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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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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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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August 20 // New Prince George’s school leader shares vision on first day tour

Prince George’s County’s new school system leader spent the first day of the new school year doing what he said he loves best — sitting in classrooms with students and teachers. “Getting out, visiting the schools, seeing what class sizes look like, seeing what instructional delivery looks like,” said new school system CEO Kevin Maxwell, adding that he intends to visit all 204 Prince George’s County Public Schools before the school year’s conclusion. (Gazette)

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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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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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