Anne Arundel School Superintendent Corrects Himself After Saying There’s ‘No Written Protocols’ For Handling Sex Assault Reports

The Anne Arundel County Schools superintendent apologized Thursday for saying at a school board meeting Wednesday night the system has “no written protocols for handling sexual assault reports.” The statement was made while discussing reforms brought up by an Anne Arundel County High School student’s mother, who said her child was reportedly sexually assaulted at a homecoming dance earlier this year. (WJZ-TV)

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'A battle for the soul of Maryland’: Baltimore education advocates gear up for Kirwan funding fight

Baltimore education advocates packed an elementary school auditorium Thursday night to gear up for what they see as a once-in-a-generation chance to revamp the way Maryland funds its public schools and ensure every child receives a quality education. The state’s so-called Kirwan Commission has put forward a $4 billion education funding proposal that would increase teacher salaries, bring in more counselors, improve career preparation programs, give extra support to schools serving children who live in poverty and expand free, full-day prekindergarten. (Balt. Sun)

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Archdiocese of Baltimore breaks ground on city’s first Catholic school in more than 50 years

The Archdiocese of Baltimore broke ground Wednesday for the city’s first new Catholic school in more than 50 years. Several hundred Catholic leaders, stakeholders, educators and students came together on the vacant plot of land along the 200 block of N. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in West Baltimore’s Poppleton neighborhood that will become the Mother Mary Lange Catholic School. The $24 million project is slated to serve about 520 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade beginning in the fall of 2021. (Balt. Sun)

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Maryland Speaker Adrienne A. Jones urges Gov. Larry Hogan to settle HBCU lawsuit

Maryland’s House Speaker is urging the state’s governor to settle a lawsuit involving four historically black colleges for $577 million. House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones sent a letter this week to Gov. Larry Hogan, urging him to end what she described as “a stain on the national reputation of Maryland’s higher education system.” She’s urging him to agree to an amount recommended by an attorney representing the state’s four HBCUs to settle the 13-year-old lawsuit over disparities in programs. (Balt. Sun)

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Mother Of Alleged Arundel High School Sex Assault Victim Takes Case For Reforms To School Board

The mother of an Arundel High School student who was reportedly sexually assaulted at a homecoming dance earlier this year took her criticism of school leaders’ handling of the incident to the school board Wednesday night. The assault reportedly happened September 28, but the school did not send home a letter about it until Monday. At Wednesday’s board meeting, the mother, who WJZ is not identifying to protect the victim, said she was outraged over how everything was handled. (WJZ)

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School officials in Maryland strengthen requirements for Holocaust education

State officials in Maryland said Wednesday they are strengthening requirements for Holocaust education in middle and high schools in response to concerns raised by advocates and elected officials. In an announcement days before the anniversary of a massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, state officials said they are taking steps to include learning about the roots of anti-Semitism in middle-school social studies classes. They also want to deepen instruction about the Holocaust in high school U.S. history and modern world history courses. (Wash. Post)

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How do you feel about homework? Prince George’s Co. survey seeks feedback from students, parents

Attention, students in Prince George’s County: If you feel overburdened with homework, here’s your chance to tell administrators about it. Prince George’s County Public Schools has set up a survey for students, teachers and other members of the school community, seeking their input on homework: How much is assigned, including on weekends and holidays? How much time do students spend hitting the books? How often do parents help? And what benefits do teachers think homework provides? (WTOP)

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Land agreement eases deal for new Brunswick elementary school

The Brunswick City Council unanimously voted to help make getting a new elementary school more feasible. The Frederick County Board of Education is conducting a feasibility study to see if Brunswick needs a new elementary school. If the study shows the city does, the new school would go on the land behind the existing school. (News-Post)

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