April 30 // New guidelines to battle sexual assault at colleges

Responding to complaints that universities have fallen short in policing sexual assaults on their campuses, the White House announced a series of measures Tuesday intended to pressure college officials to step up efforts. In Maryland, the U.S. Department of Education is investigating a possible violation of Title IX sexual violence response requirements at Frostburg State University. Other Maryland universities say they already have taken steps to update their sexual assault policies. (Balt. Sun)

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Leggett proposes $41 million more for school construction

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is recommending the county direct about $41.3 million more than he originally proposed toward school construction projects. The extra funds would produce a total of more than $1.5 billion for Montgomery County Public Schools’ capital improvement program for fiscal years 2015 through 2020, compared to Leggett’s original proposal in January of about $1.1 billion. (Gazette)

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Arundel school officials say boy wasn't suspended solely for 'pastry gun' incident

Anne Arundel County school officials say a second-grader suspended last year after nibbling a pastry into the shape of a gun wasn't sanctioned solely for that incident, but also for classroom disruptions preceding it. A school system-appointed hearing examiner is conducting a review of the two-day suspension of then-second grader Joshua Welch, who was sent home from Park Elementary School in Brooklyn Park in March 2013 after nibbling a pastry into the shape of a gun. (Balt. Sun)

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Cost of redeveloping downtown Social Security Administration site is too high for UMB

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is paying close attention to the former Social Security Administration building on North Greene Street, but has no plans to play an active role in its redevelopment. The 1 million-square-foot Social Security Administration building, known as Metro West, would be an ideal site for a campus expansion or university-related use after the federal agency completes its move to Wabash Avenue, real estate brokers have noted. But UMB President Dr. Jay Perman said the “immense cost” of renovating the facility makes it unattractive for a university-led project. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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City schools CFO leaving

Baltimore city schools' finance chief will leave at the end of the school year to head back north to Connecticut. Victor De La Paz was appointed chief financial officer of the New Haven, Conn. school district Tuesday night, according to published reports. According to the New Haven Independent, De La Paz will start his post there on July 14. (Balt. Sun)

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Harford school board approves ratification of teacher's contracts

The Harford County Board of Education voted to approve contracts that would give one percent raises and step increases to teachers, principals and administrators, provided the school system has the money to pay them. The raises are far from guaranteed, not only because union members have to vote to approve them, something union leadership says they should do, but also because the school system has proposed spending about $30 million more than the revenue it is scheduled to get. (Aegis)

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Elkridge resident seeks spot on Howard school board

Leslie Kornreich has been trying to "kick the door in" of the Howard County Board of Education over the past four years, running for a spot on the board twice. Now in the midst of her third campaign, the hallmark of her message, she says, remains the same. The school board needs members who will listen and engage teachers and the community. (Balt. Sun)

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School board member wants to see initiatives through, start new ones

Jacqueline Fischer said she is running for re-election to the Washington County Board of Education because democracy relies on civic participation and the knowledge of its citizens so they are prepared to take part in the democratic process. “And I like kids,” Fischer said. “Education is, to me, ... the most important career (or) calling...,” said Fischer, who is a retired teacher. (Herald-Mail)

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