Arundel schools receive three-day inclement weather waiver from state

The Anne Arundel County school system will need to make up two school days missed this year to inclement weather after receiving a waiver from the state Department of Education on Wednesday. The school system had built four inclement weather days into its state-mandated 180-day school calendar, but used five additional days during an unseasonably cold and protracted winter. It was among several counties statewide that requested waivers from the state from the mandated calendar. (Balt. Sun)

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Montgomery to have classes on Easter Monday, get a waiver of four snow days

Maryland education officials have granted Montgomery County a four-day waiver of instructional days lost to snow this winter, part of a plan that calls for county schools to be open on Easter Monday and the final day of classes to be held on Friday, June 13. Wednesday’s decision was met with relief in many areas of Montgomery as parents anxious about summer camp plans, vacations or their teenagers’ jobs finally have a clear end date to a school year filled with inclement-weather closings and delays. Although the possibility of extending the school year into an extra week in June faded away, not everyone likes the makeup plan. (Wash. Post)

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Task force explores diversity in Washington County Public Schools

Members of the Diversity Recruitment Task Force for Washington County Public Schools learned about recruiting and hiring practices, as well as job qualifications for teachers, during a meeting of the panel Wednesday night. The school system is working toward having a more diverse group of employees. Diversity includes race, ethnicity and gender, because the school system is also trying to recruit more male teachers. (Herald-Mail)

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Provisions to recoup state education funding for Carroll schools falter in House

A pair of proposals that would have limited the amount of state funding lost by Carroll County Public Schools over the next three years was approved by the county's state senators, supported by the Board of Carroll County Commissioners and pleaded for by local education officials. But the measure appears to have stalled in the House of Delegates and is not included in the state budget as legislators put the finishing touches on the fiscal year 2015 budget. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll commissioners form joint committee to look for consolidated school sites

Plans to consolidate East Middle School with William Winchester and Charles Carroll Elementary schools took a small step forward after the county commissioners voted 4-0 to form a joint committee and begin the process of finding a site for the consolidated school. The Carroll County Board of Commissioners and Carroll County Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss proposals in the Facilities Utilization Study, which was created to identify, justify and recommend actions for the most effective and efficient use of capital resources while containing expenses. (Carr. Co. Times)

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April 2 // Senate advances bill requiring prevailing wage for school projects

The General Assembly is a vote away from passing a bill that could raise costs for school construction. The Senate gave preliminary approval to House Bill 727 on Tuesday. The measure would require all school construction projects that get at least 25 percent of their money from the state to pay workers the prevailing wage. (Capital)

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Morgan professor convicted of grant fraud

A professor at Morgan State University has been convicted of defrauding the National Science Foundation of money in research grants. Forty-six-year-old Manoj Kumar Jha of Severn was convicted Tuesday in federal court in Baltimore of wire fraud, mail fraud and theft of government property. He faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing July 11. (AP)

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Md. schools shuffle calendar to cover snow days

Parents have put family vacation plans on hold in Maryland while they wait to see how school systems will make up the snow days that piled up this winter. In many jurisdictions, schools used nine days. But for some school systems, the harsh winter resulted in 11 snow days. (WTOP)

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