Archbishop Lori Gives Back-To-School Blessings To 1200 Local Catholic School Educators

Archbishop William Lori gives his back-to-school blessing to 1200 Catholic school educators. “This is a day of encouragement, to invoke the Holy Spirit and get the school year off to a new start,” said Archbishop Lori. This is the third year the Archdiocese has held the event. This year’s theme is hearts on fire. (WJZ)

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Training aims to help college police understand mental illness

A day-long training was held at Towson University on Monday for campus police and security personnel from nine Maryland schools. It was led by the Maryland chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness to help college law enforcement officials recognize — and appropriately respond to — mental illness in the wake of several high-profile incidents. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore County schools boost security

Schools in Baltimore County will be able to conduct immediate background checks on visitors as part of a system wide security upgrade. Called "Raptor," the system is part will be able to also create of on-the-spot, personalized identification badges, complete with photographs. (WMAR)

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Focus on school zone safety in Ho.Co.

Howard County Police are focusing on safety in school zones ahead of the start of the school year. The county has launched the H.A.S.T.E. program (Helping Arriving Students Through Enforcement) to raise awareness as students get ready to head back to the classroom. The program starts with targeted patrols around the county's elementary, middle, and high schools for the first two weeks of school. (WMAR)

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Police urge back-to-school traffic safety

With school starting back in session next week, local law enforcement is planning on beefing up its presence on Carroll County roads and reminding motorists about the added congestion. “Motorists must be attentive for students crossing the roadway and waiting along the shoulder for buses this coming week,” said Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Col. Phil Kasten. “Commuters should expect delays and plan to leave early enough that they’ll not be rushed during their travels.” (Carroll Co. Times)

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August 19 // Prince George’s starts academic year with initiative to transform struggling schools

For the first time in years, hundreds of Prince George’s County 4-year-olds will spend an entire day in a pre-kindergarten classroom when schools open Monday, part of coordinated county government and school system efforts to improve academic achievement. (Wash. Post)

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Md. schools lead in Advanced Placement, but results are mixed

Too often, students who haven't been prepared in earlier grades flounder in Advanced Placement classes, or are awarded A's and B's in the courses and then fail the AP exams. Many students arrive at college with AP courses on their transcripts, but with skills so low they must take remedial classes. (Balt. Sun)

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City school board to scrutinize high principal turnover

Members of the Baltimore City school board expressed concern about the number of new principal appointments -- continuing a trend of turnover that has seen more than 90 percent of the district's school leadership change in the last six years. This summer, there have been 56 new principal or assistant principal appointments, according to a "school readiness" presentation made to the board. (Balt. Sun)

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