higher out of 361 taken. (Herald-Mail)

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Walter Johnson Turf Field To Be Replaced This Fall

Walter Johnson High School’s artificial turf field will be replaced at the conclusion of the fall sports season. Replacement of the 10-year-old field will begin in November and be completed prior to winter break, according to Montgomery County Public Schools spokesman Derek Turner. The fields are generally expected to be replaced approximately every 10 years, he said. The Walter Johnson project is expected to cost about $700,000.  The most recent inspection report available on the MCPS website shows the Walter Johnson field received minor maintenance repairs in June. Four bags of debris were collected and removed, which is considered a normal amount, according to the report. (Bethesda)

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Kirwan panel gets down to work to find funding formulas

Members of a blue-ribbon commission will continue to hammer out details of potential formulas to fund public education in every jurisdiction in the state, even as lawmakers wrestle with how to pay for the costs — and as Maryland’s governor vows to thwart any effort to raise taxes. The panel, known as the Kirwan Commission, is to reconvene Thursday morning for another in a series of marathon meetings with a goal of creating funding formulas to pump billions of dollars into public education. The education reforms come with a sizable price tag and lawmakers say they remain committed to the program as they search for ways to pay for it. (Daily Record)

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University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty members awarded more than $2.5M in education grants

Four University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) faculty members have been awarded Nurse Support Program II grants totaling more than $2.5 million, college officials announced Wednesday. NSP II grants aid in increasing nursing capacity in Maryland by implementing statewide initiatives to grow the number of nurses prepared to serve effectively in faculty roles, thereby increasing the number of students who can be enrolled in Maryland nursing schools and subsequently increasing the number of qualified nurses across the state. Grants are funded through the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. (Daily Record)

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Towson overtakes Hopkins in 'Best College for Your Money' ranking

Towson University offers prospective students and their families a better value for their money than Johns Hopkins University, according to a new report. The Towson school took the statewide second-place title from Hopkins this year, in Money magazine's "Best Colleges for Your Money" annual rankings. Nationally, Towson University ranked at No. 107, while Johns Hopkins came in at No. 125. Last year, the schools ranked at No. 147 and No. 105, respectively. The cost of an education at Towson is about $45,500 cheaper than at Hopkins, according to the Money report, and the school has an acceptance rate of 77%, compared to Hopkins' 13%. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Baltimore County school board grants final approval for Watershed Charter School to open in September

The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday night to give final approval to Watershed Charter School — the only charter school in the county — to open in September in the Woodlawn area. Watershed is only the second charter school to be approved by the school board to operate since Maryland passed a law in 2003 allowing charter schools. Unlike other areas of the state where charters have proliferated, the school system has received few applications from individuals, nonprofits or for-profit charter operators to locate a school in the county. (Balt. Sun)

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Warriors star Stephen Curry visits UMBC, is photographed with books by Baltimore writers

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry visited the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s campus Tuesday and appears to have been given books from two Baltimore writers. The university posted a photo to Twitter showing Curry with Ryan Odom, coach of the university’s men’s basketball team. The post reads: “Always great when our most famous fan visits campus.” (Balt. Sun)

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