Readying For College Or Career Through 'Common Core'

As students in Maryland public schools go back to the classroom this week and next they will likely notice some changes to the curriculum. That is a result of the Common Core Standards being implemented this year in Maryland. State school officials say dozens of states across the country are implementing Common Core Standards in reading, language arts and math.  (WBAL).

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August 21 // Head Start sequestration cuts smaller than expected, but still painful

Newly released numbers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tell a bittersweet story: Federal sequestration spending cuts had a smaller impact on Maryland's Head Start early childhood education program than expected, but they still hurt. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore schools picked by federal officials to explore school safety

The shooting deaths of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown were the driving force behind a White House initiative now underway to involve the Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service and the FBI in nationwide school safety improvements. The Baltimore City public school district was chosen as one to get the latest research from the federal government on the new threats schools face and the new strategies on how to respond. (WBAL-TV)

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Landover Montessori program wants to add middle school

Parents at the Judith P. Hoyer Montessori School in Landover are hoping proposed expansion efforts can ensure their middle-school-aged children are placed in a Montessori program. Hoyer, which added 67 children this school year, is trying to expand to include programs for seventh and eighth grade students, said Tracey Spivey White, second-year principal. (Gazette)

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Howard school system launches new social media push

As a new school year begins, the Howard County Public School System is launching a fresh effort to reach out to students and parents via social media, inside and outside the classroom. The school board updated the school system's social media and technology policy in June to encourage "responsible" use of social media within the classroom. (Balt. Sun)

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U. of Md. makes list of top 25 LGBT-friendly schools

The University of Maryland, College Park was included on a list of the "Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges and Universities" released by national advocacy group Campus Pride Tuesday. (Balt. Sun)

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State comptroller calls for later start date for public schools

Maryland’s comptroller wants the state’s public school systems to be required to start in September, but Carroll’s school superintendent doesn’t believe that’s a decision that should be made at the state level. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Students go back-to-school shopping with officers

Six-year-old Megan Black picked out a tie-dye colored backpack and began filling it with new school supplies. Megan grabbed notebooks, crayons, scissors, a ruler and other items she will use when she begins the first grade next week at Robert Moton Elementary School. The supplies were provided by the Westminster Police Department as part of its sixth annual Shop With A Cop back-to-school event, where students are paired with police officers to go shopping for the new school items. (Carr. Co. Times)

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